Assistive Technology Resources

Assistive technology (AT) includes devices and software used by those with impairments of one type or another. This section lists sources for assistive technology as well as agencies that help set the standards for evaluation of AT, agencies that are helping to bring AT to a wider audience, and information about AT in general. User information and discussion groups may also be found here.

This section of the AFB website features descriptions of adaptive equipment, user tips, and advice on making web sites and computer applications accessible to people who are visually impaired.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind

Within its collection of resources and strategies, TSBVI includes several online training resources pertaining to assistive technology that we would like to call out:

  •  Evaluating Students for Assistive Technology:  Assistive Technology Evaluation: Computer Access
  • An Introduction to the iPad Using Apple's Native Screen Reader, VoiceOver
  • Using a copier with voice activation
  • MegaDots Braille Translation Software - Using Styles to Format a Document
  • An Introduction to Various Screen Readers with Computers and Accessories
  • An Introduction to the SenseView Duo
Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

This webcast, produced in partnership with CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology), outlines the principles of Universal Design for Learning and curriculum reform.

Source: Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind

Educator Denise Robinson shares many dozens of videos of hands-on assistive technology lessons. Some lessons are basic, others at the mastery level. Use the search field to find the product for which you need tutoring.

Source: Denise Robinson YouTube Channel

Having trouble getting the Apple Voiceover feature to work for you?  Suspect you are only using a small fraction of its capability?  Try these FREE Video tutorials and learn screen navigation, gestures, Apple TV, BookShare and VizWiz.

Source: Carroll Center for the Blind

W3C works to establish standards and criteria for universal Internet accessibility that web designers from any part of the globe can use.

Source: w3.org

WSSB’s Distance Learning Project provides digital/online curriculum for WSSB students, with additional programs for students outside of WSSB. The program also provides training for teachers and others in the field who work with students with visual impairments, and is a comprehensive resource for families and others for information about assistive technology.

The WAI develops guidelines and support materials to help understand and implement Web accessibility.

Source: w3.org

Information on using optical devices when reading.

Source: VisionAware

Advice for seniors on the low vision examination, questions to be prepared for, low vision aids likely to be prescribed, and services that help after diagnosis.

Source: VisionAware

Whitestick is a personal website from the UK which lists podcasts on a variety of interesting topics, most produced by blind people. Includes two links for downloading podcatchers.

Victor Tsaran of the Yahoo! Accessibility Lab demonstrates how to use a refreshable braille display to drive the iPhone.

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