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.

Microsoft operating systems, Office Suite, browser tools, mobile devices, and other hardware and software can be accessed through their website Link the title above for information specific to accessibility, and explore their tutorials and user guides for people with visual impairments.

Source: Microsoft

Tutorials, demos, and disability-specific guides for making Windows and Microsoft products accessibile to people with disabilities. Includes a list of 26 brick-and-mortar centers throughout the country that offer training in the use of Microsoft accessibility features.

Source: Microsoft

NCDB is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for information about deafblindness. While most resources focus on the needs of children and youth, there is wealth of information here in the Adult Services section.

The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) enables low-income individuals who are deaf-blind to access 21st-century communications services.  This program will help ensure that qualified individuals have access to the internet, advanced communications, and information services.

Dedicated to enhancing educational services provided to students under 21 with vision and hearing impairments, this organization provides on-site assistance, support resources to parents and educators. Also in Spanish.

Common concerns about activities daily life, including reading, mobility, recreation, and household management

Source: National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind's Technology Resource List includes links to training provided by the major technology vendors, including Apple, APH, DeWitt, Eyes-Free, Freedom SCientific, Frontier, GW Micro, Handy Tech, Humanware, Maccessibility, Perkins, Rigel, Sendero, and Top Dot.

Source: National Federation of the Blind

Basic non-optical improvements that can help to make effective use of vision. Includes ideas to ease of reading and writing for a person with low vision.

Source: Low Vision Online

The Accessible Science website from Perkins eLearning offers a number of resources and articles related to oceanography and students who are blind or visually impaired.

Source: Perkins eLearning Accessible Science

This blog post from Wikibuy provides links to a number of resources to help users who are visually impaired or have other disabilities navigate online shopping. It also provides pointers for retailers and online site designers. 

Source: Wikibuy

A survey of literature in audio format, including audiocassette tapes, CDs, iPods, and digital talking books.

Source: VisionAware

TSBVI offers an overview specific to student use, including technology assessments, training materials, lesson plans, and other technology-related information.  Additional links provided by TSBVI are available in their Resources section.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

Begin your understanding of assistive technology with this overview of the tools and devices used by the visually impaired to assist their daily activities.

Source: Paths to Literacy

Collection of resources compiled for use in a three-year study on parent-child physical activity intervention among families of children with visual impairments.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind

Practical tips, resources, and innovative ways to help students who are blind or visually impaired make the transition to digital classrooms.  Includes section for and by students to share ideas and ask questions.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Perkins offers AT tutorials and webcasts that are eligible for professional development credits. Subscribe to this collection to receive updates as topics are added.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

Within educational settings, and the language of IEPs, "assistive technology" has specific legal definitions.  Learn more about the terminology of assistive technology and guidelines for educational settings from TSBVI.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

A searchable database of assistive technology products used by people who are blind or visually impaired. Search for a product or manufacturer, explore the variety of products, and decide which product is best suited for the user's needs.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

IAAIS provides this list of radio reading services in the US and abroad. Many stations broadcast online, so if you have missed your hometown paper, this might be your solution!

Source: International Association of Audio Information Services