Assistive technology is technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform or improve functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.
Assistive technology can include mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware, software, and peripherals that assist people with disabilities in accessing computers or other information technologies. Through the use of assistive technology people can keep working or regain employment. Assistive technology in the work place can range from a simple pointing device to a sophisticated screen reading program.
Articles on Assistive Technology
Below is a complete list of assistive technology articles in the AccessibleTech.org Resource Library, arranged by topic covered. Select any of the topic groups to the right to jump quickly to a particular topic list. Select any article title to view the article.
- Is it expensive to provide assistive technology on the job?
- Selecting Assistive Technology for someone who is blind or has Low-Vision
- Selecting Assistive Technology for someone who is Deaf or is Hard of hearing
- Selecting Assistive Technology for Someone who has Mobility or Dexterity Impairment
- What is assistive technology?
- What is electronic and information technology?
- What is universal design?
- Where Can I Find Funding for Assistive Technology?
- Do businesses have to provide assistive technology (i.e. screen enlargement, voice recognition software) to employees with disabilities taking business-related distance learning trainings?
- Does a state or local governmental institution have to provide specific hardware or software (assistive technology) requested by a disabled employee to access information technology provided by the employer?
- What access challenges do people with disabilities face when using a telephone?
- What are relay services, and how do I access them?