What are Assistive Technologies?
Assistive Technologies are specialized types of equipment that help people with disabilities
to live independently and perform everyday activities that may be difficult to perform on their own.
Assistive technology helps a person do activities more easily much the same way as having the right equipment
helps you play sports or play an instrument.
Do Assistive Technologies use computers?
Some do, some don’t. Assistive technologies include many types of equipment - simple as well as advanced.
An example of a simple (or "low tech") assistive technology is a magnifier for someone with low-vision
or books on tape for someone with hearing impairment to help with reading. Examples of advanced ("high tech")
assistive technologies are voice recognition computer software for the computer or phone or a talking calculator.
Is the equipment just for use at home?
Some of the equipment is used to help people with disabilities do their daily activities like dressing,
eating, or talking on the telephone. While other equipment allows people with disabilities to drive
themselves or to do a sport that they were once not able to do.