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 site provides a good overview on the effect of visual impairments on learning, types of assistive technology, and the kinds of accommodations provided at colleges. Includes a list of scholarships and grants.

Source: Affordable Colleges Online

This 19-page document includes information about Assistive Technology for the following areas: Reading; Writing; Math;  Social Studies and Science; Computer Access; Orientation and Mobility; Art, Music and Physical Education; Resources, Vendors, and Terms.

Source: A Resource Guide to Assistive Technology for Students with Visual ImpairmentLisa R. Tebo, M.Ed., OTR/L, ATP

ABLEDATA has a searchable datable of AT products and manufacturers, both domestic and international. The category AT Resources allows one to search for assistive technology grants and loans.

Access World is an AFB publication with product comparisons and reviews of assistive technology for people with visual impairments; archives are fully searchable.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind

A listing of accessibility features on Android-compatible smartphones, with Settings information for customizing a device.

Apple features the assistive technology built into its products as standard features — at no additional cost. For more information, visit the AppleVis website for blind and low-vision users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Source: Apple

This site is designed to empower users of Apple products who are blind or visually impaired.  This includes the range of Mac computers, iPads, iPhones, iPods, and related applications.

Download the complete text of this resource by Chapters in Word or PDF. Chapter 12 is specific to Blindness and Low Vision.

Source: WATI (Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative)

The Perkins Assistive Device Center is a workshop that creates customized materials for children with disabilities. Custom-made items meet the unique needs of individuals while being affordable, durable and attractive.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

Begin your understanding of assistive technology with this overview of the tools and devices used by the visually impaired to assist their daily activities, and then browse resources and activities on topics such as 3D printing, apps, coding, iPads and tablets, and screen readers.

Source: Paths to Literacy

This section of the Teaching Visually Impaired website includes an Overview of Assistive Technology (AT); Types of VI AT; AT Instruction; Apps for VI; Braillewriter Repair; AT Resources; and Vendors.

Source: Teaching Visually Impaired

Looking for a template for assessing students with visual impairments? TSBVI provides an example for download, which can be modified as needed. Includes assessment of accessing and producing written communication, physical requirements for computer use, and recommendations.  Other templates are available in PDF and RTF form for the major types and brands of assistive technology for users who are blind or visually impaired.

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

This 10-page document defines commonly used terminology associated with assistive technology.

Source: Georgia Project for Assistive Technology

A self-paced online course for teams assessing the assistive technology needs of students with visual impairment. Includes videos to demonstrate assessment techniques and student interaction with the potential equipment..

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

A brief overview of some of the primary types of assistive technology for people with visual impairments, including Screen-Reading Software, Magnification Software, Dictation Software, Refreshable Braille Displays, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Systems, Video Magnifiers or Closed-Circuit Televisions (CCTVs), and Portable Magnifiers.

Source: Mobility International USA

Explore information designed for parents and family members on a range of assistive technology topics, including Accessing Printed Information; Accessing Electronic Information; Tools for Writing; Taking Care of Assistive Devices; Students Using Technology; and Kitchen Appliance Accessibility.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

These guidelines for Michigan teachers are useful for any educator whose student needs instruction in assistive technology. Includes downloadable checklists in Word and PDF format.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

ATIA is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of assistive technology devices and/or services.

Blind Cool Tech is produced by computer users who are blind, and has everything from computers to house cleaning, including how to use software, find interesting websites and download MP3 files for free.

Rick Harmon manages the Geek Zone's lists of helpful resources, including "audio tutorials, gadget demonstrations, useful links and programs, and a community of tech gurus...."