Assistive technology 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. Below is a list of topics you'll find in this section. Click on a title to jump to a specific topic.
Deafblind Technology Solutions
Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind
To learn more about the various devices available for deafblind communication, including communication with hearing and/or sighted individuals, view this tutorial from Perkins and Perkins Products.
Department of Justice Guidelines for Software
United States Department of Justice
The Department of Justice shares questions for evaluating the accessibility software programs most used by its employees and many businesses.
Special Issue: Reflections, 31(2), Technology
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Reflections, the publication of American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults in partnership with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, produced this special issue in 2012, dedicated to access technology for users who are blind.
50 Useful Apps for Students with Reading Disabilities
The iPad is emerging as a classroom necessity, particularly in special education, where highly specified applications ("apps") can be used by the individual student to drive learning at their best pace. This list was compiled by Edudemic.com in 2012.
ABLEDATA provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources.
Access World is an AFB publication with product comparisons and reviews of assistive technology for people with visual impairments; archives are fully searchable.
AccessWorld Holiday Gift Guides
AccessWorld presents an annual review of "Practical and Fun Gifts for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired." To access previous issues, visit the archive.
American Foundation for the Blind
The Technology 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.
California School for the Blind Technology Guides
You may want to bookmark these links to a wealth of resources collected from around the web. Presented in Word format, (2003 and 2007) these documents are searchable and clickable.
Closing the Gap
This organization focuses on computer technology for people with special needs through its bi-monthly newspaper, annual international conference and extensive web site resources.
This public bookmarking webpage was compiled by specialist Wendy Buckley, of Perkins School for the Blind. Under the heading "deafblind," the site features links to software companies, hardware vendors, and useful web sites focused on teaching cause and effect, early language, literacy and authoring tools.
The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD)
FCTD offers a wealth of information in English and Spanish on assistive technology. There are fact sheets, newsletters, family information guides, lists of resources and organizations, as well as hundreds of reviews.
A Guide to Assistive Technology in K-12 Schools
This Canadian website is mostly concerned with wheelchair use, and accessories and clothing for wheelchair users. This section links to a wealth of resources regarding a range of high- and low-tech devices and adaptations that can serve children of school age.