What is Assistive Technology?

Those who have worked with the disabled for many years have built on this term of assistive technology. This experience in helping these people with a wide assortment of disabilities offering assistive technology to those who need some help, support and adjustments to enable these people to make the most of their abilities in education, workplace and at home.


Assistive technology includes software, hardware, and equipment for ergonomics that can take a person and set them up with what they need to help them live more productive lives.

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Assistive technology in software includes:

  • Text to speech
  • Recognition of speech
  • Mind mapping
  • Note taking
  • Visual impairment
  • Math

In hardware assistive technology includes

  • Livescribe
  • Reading pens
  • Coloured overlays
  • Microphones and headsets
  • Roger pens

Ergonomics items that are available include

  • Keyboards and mouse
  • Support of arm and wrist
  • Lamp for daylight
  • Arms and stand for the monitor


Assistive technology is the term that is used to refer to any devices for those people with disabilities that helps them in locating, selecting and using anything that helps them make their lives better. There are websites where many of these products can be found as well as reviews. These reviews will help a team in finding what assistive technology can help the disabled person they are helping.


One of the people who can be helped is a person who grew up with dyslexia. In the UK 1 in ten people have dyslexia that perhaps is not recognized. Those around him or her would call this person ‘slow learner’. Those with dyslexia have problems learning all the way through the education system. Often these people labelled as slow learners should really be labelled as having dyslexia. So, they have problems being able to work with computers in a good job. It is therefore important that those with dyslexia do not get left behind. These are the individuals who can most be helped with assistive technology.


Often those having a Specific Learning Difficulty such as dyslexia can be a barrier to using technology. It is a matter of these technologies not being designed with those with dyslexia in mind. This is when assistive technology comes in to help.

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