Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is the application of technology to accommodate people with disabilities, and is defined as ďany item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities Assistive Technology Act Assistive technology can be low tech or high tech. Itís important for faculty to understand that individuals with disabilities may use assistive technology to access online content; and therefore, their course websites need to be usable by assistive technology devices. Some examples of assistive technology that college students with disabilities are likely to use include:


  • Books on tape
  • Cognitive mapping software (e.g., Inspiration)
  • Screen magnification
  • Screen reader hardware and software
  • Touch screen
  • Voice-recognition software (e.g., Dragon Naturally Speaking)
  • Word prediction software