Assistive Technology


The term "assistive technology" refers to all devices that increase the capacity of people with disabilities to function in all aspects of daily living, including work and leisure. The following are some examples of assistive devices (the list is not comprehensive):

  • Devices for people with mobility impairments: e.g., wheel chairs, trolleys, tricycles, calipers or braces, crutches, walkers and artificial limbs.

  • Devices for people with sight impairments: e.g., braillers, low-vision devices, white canes, adapted precision measurement instruments, educational devices and adapted toys.

  • Devices for people with hearing impairments: e.g., hearing aids and telecommunications devices for deaf people (TDD).

  • Devices for people with cerebral palsy: e.g., adapted crockery and cutlery.

Below are some samples of the assistive technologies available.

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    Assistive Technology

    • Dragon Naturally Speaking - Dragon Naturally Speaking is a speech recognition software program designed to help people who have difficulty reading and writing, using a computer keyboard and/or typing.
    • iCommunicator - The iCommunicator software program is a communication program that provides help for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing by translating information from speech to text or speech to sign language. The program is suitable for both adults and children and is intended as an alternative to sign language interpreters in the appropriate situation.
    • Inspiration - Inspiration helps children and adults alike, prioritize and organize thought processes so that ideas are put into a written format. This is a Visual learning tool that people with learning and developmental disabilities can use for outlining, concept maps, brainstorming, organizing ideas, etc.
    • Kurzweil 3000 - Kurzweil 3000 Black & White for Windows was first introduced in 1996. This assistvie software program is the leading reading, writing and learning solution for individuals of all ages with learning difficulties like dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and other literacy difficulties. This software is also used by people with visual disabilities.
    • Window Eyes Professional - Window-Eyes Professional puts you in the hands of the most powerful screen reading software ever created. Window-Eyes gives total control over what you hear and how you hear it. Plus, with its enhanced Braille support that control is extended to what you feel as well. On top of all that, the power and stability of Window-Eyes means that most applications work right out of the box with no need for endless tinkering in order to get them to function properly.