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Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology

  • Assistive technology is technology used by elderly people or people who are disabled in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.  Assistive technologies often remove barriers and mean the difference between dependence and independence, between living at home or not.

 Assistive Technology Products:

  • Access to Independence, Inc. – Assistive Technology Solutions for People with Disabilities
    Michelle Lange is an OT in the field of assistive technology.  Her website has many free resources. Her resource page has positioning documents, mobility training guidelines and adaptive toys.
  • Assistive Technology for the Struggling Notetaker
    The livescribe pen is similar to a digital recorder – it’s an Assistive Technology device.
  • Beach'N Wheelchairs
    Until now the handicapped, and those that have trouble walking, have not been able to get out on the sand. Beach’N Wheelchairs will give these people the necessary tools to be with their family, enjoying a fun filled day on our beaches. Designed by a Marine Corps veteran who was inspired and motivated by his Marine buddies, some of whom suffered injuries that made mobility difficult.
  • Call Scotland
    The site aims to help children and young people across Scotland to overcome disability and barriers to learning created by their environment. The link takes you to their download page, which has useful resources, such as books, reports, posters, leaflets, quickguides, and more.
  • CAST Professional Learning
    CAST Professional Learning provides free UDL resources for educators, administrators, designers, parents and anyone and everyone who is passionate about UDL.
  • Full Measure
    Automatic speech for PowerPoint presentations – a free program that automatically speaks any presentation or slide show running in Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows.
  • Gecko Systems
    Mobile robot solutions for safety, security and service.
  • HAL Robot Suit
    Is expected to be applied in various fields such as rehabilitation support and physical training support in medical field, ADL support for disabled people, heavy labour support at factories, and rescue support at disaster sites, as well as in the entertainment field.
  • In Touch Link
    Founded in response to a growing need for a system that helped seniors and other users have easy access to the world of email, internet and computers. InTouchLink built a team composed of industry veterans and technology gurus. The result is a powerful, but incredibly easy-to-use system that is equally helpful to retirement homes, independent seniors and others who may have not used a computer before.
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) Checklist iPhone application
    The IEP is an individualized program designed to support the educational needs of school aged students with disabilities. This new IEP app helps parents of students with special needs become better-informed advocates by making IEP information easier to access. The IEP app is offered free of charge in both English and Spanish. To download the IEP Checklist app, visit the Apple iTunes store, and type IEP Checklist in the search box. YouTube demonstration.
  • Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (
    DOJ's new resource site is meant to provide guidance and information to employers, state/local governments, businesses and non-profits, and individuals with disabilities by serving as a “one stop” source for DOJ’s technical assistance and guidance about accessible technology, as well as providing up to date information about DOJ’s enforcement efforts, regulatory/rulemaking endeavors, and other related initiatives in this sphere.
  • Integrated Listening Systems (iLs)
    There are no “silver bullets” providing a solution for everyone faced with the challenges of learning, attention, and/or processing difficulties. There are many pieces to each of these puzzles, and iLs addresses a number of them through a multi-sensory approach.
  • Japanese Gadget Controls iPod in Blink of an Eye (GoogleNews – 3/7/09)
    A wink, a smile or a raised eyebrow could soon change the music on your iPod or start up the washing machine, thanks to a new Japanese gadget.
  • Nutritional Diet Calculating Scale (Topline)
    Simply push one of the seven buttons to accurately determine your food’s content of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, cholesterols, fibers, sodium, or calories.
  • Online Medicine Cabinet (Accenture)
    What if your medicine cabinet could remind you to take your allergy medication when the local pollen count spiked into the red zone? Such futuristic devices may be in your home sooner than you think.
  • QIAT – Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology
    This website has a large resource bank for assistive technology and an active email listserv.
  • ReadPlease
    Reads any text you see on your screen – all purpose text-to-speech software.
  • RESNA – Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America
    A RESNA Position Paper on Clinical Practice is an official statement by the organization that, based on the consensus of experts and evidence summarizes current research and best-practice trends in relevant areas of Assistive Technology. Papers inlcude information for updates on pediatric powered mobility, use of tilt in space wheelchairs, evacuation chairs and more. 
  • WATI
    WATI was funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, it currently is a volunteer network of assistive (AT) consultants from across the state who continue the work of providing AT training and support within Wisconsin educational settings.The website has several links and resources to assess a student's need for assistive technology.
  • WordTalk
    A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word. It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary and a text-to-mp3 converter.

Related to Assistive Technology

  • Disaster Safety & Assistive Technology: Protection for Seniors & the Disabled (6/10/2017)
    The goal here is to make sure your loved one (or their caregivers) have no delays in being alerted to danger, maximum reaction time, and the greatest possibility of successfully evacuating to safety or getting assistance if needed.

  • Medical Device and Hurricane Emergencies
    During natural disasters and other emergency situations, medical devices may be exposed to fluctuating power, contaminants, or unusual levels of heat or humidity. This page includes several links that give information about using medical devices during and following emergency situations due to hurricanes.

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