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Articles, Publications, Organizations and Resources
re: Assistive Technology
for People with Disabilities


Articles & Publications:

  • 14 Tech Tools that Enhance Computing for the Disabled (ComputerWorld)
    Getting work done on a computer is easily within reach of the blind and physically disabled with the help of these new and updated tools.
  • Changing Lives with Innovation, Collaboration & Leadership (Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities – MSU)
    MSU’s Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) has partnered for decades within and outside MSU to innovate technology for persons with disabilities, disseminating inventive work around the world.
  • Considering Assistive Technology in the IEP Process (The Texas 4-Step Model)
    Provided to assist educational teams in considering assistive technology in the development, review, and/or revision of a student’s Individual Educational Plan. 
  • Devices that matter most for the elderly and disabled (2/14/16)
    Practical tools, some low, some higher technologies,are becoming increasingly necessary to the many people who are living longer due to better healthcare. Similar devices are used by people with disabilities, allowing them to live more autonomously and participate in their communities. However, such tools are not readily available everywhere.
  • Disability Retrofit ( – 1/14/10)
    Remodeling a home can be daunting even under ideal circumstances. But combined with the stress of a sudden injury, the need to care for an aging family member or sensory loss due to a disease, the prospect of a big retrofitting project can be overwhelming.
  • Financial Assistance Options for Adaptive Driving (Disability Blog – 9/26/12)
    Many individuals with disabilities require varying types of vehicle adaptations to enjoy the freedom of mobility. Unfortunately, they often face prohibitive costs to purchase the proper equipment for their transportation needs. The good news is that funding assistance to purchase new adaptive vehicles or to retrofit existing vehicles is becoming increasingly available.
  • How to Get a Vehicle Modified (AT Network)
    If you have a disability, it may be almost impossible for you to drive a conventional car or van. Luckily, there are many ways to modify a vehicle to suit your needs. Learn about different vehicle adaptations and get information about paying for vehicle modifications.
  • How to Save on Adaptive Equipment As You Care for Disabled or Senior Loved Ones
    Everything you need to know for buying assistive technology smartly.
  • iPod May Ease Transition For Those With Autism (Disability Scoop – 9/6/12)
    As more people with autism enter the work world, a new case study suggests that arming them with specially-programmed iPods may go a long way toward achieving independence on the job.
  • iPortal Set to Change the Lives of Wheelchair Users With iPhone and iPod Touch (Voxy – 8/25/10)
    Dynamic Controls today announced its innovative iPortal is now available worldwide. The iPortal solution connects powered wheelchairs to the internet using an iPhone or iPod in a special mount and also includes a 'chair doctor' diagnostics feature that interprets any problems with the wheelchair and an on-chair charger so devices never run flat. "We predict iPortal will change the quality of life of thousands of people by connecting their powered wheelchair to the internet via iPhone or iPod touch," said Charlotte Walshe, CEO of Dynamic Controls. "iPortal is a revolutionary approach to wheelchair displays and provides key information such as battery capacity and seat adjustments.
  • New Products Make Life Easier for Those With Disabilities (My Fox Atlanta – 10/18/10)
    Having a disability is the great equalizer. It does not respect age, race or gender, and it affects more people than you might think. But as the population of disabled Americans grows so does the innovation.
  • PARO Robot: Ethical or Not (Telecareaware – 7-22-10)
    Is this $6000 Class II medical device a comforting, interactive emotional support for older people, particularly those with dementia–or an inhumane diversion that relegates humans to mundane tasks and away from emotional connection with residents?
  • Physical Therapists Prescribe Wii Time (Reuters – Dec. 6, 2007)
    An occupational therapist is convinced that the Nintendo game could help patients build balance, coordination, endurance and upper and lower body strength.
  • Technology Voices (Family Center on Technology and Disability newsletter)
    Timely articles on a wide range of assistive technology topics. Each issue features interviews with experts, profiles of the Family Center's member organizations and additional assistive technology resources.
  • The Impact of Accessible Technology (U.S. Dept. of Labor)
    Transcript of a webinar as part of a departmental initiative promoting the accessibility of workplace technology as a means to increase the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities in the public and private sectors.
  • The Medicine Cabinet of the Future (
    Your future medicine cabinet will integrate home, pharmacy and doctor's office into a digital health network.
  • Top 15 iPhone Apps for People with Physical Challenges (Stair Lifts Blog – 11/8/10)
    Although many iPhone developers spend their time working on apps that entertain and amuse, there are many apps that have a job to do. For the disabled, iPhone apps can be a way to connect with others and their world in a new way.
  • What is Assistive Technology?
    Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

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    News and insights on assistive technologies and innovations for people with disabilities. See article in Mediadis&dat – 3/27/09
  • Assistive Technology and Portable Tools for Exchange Participants with Disabilities (Mobility International USA)
    What assistive technology, adaptive software and portable tools do people with disabilities use to independently access information, activities and places in their daily lives? The following tipsheets share information by disability type and include portable or remote options for people with disabilities who travel internationally.
  • Assistive Technology News
    Independence through technology.
  • Disabled and Elderly Assistive Technologies in the U.S.
    Assistive technology products are products designed to assist people who, because of specific disabilities or the general infirmities that often accompany old age, would otherwise be unable to participate meaningfully in economic, social, political, cultural, and other forms of human activity in their communities.