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Assistive technology



“Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities. Assistive technology helps people who have difficulty in speaking, typing, writing, remembering, pointing, seeing, hearing, learning, walking, and many other things”. (ATiA 2022.)

One form of assistive technology is screen reader software program (e.g. screen scanners such as MS Lens), which helps blinds and visually impaired people to read the text displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display.

Educators should be aware of such assistive technologies by making sure that all content in the learning environment is compatible with assistive technology.

ATiA Assistive Technology Industry Association 2022. What is AT.