What are Assistive Technologies?
Assistive Technologies are identified in the IDEA (2004) as "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 the functional capabilities of students with disabilities."
This term may be applied to any tool that assists a student. Assistive technologies are used both by people with disabilities as well as nondisabled people. However, while they may be useful for someone without a disability, assistive technologies may be essential to accessing education for people with disabilities.
Many of these programs are either free or low-cost. With the exception of Read and Write, the university does not endorse or support any of the programs listed in the assistive technologies section of this website. Although some programs are not compatible with all operating systems (Mac, PC, Android, etc.), we have tried to offer multiple options to suit the requirements of each user.
We are always interested in learning more about what technologies you've found to be useful. If you are using an assistive technology not listed here and would like us to include it, let us know! Please provide a brief description of the program's functionality and link to the manufacturer's website to the Office of Academic Accessibility.