Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) is any tool that helps students with disabilities do things more quickly, easily, or independently. Students need practice and experience with in order to be proficient with their assistive technology before leaving high school. Training for staff is also important.

General resources

Free Assistive Technology Resources (PDF, 2 pages, 2019), an easy-to-use resource list compiled by Lance Neeper, Assistant Professor of Education at Keene State College. All resources are listed on this page as well.

Accessibility and Assistive Technology page on the NH Department of Education site. It has information about New Hampshire Accessible Educational Materials (NHAEM), American Printing House for the Blind (APH), sign language interpreters and assistive technology.

AT services and resources at the UNH Institute on Disability (IOD). The IOD has several projects to improve access to AT solutions and services. They also offer a variety of AT training and education programs.

AssistiveTECHNOLOGYCenter is New Jersey’s online resource for information and equipment. They help people with disabilities, their families, teachers and employers identify and learn to use the technology that will be most effective in meeting their goals.

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) provides a comprehensive set of tools and resources for ensuring accessible educational materials (AEM). It’s got good introductory material plus tools and resources for all levels of educators and administrators.  It’s a vast site – this seems to be a good starting point: QuickStarts. Also check out:

  • AIM Explorer is a free software simulation tool that combines grade-leveled digital text with access features common to most text readers and other supported reading software. 
  • AEM Navigator is an online interactive tool to help with decision-making around accessible educational materials for an individual student. The four major decision points in the process include 1) determination of need, 2) selection of format(s), 3) acquisition of format(s), and 4) selection of supports for use.

Assistive Technology Blog for people with disabilities that make reading, writing, and related tasks difficult. Written by someone who uses assistive technology to read and write.

Funding ideas: Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) has a list of resources and organizations that support AT funding. The Pacer Center has ideas for using social media to support AT funding (PDF, 2 pages, 2018).

AT products, equipment & software

NH device loan and demonstration site – equipment for all ages available for loan, demonstration and reuse, created by Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH). There is a video overview of how to use the site from a similar program in Idaho.

Vermont Assistive Technology Program provides assistive technology information and hands-on experiences to Vermont residents.

Bookshare is a collection audiobooks available free to students who have a print disability.

The TechMatrix is a searchable, database of AT from the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI).

Accessibility with Microsoft products

Accessibility for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide – lots of how-tos.

Bates College’s Free and Low-Cost Assistive Technology resource is easy to use. It suggests AT useful for college work and those aiming at college work.

Winning in College: A Guide for Students with Disabilities is an online guide from EdSmart with suggestions for mobile apps and desktop software.

There are AT loan, demo, and reuse programs in every state. Find your state program

AT videos

Short how-to assistive technology videos on subjects ranging from how to create an iPad stand to tips for simple wheelchair maintenance, from ATinNH which is a New Hampshire statewide assistive technology program with the Institute on Disability at UNH. They have their own ATinNH Youtube channel.

ICATER Youtube channel with video tutorials on a range of high-tech options.

Video series of people with disabilities living better lives with help from assistive technology, from New Jersey’s AssistiveTECHOLOGYCenter.

Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) provides AT to federal employees with disabilities and wounded, ill and injured military service members. Watch their assistive technology demonstration videos on YouTube.

Training for educators and family

Center on Technology and Disability has free webinars focusing on all aspects of AT.

Free online training modules focusing on all aspects of AT from Assistive Technology Internet Modules.

Accessibility Guidelines for Remote Courses, from the University of Oregon.

Best Practice Guidelines on Creating Accessible Digital Content from the University of Oregon,

AT standards, procedures & assessment

Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT): Professional guidelines for AT procedures

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)​ AT Resource guide with downloadable sections on various AT procedures

The SETT Framework is a guiding framework and resources for AT assessment, developed by Joy Zabala. It is a four-part model (Student, Environments, Tasks, Tools) which promotes collaborative decision-making in all phases of assistive technology service design and delivery. Slides from an introduction to SETT (PDF, 10 pages, 2010)

The Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI) offers numerous free guides and tools covering AT needs assessment, selection and assessment. AT assessment procedural guides and formsassessment guides by categorydecision making guides by category

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