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Libraries and Accessibility: Assistive Technology

Resources on accessibility, the ADA, and services to persons with disabilities.

What Is Assistive Technology (AT)?

Assistive Technology (AT), sometimes also called Adaptive Technology, is used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.

AT Resources

The NEAT Center (New England Adaptive Technology) at Oak Hill in Hartford offers a wide variety of Assistive Technology equipment and services.

United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern Connecticut (UCP) offers assistive technology programs to support people with disabilities in Connecticut as well as training to workplaces in CT. Also check out their lending library of AT.

The Western Connecticut Area on Aging focuses on increasing access and awareness of assistive devices to reduce or remove barriers and increase independence. They offer free group demonstrations on assistive devices.

TechACCESS of RI, located in Warwick, RI, offers similar services as well as an annual conference.

For solutions for patrons with low vision or blindness, try these companies:

Apple Retail Stores in Danbury, Farmington, Greenwich, New Haven, South Windsor, Stamford, and Trumbull offer workshops and hands-on opportunities to use iPads and apps.

Likewise, Microsoft Stores in Danbury and Farmington offer personalized training and hands-on opportunities to use devices, apps, and software.

Some specific technology solutions:

  • EnableMart offers more than 3,000 assistive devices as well as extensive support.
  • Freedom Scientific offers products for Low Vision and Blindness.
  • Optelec sells "Low Vision Essentials."
  • Bookshare offers an accessible online library for people with print disabilities. Books are free for students and low-cost for other readers.
  • REHAdapt sells all kinds of mounting systems and stands for mobile devices.
  • Read&Write software from TextHelp Inc. is an "easy-to-use literacy software [that] builds confidence and independence in individuals of all ages and abilities." It's also useful for English Language Learners.

Apps to help with captioning videos:

Apps to help with reading:

Apps to help with blind/low vision:

Apps to help with hearing:

Books on Assistive Technology

These books are available from the library service centers through our catalog:

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