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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.
The operating of systems of most computers and mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) offer built-in accessibility features and assistive technology for users. The links below provide an introduction to each platform's native assistive technology.
Android Accessibility - Highlights the accessibility features available on devices using the Android operating system.
Apple Accessibility - Overview of accessibility features available on Apple computers, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches.
Windows Accessibility - Lists accessibility features on the Windows 11 operating system for computers.
Oak Hill Assistive Technology 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:
Some specific technology solutions:
- School Health (formerly 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.
If you have a favorite app, please share it with me! Maria Bernier, Maria.Bernier@ct.gov.
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:
Implementing Cost-Effective Assistive Computer Technology by Libraries are committed to equal access for all patrons, but providing cost-effective technology services for people with disabilities, elders, beginning readers, or non-native English speakers can be complicated. This comprehensive guide shows you how to select and implement appropriate computer accommodations, communicate effectively with potential users, and develop strategies for future planning.
Publication Date: 2011-10-01
Assistive Technologies in the Library by There are plenty of products out there for making information accessible to all users, but how can administrators and managers determine which are the most practical and economical for their particular library?
Publication Date: 2010-12-01
Making the Library Accessible for All by This book is intended to be a single-source guide relevant to all library functions that librarians can easily refer to when planning, remediating, or evaluating for accessibility. Includes chapters on web accessibility and technology accessibility.
Publication Date: 2014-04-15
Making Libraries Accessible by Library Technology reports v.48 no.7 "Making Libraries Accessible: Adaptive Design and Assistive Technology" informs readers about how to make libraries digital content, computers, and other devices accessible to people with disabilities. The report presents an overview of demographics, regulations, and types of disability needs as well as associated assistive technology. It also lists and compares specific assistive technology products and assesses accessibility for library collections, including various e-book file formats, e-readers, and databases. Drawing from W3Cs Web Accessibility Guidelines, the report advises on development and design principles for an accessible website.
Publication Date: 2012-10-01
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