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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) in Hartford offers training and educational opportunities.

  • Event calendar with workshops, classes, sessions
  • Computer lab with a wide range of adaptive technology and computer hardware and software for use by persons with disabilities
  • Lending library of equipment
  • Satellite facilities: Hebron, Bristol, and Waterbury

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

In Willimantic, the Eastern CT Assistive Technology Center offers demonstrations of assistive technology.

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

For suggestions of free and low-cost AT that works in a real-world academic setting, check out the lists provided by the Office of Disability Services at Keene State College.

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:

Click through the free and low-cost AT links provided by the Office of Disability Services at Keene State College for specific apps they recommend for reading, writing, vision, hearing, fine motor/dexterity, communication, digital text support, and study aids.

Apps to help with reading:

Apps to help with blind/low vision:

Apps to help with hearing:

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Books on Assistive Technology

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

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