You may find yourself needing some way to help you perform a task. Assistive technology (AT) includes just about anything that makes it easier for a person with a disability to perform a task. These devices substitute for or enhance the function of some physical or mental ability. It can be homemade, commercially available, or modified to help an individual perform some task of daily living. AT encompasses a broad range of devices from “low tech” (e.g., pencil grips, splints, paper stabilizers) to “high tech” (e.g., computers, voice synthesizers, Braille readers)
Common examples include:
- Mobility aids such as walkers, canes, scooters, and wheelchairs
- Visual aids such as screen readers, magnifiers and scanners
- Listening aids such as TDDs, close caption TVs, and hearing aids
- Household management aids such as environmental control switches and remote controls
- Communication aids such as boards, and AAC devices (which produce digitized speech)
DAC wants to bridge the “digital divide” so that people with disabilities have equal access to all that computers can offer. We provide limited computer access for individuals to search for services.
DAC AT Specialists can provide you with information, sort through what types of AT might be useful, where it can be found, and how to use it.