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Assistive Technology



Communication and Vision


Communication and vision types of assistive technology can include:

  • Augmentative or Alternative Communication (AAC): Electronic and non-electronic devices that provide a means for expressive and receptive communication for persons with limited or no speech. Messages can be recorded that can be played by the phone to ask for help if an individual has limited speaking skills.
  • Aids for Hearing Impaired: Aids for specific populations including assistive listening devices (infrared, FM loop systems), hearing aids, TTYs, visual (lights flash when the telephone rings) and tactile alerting systems, etc.
  • Computer Accessibility: Input and output devices (voice input, Braille), alternate access aids (head sticks, light pointers), keyboard masks, large-key keyboards, adapted mice, switches, special software, etc., that enable persons with disabilities to use a computer. This category includes speech recognition software. There is help built into many  computer operating systems to assist with coordination or visual limitations i.e.; sticky keys and high contrast screens built into Windows software.
  • Aids for Vision Impaired: Visual aids for specific populations including magnifiers, Braille or speech output devices, large print screens, closed-circuit television for magnifying documents, etc. Magna-glide is a great help for diabetics.