What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology is any kind of technology and/or tool that can be used to enhance the functional independence of a person with a disability. Often, for people with disabilities, accomplishing daily tasks such as communicating with others, going to school or work, or participating in activities can be a challenge. Assistive Technology (AT) devices are tools to help overcome those challenges and enable people living with disabilities to enhance and have access to a quality of life, that may otherwise not be known, and lead more independent lives.

The mission of this blog is to serve as a voice of a constant researcher in the field of educational and assistive technologies so that the best products, strategies and services may be located easily, in hopes that they will then be delivered, taught and used to better the lives of people with disabilities.


Free AT and Support Programs

AAC Support 
  • There are many sites that provide support for Boardmaker. Please see Boardmaker posting for resources available.
Access Support:
  • BabyMouse and BabyBoard - 3.30 Block right mouse click menus, wheel scrolls, windows key, alt tab, etc. BabyMouse is runs in the background and catches all right clicks, mouse wheel scrolls before they reach the program you are working with. Merge all mouse buttons to one! 
  • Camera Mouse is a free program that enables you to control the mouse pointer on your computer screen just by moving your head. Dwell Clicker allows you to use the mouse without needing to ever click by resting the mouse over one area for a specified time which will then activate as a mouse would to click or drag. 
  • Click-N-Type is an on-screen virtual keyboard designed for anyone with a disability that prevents him or her from typing on a physical computer keyboard. You get a virtual keyboard with word prediction and completion, AutoClick and Scanning modes, many available language and keyboard packs, a keyboard designer and many user-designed layouts, and audible and visible feedback options, including spoken keys. It is fully configurable and includes macros, and is designed with special consideration for the severely handicapped.
  • GazeTalk - Part of the eyegaze COGAIN project, Gazetalk is a very useful and very simple looking, high contrast program primarily designed for text entry. It uses an ambiguous keyboard and word prediction to make text entry as simple as possible for eye gaze, headpointer and mouse users.
  • Mouse Gestures lets you control the Firefox web browser to allow 'mouse only' internet browsing.
  • The Hawking Toolbar is a Firefox toolbar that enables switch users to browse the web. 
  • LabelControl - This is a useful little application created using AutoHotKeys, inspired by Mouseless Browser in Firefox. It allows you to hold the ctrl key down and puts numbered tags next to icons and toolbar options within windows so that you can navigate around your computer without needing a mouse. 
  • Point-N-Click is a stand-alone on-screen virtual mouse designed for anyone with a disability that makes it difficult or impossible to click a physical computer mouse. As long as they can move a mouse, trackball or other pointing device, they can send mouse clicks to virtually any Windows application. Point n Click will provide general dwell access. This would essentially add a dwell feature to any application, so the student could use whatever computer program desired.
  • ToggleMouse lets you assign a keyboard action to anything the mouse does, so you can point and click with your keys. It also lets you change your pointer and it hides the mouse pointer while you type. You can record a mouse click and assign it to a keyboard stroke-- you could even surf the Web or use Microsoft Word without ever touching your mouse. It has many, many features for controlling mouse function. Programming the “Panic Stopper” will allow you to ignore those repeated little mouse clicks some students insist on. Do a search to find this Freeware as it is available but the company has quit producing it.   
  • WebTyper is a simple switch-accessible typing tool that runs inside the Firefox browser. You can configure many of its features using the control panel.
Audio Books (See Posting "Audio Books")
  • LibriVox provides free audio books from the public domain. There are several options for listening. (The first step is to get the mp3 or ogg files into your own computer.)
  • PodioBooks has you register then you can sign up for subscription feeds by searching or browsing the catalog and clicking the subscribe link in the book detail. New and Coming Soon books will be advertised on the homepage, so check back often to keep track of the latest new books. They have a Podiobooks Podcast to keep everyone up to date on the latest happenings in the Podiobooks world. This is free but they do ask for donations.
  • SimplyAudio Books allows you to download free digital audio books and listen on your favorite MP3 player, computer, or simply burn the audio books to a CD. There are over 6,000 audio books, lectures, radio shows, and more.
  • Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audio book) format. You can: Download the files to your Mp3 player and listen on the go, Listen to the Mp3 files on your computer, View the text on a webpage and read along as you listen, Print out the stories and poems to make your own book.
There are many programs on-line to add variety and visual interest to cursors. Here are a few that might help with visual tracking:
  • Stardock's CursorXP is a program that lets you use and create incredibly cool looking Windows mouse cursors. It does this by taking advantage of the new visual effects features of Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Add shadows, trails, explosions and other animations to your cursors, or choose something a little more sedate just easier to see.
  • Sib Cursor Editor - 2.0 provides a means for creating images of cursors of your own. You’ll be able to create and edit static/animated cursors. A multitude of special effects will give cursors as much eye-candy as you wish.
  • ArtCursors allows you to edit static and animated cursors in color depths up to 32-bit True Color. You also can search files and folders for cursors, import and export cursor images and create cursor libraries for better and more efficient storage. (Windows)
E-Text (See posting "Electronic Text")
(Electronic Text) free books and text online - Electronic text provides access to digital materials for students with learning, sensory and physical disabilities. By having text on the computer, this allows for changing the appearance of the text and for using text-to-speech software so that the text can become audible. The Internet provides many sites for gathering e-text. Here are some links to explore e-text further (not just classic books… explore further!) There are many sites out there, this will provide you with a taste.
  • Bookshare is a free membership if one qualifies. This is the most important resource available and should be considered for any child needing access to computerized text and/or text-to-speech. See Bookshare posting for more information.
  • Literature, reference, fiction, non-fiction, verse… Bartleby provides students with access to books and information on the web in a friendly searchable database. There are several sites like this, this is just one of them…
  • Giggle Poetry provides 100’s of funny poems to read and explore for children.
  • ChildrenStory offers Fairy Tales, Nursery Rhymes, interactive stories, and holiday stories. Some in audio format.
  • Wowio: Free Books, Free minds. Selections provided by category. Readers have access to a wide range of offerings, including works of classic literature, college textbooks, comic books, and popular fiction and non-fiction titles.
  • Gamequarium has a great list of on-line magazine sites that are very motivating for kids to use with text-to-speech software.
  • Google has a book search in their search engine now. Go to Google and then go to “More”. Type in what you are looking for and voila! You just might find it.
  • Children’s Storybooks On-line offers illustrated and animated storybooks for young, older and young adults. Some with the audio component too. Wonderful format.
  • Children’s Digital Library Foundation is to “excite and inspire the world's children to become members of the global community – children who understand the value of tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online.” The ICDL Foundation's goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community.
Graphics (See postings "Pictures to Support Learning" and "Boardmaker")
Pictures are used to support students with communication devices, to use with picture schedules, to support reading and comprehension and to enhance presentations. Here are a few ways to tap into graphics on the Internet (Also see Pictures to Support Learning posting):
  • Microsoft clipart provides all kinds of graphics, photos, animations and sounds that will be downloaded right into your clipart library. Good source that is often forgotten.
  • Google images are wonderful but beware of copyright laws when using Google!Select the “Image” tab and type in your image search request. To copy just hold down the mouse on the graphic and there will be a little pull down menu that has Copy to Clipboard as an option. Select that and return to your document and select Paste. You can also select to download the image to a disk or your desktop and then insert picture from the pull down menu.
  • This site includes “copyright friendly images for education” including American Sign Language. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers.
  • Overboard is a tool for parents, teachers and speech language pathologists for creating printed communication boards, schedules, reading/writing activities, visual supports and speech enhanced dynamic display (AAC) solutions. It includes 5,500 symbols plus device templates and links to other images. It even includes speech output and page linking!! Worth exploring!
  • Beyond Autism PECS Pictures/Icons Pages includes pictures that you can use for communication systems. May be used with Boardmaker or on its own by using a cut and paste method. Includes real pictures of many items, such as food, fast food places, stores, etc.
  • Discovery School makes it easy to add graphics to your next project, whether its for home or school. Choose from hundreds of original clip art pieces, including animations.
  • Just something to be aware of… Google has a video library. Go to Google, go to “more” and you will see Video: Search TV programs and videos. Great for adding a little visual to presentations! This may be a good source for students who can’t go out and take their own. (Beware of copyright rules!) And of course, there is YouTube!!
  • PictureSET is a collection of downloadable visual supports that can be used by students for both receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, at home, and in the community. This searchable database allows you to find a wide range of useful visual supports for different curriculum areas, activities, and events.
Graphic Organizers
  • Use Webspiration to map out ideas, organize with outlines and collaborate online. Webspiration, as other graphic organizers, strengthens organizational skills, and transforms ideas and information into knowledge.
  • Mindomo is a Web-based mind mapping tool, delivering the capabilities of desktop mind mapping software in a Web browser - with no complex software to install or maintain. You can create, edit mind maps, and share them with your colleagues or your friends.
  • TeacherVision provides Math Graphic Organizers, All-Subject Graphic Organizers, Problem and Solution, Venn Diagrams and Webs, and Language Arts Graphic Organizers. They are in PDF format.
  • A wonderful site for an abundance of pre-made PDF graphic organizers is the Education Place by Houghton Mifflin. (These are also available in Spanish!) They are in PDF format.
  • ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool provides a free-form graphic organizer for activities that ask students to pursue hypertextual thinking and writing. Students can drag the circle or box shapes representing their ideas to arrange any layout and relationship that they want. Each layer on the chart will have a different color border for the shapes that you choose.
  • Education Place provides PDF files of many graphic organizers. With the hit of a button they are available in Spanish also!
  • Gliffy allows you to use diagramming in your web browser without downloading additional software. You can create many types of diagrams such as Flowcharts, UI wireframes, Floor plans, Network diagrams, UML diagrams, or any other simple drawing or diagram.
  • Cmap download is an alternative to Inspiration that is totally free. Doesn’t have some of the supportive options that Inspiration has such as text to speech and wonderful graphics but the CmapTools program empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps.
  • MindMeister supports all the standard features of a classic mind mapping tool - only online, and with as many simultaneous users as you like. The basic version is a free download.
  • Another on-line collaborative mapping program is FreeMind which is written in Java.
  • VYM (View Your Mind) is a tool to generate and manipulate maps which show your thoughts. Such maps can help you to improve your creativity and effectively. You can use them for time management, to organize tasks, to get an overview over complex contexts.
Math Support
There are endless amounts of math support on-line. These are some of my favorites. I hope you find them useful but do know that I have not included all the resources available. It is a start.(See Math Posting for more.)
  • Efofex is designed for students with physical disabilities who find mathematics and science extremely difficult to write. The equations and graphics are too difficult to construct with standard tools. Their products are designed to make mathematics and science teacher's jobs easier but many students with special needs have found that they also provide the assistance they need.
  • Math.com offers a wide assortment of all types of calculators, ranging from 1885 Felt & Tarrant “Comptometer” Adding Machine and a Vector Calculator to an Astrophysical Calculator and a Linear Algebra Matrix Calculator.
  • MathFlash! Provides a flashcard interactive program with a choices of the 4 operations or mixed of all 4, easy to difficult, game or practice modes and in 1, 2 or 3 minutes portions.
  • Graph Paper- never buy it again! There are many sites that offer free graph paper or programs to develop your own. Great to use with students who struggle lining up their problems. Try varied forms of graph paper at Print Free Graph Paper.
  • Incompetech offers on-line graph and grid paper in PDF format. There are various links from this site to support your graphing needs.
  • Talking Calculator by Premier Assistive Technology, offers a free full functioning "talking calculator" that can be used with or without a screen reader. Every button and edit area talks. It has large keys with contrasting colors. When students are required to show their work, they can simply cut and paste the steps into a document.
On-Screen Keyboards
There is an On-Screen Keyboard bundled in with Windows XP. There are limitations however. If you need more than what it can offer, you might try one of these:
  • CameraMouse allows you to use an on-screen keyboard hands free! All that is needed is a computer web camera. Free, and I have heard great things.
  • Click-N-Type is an on-screen virtual keyboard designed for anyone with a disability that prevents him or her from typing on a physical computer keyboard. As long as the person can control a mouse, trackball or other pointing device, he or she can send keystrokes to virtually any Windows application or DOS application that can run within a window. Click-N-Type is a 32-bit application that requires Windows 95 or later. Freeware
  • Dasher is a text-entry interface, driven by natural continuous pointing gestures to be used when operating a computer one-handed, by joystick, touchscreen, trackball, mouse, by head-mouse or by eyetracker, or on a palmtop computer.  

    The Grid has very good switch access and pretty good word prediction. It has loads of facilities for controlling the computer as well as typing.
  • Hot Virtual Keyboard provides on-screen keyboards with a number of advanced features to make on-screen typing faster, easier and more accurate. It has the ability to have programmable keys, word auto-complete - allowing you to create your own virtual keyboard based on your preferences and needs. This is worth exploring! 
  • KeyStrokes for Mac is a fully-functional advanced virtual on-screen keyboard that allows you to type with a mouse, trackball, head pointer or other mouse emulator to type characters into any standard Macintosh application. Demo version available.
  • Tarheel Typer that is switch accessible and has word prediction- browser-based.  
  • Not everyone can afford MS Office. This is a wonderful alternative. Open Office is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager and drawing program with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. Sophisticated and flexible, it also works with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office.
  • The Freedom Stick contains the full Open Office suite (comparable to Microsoft Office), the Balabolka Text-To-Speech system, an on-screen calculator which allows students to paste their math work into homework or test documents, a "mind mapper" (similar to Inspiration), the Audacity audio recorder/player, and many more supports. There are 2 versions. You chose what you need, download it to an USB flash drive and Voila! Yours to use wherever you go.
  • ATbar is free and allows you to change the look and feel of webpages, have text read aloud and spell check forms. It is a simple tool which is available for most popular browsers. There are three versions of the ATbar toolbar to explore when looking for the one that best fits your needs.
  • Power Reader is a text reader/learning tool integrated with computer text-to-speech whose level of focus, complexity, and detail is adjustable according to the user's needs. 

  • Rewordify helps you read more, understand difficult English faster, and learn words in new ways. Just paste in difficult English (or enter a web page URL) and click the yellow button. You'll see an easier version, for fast understanding now. You'll learn what the hard words and phrases mean with our Smart Highlighting. (Click it or tap it.) You'll read better with vocabulary lists, learning activities, quizzes, flash cards, and morethat you get instantly, with answer keys—from any block of text you enter!
Sign Language
These are a few of the sites available to help learn sign language. There are more out there… worth searching through.
  • For $5 a month you can have access to Hand Speak with over 2,150 signs, Baby Sign, International Sign, Stock Trader Sign, Animal Sign sections and Sign Stories Articles.
  • Want to learn how to finger spell quickly. This site will provide a word, you type in the answer and check to see if you are correct. Great practice if you already know your letters.
  • ALS Lesson Tutor will help students or staff to learn American Sign Language (ASL) and Signed English (SE) by working through lessons.
  • A Basic Dictionary of ASL Terms offers a few American Sign Language terms to help those of you who are trying to communicate with a person who signs. Also included is the basic alphabet and numbers 1-10.
  • A list of sign language sites is available on Linda Burkhart's site. This is a list of Web sites that have online Signs. Look up a sign for a word or learn to fingerspell. Some sites even offer a quiz feature so you can test your skills.
Spelling Support
  • Ginger is a grammar and spellchecker that you will need to have internet access to use.  When you start a new document, the software automatically starts and connects to the internet.  Being more fluid  than a basic word prediction software; you can complete your thoughts and your document without having to stop and select a word;  when you are done with your thought and/or your document,  press F2 or the ginger  button above your document and the software will begin to check for spelling and grammar errors.  Line one will present sentences with errors and line 2 will present suggested corrections.  the user just selects the accept button to the left of the suggested corrections and the checker advances forward.  
  • Ghotit Dyslexia you must be online to use this program but when on-line you will have the comfort of having a very unusual spell check at your service. This is a context spell checker designed specifically for people with Dyslexia. Give it a try.
Symbol Support
  • Symbol World.org has many on-line stories, some recipes, poetry, news stories, etc. written and supported with picture icons. Wonderful!
  • Imagine Symbols is designed for communication use and as clipart for worksheets or wherever you may need visual support. They advertise to have 4000 symbols.
  • Do to Learn has printable resources for schedules, picture cards and activities. There are many developed resources ready to be printed for your use.
  • Use Visual Strategies for Autism has pictures available in the following categories: hygiene, housekeeping, schedule cards and emotions & self management. These are realistic pictures that would be great to use with older clients.
  • Tinsnips is a special education resource that strives to share a variety of specialized teaching tools, techniques, worksheets, and activities with teachers of students who have autistic spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities. Many of these activities may be appropriate for Pre-K and Kindergarten children.
Switch Support (see separate postings -to right- for more switch sites.)
  • Carbon Lehigh Intermediate is a great resource. Go to “PowerPoint Ideas”. There are several already made PowerPoint presentations designed for switch users. (Many other great resources available here also.) This is a free resource.
  • On the ARCESS.com site, by signing up, you may download 3 free accessible games.
  • On this site you will find various links, many directly linked to switch activities. A good site to explore further.
  • This site was designed by a mom… Hiyah is used to express greeting of another person and is the name of her site. This educational software is made for children 18 months to 4 years of age (or higher for children struggling with language delays due to autism or other causes).
  • Please Read 2003 English, Spanish, German, French, UK English for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP Freeware. Works in word processing programs and in e-mail.
  • BrowseAloud by TextHelp reads web pages aloud for people who find it difficult to read online. Reading large amounts of text on screen can be difficult for those with literacy and visual impairments.
  • Balabolka voices install on your system. Balabolka uses various versions of Microsoft Speech API (SAPI); it allows to alter a voice's parameters, including rate and pitch. The user can apply a special substitution list to improve the quality of the voice's articulation.
  • Convenience Ware introduces GhostReader is a multilingual speech solution for Mac OS X that allows you to listen to your documents with naturally sounding voices in a language of choice. Or use it to create your own personal podcasts or your own audio books by exporting to iPod ready iTunes tracks. Or just use it to speak selected text in a handy reader window with play, fast forward and rewind functionality. It even allows you to listen to text by just pointing your cursor at the text as you sit back and relax while TextParrot reads the text under the cursor.
  • Talk-To-Me for Windows. Will read your E-Mail, Instant Messages, web pages, letters and documents. Send Animated Messages to friends. Greet you daily with the date, time, and a personal message and set alarms to remind you of events.
  • Mac Users try Tex-Edit Plus is a styled text editor that fills the gap between Apple's bare bones SimpleText and a full-featured word processor. (Shareware)
  • Natural Voice Reader - software that converts text into voice. Reads text directly from other applications, without copying or pasting. Can also convert text files into MP3 or WAV files for use on portable devices like iPod, CD players and PocketPCs.
  • CyberBuddy at has Microsoft Agents that are animated characters that can move around the screen and talk to you. Keep reminders and get your attention when a reminder is due, Instant Message (like ICQ) with speech and animation, Send Voice Messages and more.
  • SpokenText.net allows you to record PDF, Word, plain text, PowerPoint files, RSS news feeds, emails and web pages, and converts them to speech automatically. You can download your recording as an iPod book or mp3 file. And every member gets a personal podcast URL , which you can use to download recordings to iTunes or your iPod. You can also easily share your recordings on your web site or blog using SpokenText Badges or individual recording players. 
  • CLiCk, Speak is an open source extension for the Firefox web browser. It is part of the CLC-4-TTS Suite of products, it features a mouse driven interface, and it reads web pages. Unlike Fire Vox which is designed for visually impaired users, CLiCk, Speak is designed for sighted users who want text-to-speech functionality.CLiCk, Speak works on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems.
  • AccessApps provides a range of solutions to support writing, reading and planning as well as sensory, cognitive and physical difficulties. There are apps to help you change the background color of your computer screen to make things easier to read, or you can listen to words and sentences read back as you type. There's even an app to save text to MP3 which can be used for listening to handouts, notes and revision material. And, if you'd like to improve your typing skills, AccessApps has a great typing tutor to speed up your typing. 
  • My Study Bar provides a suite of apps to support literacy. It is a free and open source software to support teaching and learning. It includes Planning, Reading, Writing, Vision and Voice supports. It is similar to popular commercial programs which use a floating toolbar to support literacy. Includes applications for mind mapping, screen masking, word prediction, talking dictionary, text-to-speech, voice recognition.
  • WordWeb is a Thesaurus and dictionary for Windows which includes a comprehensive English thesaurus and dictionary, and can be used to look up words from within most programs. WordWeb works from a small icon in your system tray. To look up a word in almost any program just double-click on the word to select it, then click the WordWeb icon or use the keyboard shortcut. If you are editing a document you can select a synonym and replace the look-up word.
  • Fact Monster is an on-line Atlas, Almanac, Dictionary, and Encyclopedia.
  • With Google Calendar, you can see your friends' and family's schedules right next to your own; quickly add events mentioned in Gmail conversations or saved in other calendar applications; and add other interesting events that you find online. Go to Google and then to more and to Calendar.
  • Child Control 2005 is an optimal parental control for all Windows-PCs (incl. XP). Set time limits for the PC and/or the Internet and block/filter unwanted Internet contents. Limit access to internal Windows components and personal folders.
  • Adobe Reader with the Read Out Loud component feature reads aloud the text in a PDF, including the text in comments and alternate text descriptions for images and fillable fields. Read Out Loud uses the available voices installed on your system. If you have SAPI 4 or SAPI 5 voices installed from text-to-speech or language applications, you can choose them to read your PDFs.
  • Although Adobe Reader is a free download, Adobe Writer is not. CutePDF Writer is the free version of commercial PDF creation software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a "printer subsystem". This enables virtually any Windows applications to create professional quality PDF documents .
Visual Support
  • HIAT has a wonderful section dedicated to printable tools which includes such things as handwriting support, assignment sheets, data collection, graph paper and math layouts.
  • There are many magnifying software programs available that are completely free. Each one is a little different and the descriptions are pretty good. You can also break it down for Mac, PC, Lenux or Palm OS.
  • Lens - Magnifying Glass 1.5 is a free tool enhances Windows built-in zoom feature by magnifying anything on your screen up to 64 times. The cleverly designed interface looks exactly like a real-world magnifying glass and lets you zoom in or out by clicking an icon or pressing a hot key. However, you ll need to right-click to access some of this application s settings; we would have preferred a button on the main window. In addition to the default look, Lens - Magnifying Glass also comes with several skins, including one with huge controls that some folks may find easier to use.
  • Magnifying Glass 1 is a simple utility which zooms region of screen under mouse cursor. Magnifying Glass useful for PC connected to TV-set or to the monitor with old phosphor. This utility differs from many others by set of unique features various contrast modes, various position modes, transparency. Platforms: Windows 9x/2000/XP.
  • NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free and open-source screen reader for the Windows Operating System, enabling blind and vision impaired people to use their computers for no more cost than the computer and Operating System itself.
  • BlindSoftware offers free activities of several programs. Example: Funk in the Trunk is a free full-version download of a virtual car stereo, which teens will love.
  • Perky Duck is a computer based Perkins Brailler emulator. It is designed to be used for distance education programs, particularly Internet-based situations. It allows Windows and Macintosh users to create electronic Braille files on their computer through six key input. These Braille files can then be printed, embossed or emailed to an instructor, proctor, etc. for examination and grading. Perky Duck has no translation capabilities and very little formatting -- essentially space bar, back space, and return key. 
 Word Prediction
  • eType is not really a word prediction program but might fit your needs.
    eType is a writing guide that auto-completes words as you type them, enabling one to possibly type faster. 
  • Google now offers a word prediction word processor called Scribe. They call it text completion playing off of text completion found on phones. You can use it with mouse access or by typing the number that corresponds to the word desired. If you are not sure if word prediction is what you are needing, this is a good trial program and just might provide what you are needing. Not a lot of horns and whistles but sometimes thise just get in our way anyway. 

  • Turbo-Type works with: Windows XP, 2003, Vista and Windows 7. Tested with editors like: Office Word, Office Outlook, Notepad, WordPad, Internet Explorer Web Forms. Turbo Type is also compatible with any software that allows text input. Great effort has been spent to make this software intuitive and simple. The predicted words are carefully chosen based on their usage frequency. The paid version of Turbo Type can also adapt to make more precise predictions.
Final Word
Don’t forget that each operating system comes with its own supports, “To enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential.” To learn more about the built-in solutions that is available on your computer: www.microsoft.com/enable/products/default.aspx for PC computers using Microsoft products. www.apple.com/accessibility for Macintosh users. A great site for Mac users regarding AT: http://atmac.org/
CNET is a wonderful site to use for free downloads. You can be comfortable in knowing that this source will not bring all those pesky bugs to your system. They have a listing of free educational downloads which includes many little goodies that will provide the extra support our students often need, such as WordWeb which is one of my all time favorites.

Final, Final Word… Other links for AT Freeware
If this didn’t give you what you need, try the following (these are great resources!):
Macintosh - trace.wisc.edu/world/computer_access/mac/macshare.html
Windows - trace.wisc.edu/world/computer_access/win95/win95sha.html 

and  microsoft.com/enable/guides/learning.aspx

For even more: http://adaptech.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/fandi_e.php

OATSoft is dedicated to improving Assistive Technology and computer accessibility through the power of Open Source development techniques. Open Source Assistive Technology Software (OATS) helps to make what you are looking for easy to find.  

Update 4/2012 with multiple additions added along the way.