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.



MyStudyBar is free to download and is designed to help overcome problems that students commonly experience with studying, reading and writing.

MyStudyBar is similar to popular commercial programs which use a floating toolbar to support literacy.It helps to alleviate problems with organization, reading and writing. The toolbar consists of programs assembled into one convenient and portable package. It’s easy to install and provides effective desktop learning support that is free...Providing support for
  • Planning
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vision and
  • Windows Speech Recognition
Offering applications in floating toolbar which includes:
  • Mind mapping
  • Screen masking
  • Word prediction
  • Talking dictionary
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Voice Recognition (The voice recognition requires the built-in speech recognition that comes with Windows Vista or Windows 7.)

This provides you with the power of having the tools you need available to you wherever you are, when you need it, regardless of what computer you use. It is amazingly awesome as a free tool! Another portable suite of study tools worth exploring by Craig Mill of RSC.

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The floating toolbar can be downloaded and easily installed on a flash drive or installed on any PC and ran from the desktop on any Windows computer.

RCS states: "MyStudyBar has been developed by Craig Mill and the team at JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland North & East, who created the award-winning AccessApps software suite. It is primarily designed to support learners with literacy-related difficulties, such as dyslexia, although it offers potential benefits to all learners."

A step-by-step guide is provided to help you unzip your files and load them onto a storage USB drive, after you have downloaded the program.

You might want to check out their other apps while visiting the StudyBar apps.

"EduApps is an initiative developed by the JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland North & East and consists of four different collections of incredibly useful software:

  • AccessApps provides a range of solutions to support writing, reading and planning, as well as sensory, cognitive and physical difficulties.
  • TeachApps is a collection of software specifically designed for teachers or lecturers.
  • LearnApps, as its name implies, is specifically designed for learners. All learners or students can benefit from LearnApps.
  • MyStudyBar is our new kid on the block, providing a suite of apps to support literacy."