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.

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Of course, the listings provided on this site are not all, nor are they meant meant to be, as this is a field that continues to grow and grow. This is meant to just get you thinking and beginning to explore. Consider exploring the following list when you are exploring: 

  • For notation software that works very well with a mouse/trackball, you might want to consider MathType. 30-day trial available. For more information on using MathType with students who have physical or vision issues, see "Guide for Physically Disabled and Low Vision Users".
  • Articles on a variety of issues relating to making math accessible to students with various disabilities, explore this Accessibility Solutions website.
  • The following article on the University of Washington DO-IT website is a useful resource worth exploring: "Are there commercial products designed to make math accessible to students with disabilities?"
  • A great blog dedicated to Making Math Accessible for students with vision and physical disabilities has numerous resources worth getting acquainted with.
  • Consider using the math program IXL. Many schools are using this program successfully with children with special needs. Ask your school if they have an account. K-12


Further Informational Resources:

For more information, visit the HIAT website which lists sites along with a description and grade level appropriateness. Another great site is the MATNOnline Wiki which has a goal to provide educators with resources to support the education of all students with disabilities the use of assistive technology.