Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology, or AT, refers to all devices that enable people living with vision loss to perform tasks that would otherwise be more difficult to accomplish.

Assistive technologies commonly used by people with vision loss include:

  • Computer screen readers, screen magnifiers, braille displays, and voice input software that operate in conjunction with graphical desktop browsers and other programs.
  • Stand-alone products designed specifically for people with vision loss, including personal digital assistants (PDAs), note takers and electronic book players, which provide portable access to books and periodicals, phone numbers, appointment calendars, and more.
  • Video magnifiers (CCTVs) that magnify printed material and may reverse text and background colours for greater ease of reading.

Universal Design

Incorporating 'Universal Design' principles design in new products and services is good business sense, as well as 'the right thing to do.' Not only does it mean increased usability for people regardless of ability, but ultimately makes product offerings more attractive to a much larger market.