Assistive technologies are, as their name explains, technologies specially developed to assist, they can assist in different ways depending on the person and of their disability, assistive technology is any type of tool created to ease the life of people in need. The creation of assistive technologies is a testament to the creativity of human beings and their drive to help each other, most assistive technologies started with a single and simple purpose in mind but then evolved into something that became the norm, the biggest example of this are glasses.
Below are examples of assistive technologies:
- Screen Readers.- a synthesized human voice will read the content of the screen, used mainly but not exclusively by the visually impaired.
- Magnifying software.- an interface with your computer’s graphic output to present an enlarged version of it, used mainly by people with low vision and the elderly.
- Speech recognition.- recognizes the voice of a user allowing them to transcribe spoken words, can be used by visually impaired people as well as people with low mobility.
- Keyboards.- keyboards come in all sizes and shapes specialized keyboards like braille keyboards are especially interesting and useful for the visually impaired, however, keyboards can be used universally.
- Mobility aids.- canes and wheelchairs are the most common around this group, used by people with mobility issues.
For more information on assistive technologies, we will add links to some on our Course Materials.