Types of Assistive Technology
There are a wide range of technologies that can facilitate learning by enhancing the following areas:
- Assistive Listening Devices
- Furniture (Desk, Chairs, Lap desks and holders, other furniture)
- Memory & Recall Tools
- Note Taking (digital recorder, highlighting, sticky notes, voice notes)
- Organizing Ideas (concept maps, brain storming, organizing software)
- Reading (screen reading, visual tracking, magnification, Braille and more...)
- Spelling & Grammar Checkers
- Time Management (calendars & alerts)
- Writing (voice recognition, hand writing recognition, alternative mice or keyboards)
- Math Tools Graphing on a computer
- Mobile Devices
The aforementioned list is not all inclusive. The AT industry has a huge amount of technology solutions that should be paired with areas of impact from a disability. The AU Assistive Technologist can assist with the process of finding the technology that best suits your needs.
In 2015 AU staff conducted a participatory research project into apps that students with disabilities found useful. The Mobile App Selection Tool (MAST) was developed to share those resources. You can link your learning processes to app filters and register to borrow apps that are not free. This is not an inclusive list but helps to identify needs to apps. Visit the AUMAST to view apps or register for updates and contribute to our resource.