Any tools or devices that help people with disabilities function independently can be called assistive technology. Since personal computers are such integral tools in daily life, though, assistive technology commonly refers to computer hardware and software that provides accessibility. This specialized technology gives easier access and more independence to individuals who may otherwise have great difficulties in using a computer.
Assistive technology can include alternative keyboards to make typing less fatiguing, easier, and faster. Keyboards can also be modified to make them easier to see and understand. The traditional computer mouse can be replaced with a trackball, foot mouse, or other input devices. Different software programs, too, can assist people with sensory impairments and those with learning disabilities perform activities related to work and play. Learn more with our informative guide!