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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology may be used to help a person speak, write, learn or control their environment.


Communication Assistive Technology / Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) may be used to replace or augment a person’s speech. Communication equipment is divided into two categories, low-tech and high-tech.

Low-tech includes:
  • Core Communication boards
  • Choice Boards
  • Schedule Boards
  • Alphabet Boards
  • Communication books such as PODD

High-tech includes:
  • Speech Generating Devices
  • Tablet devices with communication apps
  • Computers with communication software
  • Voice amplifiers
  • Attention alarms

Writing and Learning

Assistive Technology may be used to replace or augment a person’s ability to write, learn and access the curriculum as well as provide tools for supporting memory loss.

Low-tech includes:
  • Pen grips
  • Alphabet charts / "alternative pencils"
  • Schedule Boards
High-tech include:
  • Portable or desktop computers with assistive software
  • Tablet devices with assistive apps
  • Smart phones

Alternative Access

All assistive technology may be adapted so that people with a physical disability can operate the device in a different way (Alternative Access). Technology is adapted or customised to enable independent use. Options include:

  • Keyguards
  • Styli
  • Accessible keyboards
  • Alternative mouse options
  • Rate enhancement software
  • Speech Recognition
  • Switches with scanning options
  • Eye-gaze
  • Environmental Controls