7 Types of Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the function of individuals with disabilities.

Infographic listing 7 types of Assistive Technology. Text below.

  1. Access and Environmental - Devices that allow increased control of the environment. These are devices such as switches, ramps, remote controls, automatic door openers, and braille signs.

  2. Aids to Daily Living - Special tools that help with daily activities like brushing teeth, dressing, or eating. These tools include adapted utensils and dishes, non-skid surfaces, and specially designed equipment.

  3. Assistive Listening - Supports those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Includes hearing aids, amplifiers, captions, and TTY.

  4. Augmentative/ Alternative Communication - Allows those who cannot speak or whose speech isn't easily understood, to communicate. Includes Picture boards, voice output devices, computers and software

  5. Alternative Instruction - Computer  Software that helps people with learning disabilities to better learn in subjects such as math, reading, writing, and other subject areas.

  6. Visual Aids - Gives an individual with visual difficulties access to information. Includes large print books, books on tape, magnifiers, talking software, and more.

  7. Mobility and Positioning - Devices that allow someone with a mobility or visual disability to safely travel and to remain in a good position to experience the world around them. Includes Wheelchairs, canes, walkers, adapted tables, chairs, and so much more.