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Assistive Technologies

This section of the Student Support Hub is aimed to provide information on assistive technology that can be used to support students with disabilities. The term assistive technology has a number of different deftinitions.

One definition is: "The field of Assistive Technology (AT) concerns the practical tools that can support functional needs of people who experience difficulties linked to disability or ageing. It encompasses a broad spectrum of low tech and high tech technologies, for example, walking frames, wheelchairs, hearing aids, vision aids and computer-based communication aids." Definition source: National Disability Authority of Ireland - Research on the provision of Assistive Technology in Ireland and other countries to support independent living across the life cycle.

Select the type of impairments to see a selection of assistive technologies useful in education:

Visual Impairments

Hearing Impairments
Learning Impairments Mobility Impairments




Additional information:

Types of Assistive Technology Products (Microsoft)

Accessibility (Apple)

Assistive Technology within Higher Education in UK (

Assistive technology for people with disabilities (BRI Ireland)

Assistive Technology - An Overview (Special Education Support Service)

Assistive technology (

Testing of assistive technology (the Danish Technological Institute)

The British Assistive Technology Association web site

Mada AT Portal

SALEIE student projects


Screen reader software

JAWS (Freedom Scientific)

Text to speech

DAISY Text to speech engine for Microsoft WORD (DAISY Consortium)

Other text to speech engines for Microsoft WORD (DAISY Consortium)