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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology are tools that can increase your independence, employment prospects and productivity in your chosen area of work or study. There are three categories of AT, ranging from 'Low-tech' such as a laptop stand or footrest through 'Medium-tech' up to ‘Hi-tech' including sophisticated communication and computer control systems.

Examples of assistive technology include:

  • Alternative keyboards, featuring larger or smaller than standard keys
  • Touch screens
  • Joysticks, manipulated by hand, feet, chin to control cursor on screen
  • Personal Listening Devices- many hard of hearing people use these to aid communication.
  • Screen enlargers/magnifiers/ readers
  • Speech recognition programs
  • Simple adjustments to a car can enable people with physical disabilities to be mobile.
  • Technology for ensuring Deaf and hard of hearing people are alerted to the fire alarm being activated.
  • Computer-based AT applications

Other Examples of different types of Assistive Technology

AT Hive is a new resource brought to you by AHEAD and DAWN (the Disability Advisors Working Network) that aims to raise awareness about Assistive Technology (AT) in the Education and Employment Sectors. AT Hive has about 50 examples of free and paid AT that can help with reading, writing, organisation, recording, communication, collaboration and more. These assistive technologies come in many forms like apps, websites, software, devices as well as in Office 365 and Google Workspace, to just name a few. If you are new to AT, or have some used AT already, then explore AT Hive to see the wide range of technologies that are available that can help in any ways.

Some Assistive Technology Suppliers include:

Grant Supports for Assistive Technology

Are you?

A Student?

A Private Sector Employee?

Second Level: Assistive technology grant for students with disabilities, the school applies directly through the National Council for Special Education An Employer or Employee applies through their local Intreo office for the Workplace Equipment Adaptation Grant (WEAG)
Third Level: Register with the disability or Access service at your college or institution and they will apply to the Higher Education Authority to the Fund for Students with Disabilities

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