What technology is available for students with cognitive disabilities?

DO-IT Factsheet #282

Individuals with cognitive disabilities can benefit from the use of technology in a variety of settings. For example, a student with a cognitive impairment can utilize computer programs designed to teach and reinforce not only subjects such as math and reading but also social and basic life skills. There are also a wide variety of products and devices that can be used by students with cognitive disabilities to access computer technology. For example, a standard keyboard can be replaced with an alternative device with picture options to allow students with cognitive impairments simplified access to a computer program.

To begin your exploration of technology for individuals with cognitive impairments, visit the following online resources.

Assistive Technology with Cognitive Disabilities Emphasis [1]

Cognitive Disabilities, Accessible Technology Center, U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Business Center [2]

Family Guide to Assistive Technology [3]

Assistive Technology Program's Assistive Technology for Cognitive Issues: Web Resources [4]