What should I consider when deciding what kind of adaptive technology to use?

DO-IT Factsheet #73

Access to computers for people with disabilities involves two major issues: access to the computers themselves and access to electronic resources such as word processors, spreadsheets, and web pages. Adaptive hardware and software can facilitate computer access for people with disabilities. Adaptive (or assistive) technology solutions may involve simple, readily available adjustments such as using built-in access devices on standard computers, or they may require unique combinations of software and hardware such as those needed for voice or Braille output.

Here is a list of adaptive technologies for computers and computer workstations that are most commonly requested among students with various disabilities.

For more information on adaptive technology, consult Adaptive Technology [1] and Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology [2] or view the video [3] by the same title.