Ten Hot Assistive Tech Websites That You Won’t Want to Miss

Ten Hot Assistive Tech Websites That You Won’t Want to Miss

Alex Thompson (Retired Consultant, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-878-1.ch026
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This chapter introduces ten websites that can be used to access and reference information on assistive technology. Assistive technology is defined as technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. With the advent of more advanced technology comes the need to understand what is available, how to get it, and how to use it. The Internet provides easy access to this information; however, search engines can make it difficult to screen the vast number of websites available. The authors have screened websites to facilitate those interested in assistive technology more than simply company products and advertising. The criteria for determining which websites to include were applicability for teachers and availability of additional resources. Each website has a listing of the website’s sponsor, the full Web address, and a description of what information, products, and tools can be found on the website. Website authors include companies, teachers, individuals with disabilities, and government organizations. The websites chosen range from those offering products and resources for entire classrooms to those customizing computer controlled devices for individual students.
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Type in “assistive technology” into a search engine on the Internet and pages of websites will appear. Many websites are from companies selling their devices or approaches. Some are from teachers, government organizations and even from individuals with disabilities. Rather than chase randomly around the Internet to find information on assistive technology, you can read through this article and check out the ten websites extracted from those pages the search engine provides. These websites were selected based on the information available in them. The websites reviewed below include everything from free materials to lists of computer vendors who specialize in high tech solutions for individuals with disabilities. Make these your starting place to fruitful web searching. Each of the ten includes the web address, the name of the website sponsor and a brief description of what information can be gained from the website.

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