Some examples of assistive technologies are:
- Mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, crutches1, prosthetic devices, and orthotic devices.2
- Hearing aids to help people hear or hear more clearly.3
- Cognitive aids, including computer or electrical assistive devices, to help people with memory, attention, or other challenges in their thinking skills.3
- Computer software and hardware, such as voice recognition programs, screen readers, and screen enlargement applications, to help people with mobility and sensory impairments use computers and mobile devices.4,5
- Tools such as automatic page turners, book holders, and adapted pencil grips to help learners with disabilities participate in educational activities4,6,7
- Closed captioning to allow people with hearing problems to watch movies, television programs, and other digital media.4
- Physical modifications in the built environment, including ramps, grab bars, and wider doorways to enable access to buildings, businesses, and workplaces.8,9
- Lightweight, high-performance mobility devices that enable persons with disabilities to play sports and be physically active.4
- Adaptive switches and utensils to allow those with limited motor skills to eat, play games, and accomplish other activities.4
- Devices and features of devices to help perform tasks such as cooking, dressing, and grooming; specialized handles and grips, devices that extend reach, and lights on telephones and doorbells are a few examples.4
For more information about types of assistive devices, check out the following resources:
- The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders provides detailed information on Assistive Devices for People with Hearing, Voice, Speech, or Language Disorders.
- AbleData is a database of information on assistive technology products and resources.
- PBS Parents provides examples of assistive devices as well as some specific guidance on alternative communication strategies for people who need assistance to produce or comprehend spoken or written language.
- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has information about available assistive technology to help people with impaired mobility or other disabilities drive motor vehicles .
- The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America describes standards for different types of assistive technology on its website.