Assistive Technology is enabling more students with disabilities than ever before to access and engage in learning. It is enabling more to students with disabilities to participate in and benefit from mainstream education at all levels from primary through to higher education.
Devices, high-tech and low-tech, can help an individual perform a task that they would otherwise be unable to do, or increases the ease and safety with which the task can be performed. Some examples of assistive technology which may be used in an education environment include voice recognition systems, voice synthesisers, large print displays, Braille embossers, alternative computer input devices (eg switches, trackballs), radio aids, tape recorders, word prediction software, and instructional or organisational software. Some assistive technology devices only require the involvement of the user but some will also require the knowledge, skill and cooperation of the teacher as well as that of the parents or family members.