Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY (AT) RESOURCES
The web is full of assistive technology resources some better than others, therefore to simplify web searches PIAT provides this list of sites that are useful in presenting information pertaining to assistive technology. Each subheading has a corresponding list. Click on the subheading to view the list associated with that topic.
Resources about assistive communication devices such as telephones and also the availability of captioned media.
- Reading, Writing, and Organization Aids
Information to help aid reading, writing and organizational skills.
- Daily Living
Information and tools to assist in the completion of Daily Living activities and interaction with others.
- Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Information about living with hearing loss and aiding communication.
Useful resources and information for people who are blind.
Products that help people with disabilties engage in recreation activities.
- Computer Access
Information about using the computer for people who may not use conventional computer options.
- Smart Home Technology
Information about accessible interior home design.
- Home Accessibility / Home Mods
Resouces about the construction and modification of homes to make them accessible.
- Apps (hip, new and trendy)
Sites about new technology.
Information about assistive mobility devices, such as wheelchairs or scooters.
- Assistive Technology in the IEP
Resources for the use of assistive technology in the development and execution of an Individual Educational Plan.
- Assistive Technology and Transition
Information about how assistive technology can help with the move from high school to college and from adolesence to adulthood.
- Assistive Technology and Employment
Resources for both job seekers and employers to appreciate the benefit of using assistive technology in the workplace.
FREE TRIAL RESOURCES
This section lists sites that provide either trial or free software to help individuals enhance their use of computers-navigate internet, use popular word processing applications- and to help communicate.
These products were free trials as of January 14, 2011. The Institute is not responsible for content on these sites and does not guarantee that these resources are still available.
- Education / Organization
Programs that help with structuring and creation of documents and presentations both by student and teacher.
- Word Processing
Products that help to facilitate the creation of word document through a variety of text-to-speech programs and typing applications.
Software to adapt a computer into a communication device.
- Magnifier / Visual Aid
Products to increase the size and format of web pages for reading accessiblity.
- Text - Speech
Programs to convert text to audio files to play on a computer or personal audio devices.
- Literacy Package
Software to address a variety of needs from talking word processors to accessible Internet toolbars.
- What is Assistive Technology?
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Plan for Assistive Technology (download, Word-213KB)
- Assistive Technology Resource Centers
- Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library
- REEP—Recycled Equipment Exchange Project
- TDDP—Telecommunication Device Distribution Program
- Assistive Technology Device Demonstration
- Funding for Assistive Technology
- Related Websites
Voice: 800-204-PIAT (7428), in state
TTY: 866-268-0579, in state
Institute on Disabilities
1755 N. 13th Street
Student Center, Room 411S
Philadelphia, PA 19122