Definition of Assistive Technology
Assistive technology includes any piece of equipment, product or system that is used to improve the functional capacities of people with disabilities. Keyboards, screen readers, and screen magnifiers are commonly used forms of assistive technology.
Screen readers are software that allow blind or visually impaired users to read text displayed on a computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display. You can find information about screen readers and the experience of a sighted person using one on the following web pages:
- Screen Reader User Survey - The results from this survey provide great insight into the demographics and preferences of screen reader users.
- David Ball's article - Things I learned by pretending to be blind for a week