Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is assistive technology?
Answer: Assistive technology is a hardware or software that help individuals with challenges in vision, speech, hearing, motor development, learning to use computers in their daily life and profession. Screen reading software, magnification software or device, braille embosser, brailler note taker, refreshable displays, mobility adapative keyboards, joysticks, reading tools, mind mapping software are few examples of assistive technology. .
Question: What technology can visually challenged use to access computers, and work on applications basically?
Answer: Students with vision challenges in seeing a text on monitor display can use screen reader software, which makes text on the screen accessible through speech. They also give a braille output if a braille display is attached to the computer. The text or menu of an application or a text icon or shortcut on desktop or buttons that appears on the screenis either spoken by a speech synthesizer or displayed in Braille. In short, Screen reading software also helps in working on wordprocessors, spreadsheets, presentation softwares as well as internet browsers to read, type and work with through audio responses. Images shall not be available as audio but can be made accessible by providing a descriptive text when possible.
Question: Does assistive technology help children with challenges in learning, memory?
Answer: Assistive technology tools such as spelling helpers, phonetic spelling softwares, typing tutors, accessible DAISY players with text highlighting, audio and video tutors for slow learners, mathematical aids & simple testing tools support reading, writing, mathematics and organizational skills improvement in children with learning challenges.Though needs might among individual children, assistive aids working on a group based system with special educators attention shall help much.
Question: Does accessible infratstructure help children with special needs for mobility, cerebral palsy or physical access?
Answer: Access to the facility is the first block or barrier that has to be attended too. Any resource centre, lab, library or study facility like classroom accessible through wheel chair by a ramp, escalation support help them. Apart from these, adaptive keyboards, switches, players, accessible furnitures and fittings help in accessing, working with the resources available in computers for their studies, learning, knowledge requirements.

Assistive Technology for challenges in

Mobility aids
Screen reader software
Scan and read software
Magnifying software
Speech to text software
Scan and read appliances
Hand held Magnifiers and CCTVs
Refreshable braille displays
Braille notetaker
Braille translator software
Braille embosser
DAISY, E-Text as audio players
Communicative aids
Assistive listening devices
Voice amplification aids
Audio Induction loop systems
Text to speech software
Speech improvement software
Tele Typewriter (TTY) communication aids
Speech to text software
Adaptive keyboards and switches
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) aids
Scan read and listening aids
Variable speed audio players
Mathematical aids
Talking calculators
Language spellcheckers
Talking encyclopedia and dictionaries
Visual learning aids