What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology (AT) is hardware and software that enhances learning, working, and day-to-day functions for individuals with disabilities, and increases their independence. For students who are studying at school, there are a variety of AT tools that support reading, writing, studying, and time management among others. AT tools can be:
- Low tech, such as an agenda
- Mid-tech, such as a LiveScribe Pen
- High tech, such as a screen reader
Examples of Assistive Technology
There are several apps and programs available on the market. Listed below are some AT categories, and examples of programs commonly used or available through Mohawk College. Please feel free to research other options.
Built-in Assistive Technology
Computers and tablets also have AT tools and features built-in to them. For more information about Accessibility tools available in these devices, please visit these websites for more details.
Each of the main internet browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari) offer some accessibility features and also extensions or add-ins. Please note that some of the assistive technology programs may be developed to work within certain browsers or operating systems. If a program or a feature within the program does not work, please try using it in a different browser.
Have Questions? Need Assistance? Want to Book an Appointment with our Learning Lab Staff?
We are here to help. Contact Accessible Learning Services by email at als [at] mohawkcollege.ca (als[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca) or by phone at (905) 575-2122.