What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.


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Assistive Technology most commonly used:


  • Speech/Voice recognition
  • Text to Speech
  • Mind Mapping
  • Touch Typing
  • SmartPhones/Tablets
  • Apps
  • Handheld Devices


How does Assistive Technology help people with accessibility difficulties?


Assistive Technology can help people to overcome difficulties with:


  • Reading, writing & spelling
  • Mathematics & number
  • Note taking & memory
  • Learning & study skills
  • Organisation & time management


Definition of AT taken from the Assistive Technology Industry Association


All of the recommendations made by The Dyslexia Association are based on our own staff and client experiences.  We are not paid to promote any products, so all of the recommendations are impartial and unbiased.

Useful links

Reading, Writing & Spelling

Reading, Writing & Spelling

Mathematics & Number

Mathematics & number

Note-taking & Memory Aids

Note-taking & Memory Aids

Organsation & Time Management

Organisation & Time Management

Exams Access

Exams Access