What is assistive technology (AT)?
Assistive technology, (also known as adaptive technology) are items that help with everyday living, reading, communication, mobility and many other areas. They make things easier or safer to do and aid in letting you live independently.
Types of AT
Assistive technology can help people living with a vision impairment maintain independence and social inclusion. It can include:
- Cooking and food preparation equipment
- Writing and communications solutions
- Apps for smartphones and devices like Iphones, iPad and Android
- Software for magnifying or reading out text on computer screens
- Braille keyboards and refreshable braille displays and notetakers
- Devices to convert written text into spoken words
What can assistive technology do?
It can enable people living with vision impairment to:
- Use a smartphone to navigate, stay in contact, browse social media or play games
- Access email, browse the internet or other tablet and computer-based tasks
- Read books, postal mail, recipes and much more.
Our team of specialists can:
- Conduct workplace assessments and recommend options to make it fully inclusive and accessible
- Provide assistance in accessing grants and funding
- Provide workshops and training in assistive technology
- Offer advice and information on equipment and devices
- Organise equipment trials
- Assist with the installation of software and equipment
Grants and funding
NDIS funding in many cases covers assistive technology, but there are a number of State, Federal and non-Governmental Departments which may also provide funding, depending on individual circumstances.
Through our onsite and online shops VisAbility is a leading supplier of assistive technology, adaptive equipment, vision aids and aids to daily living (ADL) for people living with blindness or vision impairment.