Assistive technology are tools for people who need some form of assistance to be able to perform on equal terms with the rest of society. Assistive technology can for instance help people with dyslexia and visual, hearing or mobility impairments.
Typically, an investigation takes place where the person is diagnosed, their needs identified, and specific assistive technologies are suggested. Assistive technology for people with dyslexia typically consist of a software package including reading and writing software that can be installed on one’s own computer. In the case that the individual does not own a laptop, and their family are not able to acquire one, a computer with the software start kit may be granted. A person with hearing impairment may receive support in the form of microphones or other technical hearing aids, to be able to access information and communicate on equal terms with other people. A person with visual impairment may for instance be provided with a computer with relevant software installed. A person with mobility impairment may be granted ergonomic aids or digital assistive technology.
Having the right assistive technology can enable a student to work longer on a task, thanks to not getting physically tired too quickly.