Assistive Technology

Cognitive, hearing, motor and visual disabilities can affect people in different ways at different points in their lives. For example, you may know someone who is gradually losing their sight and/or hearing with age. Assistive technology is a term that encompasses the tools developed to allow individuals with disabilities to maintain their independence.

In the context of website management, assistive technology refers to the hardware and software created to ensure that users with disabilities can access content. To get a better sense of the diversity of disabilities that may impact how users interact with, check out the following list of popular assistive technologies, then see how these tools are used by watching videos of assistive technology in action.

Cognitive Disabilities

Literacy software, like Kurzweil 3000

Specialized font, such as Dyslexie font


Hearing Disabilities

Captioning software, like the tools available in YouTube's Video Manager

Transcription software, such as Dragon


Motor Disabilities

Voice-controlled software, like Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Mouth sticks or styluses

Eye tracking devices, like Tobii Dynavox


Visual Disabilities

Glasses or contacts, such as Soft Contact Lenses

Screen enlargers, like the ZoomText Magnifier

Screen readers, such as JAWS

High contrast themes , like those available for the Windows Operating System