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 albany.edu, check out the following list of popular assistive technologies, then see how these tools are used by watching videos of assistive technology in action.
Literacy software, like Kurzweil 3000
Specialized font, such as Dyslexie font
Captioning software, like the tools available in YouTube's Video Manager
Transcription software, such as Dragon
Voice-controlled software, like Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Mouth sticks or styluses
Eye tracking devices, like Tobii Dynavox
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