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Research Articles

Search the educational research database for "Assistive Technology", and you will find 4,366+ articles (as of May 2, 2023). Among those results, you can find 3,111 peer-reviewed articles (562 articles are available in full text on the database). This database is maintained by the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC). ERIC is an online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Dedicated Websites for Assistive Technology and Tech

  • Administration for Community Living Aging and Disability Networks The aging and disability networks are made up of local, state, and national organizations and committed advocates working to support older adults and people with disabilities. Some organizations focus on a particular type of disability, age group, or type of service, whereas others have a more comprehensive mission. The ACL helps support these networks and the programs and services they provide.
  • Access Software Hal, Luna, LunaPlus, Super Nova, and Cicero screen readers and other access software that provides speech and Braille for Windows.
  • Active Living Alliance For Canadians with a Disability promotes, supports and enables Canadians with disabilities to lead active, healthy lives. We provide nationally coordinated leadership, support, encouragement, promotion and information that facilitates healthy, active living opportunities for Canadians of all abilities across all settings and environments.
  • ADA National Network provides information, guidance, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • "All Access Pass: enabling technologies offer business possibilities," by Dan Costa, Communications, Home Office Computing, April 2001. (156 K .pdf) Copyright 2001 Freedom Technology Media Group.
  • Apple® Accessibility Features built into all Macintosh computers provides adjustable keyboard, an ergonomic mouse, CloseView screen magnification software, Easy Access system software (StickyKeys, SlowKeys, MouseKeys), electronic documentation, key-repeat disable, text-to-speech synthesis and voice recognition (PlainTalk), sticky mouse, and visual alert cues. The VoiceOver spoken English interface for Mac OS X is a fully integrated, built-in screen reader technology providing access to the Macintosh through speech, audible cues, and keyboard navigation.
  • Apple Accessibility Resources Mac-compatible hardware and software products are designed for those with special needs.
  • Access for Everyone (.pdf) Apple® Universal Access.
  • Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP); Unifying State AT Programs. (The ATAP facilitates the coordination of state AT Programs nationally and provides technical assistance and support to its members.) ATAP is a national, member-based non-profit organization, comprised of state Assistive Technology Act Programs funded under the Assistive Technology Act (AT Act).
  • Assistive Technology Centre assistive technology shareware and information/resource sites provided by Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre Technical Resource Centre. [Nova Scotia]
  • Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities: An Updated Snapshot education research article in the ERIC Digest, Updated 2021.
  • CAL State University Northridge, Center on Disabilities (COD) is committed to the vision of an inclusive society where persons of all abilities have the chance to achieve their goals and experience success. Through excellent training and research, we nurture learning and innovation to improve the world for people with disabilities. Sponsors the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference. [California]
  • Communication by Gaze Interaction (COGAIN) COGAIN Association is a network of excellence on Communication by Gaze Interaction. COGAIN integrates cutting-edge expertise on interface technologies for the benefit of users with disabilities. The network gathers Europe's leading expertise in eye tracking integration with computers in a research project on assistive technologies for citizens with motor impairments. [Europe]
    • COGAIN Wiki the Knowledge Base of the COGAIN Network. Here you can find information, photos, videos, guides, reports, links and more. You are also welcome to join our community and help us build knowledge about Gaze Interaction. [Europe]
  • Disability Systems & Software Development of TNET Services, Inc., which is located in the City of Mesa, Arizona. is a software development company that specializes in development of accessible technologies for the use by both the general public and the disABLED community. [Arizona]
  • Disabilities and The White House
  • Dragon Speech Recognition Solutions—Dragon for Everywhere
  • Freedom Scientific provides blind or vision-impaired computer users access to a wide variety of information, education and job-related applications. Freedom Scientific makes
    • Accessories for blindness
    • FaceToFace™ deaf-blind personal communications
    • Focus Braille Displays
    • FSReader DAISY player
    • FSTTY deaf-blind telephone communications
    • FUSION access to both ZoomText and JAWS
    • JAWS® screen reading software
    • Low Vision Software
    • MAGic® screen magnification software
    • ONYX™ multiple view magnification cameras
    • OPAL™ ultra-portable magnifier
    • OpenBook™ scanning and reading software
    • PAC Mate™ Portable Braille Displays
    • PAC Mate Omni™ accessible Pocket PC
    • SARA™ scanning and reading aloud appliance
    • ScanTalker™ talking barcode reader solution
    • StreetTalk™ GPS solution
    • TestTalker
    • TOPAZ™ desktop video magnifier
    • TOPAZ™ Connectivity Pack
    • WYNN
    • ZoomText® Screen magnification and combined screen reader/magnification software.
  • Freedom Solutions Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that designs and builds assistive technology solutions for people living with disability. We have supported over 50,000 people to live more independent lives and achieve their functional goals thanks to the clever ideas of our dedicated volunteers. [Australia]
  • Kurzweil optical recognition products for Macintosh and Windows platforms. Develops reading technology for people with learning difficulties and those who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Motor Assisted NARI Handicapped Rickshaw (MANHARA) Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) has developed a very low-priced motorized vehicle for physically handicapped persons. MANHARA is motor assisted handpowered vehicle. [India]
  • Mucopolysaccharide (MPS) Workshop Solutions is a place in space where engineers, technicians, inventors and workshop enthusiasts can display and share knowledge on the assistive devices they have built to better the lives of the disabled. [Canada]
  • National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is dedicated to promoting high quality, principle-driven assisted living care and services with a steadfast commitment to excellence, innovation, and the advancement of person-centered care.
  • National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) A ready reference for Assistive technology.
  • REMAP provides one-off technical aids which help disabled people of all ages to enjoy a better lifestyle. Every aid is given free of charge to the user. Remap operates through a network of 1,500 volunteers. The professional engineers, technicians, and craftspeople – along with medical and paramedical staff from community services and hospitals – all belong to approximately 100 panels (groups) linked to regions across the UK, with Scotland and the Isle of Man operating separately. [UK]
  • Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) was established to promote interagency disability research coordination and collaboration, and enhance communication and information sharing among federal agencies and stakeholders conducting rehabilitation research programs and activities.
  • Screen Readers.
  • After 48 years of dedicated service, Solve-TAD, a charity organisation that created innovative and custom assistive technology solutions for people living with disabilties, has rebranded as Freedom Solutions Australia. [Australia]
  • Tongue Display Unit (TDU)
  • Trace Research & Development Center Research to Make Everyday Technologies Accessible and Usable. [University of Maryland]
  • USDA's TARGET Center ensures that all USDA employees have safe and equal access to electronic and information technology by assessing, educating, and advocating for the integration of assistive technology and worksite accommodations.
  • VisionKey brings the latest in wearable eye-controlled communication technology to enable users with ALS, brainstem stroke, muscular dystrophy, CP, Locked-in-Syndrome, Quadriplegia, or traumatic brain injury to use eye movements for complete computer access and for augmentative communication. Available in English, French, and Spanish and runs on Macintosh and Windows platforms. Manufactured by H.K. EyeCan. [Canada]