Interchangeable terms with assistive technology include assistive
devices, rehabilitation equipment/technology, adaptive materials
or adaptive technologies. When we apply AT to facilitate the use
of classroom technologies and materials by students with disabilities
in today's classrooms, AT includes both "access" and "adaptive"
Access Technologies include those applications of
technologies that provide a way for students with disabilities to
better "access" classroom instructional materials provided
as part of the general curriculum. These are devices that adapt
the tools or activities used by general education students. These
products can compensate for limitations experienced by students
with sensory, cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Included here
are classroom tools/equipment that have been designed with universal
features making them accessible to students with physical, cognitive
and/or sensory disabilities.
Alternate keyboards and pointing systems that change how a software
program is used. The photo shows an IntelliKeys keyboard (IntelliTools,
Inc.) with a modified overlay which makes learning more direct for
a student with a disability. S/he simply needs to press a picture
key to see the word spelled on the screen or to spell it out with
larger letter keys.