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Assistive Technology Checklist

A list intended to provide examples of assistive technology.

Note: This list is intended to provide examples of assistive technology and should not be misconstrued as a mandate for payment by any agency, including: local education agencies, California Children's Services, the California Departments of Rehabilitation, Developmental Services, or Education.

Writing

Mechanics of Writing

  • Pencil/pen with adaptive grip
  • Adapted paper (e.g., raised line, highlighted lines)  
  • Slantboard
  • Typewriter
  • Portable word processor
  • Computer
  • Other _________________________

Alternate Computer Access

  • Keyboard with easy access
  • Keyguard
  • Arm support
  • Track ball/track pad/joystick with on screen keyboard
  • Alternate keyboard
  • Mouth stick/head pointer with standard/alternate keyboard
  • Head mouse/head master/tracker with on screen keyboard
  • Switch with Morse code
  • Switch with scanning
  • Voice recognition software
  • Word prediction to reduce keystrokes
  • Other _________________________

Composing Written Material

  • Word cards/word book/word wall
  • Pocket dictionary/thesaurus
  • Electronic/talking electronic dictionary/thesaurus/spell checker
  • Word processor with spell checker/grammar checker
  • Word processor with word prediction to facilitate spelling and sentence construction
  • Talking word processor for multisensory typing
  • Voice recognition software
  • Multimedia software for expression of ideas (assignments)
  • Other _________________________
Reading, Studying and Math

Reading

  • Changes in text size, spacing, color, background color
  • Use of pictures with text
  • Book adapted for page turning (e.g., page fluffers, 3-ring binder)
  • Talking electronic device to pronounce challenging words
  • Scanner with talking word processor
  • Electronic books
  • Other _________________________

Learning/Studying

  • Print or picture schedule
  • Low tech aids to find materials (e.g., index tabs, color coded folders)
  • Highlight text (e.g., markers, highlight tape, ruler, etc.)
  • Voice output reminders for assignments, steps of task, etc.
  • Software for manipulation of objects/concept development input device (e.g., switch, touch window)
  • Software for organization of ideas and studying
  • Recorded material (e.g., books on tape, taped lectures with number coded index)
  • Other _________________________

Math

  • Abacus/math line
  • Calculator/calculator with print out
  • Talking calculator
  • Calculator with large keys and/or large LCD print out
  • On screen calculator
  • Software with templates for math computation (may use adapted input methods)
  • Tactile/voice output measuring devices (e.g., clock, ruler)
  • Other _________________________
Communication
  • Communication board/book with pictures/objects/letters/words
  • Eye gaze board (eye gaze communication)
  • Simple voice output device
  • Voice output device with levels
  • Device with speech synthesis for typing
  • Other _________________________
Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
  • Adaptive eating devices (e.g., foam handle on utensil)
  • Adaptive drinking devices (e.g., cup with cut out rim)
  • Adaptive dressing equipment (e.g., button hook, reacher)
  • Other _________________________

Mobility

  • Walker
  • Grab rails
  • Manual wheelchair
  • Powered mobility toy
  • Powered wheelchair with joystick, head switch or sip/puff control
  • Other _________________________

Environmental Control

  • Light switch extension
  • Use of universal link and switch to turn on electrical appliances (e.g., radio, fan, blender)
  • Radio/ultra sound/remote controlled appliances
  • Other _________________________
Recreation and Leisure
  • Adapted toys and games (e.g., toy with adaptive handle)
  • Use of battery interrupter and switch to operate a toy
  • Adaptive sporting equipment (e.g., lighted/bell ball, velcro mitt)
  • Universal cuff to hold crayons, markers, paint brush
  • Modified utensils (e.g., rollers, stampers, scissors)
  • Arm rest to support arm for drawing/painting
  • Drawing/graphic program on computer
  • Playing games on the computer
  • Music software on computer
  • Other _________________________
Vision
  • Eye glasses
  • Magnifier
  • Large print books
  • Screen magnifier (mounted over screen)
  • Screen color cornets
  • Screen magnification software
  • CCTV (closed-circuit television)
  • Screen reader
  • Braille keyboard and note taker
  • Braille translation software
  • Braille printer
  • Other _________________________
Hearing
  • Hearing aid
  • Classroom amplification
  • Captioning
  • Signaling device (e.g., vibrating pager)
  • TDD/TTY for phone access
  • Screen flash for alert signals on computer
  • Other _________________________
Positioning and Seating
  • Non-slip surface on chair to prevent slipping
  • Bolster, rolled towel, blocks for feet
  • Adapted/alternate chair, side lyer, stander
  • Custom fitted wheelchair or insert
  • Other _________________________

The Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI) External link opens in new window or tab. provides information about other materials that have been developed, and has available for downloading a copy of Resource Manual for Assessing Student's Needs for Assistive Technology.

Questions: Linda Wyatt | lwyatt@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-3254 
Last Reviewed: Monday, May 23, 2016
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