Identify the Right Assistive Technology Products
Identifying the best assistive technology solution often requires an in-depth needs
assessment to understand how a difficulty or impairment impacts computer use.
There are many types of assistive technology products
and hundreds of products available. To be sure you have identified the right product
to meet your needs, locate an accessibility center in your area or use a needs assessment
Microsoft Accessibility Resource Centers are available
to help you identify the right assistive technology before you purchase a product,
and to help you set up your computer and train you on how to use the new product.
Many of these centers have lending services, so you can try a product before committing
to purchasing it. These centers provide expert consultation on assistive technology
and accessibility built into Microsoft products. Each center is equipped with video
demonstrations and accessibility tutorials that show you how to make computing easier,
more convenient, and more comfortable.
The following assessment tool helps organizations and individuals select accessible
and assistive technology products.
Technology Decision Tree by UnumProvident (738 KB) leads you through questions
based on the type of impairment to identify assistive technology products that you
might consider. UnumProvident is a company dedicated to helping people with disabilities by providing income protection
and back-to-work products and services.