Adaptive & Assistive Technologies

EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information)
EASI’s mission is to serve as a resource to the education community by providing information and guidance in the area of access-to-information technologies by individuals with disabilities. They stay informed about developments and advancements within the adaptive computer technology field and spread that information to colleges, universities, K-12 schools, libraries and into the workplace.

CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology)
Founded in 1984 as the Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to expand educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities through the development and innovative uses of technology.

NCAM (National Center for Accessible Media)
The CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) is a research and development facility that works to make media accessible to underserved populations such as disabled persons, minority-language users, and people with low literacy skills. NCAM is an extension of public broadcasting’s ground-breaking work in media access that began 25 years ago with the creation of captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers, and has more recently resulted in the development of video description for blind and visually impaired audiences.

ATRC (Adaptive Technology Resource Centre)
The Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC) at the University of Toronto is devoted to increasing the accessibility of information technology. The ATRC is involved in research and development to find innovative solutions to accessibility challenges. We also provide training, consultation, and information to help both educators and users to effectively use adaptive technology.

ABLEDATA is a federally funded project whose primary mission is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. They are sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), which is part of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Adaptive Technology for Information and Computing Lab (ATIC) at MIT The Adaptive Technology for Information and Computing Lab (ATIC) at MIT provides Information Technology (IT) services to MIT students who have disabilities. Their website contains a comprehensive listing of adaptive and assistive technologies.

LD OnLine
The “Technology” section of LD OnLine. Technology can open doors and break down barriers for children, youth and adults with learning disabilities. Whether in the classroom or workplace, technology can provide a vital difference. Here they explore new developments in technology, and practical insights into the promise and realities of making technology work for people with learning disabilities.

Microsoft Accessibility
Microsoft is dedicated to developing technology that is useable and accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. Learn about built-in accessibility features in Microsoft products that you can adjust to meet your needs and preferences.

Please Note: These resources are provided as a service to the Boston University Community. Their inclusion does not constitute an endorsement by Boston University or Disability Services. The degree of accessibility of these sites may vary.