Assistive/access technology

Definition: Assistive or access technology is any additional software or hardware that is required by someone, because of a disability, to enable them to use a computer. The two most common types of assistive technology for people with sight loss are screen magnification and screen reading software. It is also known as access or adaptive technology.

Category: Technology

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Service descriptions mentioning the term Assistive/access technology

Deafblind UK Technology Support - (Deafblind UK)Service

Our technology support service teaches you to make the most of technology to help you be as independent as possible. From magnification to voice recognition, we can show you how to make the most of the gadgets you’ve already got or how to use specialist accessibility software.
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Computer, IT and Technology Training - (Sight Cymru)Service

Keep up to date and learn how to use computers, IT and other assistive technology.
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Digital Skills Training - North East Wales - (Vision Support)Service

Learn accessible technology skills in Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy. Available over the phone and in person by appointment.
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NWSB Finding Your Feet - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

A training scheme created by people with sight loss to help their peers gain skills to meet life's everyday challenges, from going out shopping to tips on using transport services. The course has been divided into five topics, all of which have been chosen by people with sight loss. Participants can attend as many days as they choose. The topics cover: Money Management, Travelling, Shopping, Information Technology and Digital Inclusion.
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Sight Cymru Information Service - (Sight Cymru)Service

Information on the latest treatments, technology and services in your area.
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Dr. Rhydian James Grant Fund - (North Wales Society for the Blind)Service

A grant to empower and enable future generations of people who are blind and partially sighted to reach their goals and fulfil their aspirations whatever they may be. Applicants in receipt of means-tested benefits will be given priority. They are happy to consider applications for specialist software, equipment and specialist training in the use of access technology.
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Vocaleyes Consultancy - (Vocaleyes)Service

Audits of your current access provision for blind and partially sighted visitors (visitor experience, online and programmed events); audience advocacy sessions (reaching and growing your blind and partially sighted audiences); inclusive design workshops; advice on digital technology solutions.
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Technology for Life - (RNIB)Service

RNIB's Technology for Life team can give you information and support with: Making the best use of your smartphone or tablet; using accessibility software such as screen readers or magnifiers; understanding the specifications of products; discovering new products that could be useful to you; troubleshooting and problem solving. The Technology Support volunteers provide one to one support at home for people with sight loss. Grants available.
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