What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology is any tool that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities for engaging with materials. Such tools include:

If technology isn’t designed with accessibility in mind, assistive technology may not be able to function well and people may encounter barriers. Many people use assistive technology to engage and thrive in the world, and making technology more accessible ensures that systems and content can be engaged with by people using those strategies, including people with disabilities who might often rely on assistive technology.

Accommodation requests

Some requests for disability-related accommodations may include assistive technology. If you have an accommodation request or need to learn more about accommodations at Wake Forest,

Getting to know assistive technology

Below you can find links to quick introductions to three types of common assistive technologies. As always, if you have any suggestions for feedback or improvements, please contact us and let us know!

Speech-to-text tools
Text-to-speech tools and screen readers
Keyboard navigation