About Assistive Technology

  • Assistive technology refers to "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities".

    For individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, assistive technology can provide access to communication and to the environment. This may include devices for accessing telecommunication, personal amplification, assistive listening, alerting, and captioning.

    Many of the Assistive Devices can be purchased through the companies below. (Links are provided for informational purposes and convenience and are not endorsed by Statewide Outreach Center).

    National and State Technology Networks

    AbleData is a national database for assistive technology for all disabilities. They have a comprehensive listing of products for the deaf and hard of hearing.

    The Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) is a collaborative effort of the Texas Education Services Centers and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) that provides professional development and technical assistance for assistive technology for all disabilities.