High Level Assistive Technology
High-tech devices are items that often are based on computer technology. In general, high-tech devices are more complicated to operate and require more training than low-tech devices, and are considerably more expensive. High-tech devices offer unique benefits that often make their expense and training demands worthwhile. They are powerful and flexible devices, and can be used for many different tasks. For example, desktop computers and laptop computers connected the the Internet and equipped with apecialzied software can be used for writing, reading, information gathering, corresponding via e-mail, and learning new skills. Sophisticated augmentative communication systems can be used for these same tasks, with the important addition of providing a voice for students who cannot speak.


Types of High-Tech Assistive Technology:

  • Augmentative and alternative communication devices
    • hearing aid and/or assistive listening device, text to speech, picture to speech
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  • Power wheelchair
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  • Alerting device
    • environmetnal awareness for people who are deaf/heard of hearing, i.e. alert to file alarm, telephone, doorbell

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Projection Voice-Altering Device (BM-05)



  • Mouse alternatives
    • Joy stick, track ball, Step on mouse.

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  • keyboard alternatives
    • alternative ways of keyboarding, i.e. on-screen keyboard, touch screen
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  • Screen readers
    • accessing screen via voice or touch, i.e. JAWS, Window-Eyes, TelleBraille N’ Speak
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  • Screen magnifiers
    • magnify and manipulate look of the screen, i.e. built-in computer screen readers, ZoomText
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  • Text to speech: Ureader; Read & Write; Built in on Mac OS; Kurzweil
    • write or choose picture and device “speaks”, i.e. Ureader, built-in (MAC), Kurzweil

Text To Voice
Text To Voice


  • Voice recognition: Dragon Naturally Speaking; iListen (Mac)
    • speak instead of writing or using mouse—Dragon Naturally Speaking, iListen (MAC)
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  • Word prediction programs: Co-Writer; SoothSayer; Telepathic 2000
    • speak instead of writing or using mouse—Dragon Naturally Speaking, iListen (MAC)