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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD): Common Assistive Technologies

This guide provides resources about ADHD.

What are assistive technologies?

The Technology Related Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 described an assistive technology device as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."

Assistive technologies can be "high tech" and "low tech:" from canes and lever doorknobs to voice recognition software and augmentative communication devices (speech generating devices).

Reading Assistance

  • Audiobooks are a great way to experience books if you have reading difficulties. Narrators read text aloud and the files are often available on CD and MP3. Libraries often provide access to audiobooks, both in physical formats like CDs and MP3 files. Audible is a company that produces audiobooks and is a fee-based option if you do not want to wait for library audiobooks to be available.

Writing Assistance

Mobile Applications for Productivity/De-Stressing

Employees with ADHD

Finding Assistive Technology