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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).
Assistive Technology: The Official Journal of RESNA
The goal of Assistive Technology is to publish material that fosters communication among individuals working in all aspects of the assistive technology arena including researchers, developers, clinicians, educators and consumers.
Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
This journal publishes material on assistive technology devices, services, user experiences, education and training, and policies. They seek to encourage "a better understanding of all aspects of disability and to promote rehabilitation science, practice and policy aspects of the rehabilitation process."
AbleData is a database that contains unbiased information about assistive technology products. You can search by product name, maker, or by product category, such as blind/low vision or communication.
Disability in the Modern World
At completion, Disability in the Modern World will include 150,000 pages of primary sources, supporting materials, and archives, along with 125 hours of video. The content is essential for teaching and research—not only in the growing disciplines of disability history and disability studies, but also in history, media, the arts, political science, education, and other areas where the contributions of the disability community are typically overlooked.
Academic Search Ultimate
A scholarly, multidisciplinary database providing indexing and abstracts for over 10,000 publications. Offers coverage of many areas of academic study, which makes it a great place to start the beginning stages of your research.