There are so many uses for a computer. In this day and age, we rely on computers for communications, information, or recreation. Individuals may have a need for AT to access the computer if they struggle with any of the following:

  • Providing Computer Input
  • Interpreting Output
  • Reading supporting documentation

Individuals with motor, sensory, cognitive or learning disabilities all can benefit from AT options whether in school, at work, or in the community. 

Built-in Accessibility Features

Most computers and smart devices have built-in accessibility features that can make accessing your device much easier. For example, speech-to-text dictation, magnification, or an on-screen keyboard.

Modified or Alternate Keyboards

Keyboards with increased contrast, large keys, or onscreen keyboards can help individuals with vision or mobility challenges.

Mice or Switches

Large “mice” or switches activated by pressure or some other means can help individuals with a wide range of challenges, from carpal tunnel to cerebral palsy.


Software can be used to increase the capabilities of your computer breaking down the barrier stopping individuals from being able to access their computer. NVDA is a free screen reader that will read aloud your websites and electronic documents. Dragon Dictation allows users to create reports, emails, forms and more with the sound of their voice.

Learn more about AT for Communication at AT3 Center’s Explore AT Clearinghouse.

ATLA has services and programs available for individuals who need AT for Computer Access.