Assistive Technology and Portable Tools for Exchange Participants with Disabilities
Find out the assistive technology, adaptive software and portable tools common in the United States.
Are you an international student coming to the United States and not sure what assistive technology or tools you will need to learn and use?
Are you an American with a disability thinking about how to get your assistive technology or tools to, and how it will work in, the country where you are going?
The following links share information by disability and include portable or remote options for people with disabilities who travel internationally.
- What assistive technology, adaptive software and portable tools do you currently use to independently access information, activities and places in your daily life?
- Is this something that you can bring with you abroad? If so, how will you pack or send it? Do you need insurance for it? What will you do if it needs repairs? If it needs electricity or frequencies, is it reliable and do you have appropriate adapters in the destination?
- Can you access assistive technology or tools you need in the host country? If so, will it be what you need? If new to you, will you need time to be trained on how to use it? Will you have access to this for free or will you need to find funding to cover it? Will knowing a foreign language be a factor?
- This tipsheet provides examples of adaptive software and applications available, some of which are free, to people with disabilities. They provides a range of solutions to support writing, reading and planning for people with sensory, cognitive, learning and physical disabilities.
- There are many types of assistive technology that blind and low vision students can use to read books, complete homework, conduct research, take tests, and participate more fully in the classroom. This includes screen-reading, magnification or dictation software for computers, or equipment such as refreshable braille displays, video magnifiers, portable notetakers, and more.
- This tipsheet provides answers about remote sign language interpreting or real-time captioning via videophones or the Internet, use of portable assistive listening devices, such as FM listening systems or infra-red broadcast systems, and options for instant text messaging to provide communication access to people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
- This section of a tipsheet provides detailed examples of tools that support people with learning disabilities such as portable word processors, proofreading programs, speech-recognition programs, screen readers, talking calculators, and more.
- This tipsheet provides suggestions for and by people with mobility disabilities about types of luggage, portable ramps, shower equipment, walkers, reachers and other products to bring along when traveling internationally.
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