Inclusive Technology as applied to persons with disabilities was previously referred to as 'special needs computing', then 'adaptive technology' and more recently 'assistive technology', usually in the context of computer related accessibility.
However, computer access can also be referred to as "Access Technology". While "access technology" and "adaptive technology" essentially have the same implied meaning, Inclusive Technology functions to provide access to computer systems. Inclusive Technology, in a broader sense, is a technology that helps someone participate in his or her environment through adaptation and accessibility whether it is computers, environmental access and control ("electronic aid") or Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
Inclusive Technology encompasses a very broad area of need and is a dynamic with new and emerging technologies providing opportunities for users. It can be described as "a tool to assist in the accomplishment of one or more tasks that would be difficult or impossible to complete without the intervention or assistance over time, using only the available resources."
Inclusive Technology can play a vital role in supporting students, apprentices, trainees and workers in negotiating and completing tasks involving reading, writing, research, study, planning and organisation and many other tasks.
With the evolution of smart phones and tablets has come the need to ensure that all devices are accessible. Both Apple and Google (Android) have ensured that devices are equipped with software that allows users to learn and engage like never before.
Technology for Everyone- Microsoft products, assistive technology, keyboard shortcuts, demos, tutorials, news, resources for educators.
Apple Accessibility (including iOS and OS X):
Google Accessibility (ANDROID):
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Web accessibility design is both a philosophy and a practice that promotes easy access, navigation, and readability of information for as many people as possible regardless of their location, experience, and technology format. W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) has developed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) to support better design and development of online environments.
Web Guide Accessibility Usability
The Australian Government has endorsed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 for all government websites. This requirement supersedes the previous mandate for compliance with WCAG 1.0. This online guide provides guidance for web designers about accessibility.
ACCESSIBILITY TOOLS & APPS
A suite of eight software collections that are free to download and use. They cover a range of user requirements to support teaching and learning, so you can choose one that's right for you or your student. All EduApps collections can run from a USB pen-drive plugged into a Windows computer.
AccessApps - provides a range of solutions to support writing, reading and planning, as well as sensory, cognitive and physical difficulties.
TeachApps - a collection of software specifically designed for teachers or lecturers.
LearnApps - specifically designed for learners. All learners or students can benefit from LearnApps.
MyStudyBar - provides a suite of apps to support literacy.
MyVisBar - a high contrast floating toolbar designed to support learners with visual difficulties.
MyAccess - a portal to all your favourite and accessible applications providing inclusive e-learning options for all.
Create&Convert - designed to help publish accessible information for all.
Accessible Formatting WordBar - designed to create accessible Word documents with ease.
App Decision Tool
Created to help you bring mobile technologies into your teaching process. The tool will help you define your requirements and explain how you could go about satisfying them.
This resource has been structured primarily on the Australian Core Skills Framework. A list of apps appears under each core skill and notes how it could be used in the development of the skill.
Assistive Technology in the Work Place for People With Disability
Providing information about technology that can be used in the workplace by people with a disability.
Media Access Australia
Australia's only independent not-for-profit organisation devoted to increasing access to media for people with a disability.
Social Media Accessibility Toolkit: Emergency 2.0 / Wiki _idisaster 2.0
Guidelines for making emergency procedures accessible
A not-for-profit community organisation that works to strengthen communities and organisations, using information technology as the primary tool to create positive social change.
For more information and ideas go to our link about Low Cost - No Cost Technology recommendations