Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology in Education?

Assistive Technology (AT) is a range of tools that make learning more accessible. This includes, for example, software that helps with spelling and grammar, digital pens for recordings lectures, adapted tools for those with visual or hearing impairments, and alternative inputs for students with mobility issues.

NCAD’s Access Service has an AT Specialist, Hannah Ní Mhaonaigh, who can provide technology and training to students who avail of learning support. Usually, recommendations will be made for AT when you attend your Needs Assessment. If you avail of Learning Support and would like to look at AT options, please make an appointment with the AT Specialist by emailing assistive


Examples of software available through AT

  • Mind mapping programs for planning essays and projects.
  • Text to Speech programs which read text aloud through a computer.
  • Software which converts a page of printed text.
  • Speech recognition software – type faster by speaking into a mic.
  • Proofreading software.


NCAD’S AT Digital Resources

1 Natural Reader


3 Zotero Citation and Reference Capturing Tutorial 

4 Visor Reading Aid

5 Open Dyslexia Font

6 Live scribe 

7 Otter Live Speech to Text

8 Grammarly


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