On this page, we explore some of our most frequently asked questions, and, when possible, we’ll provide links to external sites, as well as to related e-bulletins.
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that helps to enhance learning, working and daily living capabilities. Assistive Technology does not need to be high tech. Quite often, assistive technology goes mainstream. Assistive Technology can be used to help with all types of disabilities.
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What is the difference between IT and AT?
Information Technology (IT) is the development and use of computer and software systems for storing and sending information, while Assistive Technology (AT) refers to devices and systems that lessen or remove barriers. The AT HelpDesk(new window) is able to support you with your AT needs, however will refer you to local IT expertise to address any IT needs.
How do I find out what AT would benefit me?
The best way to find out what AT would benefit you is through an AT Assessment. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to AT. The Neil Squire Society AT assessments and recommendations take into consideration the individual’s strengths, preferences, the required task, and the environment.
There are several organizations in New Brunswick that offer Assistive Technology Assessments for daily living and rehabilitation. SJDHHS, CNIB and the Neil Squire Society also offer AT Assessments for education and the workplace. To learn more about which organizations offer assessments you can search our AT Programs & Services in New Brunswick database. You can also send an inquiry to the AT HelpDesk by email, phone, text or chat.
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Where can I get funding for my AT?
Students can apply for Canada Student Grants, or New Brunswick Training & Equipment Support Services. There are several other organizations, such as Easter Seals, and War Amps that provide funding for AT. Search our AT Programs & Services in New Brunswick database for a complete list.
Who can access the AT Help Desk services?
The AT HelpDesk service is for AT users, parents, and professionals. The service is available for free. You can call, text or e-mail and the AT HelpDesk will aim to respond within 24 hours. The AT HelpDesk is open Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm.
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What other types of resources are available for persons with a disability?
While this site is dedicated to Assistive Technology resources and support, New Brunswick has a host of other services and supports available to individuals with a disability and their families. You can learn more about those services by contacting the Premiers Council on Disabilities.
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What are some common Assistive Technologies for learning?
Writing supports, reading supports, and apps that help you with note-taking, math, and organizing your ideas are common tools that assist with learning.
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What are some common Assistive Technologies for vision loss?
Magnifiers, screen readers, and braille displays are among the common assistive technologies listed on the CNIB website. Many computer, tablet and phone devices come with built-in accessibility features.
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What are some common Assistive Technologies for hearing loss?
Neil Squire Society and Saint John Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services often work closely together to come up with the best option for an individual. Hearing aids, voice amplified telephones, TTY, amplifiers, and alternative notification systems are types of AT equipment listed on the Saint John Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services website.
What are some common Assistive Technologies for mobility?
Mobility aids such as canes, wheelchairs, scooters, and lifts are types of equipment that can be accessed through various organizations. Check the AT Programs & Services in New Brunswick database for a complete list. There are also assistive technologies that can help with dexterity and mobility such as screen readers, one handed keyboards, and the lip sync, to name a few.