Assistive technology (AT) is a generic term used to refer to a group of software or hardware devices by which people with disabilities can access computers. They can be specially developed and marketed devices or off-the-shelf products that have been modified. Assistive technology can include devices such as alternate keyboards and mice, voice recognition software, monitor magnification software, multiple switch joysticks, and text-to-speech communication aids.
Outside of computer and Internet terminology the term assistive technology is also used when referring to any device which is designed for people with disabilities to carry on daily life (e.g. wheelchairs, mechanical arms).
Other Uses of the Phrase Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Inc. (ATI) is one of the developers who produce hardware and software solutions for people with disabilities. The company is located in Boston, Massachusetts.
(1) To link a certain type of file to a specific application. In MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows environments, the file’s type is specified by its three-character extension. For example, the.DOC extension identifies Microsoft Word documents. Once a file type has been associated with an application, selecting any file of that type automatically starts its associated […]
- associate program
Synonymous with affiliate program.
(1) Also called a star, a punctuation mark denoted by a 5- or 6-pointed snowflake shape (*). In many operating systems and applications, the asterisk is used as a wildcard symbol to represent any string of characters. (2) When capitalized as , an open source PBX daemon that runs on Linux. Asterisk is a complete […]
A slang term used to mean “artificial” blog buzz. In the blogosphere people may blog about a new product, which in turn prompts others to blog the product’s message. When the original blog(s) have been started by a PR company, it is called astroturfing.
)Not synchronized; that is, not occurring at predetermined or regular intervals. The term asynchronous is usually used to describe communications in which data can be transmitted intermittently rather than in a steady stream. For example, a telephone conversation is asynchronous because both parties can talk whenever they like. If the communication were synchronous, each party […]