Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology can help if you’re struggling to complete everyday tasks such as making phone calls, using a computer, turning on lights and answering doors.

There is a range of equipment available to make these things easier to achieve, from specialist door entry systems and adapted telephones, to mobile devices that remind you to take medication or eat your lunch.

Telephone, mobiles and TV

  • Big button telephones that have flashing lights when someone calls
  • Phones with voice operated dialling systems and amplified ringers
  • Special headsets if you’re unable to hold the phone in your hand
  • Wireless extension kits so you can take calls in any room in the house
  • Landline, wireless, or mobile phones especially designed to use with hearing aids
  • Text phones that have a keyboard to type what you wish to say (if you have speech difficulties), and a screen so you can read the response from the other end of the line
  • Easy to see, big button remote controls
  • TV video magnifiers.

Computers, tablets and smartphones

Using computers, tablets and smartphones has many benefits, allowing you to shop online, book medical appointments, order prescriptions or pay your bills. They also help you stay in touch with friends and family all over the world and provide access to a wealth of information at your fingertips. 

If you are worried about using a computer for the first time or just lack the confidence to do certain things, there is lots of help and training available locally for all ages and abilities.

Assistive technology for computers and tablets

There is a range of technology available to make using a computer or tablet easier if you have a specific disability of impairment, such as:  

  • Voice recognition software allows you to operate all aspects of your computer without using the keyboard or mouse
  • Text-to-speech software reads out what is shown on your computer screen, or a scanned page of printed text - so you’re not reliant on reading
  • Extra-large, high visibility keyboards and screen magnifiers can help if you have a sight impairment
  • Specially designed mice and keyboards
  • Screen readers with braille displays, and speech output software.

More about technology that can help you 


Useful contacts:

British Assistive Technology Association
Address: British Assistive Technology Association (Registered Office)4 Queens Road Lewes East Sussex BN7 2JF

Richmond Council Adult Access Team
Address: Adult Social Services, Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ
Phone: 020 8891 7971
Minicom: 18001 020 8891 7971

Living made easy
Phone: 0300 999 0004

Action for blind people
Phone: 0303 123 9999

Action on hearing loss
Phone: 0808 808 0123