Any technology which removes barriers for students. To allow them to achieve and to engender independence. If you have students who cannot access the curriculum and/or record their work effectively then technology may allow them to do this. I work with students in mainstream schools so the three assistive technologies I concentrate on are: Text to Speech - where text is read out by a computerised voice Speech to Text - where a student talks and the computer types their words and Concept Mapping - where a student can plan work in the form of a spider diagram or mind map. Understandably, people ask why we can't just teach students to read and write properly - well if this ever happens for all students I will be the first to jump up and down whooping (much of my job is to teach reading and writing) but until that time what are we doing to aid these students' achievements? What are we doing to help them access a text based curriculum if they can't read? What do we do until they catch up with their typically developing peers? If it's acceptable for students to benefit from a Teaching Assistant then why not a tablet or laptop? In my school, we're luckily enough to have a site licence for Dragon Naturally Speaking (speech to text) and ReadWriteGold (text to speech). This makes it easy for us to give students these facilities should they require them. Two problems always come up however; firstly, not wanting to look different and secondly, being able to practise enough to persuade them it will make life easier. Training is really important as Dragon particularly can be difficult to set up a profile and use with ease. I do know it works however, we had our first student use it for A'levels in June. Another student of mine from college has recently graduated with a first using Dragon. It has enabled him to shine, and without this software he would not have got to university. Here is my training presentation which you're welcome to use. https://prezi.com/m/b5qrgx5jfnnh/assistive-technology/ If you know of any useful assistive technology or links, please let me know.