Assistive technology is 'any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed' (World Health Organisation, 2004).
It is a broad term that refers to any tool, low tech or high tech, which can be used to enable student learning. Assistive technology is changing rapidly and it is no longer confined to being specialised, high-tech equipment. It can be low tech, free/low-cost technology or settings that are built-in to consumer devices.
Assistive technology can also be used to benefit a wide range of students in the classroom.