Assistive technologies

Assistive technologies are devices, implemented in either hardware, software, or a combination thereof, that allow people with disabilities to interact with content in ways that meet the requirements of the individual user. In dealing with content on the web, assistive technologies will often interact with, rather than act as, web browsers in order to provide functionality that go beyond what is provided by the web browser itself.

While many web browsers have capabilities that assist people with disabilities in interacting with content on the web, we do not qualify such web browsers as assistive technologies. The difference between web browsers and assistive technologies is that while web browsers target a wider audience of users, both with and without disabilities, assistive technologies target narrow audiences of users with specific disabilities.