Assistive Technology Rapid Literature Review


Photo of a child, with mouth wide open looking at a computer screen.
Photo of a young adult in a wheel chair using a speech generating device to communicate.
Photo of two children using an alternative keyboard to interact with computer software.

The Department for Education’s Educational Technology Strategy, Realising the Potential for Technology in Education, defined 10 EdTech Challenges designed to catalyse activity in specific areas of the Educational Technology sector.

One of the challenges focused on the need to identify the best technologies that help level the playing field for pupils and students with Special Educational Needs and Difficulties: Challenge 6: Challenge the research community to “identify the best technology that is proven to help level the playing field for learners with special educational needs and disabilities."

Assistive technologies (AT) are specialized products designed for people with special educational needs and disabilities. This web site summarizes the available evidence from a rapid literature review concerning AT use and outcomes in education. For more information, contact Dave Edyburn, Ph.D., Principal Investigator.

Final Report

The final report is available in two formats:

Print Format
Digital Format


Stakeholder Reports

Five stakeholder reports were developed. The intent was to focus the findings of the project for specific groups by emphasizing actions they could take to help capture the potential of assistive technology (AT) in educational settings. Click on the image of any report to download.




Interested readers may wish to explore the data discovered in this project.
Click on the following button to search an online interactive database of the 968 document citations
via keywords, author, year, journal name, and more.

Online Data Set

Queries about the data set can be directed to Dave Edyburn, Ph.D., Principal Investigator.