Texas has the second largest number of individuals with disabilities of all the states. The percentage of individuals with disabilities relative to the entire Texas population has remained stable over the past four years (11.7 percent), although the Texas population has grown considerably over that same period of time. Approximately 55 percent of Texans 75 and older had a disability. Overall, 11.9 percent of females (1,603,277 individuals) and 11.5 percent of males (1,497,762 individuals) reported having a disability.
Assistive technology (AT) breaks barriers for otherwise disabled or impaired users accessing electronic and information resources (EIR). Despite the innovative solutions we’ve created in the information technology industry, it is still not intuitive enough to work without your additional assistance. Learn about a variety of disabilities and barriers and how your efforts affect the access of EIRs.
How People with Disabilities Use the Web and Other Technologies
- Visual Impairments and Disabilities (e.g. blindness, color blindness, low vision, color blindness, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa)
- Hearing Impairments and Disabilities (e.g. hard of hearing and deafness)
- Motor Disabilities (e.g. hemiplegia, palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and Parkinson’s disease)
- Cognitive Disabilities (e.g. ADHD, ASD, Down syndrome, dyslexia, mental health disabilities, memory impairments, multiple sclerosis and seizure disorders)
Assistive Technology Guides
- WAI: How People with Disabilities Use the Web – Diversity in Web Use
- Accessibility features in iOS
- Accessibility features in Android
- Accessibility features in Windows
People of A&M System
- (October 18, 2017) Texas A&M Engineering Communications. Accessibility in Computing: One student’s commitment to success.
- (October 28, 2016) Tarleton State University News & Information. Tarleton students use new Maker Spot to create orthotic for stroke patient.
- York, Rachel Diane. (October 14, 2016) Dassault Systems SolidWorks Corp. Gig ‘Em: How One Aggie is Changing the Way Students Navigate Campus.