Assistive technology

We believe the right assistive technology – sometimes called ‘access’ or ‘adaptive’ technology – can help your child learn and play, just like everyone else. That’s why we help children and young people access a world of technology designed to suit their vision impairment.

What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology includes laptops, tablets and computers, Braille devices, magnifying equipment, and speech software. Using adaptive tech can help young people with sight loss live life to the full.

Guide Dogs’ support has meant the world to our family – they’ve given Rebecca the freedom and independence she needs as a young adult. I don’t think we’d have allowed her to go to college if it wasn’t for them.
Rebecca's mum, Claire

How can we help?

We can help your family choose the best assistive technology and equipment to support your child. And because we work with other agencies, suppliers and organisations, our advice is comprehensive and up-to-date. It’s also completely unbiased, as we don’t sell any equipment ourselves.

What sort of assistive technology can I apply for?

You can apply for a range of technology tools, including:

  • Laptops with Magnification, Speech and Screen Reader software
  • Braile and refreshable Braille Devices
  • Video Magnification

If your child needs bespoke technology, email or call us on 0333 070 3706. But first, make sure you or your child meet our eligibility criteria.

Thinking of applying? Please read our frequently asked questions first for more information.

Apply here

Download the PDF application form and send it to once completed.

Need more information?

 You can email or call us for advice on applying for assistive technology.

0333 070 3706