Assistive Technology Suppliers and Retail Companies
Assistive technology can mean different things to different people, when searching for AT devices and products it will help to have an understanding of both the area of disability and particular category of assistive technology you are interested in. Additional information can also be found from charitable organisations and professional services associated with the relevant disability.
When doing an internet search, or looking through the websites listed below, you need to consider and be aware that some companies may have a large product range across a number of categories, such as Inclusive Technology Ltd, while others may be specialist suppliers and have a single or narrow product range, such as Just Checking. Many companies lie between the two, such as manufacturers and suppliers of communication aids who may also offer a range of associated software products and access equipment.
When looking for an assistive technology product it is advisable to check that the supplier has appropriate professional knowledge and a support service, especially if the product is expensive and complex. Some suppliers are able to offer a free assessment and demonstrate the equipment before purchase, and most should offer support and information with expert help for setting up and configuring equipment as well as provide a maintenance and repair service.
Inclusive Technology Ltd offer a wide range of assistive technology products and software including, special educational needs software, switches and computer access devices, simple communication aids, eye gaze and AT for learners with a physical disability, sensory impairment or learning difficulty.
Smartbox Assistive Technology
Smartbox Assistive Technology are specialists in computer based communication aids and access to computer systems for people with disabilities. They provide a service that is friendly, efficient and professional, with good support and advice often backed up by personal visits and a short loan of equipment when appropriate.
Liberator offer communication aids and associated software that support a wide range of language solutions including Unity, WordPower and text-based systems that are highly flexible, easy to program and backed by warranty and support packages. In addition to offering a comprehensive range of communication aids they also offer adapted toys, learning and inclusion aids, switches, computer access, software, accessories, training and technical support.
Techcess have been supplying ‘Talking Technology’ or AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) for their customers for almost a decade. Techcess have an expanding range of products with technical support and advice services, they are customer focused and strive to ensure the right product is selected to ensure that customer needs are met.
Abilia – Toby Churchill
Abilia is a leading provider of assistive technology. Their range of products give independence and support to people of all ages and abilities, with a wide range of communication, cognition and daily living needs.
Tobii Dynavox specialise in AAC devices, associated software and eye gaze technology. Their products have been developed through clinical research and customer feedback, and have helped individuals that have limited or no speech due to a variety of causes including stroke, autism, cerebral palsy, ALS or traumatic injury.
Communicating…making yourself heard…interacting…
Jabbla develops technology that assists people with communication challenges.
AMDi is a US based company, their focus is on the design, engineering, and manufacturing of high-quality and easy-to-use speech generating devices for special needs customers in both private and public sectors. Their products are distributed worldwide.
Steeper aims to improve people’s lives by enabling clients to fully realise their potential through the latest innovative electronic assistive technology devices and environmental control systems. They provide comprehensive, independent living solutions to ensure independence, freedom and peace of mind for clients and their wider support networks.
Possum Limited is an independent, privately owned British company which develops, manufactures, supplies, installs and supports electronic assistive technology (EAT) products and environmental control systems. Possum also assesses clients’ needs and abilities, and trains and supports them in the use of their EAT equipment.
Microsoft Tablets and Computers – Accessibility
Guides by Impairment
Computers and tablets running Microsoft software have accessibility feature built in, the guides organize information into helpful resources for various types of difficulties and impairments. Each guide provides a list of assistive technology products and links to tutorials for accessibility features that are helpful for specific types of difficulties and impairments.
Apple Devices – Accessibility
All Apple products (e.g. iPhones, iPads, iPods and computers) have accessibility feature built into the device (operating system) as standard that can help with vision, hearing, physical and motor skills, and with learning and literacy. Visit their website to learn more and how to set up the various features and setting for accessibility.
Smile Smart Technology
Smile Rehab are specialists in the manufacture and supply of mobility, mounting, and assistive technology devices. Products are supplied with the end user in mind, utilising Smile Rehab's close relationship with medical bodies and experts giving access to the latest technologies.
Mounts & More
Mounts & More supply DaeSSy Mounting Systems. Experienced staff at M&M provide help and advice for selecting and configuring suitable and reliable mounting for communication aids, laptops, cameras, switches or even iPads™
Ridley Electronics Limited
Ridley Electronics Ltd. design and manufacture environmental control equipment and communications equipment for anyone who would like to have remote control over their environment, particularly people with disabilities. They also provide assessment services.
Disabled Living is a charity which provides impartial information about equipment (assistive technology) and services for disabled adults, children, older people and the professionals who support them.
Abiltiy World supplies innovative, enabling products that push technological boundaries. Their focus is communication aids, computer access and environmental control.
Just Checking is an easy-to-use online activity monitoring system that helps people who are becoming forgetful stay independent in their own home. The system is easy to install, simple to use, and creates a clear chart of daily living activity that can be viewed securely online. There are no snooping cameras or microphones, just discreet wireless motion sensors and a plug-in controller.
A friendly, expert service with gadgets that makes life easier, safer and happier. Ranging from assistive technology like GPS trackers for Dementia, Fall sensors and medication management, to easy to use smartphones, tablets and music players.
Logan Technologies Ltd is dedicated to bringing you easy to use, reliable and robust low to mid-tech AAC devices you can use out of the box.
Therapy Box apps are compatible with iDevices including iPod touch, iPad and iPhone and Android Devices. The business also provides iPad Bundles, communication accessories and training for UK and Ireland customers.
Sensory Guru is a dynamic company with a passion for developing innovative learning technologies. Specialising in the design and installation of sensory environments, gesture controlled software and Tobii Dynavox AAC and eye gaze systems.
NRS Healthcare is a market leading and award winning provider of products and services designed to support independent living. Their comprehensive range includes daily living aids, mobility equipment, disability equipment and therapeutic resources.
OT Stores™ are one of the UK leading Specialists in serving the public and community sector (ie NHS, Social Services, Charities). OT Stores™ design and manufacture their own equipment and also represent some of the worlds best Healthcare brands like Guldmann.
Ability Aware is a mobility aids and disability aids specialist retailer, they offer an extensive collection of high quality aids at affordable prices. Their mobility aids are designed to help the elderly and disabled remain independent and live at home more freely.
Medpage Limited trading as Easylink UK has provided affordable quality care electronic products for over 30 years to individual consumers, and professional healthcare. Their catalogue of products include monitors to detect epileptic seizures, daily living aids, sensory loss, fall prevention and wander detection alarms, help call systems, access control and video monitoring systems, memory and communications aids and security products.
telmenow.com provides products and services promoting technology for independent living.
JCM’s seating products are designed and built at their modern, state of the art production facilities in Cambridgeshire; other products that they source are carefully selected to provide both value for money, quality and most importantly functionality and together they represent a complete package of seating, mobility and therapy products.
Sunrise Medical is a world leader in the development, design, manufacture and distribution of manual wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs, mobility scooters, mobility aids and both standard and customised seating and positioning systems.
Active Design is a UK-based company that is committed to promoting a 24-hour approach to postural management through education, design and manufacture. The design of their products is based on a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical requirements of the management of posture for people with moderate to severe motor impairment.
Ottobock is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of prosthetic limbs, orthotic supports and wheelchairs that facilitate independence. For private patients, Ottobock offers a full range of rehabilitation services at their private clinics across the country; their staff are experienced in working with complex cases and are committed to help achieve the greatest results possible.
Leckey is a globally recognised pioneer in the research, design and development of clinically focussed, posturally supportive products. Leckey choose to work in partnership with individuals, clinicians and carers to design products with a clinical and emotional focus and to deliver excellence in value and service.
Widgit has developed a wide range of products and services to cater for the needs of symbol users and service providers. At the heart of the company is the Widgit Symbol Set, a bank of 12,000 symbols which can be used to represent over 40,000 words and phrases. Symbols are a way to understand, learn and communicate which overcomes the barrier that text represents to many people of all ages and abilities.
Claro Software develops assistive technology software for people with disabilities, such as print and reading difficulties like dyslexia. They are experts in speech synthesis, word prediction, spellchecking and switch access, and combine them to make innovative, easy-to-use products on Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OSX, iPad and iPhone, and on the Web. They have an international network of partners who support users and sell Claro Software products world-wide.
Crick Software develops exciting, innovative, yet practical educational software. Their software is used in thousands of UK primary schools and a growing number of secondary schools, colleges and homes. In total their software is used on well over half a million computers worldwide. Crick Software has won numerous education awards over the years, including 11 BETT Awards, known as the 'Oscars' of the UK educational software industry.
AssistiveWare develop assistive technology software for iOS and Mac OSX devices. Their team of professionals are dedicated to creating innovative and meaningful applications for people with physical, vision, communication and reading impairments.
Dolphin Computer Access is dedicated to improving the lives of people with vision and print impairments. The Dolphin range of software products, for people with low vision, dyslexia and other reading difficulties, exist to give independence - to make information accessible to everyone, wherever they are.
Enabling Technology Ltd
Enabling Technology Ltd aims to supply the most appropriate and cost effective assistive technology-based solutions for people of all ages with learning, physical or visual impairment.
Washloo is the UK's only domestic Luxury Electric Bidet Toilet Seat brand, dedicated to providing high quality bathroom experiences and excellent service. Washloo is helping to empower and restore dignity across the UK for the elderly and disabled and have helped many to ensure that they are given the best opportunity to not only feel clean, but be clean with little effort whether it be limited mobility, blindness or paraplegia.
The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) is the UK's oldest and largest healthcare association. Their members - almost 500 companies employing over 17,000 people – make or sell healthcare and assistive technology products that help people live more independently. These range from wheelchairs and scooters to stairlifts, seating and positioning products, patient support surfaces, rehabilitation products, prosthetics, orthotics and augmentative communication devices for people with limited speech. Services provided by members range from assessments for the right mobility vehicle to dispensing of prescriptions for stoma and continence products.
Search the BHTA Members directory here.
The British Assistive Technology Association aims are:
- To campaign for the rights and interests of those needing Assistive Technology.
- To provide expert and impartial support and advice to government departments and agencies.
- To educate and inform widely on the benefits of Assistive Technology.
- To promote British Assistive Technology products and expertise at home and overseas.