Adapted technology, in particular smart cards and terminals, can help people with special needs, such as those with physical disabilities, in the information age to carry out common activities independently. This paper illustrates the possibilities of the technology with results from the SATURN (Smart Cards And Terminals Usability Requirements and Needs) project. Economically viable smart card technology can now provide a range of adaptations to accommodate the requirements of this population. The practicability of this technology is illustrated with case studies. When implementing the technology, the selection of appropriate adaptations by occupational therapists and other professionals will be paramount. Forces towards implementation can lead to wider availability of the technology in the near future in order to enhance the quality of life for people with special needs.