Assistive Technology Overview

What is assistive technology? 

Assistive technology (AT) devices are defined by law as any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Depending on the needs of the individual, an AT device can be simple and low cost or complex and expensive.

Assistive TechnologyWhy is assistive technology important?

AT devices can assist an individual with a developmental disability to be more successful in the classroom or become more independent in their home, at work or in the community. They can help an individual perform functions that would otherwise be difficult or even impossible without them.

What are examples of assistive technology devices?

Daily living: adapted eating and drinking utensils, devices to turn appliances on/off, grab bars in bathrooms, bath lifts, shower chairs

Communication: eye gaze board, computer hardware/software, voice-output devices, communication board, text telephones

Transportation: child restraint seats for children with mobility and behavioral challenges

Sensory: large print books, telecommunication devices, audio books, raised-line paper

Mobility: walkers, wheelchairs, scooters

Architectural: wheelchair ramps, modified doorways, lowered countertops, alternative doorknobs

Recreation: close-caption television, modified toys