Assistive Technology, also known as AT, plays a vital role in the lives of children and adults with disabilities. But often when someone thinks of AT, they envision a large piece of equipment with an even larger price tag attached to it. That is not always the case. Technologies can be simple devices that are inexpensive. Each year new devices are introduced to make lives of people with disabilities easier and more enjoyable. Assistive Technology can be divided into two main categories, assistive devices, and assistive services.
Assistive Technology Devices
An assistive technology device is an object that is used to improve the functional abilities of an individual with a disability. Assistive devices can be purchased from a specialty store or could be an everyday object modified to meet the specific need of the person.
Assistive Technology Services
Assistive technology service providers can provide many services to help determine what devices are best for your child. Services include evaluations, product demonstrations and training.
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Looking for more information on Assistive Technology and Individualized Service Plans?
Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)
Alliance for Technology Access
National Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Partnership (NATTAP)
DisabilityInfo.gov (AT resources)