Assistive technology (AT) helps individuals who have a disability. AT is also known as an adaptive aid. AT is any piece of equipment — no-tech, low-tech, or high-tech — that can help some people with a disability do something they could not do otherwise and makes tasks easier for some people. AT helps in all aspects of life: education, communication (written and spoken), leisure, work, day-to-day activities and more. AT also increases self-esteem, self-confidence and independence.
The Assistive Technology Act of 1998 defines assistive technology devices and services as follows:
Assistive Technology Service: Any service that directly assists an individual with a disability to select, acquire or use an assistive technology device.
AT does not have to be a computer, expensive, or prescribed. AT can be simple or complex. AT allows us to be creative and use imagination and problem solving-strategies. Be sure to check out the Center on Technology and Disability for more AT ideas and information. The Rehabilitation Technology Resource Center (RTRC) of the DARS Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS) keeps track of the latest equipment and engineering services designed to help people with disabilities. Check out RTRC to learn more. And, don’t miss Assistive Technology and Adaptive Equipment for Children with Disabilities on this website.
The question is not “Can my child do ________?” but “What support is needed in order for my child to do _____?” AT technology can enhance your child’s life.
Ask the question and let your ideas, creativity and problem solving-strategies flow. Remember - there are no limits.