What is Assistive Technology (AT)

Is any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized that is required to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of any person with disabilities be it for school, work and play. AT ranges for low tech to high tech device or equipment. Definition from the book “The New Assistive Tech, Make Learning Awesome for All” by Chris R. Bugaj

Examples of AT

  • Computer
  • Glasses
  • reachers/grabbers
  • pencil grip
  • closed captions
  • wheelchairs
  • ramps

For a good understanding of AT watch the video Understanding Assistive Technology: Simple Said

“For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.”

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