Assistive Technology


Assistive technology (often abbreviated as AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

What can Assistive Technology be?

Assistive Technology can be low tech like communication boards made of cardboard or fuzzy felt.
Assistive Technology can be high tech such as special-purpose computers.
Assistive Technology can be hardware such as prosthetics, attachment devices (mounting systems), and positioning devices.
Assistive Technology can be computer hardware, like special switches, keyboards, and pointing devices.
Assistive Technology can be computer software such as screen-readers or communication software.
Assistive Technology can be inclusive or specialized learning materials and curriculum aids.
Assistive Technology can be specialized curricular software.
Assistive Technology can be much more including electronic devices, wheelchairs, walkers, braces, educational software, power lifts, pencil holders, eye-gaze, and head trackers.

Different disabilities require different assistive technologies.

Assistive technology includes products and services to help people who have difficulty speaking, typing, writing, remembering, pointing, seeing, hearing, learning, walking, etc.
 

Referenced from: atia.org

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