What is Assistive Technology?
“An assistive technology device means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device” (Sec. 300.5 of IDEA Laws and Regulations).
“For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible” (IBM Training Manual, 1991).
Everybody uses assistive technology on a daily basis: GPS, spell check, calendars, reminders, audio books, alarms, etc. The goal of the Assistive Technology (AT) Team is to provide the tools students need to better access the curriculum, environment, language, social connections, and the world around them. Assistive technology offers students an equal opportunity to be active members of their community.
Assistive technology may include alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) tools and devices, reading tools, writing tools, environmental tools, mobility tools, and computer access tools.