Removing Barriers to Independence
Assistive Technology (AT) consists of both devices and services. An AT device is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities. Assistive technology helps people who have difficulty speaking, typing, writing, remembering, pointing, seeing, hearing, learning, walking, and many other things. Different disabilities require different assistive technology devices. AT can be:
- No tech – objects such as pencil grips, magnifiers, canes, braille;
- Low tech – closed caption TV, word processors, calculators, alternative keyboards;
- High Tech – hearing aids, augmentative communication devices, electric wheelchairs.