Assistive Technology (AT)
What is AT?
Assistive technology can either be a device or a service. An assistive technology device is any item, piece of equipment, or production system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.
Some examples of assistive technology devices that may be useful in special education are:
- augmentative communication devices
- computers or alternative word processors
- special switches and keyboards that make computers accessible
- educational computer software
While these examples are "high-tech" equipment, assistive technology devices may also include such "low-tech" devices as special pencils, grips, colored transparencies, audio recorders, and large print books.
An assistive technology service means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. This also includes training for the child and family, as well as training for professionals, such as teachers or educational assistants.
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