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Frequently Asked Questions On Assistive Technology

An assistive technology device refers to any item, piece of equipment, or system, acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability.

Users of assistive technology are those who have disabilities that interfere with communication, learning, social relationships, mobility, and active participation.

The choice is a decision made in coordination with a team of professionals and consultants trained to match particular assistive technologies to specific needs. An AT specialists may include family doctors, regular and special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, rehabilitation engineers, occupational therapists, and other specialists.

The following are the areas where there may be a need for AT devices:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Blindness and low vision
  • Deafness and hard of hearing
  • Computer access problems
  • Communication disorders
  • Mobility impairment
  • Mounting systems
  • Learning disabilities
  • Cognitive disabilities
  • Web accessibility
  • Augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC)

  • Low tech tools like communication boards made of cardboard or fuzzy felt.
  • special-purpose computers.
  • prosthetics, mounting systems, and positioning devices.
  • special switches, keyboards, and pointing devices.
  • screen readers and communication programs.
  • AT may include specialized learning materials and curriculum aids.
  • specialized curricular software.
  • electronic devices, educational software and much more.
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