Assistive technology is any kind of technology that can be used to enhance the functional independence of a person with a disability. Often, for people with disabilities, accomplishing daily tasks such as talking with friends, going to school and work, or participating in recreational activities is a challenge. Assistive Technology (AT) devices are tools to help to overcome those challenges and enable people living with disabilities to enhance their quality of life and lead more independent lives.

Assistive technology can be anything from a simple (low-tech) device such as a magnifying glass, to a complex (high-tech) device, such as a computerized communication system. It can be big — an automated van lift for a wheelchair — or small — a grip attached to a pen or fork by Velcro. Assistive technology can also be a substitute — such as an augmentative communication device that provides vocal output for a child who cannot communicate with her voice.

Please take time to explore the following resources for more information about assistive technology.

Resources:

Assistive Technology e-Journal: September 2012

Assistive Technology Glossary (PDF)

Assistive Technology Solutions

Assistive Technology 101

Assistive Technology for Infants, Toddler and Young Children with Disabilities

Techniques and Devices Can Help a Child Learn to Communicate

Augmentative Device Helps Max Speak

Switch Activities Promote Classroom Inclusion for Young Students

Technology that Empowers People with Memory Loss

Assistive Technology Awareness Series: AT in Action

The Family Center on Technology and Disability(FCTD) and PACER Center are pleased to share their new assistive technology awareness series, AT in Action. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), this fully captioned video series is designed to strengthen the awareness of AT devices that help individuals with disabilities participate fully in school, at home, and in the community.

In this first video, you’ll meet Sam Graves, a young man with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is a successful college student, blogger, and sportsman.

Utah Center for Assistive Technology You Tube Videos:

Our friend Jacob, shows how with UCAT’s help he is now able to ride bikes with his brother!