Assistive technology devices are identified in the IDEA 2004 as:
“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 children with disabilities. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device.”
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology (AT) is any tool that helps an individual with disabilities do things more quickly, easily or independently. Depending the individual student needs, it can be elaborate and expensive or simple and low-cost. Assistive technology can involve supports for using AT tools, such as assistive technology evaluations, consultations, demonstration or training. Assistive technology can provide accommodations, modifications or adaptations made to environments (home, school, therapy, etc), curriculum, instruction, or assessment practices.
Types of Assistive Technology:
LOW TECH: Tools and items with simple or no electronic parts such as adapted utensils, Velcro fasteners, pencil grips, magnifying glasses, and simple switches
MID TECH: Simple electronic/battery operated items that require little training - tape recorder, static display communication device, and calculator
HIGH TECH: Things with motors or multiple electronic parts, such as electronic systems to control the environment, customized powered wheelchairs, dynamic display communication devices and computer access systems. High tech AT usually requires an AT evaluation and training.