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IPAS > Assistive and Information Technology > What is Assistive Technology? What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology constitutes both devices and services that provide assistance to children and adults with either physical or cognitive impairments.

According to Public Law 105-394, Assistive Technology devices are "any item, piece of equipment or product, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities individuals with disabilities. " P.L. 105-394 was enacted to support grant-funded state programs that address the AT needs of individuals with disabilities.

Examples of AT devices include:

  • Voice activated computers
  • Tools used to reach or pick up objects
  • Speakerphones
  • Devices that help pull zippers, light switches, turn on/off buttons, etc.
  • Wheelchairs
  • Brace or hand splints
  • Walkers
  • Personal Computers
  • Augmentative communication devices
  • Adjustable work stations
  • Hearing aids, TTY

An Assistive Technology service is any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of AT.

Examples of AT services include:

  • AT-related evaluations
  • Customizing, adapting or fitting AT
  • Training for all individuals using and/or maintaining AT
  • Coordinating AT with other appropriate services