What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology (or “AT”) is a way to make use of your abilities to make more things possible. AT helps maintain or improve the ability of a person with disabilities to be a full participant in everyday life. AT devices can be as simple as a built-up handle on a pencil or as complex as custom computer hardware and software. AT services include helping to determine which techniques or devices are necessary, training and support to ensure the proper use of recommended equipment and methods, and integrating them into your home, classroom, or job.
Who needs Assistive Technology?
Anybody who has short- or long-term goals that they cannot meet due to a physical or cognitive disability can benefit from AT. AT can help you turn on lights, control the TV, operate your computer using just your voice or a single switch, or type faster using only one hand. Reasons you might need AT include:
- Carpal tunnel or other upper extremity injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Cognitive or learning disabilities
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord injury
- Visual or hearing impairments