Assistive Technology Devices are "Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities." (P.L. 105-394). Assistive Technology can be useful for people with either physical or cognitive impairments.
Some examples of assistive technology devices are:
- voice activated computers
- tools to use to reach or pick up things
- speaker phones
- devices that help pull zippers, light switches, turn on/off buttons, etc
- braces, hand splints
- beeping or vibrating prompts and alerts
- personal computers
- augmentative communication devices
- adjustable workstations
- hearing aid, TTY
Disability Rights Center - NH helps individuals with AT related problems such as:
- A child needs AT in order to receive a free, appropriate public education, and the school district fails to provide the needed device or services;
- A person needs AT in order to become employable, and Vocational Rehabilitation will not provide it as part of the person's rehabilitation plan;
- A client of an area agency needs AT and is not receiving it, or has the equipment and it is not being used.
Disabilities Rights Center Presents...Assistive Technology at ATech Services - video
Rap Sheet Summer 2017: Advances in Assistive Technology - PDF
Special Education and Assistive Technology, from DRC's Special Education series
Call Disability Rights Center - NH at 1-800-834-1721 for information and advice on a legal problem related to assistive technology.