Assistive Technology (AT)

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The Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 first defined assistive technology devices and assistive technology services. These definitions were adopted in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 1990) and have remained in subsequent re-authorizations. According to IDEA (1997)

"Assistive technology is 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 a person with a disability." IDEA (1990, 1997 and 2004) also defines an AT service. Assistive technology can include any "service that assists in the selection, acquisition, or use of the AT device".

Assistive technology is used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Assistive technology can include mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware, software, and peripherals that assist people with disabilities in accessing computers or other information technologies. 



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