Assistive Technology

Legal Terminology:
DEVICE: An Assistive Technology device 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 children with disabilities. (IDEA)
SERVICE: Any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use
of an assistive technology device (IDEA)
Our terminology:
A.T. is defined as technological tools
(computers and communication devices) used to access
education, employment, recreation or communication,
living as independently as possible. There are also many
tools that are low cost, lo-tech solutions that can be
considered A.T. tools as well.
No Tech: An item that does not include
electricity, a battery, or a computer chip
Low Tech: An item that may include a battery
or require electricity
Hi Tech: An item that includes a computer
Assistive technology use can be applied across all
environments in any of the 4 following areas:
Stability and Mobility: provides options and alternatives to
ensure physical well-being and opportunities for mobility
Activities of Daily Living: promote independence and
active participation in home, school, and community;
include work and recreation
Learning: assist with accessing curriculum, demonstrating
understanding, and using computers in the school setting
Communication: develop and support critical language
and social skills
Augmentative Communication
Alternative Computer Access
Technology for Reading and Writing