Assistive technology (AT) “includes 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 capacities of people with disabilities.” AT can be low-tech, such as a magnifying glass, or high-tech, such as computer software. There are many different types of AT and adaptive equipment to help people with disabilities live independently and participate in the classroom, workplace and in their communities.
Here are some “quick links” to get you started:
- Assistive Technology 101
- Family Guide to Assistive Technology
- Accessible Technology Action Steps: A Guide for Employers
- State Assistive Technology Programs
- State Assistive Technology Financial Loan Programs
- AT Exchange Networks
- Local Independent Living Centers
- AT for Infants, Toddlers & Young Children with Disabilities
- AT for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Parent’s Guide
- AT for People with Limited Mobility or Dexterity
- AT for Seniors
The Technology section of Disability.gov has a broad range of resources about assistive technology. In addition, we have developed this guide to connect you with programs, services, government agencies and organizations that can help you find and pay for AT. To learn about technology related laws and regulations, including the Assistive Technology Act (“Tech Act”), visit “Disability.gov’s Guide to Disability Rights Laws” or the Technology Laws & Regulations section of the website.
For more information about AT, check out the following sections of “Disability.gov’s Guide to Assistive Technology”:
- Where Can I Learn about the Different Types of Assistive Technology?
- Where Can I Get Help Finding & Paying for Assistive Technology?
- How Can Assistive Technology Help Children & Youth with Disabilities?
- How Can Assistive Technology Be Used at Work?
- How Can Technology Be Made Accessible?
- Where Can I Learn about New & Emerging Communications Technologies?