Assistive Technology is any piece of equipment that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of students with disabilities. (34 C.F.R. §300.5) Assistive Technology is a product or service used by persons with disabilities to complete a task that otherwise would be too difficult or impossible to complete. When considering Assistive Technology, products and services are both explored to meet the needs of all learners.
Assistive Technology Products are used to enhance the functional capabilities of students with disabilities. Assistive Technology Equipment ranges from low to high technology and is considered to make progress towards student progress and independence.
Assistive Technology can be broken down into 3 different categories:
Low Technology: Devices without batteries.
Examples include: highlighters, slant boards, specialize paper, therapy sit balls, sticky notes, magnifiers, magnetic letters,wipe off boards,
adaptive scissors and picture schedules.
Mid Technology: Devices with batteries.
Examples include: calculators, hand held spell checkers, switches for voice output, switch activated toys, and portable word processors
High Technology: Devices that can plug into the wall.
Examples include: include computers, laptop, software, scanners, iPads and Powerlink box for switches.