Assistive Technology


Assistive technology (AT) device means any item, piece of equipment or software, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a student with a disability. AT service means any service that directly helps a student with a disability in the selection, purchase or use of an assistive technology device. AT service includes an evaluation of needs, coordination with other therapies and services, the selection and purchase of AT devices and training for the student and/or if appropriate that student’s family.


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Additional Information


  • Assistive Technology in Action — FCTD and the PACER Center produce an assistive technology awareness series, AT in Action. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), this fully-captioned video series is designed to strengthen awareness of AT devices that help individuals withmore


  • Abledata — Provides information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment for all ages available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. We serve disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities.
  • — Provides access to information on AT devices and services as well as other community resources for people with disabilities and the general public.
  • AT Apps - Apple Accessibility
  • AT Apps - Microsoft Accessibility
  • Center on Technology and Disability — Assistive and Instructional Technology Supporting Learners with Disabilities
  • National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) — For students with sensory, physical, cognitive, or learning differences accessible instructional materials (AIM) may open doors to teaching and learning that ordinary print-based materials have closed. Accessible instructional materials or AIM are specialized formats of curricular content that canmore
  • Simon Technology Center at PACER — Website has many resources, including a free online guide, "Tip Sheet for Exploring Free Web- and Tablet-based Assistive Technology"
  • The Center for Assistive Technology — The School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University at Buffalo, conducts research, education, and service to increase knowledge about assistive devices for persons with functional impairments of all ages.
  • The Family Center on Technology and Disability — FCTD offers a range of information and services on the subject of assistive and instructional technologies. Hundreds of assistive and instructional technology resources have been identified, reviewed, and annotated. Direct links to each resource have been provided in most cases.
  • Tots-n-Tech — Provides information and resources about adaptations, including assistive technology, to use with infants and toddlers.

Related Events

  • 5Apr

    AT and Apps to Support Learners with Autism (Webinar)

    Community Event  |  Assistive Technology,Autism 

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 4–5 pm

    Presentation will include executive function (schedule/ routine/organization), social/ emotional skills, relationships and behavior regulation.

  • 24Apr

    Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP)

    Community Event  |  Assistive Technology  |  Erie

    Monday, April 24, 2017, 8:30 am–3 pm

    An AAC strategy for teaching language and communication using iPads and speech generating devices.

  • 26Apr

    Tinker with Tech - Guest speaker Tamara Kaldor

    Conference  |  Assistive Technology  |  Erie

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 8:30 am–3:30 pm

    Do you want to know how technology can help your child? Come to this hands-on presentation that focuses on apps and programs for communication and helping with behavior challenges. Some technology will be available, but please feel free to bring your own devices.


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