Assistive or Adaptive Technology commonly refers to "...products, devices or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that are used to maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities...", according to the definition proposed in the Assistive Technology Act of 1998.
Assistive Technology Products can enable people with disabilities to accomplish daily living tasks, assist them in communication, education, work or recreation activities, in essence, help them achieve greater independence and enhance their quality of life. Assistive Technology devices can help improve physical or mental functioning, overcome a disorder or impairment, help prevent the worsening of a condition, strengthen a physical or mental weakness, help improve a person's capacity to learn, or even replace a missing limb.
Assistive Technology Services support people with disabilities or their caregivers to help them select, acquire, or use adaptive devices. Such services include functional evaluations, training on devices, product demonstration, and equipment purchasing or leasing.
The role of the department is to help improve the capabilities of any identified individual through the use of both “low tech” and/or “high tech” items.
The Planning and Placement Team will determine if there is a need for assistive technology intervention, evaluation or update. To find out more information about assistive technology and how it may help your son or daughter, please view the AT Questionnaire documents below.
|Jon Panzer||Assistant Director for Special Education & Related Services||[email protected]||203-977-5622|