This website is devoted to Assistive Technology. It is hoped that it will eventually cover all aspects of the incredibly broad and diverse field of AT.
In general, Assistive Technology covers high tech devices, low tech devices, software, services, concepts, plans, etc. that are designed to help people cope with the areas of life in which they are challenged.
To quote the “people’s encyclopedia”…
Assistive Technology (AT) is a generic term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices and the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. AT promotes greater independence for people with disabilities by enabling them to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to or changed methods of interacting with the technology needed to accomplish such tasks. According to disability advocates, technology is often created without regard to people with disabilities, creating unnecessary barriers to hundreds of millions of people.
-Wikipedia (see full article)
The laws of the United States define AT as follows:
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 functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
The Technical Assistance to the States Act, Public Law PL 100-407