This 5-minute video from the Center on Technology and Disability provides a brief overview of Assistive Technology and explains some of the major components. Chris Bugaj, an Assistive Technology Expert, presents information on Assistive Technology (AT). He reminds viewers that AT is something that is defined in the law (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA of 2004) and it needs to be considered at every IEP (Individualized Education Program) meeting.
The definition of Assistive Technology is broken down into two parts: the AT device, and the AT service.
An assistive technology device is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a student with a disability.
The term includes:
An AT device is NOT a medical device, such as a shunt, a cochlear implant, or a pacemaker
Assistive technology can be anything!