The Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-407) defines assistive technology (AT) as 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. This law also includes any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. Basically, AT is any kind of technology (low-tech or high-tech) that can be used to enhance the functional independence and quality of life for a person with a disability.
The process of determining the most appropriate AT devices and services for your child will begin with an ARC meeting and evaluation. The evaluation will be conducted by an Assistive Technology Consultant from West Kentucky Special Education Cooperative and should address both strengths and challenges that your child possesses.
AT for communication –Jonathan has very limited verbal speech abilities, and when he is unable to communicate with others, he often becomes very frustrated. While he continues to use his speech, signs and a picture communication book, his voice output communication system allows him to better communicate his needs, wants and ideas.
AT for positive behavior support – Jonathan can stay on-task and better manage his time during classroom activities. His teacher also uses software to create symbol-based schedules and classroom rule charts (ex. No hitting).