Presented by Amanda Tull and Tammy Dupre
Region 8 and 4 AT Facilitators

What is Assistive Technology?

  • An assistive technology device is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
  • Assistive Technology encompasses a broad range of devices from very simple (low tech) to very sophisticated (high tech).

Assistive Technology Service

  • Assistive technology service is any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.

Augmentative/Alternative Communicatin

AAC is a component of Assistive Technology and is any mode of communication other than speech.

Augmentative Communication

Used by those who have some speech but are either unintelligible or have limited abilities to use speech.

Alternate Communication

Used when a person has no speech and must rely on another method to make all their ideas, wants, or needs known.

Understanding Types of AT

AT ranges from no technology at all to computers and sophisticated devices.

**Low Tech** – non-electrical devices such as adapted spoon handles, magnifiers, pencil grips, raised lined paper, etc.
Medium Tech - non-complicated mechanical devices such as manual wheelchairs, switch-operated toys and appliances, calculators, audio books, etc.
Hi Tech – devices that incorporate sophisticated electronics or computers such as speech recognition programs and electronic communication devices.

Including Samuel

A Documentary by Dan Habib

Inclusive Schools Week

"Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), which is held each year during the first week in December."
I am Norm Campaign.A youth-led campaign inspired by Including Samuel.