Empowering PEOPLE with Intellectual

and developmental disabilities

Advocacy, Awareness, Training and Support

 

For a person who does not have a disability, technology makes life easier. For a person who has a disability, technology makes life possible.

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​ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY





ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ACT

The Assistive Technology Act was first passed by Congress and signed by the President as the Technology-Related Assistance Act of 1988. It’s often called the Tech Act for short and has been reauthorized in 1994, 1998, and 2004.

Assistive technology devices and assistive technology services are defined in the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 (ATA) as follows:

  • Assistive technology device: 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.


  • Assistive technology service: Any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology​ service.


INTENDED BENEFITS

Any technology that enables someone to do something they otherwise couldn’t facilitates access and the opportunity to achieve a task previously determined unreachable. It provides new ways to,

  • communicate
  • receive instruction
  • learn
  • demonstrate understanding
  • work
  • play
  • control the environment
  • accomplish day to day activities
  • move about and more


UNINTENDED BENEFITS

  • increased independence, self-confidence and self-esteem
  • participation in everyday life


EXTERNAL LINKS

             CTD provides the information you need to discover the assistive technologythat’s right for your child is all here in a                        format that’s best for you through​ free webinars, e-learning, a digital library and videos.


             TTAP leads the state's efforts to carry out the federal Assistive Technology Act of 2004. Their mission is to                                             increase access for individuals who have a disability to assistive technology that provides them more control over their                 immediate environments and an enhanced ability to function independently.