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Here is another definition of assistive technology:

"Assistive technology is the use of any device that will enable persons with disabilities to function to their maximum potential educationally, vocationally, socially, and in daily living activities. This includes both low and high technology applications. Low technology refers to any apparatus that is either non-electronically based or simple battery operated items (e.g., adapted toys and tape recorders). High technology involves the use of sophisticated systems that are electronically-based (e.g., power wheelchairs and environmental control systems)."

--Bristow, D., & Pickering, G. (1995). An Overview of Assistive Technology


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This material was developed by the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP), located at Education Development Center, Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts.  NCIP was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from October 1, 1992 - September 30, 1998, Grant #H180N20013.  Permission is granted to copy and disseminate this information.  If you do so, please cite NCIP.   Contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by NCIP, EDC, or the U.S. Government.  This site was last updated in September 1998.

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