ATEN Fact Sheet #1:
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of Assistive Technology Educational Network (ATEN), Orlando, Florida. Phone: (800)
328-3678. ATEN's Web site is located at http://www.aten.ocps.k12.fl.us/]
The Definition of Assistive Technology Devices and Services as Incorporated in the Tech Act and IDEA
Assistive technology device means 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 is any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.
Assistive technology has opened the avenue for access to education, employment, and independent travel, as well as leisure time activities for many individuals with cognitive, physical, and communication disabilities. When used in a variety of environmental settings (home, school, community, work place), assistive technology provides innovative solutions that allow individuals with disabilities to be more independent, productive and integrated into the mainstream of society and community life.
Categories of Assistive Technology
Aids for Daily Living
Instructional Material Aids
Environmental Control Systems
Home/Work Site Modifications
Seating and Positioning Aids
Leisure time or Recreational Adaptations
[The information on this ATEN Fact Sheet was compiled from the RESNA Technical Assistance Project.]
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