Assistive Technology

Linking Access with Achievement

Student working with augmentative comm. device

AT “assists” students in doing the things they need to do – read, write, listen, communicate, and many other tasks that they might otherwise be unable to do or to do effectively. For some students with disabilities, AT allows provides access to the curriculum and the means to meet individual goals.

Assistive Technology (AT) is defined in state and federal law 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 the functional capabilities of a child with a disability.” This covers a broad range of devices, software, and strategies that may be very simple or quite “high-tech” in nature. AT may also refer to a service “that directly assists … in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.”

For students without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For students with disabilities, technology makes things possible.”

Assistive Technology
  • Aug28

    Resources for Learning More about AT: Center on Technology and Disability

    As you plan for professional learning on your own or in your school, be sure to explore the AT webinars and courses offered by the Center on Technology and Disability. CTD is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. Look for archived webinars at the CTD Cafe, and on-demand courses at the CTD Learning Center. We will feature some of these resources here across the school year.


  • Elizabeth Christopher
    Assistive Technology, Reading, Speech & Language
  • Jennifer Geibel
    Assistive Technology, Behavior, Speech & Language, Inclusive Practices, Family Engagement, Project MAX, English Learners
  • Scott Dougherty
    Assistive Technology, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, Students with Complex Support Needs, Project MAX
  • Susan Gill
    Assistive Technology, Secondary Transition, Project MAX
  • Rick Creech
    Assistive Technology, Secondary Transition, Project MAX
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