What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology (AT) is any piece of equipment or product system—acquired commercially, off the shelf, modified, or customized—used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of an individual with a disability.
Assistive Technology/Adaptive Equipment
Six tips for teaching students how to use assistive technology
- Use the simplest, least expensive and most usable system that will fill the need.
- Develop routines around the use of the technology and teach the student the routines over time.
- Provide support for the student, but fade the support to prevent dependence on the external support system and environment.
- Teach the system to other people in the student’s environment.
- Review the assistive technology on a regular basis to ensure it continues to meet the changing needs of the individual and that the student is moving toward less dependence on people in the environment.
- Involve the student in the selection of the system and in the planning for training and support when appropriate.
You may encounter several terms you are unfamiliar with as you learn about assistive technology. A Glossary of Terms will help you navigate through brain injury and choosing any equipment you or your child may need.