Assistive Technology

What is AT?

What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities. AT can be customized equipment that is modified, or it can be an item purchased off the shelf. AT also includes assistive technology services that directly help a person with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an AT device.

What are some Examples of AT?

Some examples of AT include:

  • Items to assist mobility such as wheelchairs, canes, and walkers
  • Items to assist with daily living activities such as environmental control unites, dressing aids, and bathing/personal care aids
  • Items to assist with sensory needs such as talking computers and TDDs
  • Items to assist with speaking or communication such as writing aids, adaptive keyboards, and augmentative communication devices
  • Services such as evaluations, modifications, and training to use a device

Why is funding of AT important?

AT helps people with disabilities maximize their mental and physical abilities and restores an individual to the best possible functional level. AT allows people with disabilities to become more independent, more empowered, and better able to lead the lives they choose. As a result of having access to AT, people with disabilities are able to achieve greater independence in their home, workplace and community.

For more information on AT:

The link below will connect you to the State of Minnesota’s assistive technology program. You will find more information on funding, a description of Assistive Technology (AT) and more.