Big Ideas - What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technologies (AT) are a classification of technologies that are specific to individuals with disabilities. In schools, the classification of a particular technology as AT is important because it allows that technology to be documented as part of a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 plans, or other accommodations that may be afforded to a student with a disability.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004, provides a legal definition of AT. The definition at 34 CFR § 300.5 reads as follows:
...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… (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1401(1)