Assistive technology (AT) devices and services are items that help people with disabilities be more independent and live life the way they want to live it. The federal definition is more formal and states, “Assistive technology includes 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 individuals with disabilities. An AT service directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.” (P.L. 100 – 407)
Examples of AT are:
Pennsylvania’s statewide assistive technology program is named TechOWL (formerly Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology, or PIAT). TechOWL contracts with a number of agencies across the state to:
For more information, go to TechOWL’s website or call 800-204-7428.