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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology, also known as AT, often plays a vital role in the lives of people with disabilities. But often when someone thinks of AT, they envision a product with a large price tag attached to it. But often that is not the case. According to the Assistive Technology Act, assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

There are many resources for AT: Tech Act projects, Matrix, Alliance, RESNA, and possibly even your UCP affiliate. To find more resources you can also use discussion groups, support groups, the Internet.
Documents:
Assistive Technology 101
Assistive Technology Resources
Assistive Technology Funding Search Tips
General Funding Tips
Frequently Asked Questions on Assistive Technology Funding
Regional Centers on the ADA and Accessible Education-based IT
Screen Readers 101
New Technology for Deaf and Hearing Impaired by SignTel
Technology Grants for Blind Persons
Helping Users with Limited Strength to Gain Computer Access
Selecting an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Device for Your Child
Medicare, Managed Care and AAC Devices
Using Telephony with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices: A Report By UCP
Speech to Speech Relay Services and Interstate Relay Services Also Available in Spanish
Abilities Expo
Consumer Survey on Communicative Effectiveness
Decision Making and Appeals Process for Non-HMO Participants
State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and Their Obligation to Maximize Employment
Supplemental Security Income and the Family Law Attorney
Telecommunications Access for People with Disabilities Fact Sheet
Video Programming Distributors Obligated to Make Emergency Information Accessible to Persons with Hearing Disabilities
Work Incentives for Persons with Disabilities Under the Social Security and SSI Programs
High-Tech Help for Disabled Children, 5/10/02
Provision of Improved Telecommunications Relay and Speech-to-Speech Services for People with Hearing and Speech Disabilities
Making Web Accessible to All, NYTimes 6/10/02
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): Looking Back and to the Future
Biofeedback: The Cutting Edge of Assistive Technology
Invacare Corporation Responds to Allegations Regarding Recall Procedures
NFB, NIST Announce Partnership, Demonstrate Device That Allows Blind to "Feel" Electronic Images
Associations of Blind Citizens Technology Fund
Telecommunications Company Launches Free Video Relay Service
A High-Tech Helping Hand: Prototype Glove Translates Sign Langauge Into Speech, ABCNews.com 2/24/03
The Foundation Center Adds Funding Resources for Individuals with Disabilities
President's Executive Memorandum on Assistive Technology Mobility Devices
Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association Expands www.accesswireless.org
What You Should Know About Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS)
Dept. of Commerce Unveils Initiative to Advance Assistive Technology Industry and Meet Technology Needs of Disabled Americans

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