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    What is meant by assistive technology? What are some examples of assistive devices? Using the Internet, find some resources classroom teachers can use to learn more about this technology.

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    1. What is meant by assistive technology?
    Assistive technology (AT) is a generic term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. The Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (US Public Law 100-407) states that it is "technology designed to be utilized in an assistive technology device or assistive technology service." AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to or changed methods of interacting with the technology needed to accomplish such tasks. Likewise, disability advocates point out that technology is often created without regard to people with disabilities, creating unnecessary barriers to hundreds of millions of people.(Wikipedia)
    A formal, legal definition of assistive technology was first published in the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (The Tech Act). This act was amended in 1994; in 1998, it was repealed and replaced with the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 ("AT Act"). Throughout this history, the original definition of assistive technology remained consistent. This same definition was used in the Access Board's Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards, developed as required by 1998 amendments to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. (The National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education (http://www.washington.edu/accessit/articles?109)
    2. What are some examples of assistive devices?
    Assistive technology can include mobility devices such as walkers and ...

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    Defines Assistive Technology.Presents examples of assistive devises and internet resources about this technology.