Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Assistive Technology

  • Diane Cordry GoldenEmail author
  • Amy S. Goldman
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1079


Assistive technology (AT) is a term used to refer to both AT devices and AT services. A formal, legal definition of AT devices and services was first published in the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 as follows:
  • assistive technology device means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities

  • assistive technology service means any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device

AT devices include a vast array of items such as wheelchairs, eyeglasses, hearing aids, Braille printers, electronic note-takers and organizers, augmentative communication systems, text-to-speech software, speech synthesizers, adaptive keyboards, alternative pointing devices, voice recognition software, aids for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Association of Assistive Technology Act ProgramsDelmarUSA
  2. 2.Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)SpringfieldUSA