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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, to improve functional capabilities of individuals with special needs. AT service involves assisting in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.

Assistive technology, including assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices, aid individuals with special needs in achieving greater independence and self-confidence in their daily lives; specifically, AT enables individuals with a range of cognitive, physical, or sensory impairments to have alternate ways of performing and participating in society. 

Resources

  • North Carolina Assistive Technology Program  (NCATP) - A state and federally funded program that provides assistive technology services statewide to people of all ages and abilities.
  • NC Assistive Technology Exchange Post - The goal of the Assistive Technology Exchange Post is to put AT equipment that is not currently being used into the hands of someone who can benefit from it. The Assistive Technology Exchange Post is primarily for residents of North Carolina, although entries from neighboring states are accepted.
  • NC Statewide Independent Living Council (NCSILC) - A  federally mandated, not-for-profit, Governor-appointed council. By federal law, the SILC is charged with developing a state plan addressing the provision of statewide independent living services, developing and supporting a statewide network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs), monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the implementation of the state plan.
  • AbleData -  provides objective information on AT and rehabilitation equipment available  to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. The AbleData database of AT contains information on almost 40,000 assistive technology products.