What is Assistive Technology?

  • Any product or piece of equipment used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities is an assistive technology (AT) device.
  • These items may be commercially-made products intended as assistive technology, common products that have been modified to serve an individual’s need, or custom-made. They may be as simple as using a loop-style drawer handle, or as complex as a sip-and-puff switch to operate a personal computer.
  • Assistive technology services include: evaluation, funding, design, customization, modification, maintenance, repair, training and technical assistance. People of all ages can benefit from services that will help them with the assistive technology they want to use at home, in school or at work.

Wisconsin's Assistive Technology Program