Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology is any technology used to help an individual perform a task that they would not be able to otherwise perform without the technology. This technology can include anything from low tech options (pencil grips, printed visuals, communication boards, etc.) to high tech options (communication devices, software, apps, mobility devices like wheelchairs, etc). Assistive Technology must be considered for all individuals with disabilities regardless of their disability identification. 

Assistive Technology can be funded in a variety of ways such as private insurance, waiver services, and grant funding. The Disability Law Center of Virginia has outlined some funding opportunities for Adults and for Children

The Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority
The Virginia Assistive Technology System
The VDOE’s Assistive Technology Network
VCU TTAC Library
Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center

What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)? 

Encompassing facial expressions, sign languages, aided modes, and more, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) refers to the diversity of ways someone can communicate beyond spoken language. In the United States, more than 2 million children and adults currently use AAC as a means to communicate on a daily basis. Learn more about AAC in this overview webinar

United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
AAC Awareness Month:  Show Your Voice
Mosaic Pathways:  About AAC

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