ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Assistive Technology (AT) is any device, tool, or service used to make life easier. According to the Assistive Technology Act itself, assistive technology refers to "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".

Services

Working together on policies, procedures, or funding for assistive technology devices and services to individuals with disabilities, service providers, and others.

Allows people with disabilities to compare the features and benefits of a AT device by seeing it in action, touching it, and asking questions about it.

Educating the public on assistive technology, devices, and services.

Technical assistance is focused on problem solving with partners to help people with disabilities get and take care of the assistive technology they need. Training activities are designed to increase participants’ knowledge and skills regarding assistive technology.

AT Advocates are available to support with transition planning for school to work; youth to adult; and community living.

There are 12 Device Lending Libraries across the state which have AT devices for people to borrow for 30 days or more.

California has an AT Exchange, which transfers a used device from someone who no longer needs it to someone who does.

Assisting individuals with disabilities to obtain funding for AT devices and services.