Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology?

bed railAssistive Technology (AT) is any product or equipment used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities. These items may be commercially made products, common products that have been modified to serve a specific need, or custom-made devices. People of all ages can use assistive technology to help them at home, in school, at work or anywhere.

An ATP at ILR can do an assessment for you, and help you navigate through all the potential equipment available to suit your needs. Quite often, the fix is simple. ATPs are well-versed in helping you find the solutions you need! Changes in technology happen seemingly overnight, meaning there might be just exactly what you need newly available on any given day. An ATP at ILR can do an assessment for you, and help you navigate through all the potential equipment available to suit your needs.

According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), all children who are eligible to receiveaccessible classrooms special education or early intervention services are also eligible to receive assistive technology if it is included as part of their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).

It’s got to be expensive, right?

Not always.  Depending on what piece of AT you need, it can be more affordable than you realize. However, for significant cost, there are options available to you.  WisTech and WisLoan are two such options; details for these programs are available elsewhere on this website.

For more information about loan and demonstrate of AT, please call ILR at 608-787-1111.