The Assistive Technology Act

The Assistive Technology Act was originally signed into congress in 1988, but it wasn’t until the 1998 (P.L. 105-394) amendment that there was a strong focus on addressing the assistive technology needs of individuals with disabilities in order to provide an equal and appropriate education. The Act authorized funding for high-tech (typically requires training), mid-tech (typically requires batteries but is fairly simple to operate), and low-tech devices (no batteries needed) that are “used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities” (Connecticut State Department of Education & The Connecticut Birth to Three System, 1999, p. 3).

An assistive technology service is defined as “any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device” (Connecticut State Department of Education & The Connecticut Birth to Three System, 1999, p. 3).

Choose one mid- to high-tech assistive technology device that has become more advanced over the years and addresses the needs of children with disabilities to make public education more accessible (e.g., Hearing Aid Basics).  Make sure to cite, in APA format, where you found your information.  Point out how the device you’ve chosen has become more advanced, beginning with its origination, where it is today, and potential future development.

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