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What is Assistive Technology (AT)?

Technology advances have certainly made people's lives easier in the past fifty years. Many of us cannot image balancing a checkbook without a calculator, or heating supper without the use of a microwave.

In a 1991 training package from IBM it was noted that "For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible."

As far back as 1879, federal law recognized the impact of technology for persons with disabilities when funds were provided to produce Braille materials for the blind. More recently, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has included provisions that mandate the consideration of assistive technology for all students who have been identified with a disability.

Ohio's Assistive Technology Network strives to enhance the lives of students in Ohio schools through information on technology and assistive technology that will provide access to current research-based practices in the field. Let's make learning possible for all students with disabilities!