Routine “everyday tasks” can be quite burdensome for many people living with a disability. For a long time there was little one could do to help in these situations, causing many people with disabilities to require personal assistance, which oftentimes would lead to depression and low self-esteem issues. Throughout the last few decades, however, much work has been done in developing and launching new technologies to help people with a variety of disabilities. Commonly referred to as “assistive technology,” these new devices are designed to help those living with a disability to easily perform common tasks. Thanks to the Assistive Technology Act, the federal government now works along with each state to help provide assistive technology to disabled individuals nationwide.   What is Assistive Technology and Who Does it

Help? Assistive technology (or AT), as defined by the Assistive Technology Act, is “any device, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially or off the shelf, modified or customized that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.” Examples of assistive technology range from computer programs and hardware to prosthetics and wheel chairs, and much more. Assistive technology services are also covered such as doctor evaluations, training on a device, or coordination of use of physical therapy on an AT device. In order to qualify for assistive technology a patient must have a disability. The exact definition of a person with a disability, according to the U.S. Department of Education is “any individual of…