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Assistive Technology

As technology is reinvented to make everyday functions easy, its marriage with assistive devices significantly affects the life of individuals with disabilities. This technology is referred to as assistive technology (AT). Assistive technology, including assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices, aids individuals with disabilities in achieving greater independence and self-confidence in their daily lives; specifically, AT enables individuals with a range of cognitive, physical, or sensory impairments to have alternative ways of performing and participating in society. AT also assists in communication, information processing, education, work, and recreation activities.

The importance of AT in the lives of people with disabilities was pointed out in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA; also called the Tech Act) as ‘any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired ...

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