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According to the United States Assistive Technology Act of 1998, assistive technology (AT) refers to a product, device, or piece of equipment used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of those individuals with disabilities or impairments. AT is a great equalizer. Although AT cannot completely overcome a disability, as technology progresses, many forms of AT move closer to allowing an individual with a disability to navigate the everyday requirements of our increasingly technological society and achieve autonomy. AT paired with educational technology is changing the way children are educated. This entry discusses government support for AT as well as the need to match AT to the individual and how this match can be completed. An outline of the different purposes of AT and ...

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