The third area of legislative advancement in the 1980s was in the area of assistive technology. In 1988, The Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act (PL 100-407) (Tech Act) was passed by Congress. The Tech Act assisted states in developing comprehensive, consumer responsive programs of technology related assistance. It extended the availability of assistive technology to individuals with disabilities and their families. The Tech Act was instrumental in promoting systems change and capacity building. States developed policies, and encouraged public awareness of technology through training and technical assistance.

 

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