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What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (AT) is a broad term that includes a wide range of high (ie. a voice-activated computer) and low (ie. a pencil grip) technology devices or services for people with disabilities. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by helping people complete tasks at home, school or work that they could not do on their own, or had great difficulty doing.

While in high school, educators must consider assistive technology for all children with an Individualized Education Program and provide assistive technology for students who require it.


Tools for Your Future – Using Assistive Technology to Succeed at School and Work - The partnership of the Minnesota STAR Program, Minnesota Department of Education, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has developed this useful online tool. You can learn about:

  • What is Assistive Technology (AT)?
  • How can AT be used in an employment setting?
  • How can AT be used in a training/ education setting?
  • How do I know which types of AT may help me?
  • What is the process for getting AT to be used at work or college?
  • How can AT be funded?
  • And much more

The PACER Center Simon Technology Center (STC) - Is dedicated to making the benefits of technology more accessible to children and adults with disabilities. Through a collaborated effort involving parents, professionals, and consumers, the STC can provide numerous services for your family, as well as resources and informative answers to your questions. Since 1987, the Simon Technology Center has helped many children and adults, with a variety of disabilities, use assistive technology to enhance learning, work and independence.

The pre-employment transition services provided under the VR program are funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education with a state match. For federal fiscal year 2023, the total amount of federal grant funds used for these services $7,113,807.

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