Thursday, June 20, 2013

Assistive Technology: it's much more than wheelchairs

Reposted from EEJ Ed Notes
Originally published June 19, 2013

By Storee Powell

“Assistive technology? Like a wheelchair?” or, “Technology? I don’t need that.”

These are often the responses I hear when I’m out doing presentations, fairs and conferences.
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While mobility equipment like a wheelchair is certainly a huge part of AT, it is so much broader than that. AT is any device, modification or program that helps people with disabilities be independent and have an increased quality of life.

Helping Utahans with disabilities achieve that independence is the goal of the Utah Assistive Technology Program’s trainings and presentations. Showing individuals, teachers, therapists and everyone in between the variety and breadth of AT is often the starting point, I’ve found.

Learn what UATP has been doing to help people learn about AT statewide by reading the rest of the story here.

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