Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Act  

Technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Assistive technology can include mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware, software, and peripherals that assist people with disabilities in accessing computers or other information technologies.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports OSEP Technical Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports TA Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports has been established to give schools capacity -building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting,and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices

Pacer LogoThe National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) & PACER Center AIM Resources for Families! Basics for Families, The National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) & PACER Center have published two booklets for families explaining accessible instructional materials and how they may benefit students with disabilities.  A “Basics” booklet (also available in Spanish) and technical guide are available to download at no cost, and print copies are also available.  Learn more at  

Illinois Assistive Technology ProgramThe Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is a not-for-profit agency that promotes the availability of assistive technology services and programs for people with disabilities.  IATP’s device loan program is FREE and easy to use. Devices are loaned to Illinois residents for 5 weeks and loan extensions are sometimes possible. For more information contact: (217) 522-7985 voice; (217) 522-9966 TTY. Illinois Assistive Technology Program. The Assistive Technology Unit


UIC Assistive Technology Unit  The Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD) is the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) for the State of Illinois currently authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (the DD Act). IDHD is part of a national network of 67 UCEDDs – at least one in every US state and territory. UCEDDS are dedicated to promoting the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities into all aspects of society.

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AbleData is a free resource for objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment from both domestic and international sources.  AbleData provides information on more than 38,000 products, 5,000 manufacturers and distributors, 3,000 organizations, and 9,000 research abstracts. Please call (800) 227-0216 voice; (301) 608-8912 TTY  for more information.

abilityHubLogoAbility Hub Assistive Technology Solutions Guide to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers. Learn more at


Learning Disability Online logoFamily Information Guide to Assistive Technology & Transition Planning This 50 page guide is aimed at providing families with the information they need to effectively prepare for and participate in periods of transition in their children’s lives.


US Department of Education Office of Civil RightsDepartment of Education Issues Guidance on Rights of Students to Enjoy the Benefits of Technology. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance through Dear Colleague Letters to elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education along with a “Frequently Asked Questions” document on the legal obligation to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits of technology. This guidance provides information to schools about their responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Apps for Special Education Apps For Special Education “iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Apps for (Special) Education” gives the app’s name, a description of
what the app can do, and a link to the app.

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Variety the Children’s Charity is dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and well being of children. Through a network of 54 chapters in 14 countries, Variety reaches into communities across the globe to offer financial assistance and services to children and organizations that serve children with disabilities. Through hard work, thoughtful stewardship and single-minded focus on the needs of the young, Variety strives to make a lasting difference in the lives of children, their families, our communities and the world…one need at a time.  Please call: (312) 822-0660.


The Christopher  and Dana Reeve Fondation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has compiled a list of apps for SmartPhones (including iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry) that benefit people living with paralysis of any kind. The list is constructed from a wide range of apps and includes those that were specifically created for wheelchair users as well as apps that might just improve the quality of life for anyone including people living with paralysis.