The Federal definition of Assistive Technology (“AT”) is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
Technology can be a substitute such as an alternative augmentative communication device that provides vocal output for a child who cannot communicate with her voice. This means that a child who cannot speak can push a button and ask her mom for an apple. Or tell her sister her new dress is pretty. It means a child in school can ask questions of his teacher or talk with her friends. It means a worker can converse with others in his office.
UCP is pleased to offer the UCP Elsie S. Bellows fund, which helps provide AT equipment to individuals with disabilities. This program is available only through UCP Affiliates. Contact your UCP Local Affiliate for information on how to apply.
Each state has a federally-mandated AT program. These programs were set up to provide technology related assistance to people with disabilities. They will have information about low-cost computers, loan programs, AT evaluations and more.
Find your State AT Program and your State Assistive Technology and Telework Financial Loan Programs.