Assistive technology assists students with disabilities to increase their overall capacity to work, accomplish specific tasks, or participate in activities that otherwise might have been difficult or impossible. Assistive technology includes both devices and services.
An assistive technology device is "any device, piece of equipment, or product system whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability." Devices range in complexity from "low tech" (highlighters, modified paper) to "high tech" (laptops, software).
Assistive technology services support children with a disability in selecting, acquiring, or using an assistive technology device. Services may include functional evaluations and training in the use of the device. The IEP team determines students who qualify for assistive technology services.