For individuals with disabilities, Assistive Technology (AT) improves access to education, employment, independent living, recreation, and participation in the community. The importance of assistive technology is at the heart of the Assistive Technology Act of 2004
The AT Act promotes awareness and access to assistive technology devices and services.
The Assistive Technology Act of 2004 defines "AT Device" and "AT Service" as follows:
AT Device 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 functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Some examples are durable medical equipment such as lifts, wheelchairs, speech communication devices, devices for hearing and vision, aids for daily living or recreation, etc.
AT Service is any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology service such as an evaluation of AT needs, customizing, maintaining, repairing, or replacing AT devices.
Assistive Technology in the Classroom
AT in the classroom can provide powerful ways to accommodate students with special learning needs and is considered to be another strategy for expanding a student's access to the curriculum.
Considering a Student's Need for Assistive Technology
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 states that Assistive Technology must be considered annually for every student with a special need. The outcomes of the consideration process then become part of the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The need for assistive technology may be indicated when a student is having difficulty achieving his or her IEP goals and objectives, struggling to participate in classroom activities, or not making progress in the general education curriculum.
Delivery of Assistive Technology Services in Wayne County
There are two Assistive Technology centers in Wayne County that provide AT services for Wayne County Schools.
Wayne Assistive Technology Resource Center (Wayne ATRC) provides AT services to local districts and public school academies in the Western Region and includes the downriver districts and Dearborn.
The Assistive Technology Training & Information Center (Detroit ATTIC) provides AT services to Detroit, in addition to local districts and public school academies in the Eastern Region of Wayne County.
To access AT services through Detroit ATTIC, click below.
Region IV Assistive Technology Website