|T-TAP||Training and Technical Assistance For Providers|
|Strategies: Assistive Technology|
The availability and use of assistive technology (AT) enhances the opportunities of people with disabilities for equal access to their communities, home, and employment. The use of AT can impact a person’s mobility, communication, production, integration and participation, which in turn positively influences functioning and quality of life.
The National Council on Disability (NCD) states “In an ideal climate, no person with a disability should be denied the opportunity to obtain assistive technology and transfer its inherent potential into viable, life-fulfilling endeavors.” Among working-age people, technology promotes personal independence and better work outcomes. According to a NCD study of people who received assistive technology:
- 62% of working-age people reduced their dependence on their families;
- 58% reduced their need for paid personal assistance.
- 90% of employed people said that they could work better or faster;83% reported that they earned more money.
Source: Galvin & Langton (1997).