Assistive Technology

Daughter and Mother test out a new hearing amplification device.

Daughter and Mother test out a new hearing amplification device.

Assistive technology, often referred to as “AT,” includes just about anything – that is, any physical material or object – that makes it easier for a person to perform a task.

Assistive technology (AT) devices substitute or enhance a physical or mental ability.  AT can be as simple as “low tech” devices (e.g., pencil grips, splints, paper stabilizers) or more complex “high tech” devices (e.g., computers, voice synthesizers, Braille readers).

Common examples of assistive technology include:
  • Mobility aids –  walkers, canes, scooters, and wheelchairs
  • Visual aids –  screen reading software, magnifiers, and scanners
  • Listening aids – TDDs, close caption TVs, and hearing aids
  • Household management aids –  environmental control switches and remote controls
  • Communication aids –  communication boards and AAC devices (which produce digitized speech)
  • Computing aids – input software, mouse alternatives, and ergonomic keyboards

CIL’s AT Specialist is available to assist individuals, employers, governmental agencies, schools, senior centers, and other community-based organizations.

CIL’s AT Specialist can:
  • Provide information and referrals to other resources
  • Help determine the most useful assistive technology for a person
  • Teach individuals or groups how to use a piece of assistive technology
  • Give a presentation about different assistive technology options
For more information, contact Amy Liu.
 aliu@cilberkeley.org
 510-763-9999 x312