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Marcie L. Klebanoff, ATP

Assistive Technology & AAC Specialist

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Assistive Technology?
A:
According to the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-407), an assistive technology refers to "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."
Assistive technology service is "any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device."


Q: What is Augmentative & Alternative Communication?
A:
Products and equipment designed to help persons with speech disabilities to communicate. At its very simplest, augmentative communication can be a page of picture choices or alphabet letters that a person points to. It can also involve highly sophisticated speech generating computers with on-screen communication boards and auditory or visual scanning. It is a type of assistive technology that consists of any tool, device, word, symbol or gesture that compensates for expressive and receptive communication deficits.


Q: What is no-tech solutions or devices?
A:
No-Tech solutions are simple tool without batteries or circuits.


Q: What is low-tech?
A:
Low-Tech AAC devices are simple voice output communication aides (VOCAs) capable of playing back a few seconds to eight minutes of recorded speech.


Q: What is high tech?
A:
High-tech devices or solutions are simple sophisticated communication aides (VOCAs) with the capability of generating hundreds of messages.


Q: Who may benefit from the use of assistive Technology? How can it help my child?