Assistive technology refers to a range of devices that support children’s participation and success in play, communication, learning, development or any life activity. For example, a child may need a modified spoon to more successfully feed himself. Other examples might include supports for sitting, switches on toys, knobs on puzzles to make them easier to manipulate, toys with high color contrasts or simple communication devices. Assistive technology can be “low tech” (such as a large knob glued onto a toy box to enable a child to more easily open it) or “high tech” (such as aids for hearing).
Some people have the mistaken idea that assistive technology is a prop that impedes children’s skill development. Actually, the reverse is true. When assistive technologies are appropriately used, they support children’s development of skills and independence in such areas as communication, socialization, play, mobility, and self-help.
Nebraska Educational Assistive Technology is a statewide service that provides onsite consultations, training and other resources to support the appropriate use of assistive technology devices.
AT4ALL Website: AT4ALL is brought to you by Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership – ATP. There are a number of state agencies, private businesses, and lending programs along with individuals that are listing items for sale, giveaway, demonstration, or loan. Please keep in mind that each agency, business, or program will have their own criteria for selling or lending their equipment. If you have any questions, please contact the specified person for that item. To find the link to the at4all website, click on AT4ALL at the top right of this page.