|of daily living. While there are developmental differences across the
age span, assistive aids originally designed for one age group frequently
have applications for others.
Financial support for assistive technology is often available for younger
adults who are still seeking employment. Support for older adults is sometimes
available under private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid for medical conditions
certified by a physician
People with disabilities can often benefit from assistive technology
(also known as AT or adaptive technology). Indeed, many people rely on
assistive technology in order to participate in daily life, including numerous
children who attend public schools.
Whether purchasing simple aids, like magnifiers, tape recorders, reachers
or other "low tech" devices, or looking into "high-tech" electronic devices
(computers, augmentative communication devices, powered mobility units,
etc.), consumers need to be well informed and selective. Choosing a computer,
selecting software or buying an adaptive device is a complex decision.
This section was designed for people interested in learning how assistive
technology can enhance the quality of life of individuals with disabilities.
It offers guidance in the selection of adaptive equipment and provides
information to Washington residents with disabilities obtain the technologies
they need to live independently and to succeed at school, at work, at play
and in the community. The guide is organized so that each section will
provide resources and services under the headings of:
Clinics for services such as Assessment and Training
Assistive Technology and Life Skills Training
Child and Family Support
Grants, Loans and Swaps
Resource Centers – Home and School