Assistive Technology

 
Assistive Technology (AT) often plays a vital role in the lives of people with disabilities. AT is any item, piece of equipment or product that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities

Technology can be a large piece of equipment like an automated lift for a van, a device to assist in the bathroom, or something small like a device to assist in communications or leisure activities to help someone operate a disc player. It can be a new-age interactive voice activated software for speech therapy or a wheelchair. It can be high-tech–a computer screen operated by eye movement-or low-tech–a specially-designed door handle for people with muscle strength or dexterity problems. Technology in communications can enable someone to communicate their wants and needs or engage in meaningful conversations.

United Cerebral Palsy of West AL oftentimes makes application to the UCP National Bellows Fund, which helps provide AT equipment to individuals with disabilities. AT equipment may be costly depending on the device. Many UCPWA participants have received AT equipment from The Bellows Fund through UCP National.