Assistive Technology and Equipment

November was Assistive Technology Awareness Month!
View the Proclamation from Governor Louis Lloyd!

What is Assistive Technology?

According to the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, Assistive Technology is “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.”

Technology has dramatically changed all of our lives over the past decade.  Technology can help us to be more productive and efficient.  It can make our lives a little easier and more comfortable.  However, for some individuals with disabilities, Assistive Technology can do much more.

Assistive Technology devices and Assistive Technology services enable some individuals with disabilities to have greater control over their own lives and to participate in and contribute more fully to activities in their home, school and work environments, and in their communities.

Assistive Technology Includes:

  • Positioning and Mobility
  • Augmentative Communication
  • Computer Access
  • Adaptive Toys/Games
  • Adaptive Environments
  • Funding

Which Impacts:

  • Across Environments
  • Across Age
  • Across Disability
  • Across Severity of Disability

And Produces Outcomes Of:

  • Independence
  • Productivity
  • Self-Worth
  • Inclusion
  • Integration

Assistive Technology Programs at TRCIL Include:

PIAT Programs Include:

Fee-For-Service Programs Include:

  • Home Modifications
    Provides on site evaluation and makes recommendations on modifications, funding, and equipment for a fee.
  • Interpreter Resource Services
    Provides American Sign Language interpreting service to the community for a nominal charge.

For questions regarding this service or these programs, call (412) 371-6954, TTY (412) 371-1254 or contact Abbie Dunn at