Assistive Technology

For individuals with disabilities, assistive technology (AT) improves access to education, employment, independent living, recreation and participation in the community.

Visit our other Disability Topics pages to read about access to assistive technology services and devices through special education, Medicaid, Vocational Rehabilitation, Blind Services, or other programs.

If you need further information or support, you may request assistance from Disability Rights Florida.

AT Act of 2004

The importance of assistive technology (AT) is at the heart of the Assistive Technology Act of 2004.

The AT Act promotes awareness and access to assistive technology devices and services.

The AT Act envisions that assistive technology will allow individuals with disabilities to fully participate in education, employment, health coverage and access to government services and businesses.

Congress found that over 54,000,000 individuals in the United States have disabilities, with almost half experiencing severe disabilities that affect their ability to see, hear, communicate, reason, walk, or perform other basic life functions.

Congress noted that disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to live independently; enjoy self-determination and make choices; benefit from an education; pursue meaningful careers; and enjoy full inclusion and integration in the economic, political, social, cultural, and educational mainstream of society in the United States.

In passing the AT Act, Congress stated that technology is one of the primary engines for economic activity, education, and innovation in the Nation, and throughout the world.

To access the entire AT Act, visit the Links tab of this Disability Topic.