What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology is any kind of technology and/or tool that can be used to enhance the functional independence of a person with a disability. Often, for people with disabilities, accomplishing daily tasks such as communicating with others, going to school or work, or participating in activities can be a challenge. Assistive Technology (AT) devices are tools to help overcome those challenges and enable people living with disabilities to enhance and have access to a quality of life, that may otherwise not be known, and lead more independent lives.

The mission of this blog is to serve as a voice of a constant researcher in the field of educational and assistive technologies so that the best products, strategies and services may be located easily, in hopes that they will then be delivered, taught and used to better the lives of people with disabilities.


There are a variety of types of switches. Switches make activities easier and are ideal for people who struggle with motor control issues be more independent. Switches can help control such things as sequential message communication, environmental control, and computer functions, to name a few. There are many different types of switches including a large button, small button, sip/puff, foot switches, face movement and even movement sensor switches. Some switches can be plugged directly into the computer or you might use a switch interface, there are power interrupters that can help with access to things you plug in and there are even wireless switches.