Assistive Technology Resources

Assistive Technology Resources

Assistive Technology (AT) is any product that helps a person with a disability to do any task. The following is the often-cited legal definition. “Assistive technology (AT) 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 the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.” 29 U.S.C. Sec 2202(2)

AT ranges from low-tech (like adapted spoons, pencil grips) to high-tech (like speech synthesizers, screen readers). It is used for:

  • communication
  • mobility, self care
  • environmental control
  • computer access
  • recreation

Related services include evaluation, making equipment, training and funding.
This page can help people with disabilities find AT resources.

Assistive Technology Exchange 
Here you can look for or list Assistive Technology (AT) devices for sale or for free.

Described and Captioned Media Program
Free-loan accessible media library. Streaming TV and movies, DVDs, interactive media, resources, and more.

Engadget: Gadgets For The Deaf
Articles about gadgets for people who are deaf.

Learning Ally
Nation’s biggest educational library serving people who cannot effectively read standard print.  People may have a visual impairment, learning disability or  physical disability. Provides recorded books at all educational levels in a broad range of subjects. Learning Ally creates opportunities for individual success.  It provides and promotes the  use of accessible educational materials. Vision is for all people to have equal access to the printed word.

MassMATCH serves people of all ages and all disabilities, including children, seniors, and veterans.  Family members, teachers and others use our programs to find solutions to everyday problems. Includes basic info, funding options, AT reuse and more.

Massachusetts Easter Seals Assistive Technology Services
Assistive Technology Device Demonstration and Loan Program, Training Centers, Workshops, Assistive Technology in schools.

Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program – Massachusetts Alternative Finance Program improves the independence and quality of life of residents with disabilities.  Loan opportunities are for acquiring assistive technology devices and services. Individuals with disabilities and family members are encouraged to apply.

Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
RESNA is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities. Increases access to technology solutions.

Spaulding Assistive Technology Services
If you have been diagnosed with a physical, communication, cognitive, or visual impairment, advancements in assistive technology can help compensate for limitations you may face. A new technology may also help you maintain or improve your independence, if you have a chronic or progressive disability.