Assistive technology is used to maximize a student’s access to the general education curriculum. It may include devices, equipment, and/ or systems that range from low tech to high tech. 

Assistive technology includes any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system, either off the shelf or modified that is used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of a student with a disability. It may be used to assist with speaking, writing, typing, remembering, pointing, seeing, hearing, learning, walking, or other things. 

Examples include a specialized pencil grip, slant board, button that plays a recorded message when activated, a device that speaks messages from picture icons, or a text-to-speech program on a computer.