Assistive Technology Services
The Assistive Technology Center (ATC) at MARESA assists school staff in creating an accessible learning environment for students with many types of disabilities. The ATC features resources, supports, professional development, and a short-term lending library for local districts to assist in the effective implementation of assistive technologies for students with disabilities.
What is Assistive Technology?
The federal government and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) defines assistive technology as:
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. [20 U.S.C., Chapter 33, Section 1401 (25)]
An assistive technology service is defined as:
Any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. [20 U.S.C., Chapter 33, Section 1401 (26)]
Stacy Maijala, MCD, CCC-SLP
Assistive Technology Consultant
Direct dial: (906) 226-5158