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AT Use

Barriers & Needs

  • Blueprint for the Millennium: An Analysis of Regional Hearings on Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities (1998)
    Written by Katherine D. Seelman, PhD, former director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and prepared for NIDRR by the Assistive Technology and Systems Change Project of United Cerebral Palsy Association, it showcases hearings held in Arlington, VA; Redmond, WA; Kansas City, MO; Boston, MA; and Tallahassee, FL. The testimony at each hearing had a strong local focus, and taken together the testimony paints a vivid picture of the power and promise of technology to meet the needs of persons with disabilities. The hearings addressed such issues as advocacy, employment, rural and cultural issues, education and lifelong learning, aging, housing and transportation, financing, research and development, and managed care.


  • Falls Among Older Persons and the Role of the Home: An Analysis of Cost, Incidence, and Potential Savings from Home Modification (2002)
    An AARP study that documents the cost savings of home modifications over institutional care for older persons.
  • Assistive Technology for Older Persons: A Handbook for Idaho’s Older Residents and Their Caregivers (ca. 1998)
    This handbook, prepared by the Idaho Assistive Technology Project , is designed for Idaho’s older citizens who, as they age, wish to preserve their independence, autonomy, productivity, and dignity. It provides information about AT, home modifications, and the many service options available to older people in the Idaho communities.


  • Accessibility and Distance Learning Resource Guide (2002)
    Included in this RESNA Technical Assistance Project guide are links to accessibility and distance learning resources and guidelines; assistive technology courses; ADA, accessible IT, and employment courses; web accessibility courses; conferences; and a bibliography.
  • Distance Education: Access Guidelines for Students with Disabilities (1999)
    These guidelines, published by the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges, are considered by many as a model for accessible distance education for higher education facilities.


  • CPT Codes & Assistive Technology (January 2001)
    Medical and related service personnel to determine reimbursement use Current Procedural Technology (CPT) codes. It is important that assistive technology (AT) professionals understand CPT (Common Procedural Terminology) Codes and how they impact reimbursement for AT in both the public and private insurance systems. This document provides an overview of CPT codes to AT professionals, including AT service providers and those involved in policy related to AT. It is also designed to be helpful to the 56 AT Act Projects funded through the Assistive Technology Act.
  • Private Insurance and Assistive Technology (2000)
    Prepared by the RESNA Technical Assistance Project, this document provides issues and strategies on accessing AT through private insurance and provides links to resources on private insurance.


  • Community Technology Options Project (CTOP) Report (2000)
    This report was implemented as a response to the belief that there continue to be nursing home placements that could be avoided and/or substantially delayed through the use of assistive technology devices and services. This report was researched and prepared by the South Dakota assistive technology project, DakotaLink.
  • Making Homes Accessible: Assistive Technology and Home Modifications (1999)
    This RESNA Technical Assistance Project guide provides information about assistive technology and home modifications. The guide covers definitions; laws and guidelines; initiatives from the Assistive Technology Act grantees; advocacy, financing, modification, and research resources; accreditations; online courses; and an extensive bibliography.

Telecommunications/Information Technologies

  • Section 255 Telecommunications Access for People with Disabilities
    This Federal Communications Commission (FCC) publication provides basic information about Section 255. The FCC has rules requiring telecommunications manufacturers and service providers to make their products and services accessible to people with disabilities, if readily achievable. These rules implement Section 255 of the Communications Act. Where it is not readily achievable to provide access, Section 255 requires manufacturers and providers to make their devices and services compatible with peripheral devices and specialized customer premises equipment that are commonly used by people with disabilities, if such compatibility is readily achievable.

Universal Design

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The National Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Partnership is a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Education and RESNA. The grant (Grant #H224B050003; CFDA 84.224B) is funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended and administered by the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education.

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