Assistive Technology


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal special education law, provides the following legal definition of an assistive technology device: "any item, piece of equipment, or product system... that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities." Under IDEA, assistive technology devices can be used in the educational setting to provide a variety of accommodations or adaptations for people with disabilities.

The term assistive technology encompasses a broad range of devices from "low tech" (e.g., paper stabilizers, talking calculators) to "high tech" (e.g., computer software, braille readers).

Faculty, staff or students can meet with a professional SEAS staff member to discuss assistive techology available on the campus.

We also have computer stations in libraries that offer a variety of software.

A limited number of secure laptops are available for loan for approved students to type long written exams. Approval and advance reservation is necessary.

SEAS also has technology that can be loaned out to eligible students by the semester, such as Livescribe Pens or digital audio recorders.