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An estimated 54 million people nationwide rely on AT daily to improve their quality of life. AT users span a wide range of ages from children to seniors and also include many different cultures.
Examples of individuals who use AT include children with muscular dystrophy who rely on wheelchairs and/or walkers to help them be more mobile; those who are visually impaired may use canes to alert them of objects in their walking path; many seniors use grab bars in the bathtub to help prevent them from falling; those who are deaf may use vibrating alarm clocks to alert them when it’s time to wake up; some athletes use AT in the form of ankle supports to help them rehabilitate and prevent further injuries.
The textbook definition of 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." Many people who do not consider themselves as having a disability can benefit from AT, as well - such as anyone who wears glasses or a hearing aid.
Visit the Success Stories Page to read about people who have used AT to lead more independent lives.
The AT Network is dedicated to protecting the rights of our consumers and allowing them to remain independent in the community. If you have a question, concern, or a story to share with us then please don't hesitate to contact us: