Assistive Technology

The Jim Thorpe Area School District supports learners with a diverse set of skills and needs. Assistive Technology is available to provide learners with the support they need in interacting with the various digital resources used in the district. See the links on the left for more information on using accessibility features on your child's district technology.

What is Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.

  • AT can be low-tech: communication boards made of cardboard or fuzzy felt.

  • AT can be high-tech: special-purpose computers.

  • AT can be hardware: prosthetics, mounting systems, and positioning devices.

  • AT can be computer hardware: special switches, keyboards, and pointing devices.

  • AT can be computer software: screen readers and communication programs.

  • AT can be inclusive or specialized learning materials and curriculum aids.

  • AT can be specialized curricular software.

  • AT can be much more—electronic devices, wheelchairs, walkers, braces, educational software, power lifts, pencil holders, eye-gaze and head trackers, and much more.

Source: Assistive Technology Industry Association