Assistive Technology (AT)
updated December 10, 2019

Assistive technology (AT) includes different types of solutions that can help you with your daily activities, work, and education. AT can help you live in the community, instead of a facility.

How It Helps

Assistive technology can help you do things that your disability makes difficult:

  • It can help with physical tasks, like using the bathroom or getting from one place to another
  • It can help with non-physical tasks, like reminding you to take your medicine
  • It can help with communication

Here are a few examples of how AT can help:

  • Monitoring technology, such as motion sensors, can notify people if you fall or need help with other things
  • Scooters and wheelchairs help with mobility
  • Hearing aids and assistive listening devices help with communication
  • Screen-reading software helps blind people use computers
  • Tablet computers and smartphones can be augmentative communication devices
  • Personal emergency response systems (PERS) are electronic pendants or bracelets with a button to press if you fall or have an emergency; they let responders know you need help

There are many other types of AT that can help with different tasks, and new types of technology come out often.

A short video about AT

How to Get It

Think about what sorts of things you need help with and then look for technology that can help. Here are some resources that can help you find the right AT for you:

You can also Chat with a Hub expert to get ideas about where to try AT.

What You Pay

Some assistive technology is pretty cheap. For example, a magnifying glass can help you see small things. And, if you’ve got a smartphone, low-cost apps can help with communication.

Other assistive technology can be expensive. The Minnesota Guide to Assistive Technology and A System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) can help you find programs that might help pay for your technology.

And, if you qualify for Medical Assistance (MA) and get help from an MA-Waiver program, it might help you:

  • Figure out what AT could help you
  • Learn how to use AT
  • Pay for your AT
  • Pay for AT repairs or maintenance

Talk to your MA-Waiver Case Manager about how your MA-Waiver program might help, or Chat with a Hub expert.

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