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Did proficiency levels on the 12 assistive technology devices change after the course was completed?
The definition of assistive technology is an equally balanced, two-pronged definition that includes assistive technology devices and assistive technology services.
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Such an individual is one who has a disability or handicap for the purposes of any federal or state law and who is or would be able to achieve a greater level of functioning or maintain a level of functioning with assistive technology devices and services.
For example, tools such as the slate and stylus used to create braille were the first assistive technology devices that allowed people with visual impairments to be truly literate after the creation of the braille code in the 1800s (Hatlen, 2000; Scadden, 2000).
Although school districts have been required to provide assistive technology devices and services since 1990, in many cases assistive technology was treated as a "special area that was separate from the general delivery of services.
The Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (Tech Act) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines assistive technology devices and services as any item, piece of equipment, or product system--whether acquired commercially off-the-shelf, modified, or customized--used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
The legal definition of assistive technology service as it appears in the IDEA is "any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.
Breakthrough Assistive Technology Device Offers Anytime, Anywhere Access To Documents and Web Content Through Windows CE and JAWS Screen Reader Technology
Assistive technology service" means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.
Portable and battery-operated, the Optelec ClearReader+ assistive technology device can be used anywhere.
IDEA defines an assistive technology device as 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 a child with a disability.

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