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Assistive Technology helps you to do things. This step involves the identification of activities in which you would like to participate or compete which you either can't do or have difficulty doing without a tool or technology to help.  Start by describing the difficulty encountered as you try to perform a task. For example: you don't know when words are spelled incorrectly, you can't reach things in your kitchen pantry, or you can't hear callers on the phone.

The more you know about yourself and what you want to do, the more successful you will be in finding the appropriate tool. Here are some things to consider:

  • What is your disability?
  • How does your disability impact you?
  • Where and when do you want to do it? For example is this something you will do inside or outside? Will lighting or weather be a consideration?
  • Are you comfortable with technology?
  • How are you at learning new things? Do you get confused or frustrated?
  • Are you comfortable using a device in public? Are you concerned about what other people might think?
  • Do you have a favorite color or other preferences?

Go to Step 2: Do You Need an Assessment/Evaluation?

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