Assistive Technology

Below you will find a variety of resources pertaining to Assistive Technology.  Please remember that the Early Intervention Provider Handbook also includes the service description, qualified staff, and billing codes and rates for Assistive Technology in the Illinois Early Intervention System.

  1. Assistive Technology Service Description
  2. EI Assistive Technology Guidelines
  3. Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers (pdf)
  4. Assistive Technology Authorizations
  5. Assistive Technology Equipment and Billing Codes
  6. Resource Guide on Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers (pdf)
  7. Assistive Technology Equipment Programs
  8. Assistive Technology Product Information
  9. AT Programs, Certification & Professional Development
  10. Legislation Related to Assistive Technology
  11. Assistive Technology Advocacy
  12. Other Assistive Technology-Related Resources

Assistive Technology Service Description 

The Illinois Department of Human Services provides a service description for assistive technology.  This resource also links to information related to qualifications to enroll to become an assistive technology vendor as well as and billable activities with authorization.

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EI Assistive Technology Guidelines 

The Illinois Department of Human Services provides guidelines for assistive technology.  The guidelines include information related to:

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Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers (pdf)

A question and answer document that was developed by Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE).  Questions include "What types of assistive technology devices can infants and toddlers use?" and "Why is assistive technology important?"

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Assistive Technology Authorizations

Illinois Department of Human Services policy and procedures for assistive technology authorizations.  This resource includes instructions for returns and replacements.

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Assistive Technology Equipment and Billing Codes

Illinois Department of Human Services provides assistive technology billing codes and descriptions that correspond to each code.

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Resource Guide on Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers (pdf)

The Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse developed a resource guide on assistive technology for infants and toddlers which includes online resources, journal articles, books, and videos.  Please visit the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse for more information.

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Assistive Technology Equipment Programs

  • The Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is a statewide, non-profit agency funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1988 whose mission is to break down barriers that prevent people with disabilities from accessing the assistive technology. IATP provides devices for loan, AT evaluations, and maintain a person-to-person exchange program for pre-owned items.
  • Infinitec's mission is to advance independence and promote inclusive opportunities for children and adults with disabilities through technology. Services provided through Infinitec include information services, access to assistive technology equipment, training and education programs, as well as access to specialists in the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake and Kane.
  • Lekotek is a nationwide program that offers services such as toy lending libraries, computer play, family play and training for professionals and parents.

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Assistive Technology Product Information

  • AbleData provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment, as well as information on assistive technology companies and upcoming conferences and educational opportunities.
  • AblePlay is a toy rating system and website that provides comprehensive information on toys for children with special needs.
  • provides access to information on AT devices and services as well as other community resources for people with disabilities and the general public and allows user to sort devices by function, activity or vendor.

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AT Programs, Certification & Professional Development

  • University of Illinois at Chicago offers the Assistive Technology Certificate (ATCP) trains professionals to deliver state-of-the-art assistive technology clinical services to individuals with physical, cognitive and/or sensory disabilities.
  • California State University, Northridge, sponsors national and international assistive technology training programs to expand the knowledge base of professionals, and introduce newcomers to the disability field.
  • RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) is a professional society for individuals and organizations interested in technology and disability.
  • Closing The Gap strives to provide parents and educators alike, the information and training necessary to locate, compare, and implement assistive technology. 
  • ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) serves as the collective voice of the assistive technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities.

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Legislation Related to Assistive Technology

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Amended PL 108-446, Dec 2004) Section 602, which provides the federal definitions of Assistive Technology devices and services. 
  • Assistive Technology Act of 1998 (Amended PL 108-364, Oct 2004), legislation that provides funding for AT programs and addresses the needs of individuals from birth through adulthood. 
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (Amended PL 110-325, Sept 2008), legislation guaranteeing rights for people with disabilities, mandating reasonable accommodation and effective communication.
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Amended Aug 1998), Sections 504 and 508, which requires Federal agencies to make electronic and information technologies accessible (508). Section 504 requires school districts that receive any federal funds make programs and activities accessible to individuals with disabilities.

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Assistive Technology Advocacy

  • PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) provides assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children.
  • Family Support Network's mission is to unify individuals with disabilities and their families to advocate for funding, services, and community resources. The Family Support Network further seeks to ensure the continuation of all individual supports throughout the life span of the individual.

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Other Assistive Technology-Related Resources

  • Tots-n-Tech provides up-to-date information, research publications, shared ideas and resources about assistive technology and adaptations for use with infants and toddlers for Early Intervention providers of all disciplines and families across the country.
  • NECTAC is the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). NECTAC offers information related to many issues related to Assistive technology.
  • Illinois Department of Human Services  provides links to assistive technology related resources, research, and education.

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