The Assistive Technology Continuum

When many people think of assistive technology, they think primarily about computers or sophisticated electronic devices. However, It is important to realize that assistive technology applications can be viewed as a continuum that ranges from "high-tech" to "no-tech".

High Tech

High-tech devices incorporate sophisticated electronics or computers.

Medium Tech

Medium-tech devices are relatively complicated mechanical devices, such as wheelchairs.

Low Tech

Low-tech items are less sophisticated and can include devices such as adapted spoon handles, non-tipping drinking cups, and Velcro fasteners.

No Tech

No-tech solutions are those that make use of procedures, services, and existing conditions in the environment that do not involve the use of devices or equipment. These might include services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy or the services of other specialists.