Assistive Technology

Lending Library items are available to be checked out for two weeks to all North Dakota residents.

Handouts are available in either print or digital format. Printed handouts are free to keep. Digital materials are available to download at your convenience.

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Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology
by Federation for Children with Special Needs
This guide is intended to help parents learn more about assistive technology and how it can help their children. It includes tips for getting started, ideas about where to look for funding, and suggestions for what to do when applying for funding. (parents)


Bookshare Brochure
This brochure provides information on Bookshare, a free, accessible online library with eBooks and reading tools for your child with a print disability. (English)

Bookshare Brochure (Spanish translation)
Este folleto proporciona información sobre Bookshare, una biblioteca en línea gratuita y accesible con libros electrónicos y herramientas de lectura para su hijo con una discapacidad impresa. (Spanish)

Discover How Assistive Technology Can Help Your Infant or Toddler Learn & Grow
Provides information on assistive technology use with infants and toddlers for families and professionals. Also includes tips on how to find more information about assistive technology. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #50

Guidelines for the Provision of Assistive Technology to Students with Disabilities under IDEA Part B
This document is intended to serve as a resource for IEP and Section 504 teams looking to overcome barriers to learning for all students with disabilities while developing greater functional independence through individually determined solutions. (English)

NIMAS and NIMAC Policy Paper Accessible Materials (ND Policy Papers in Education)
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to individuals interested in the provision of accessible instructional materials to students with disabilities. (English)

Online Resources

AgrAbility for Youth

This video series is a 3-part curriculum on assistive technology awareness/education for rural youth created by the PACER Center's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment.

Assistive Technology 101

This guide from the Center on Technology and Disability provides an introduction to assisitve technology.

Assistive Technology and the IEP - Tips for Parents

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), public schools must provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities. To do so, schools are required to develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) that identify the child’s educational goals and needs, including the need for accommodations and/or assistive technology (AT) devices and services. This fact sheet gives tips on the basic steps parents can take to ensure an appropriate educational experience for their child.

Center on Technology and Disability

Assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) allows children across the ability spectrum to participate fully at home, in school, and in the community. The Center on Technology and Disability provides a wealth of free resources – personal and professional development (PPD) webinars, articles, guides, training materials and more. Whether you’re brand new to assistive technology or an experienced user wanting to remain on the leading edge, CTD has high-quality, research-based materials and events for you! The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

EZ AT 2: Simple Assistive Technology Ideas for Children Ages Birth to Three

A guide for increasing young children's participation in daily activities and routines. The booklet shows how simple assistive technology tools can be made at home to help young children become more active at home and in the community. Includes pictures and step-by-step instructions, as well as links to related resources.

Isabel Necesita la Tecnología de Asistencia (Isabel Needs Assistive Technology)

In this story, you'll meet Marta, the mother of Isabel, a young girl with fine motor and learning disabilities. The video introduces viewers to assistive technology (AT) and takes them through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting during which AT is considered. The video is captioned in both Spanish and English and is "described" as well.

ND Assistive (formerly IPAT)

ND Assistive (formerly IPAT) is a non-profit organization that strives to bring assistive technology into the lives of all North Dakotans that need it. No matter your age, needs, or disability, we are here for you.

New Technology, New Opportunities: The Changing World of Assistive Technology

The assistive technologies of today represent a diverse range of products, people and potentials never before seen in the field. This presentation discusses a variety of timely technology trends that are shaking up the assistive technology field and creating newfound possibilities for individuals with any disability. Trends discussed include: wearable technology, 3D printing, the internet of things, telepresence and robotics, contextual computing, digital citizenship, and the crowdfunding and do-it-yourself movements. Presenters define each trend, provide general examples of consumer technologies for each, and finally discuss each trend’s implication to disability and demo assistive technologies related to each trend area.

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