Assistive Technology Legislation

Did you know that an estimate of 48.9 million people currently have a disability in the United States?

That’s a lot of people, people who may have ideas to give, talents to offer, and spirit to contribute to our society. There have been many assistive technology acts since 1988 to create and provide devices that help perform tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible for that large and vibrant community. Assistive technology for people with disabilities has opened doors to many who may want to pursue careers that would have otherwise been difficult, and has created a competitive athletic driven disability community. It has enabled the education system the opportunity to offer more and more students with disabilities the chances that they deserve.



What is known as the, “Tech Act,” was first created in 1988, and reauthorized in 1994 and again in 1998. The legislation was passed to create access for people with disabilities in addition to the availability of devices. The legislation’s goals gave the state funding to make all of this possible, along with national initiatives. Big changes came to the legislation in 2004, instead of focusing on states building the systems to provide these critical resources; the act now required the state to provide direct aid to improve their quality of living.


The Tech Acts have come a long way, just like the vast variety of options of assistive technology. There is so much out there in what we have built to make the world an easier place to live in, and there is still a lot more coming in the future.



That is why NTI wants you to know there is so much out there for you to assist you in achieving your goals. We are here to help you in finding a job, getting training for a career, and changing your life for the better. We believing in providing access to the job, just like the Tech Act provides access to help people do things they may not be able to do. Visit us at NTICentral.org. Change your life with a job, just like assistive technology improved the world.


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