What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive technology refers to a wide variety of supports that not only make everyday living easier for the user; they make otherwise impossible tasks possible.


as⋅sist⋅ive tech⋅nol⋅o⋅gy – noun

  1. Assistive Technology is any device or service that increases, maintains, or improves the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities

  2. Assistive Technology device is any item, piece of equipment, or product system--whether acquired commercially or off the shelf, custom made, or modified--that is used to enable people with disabilities to communicate, learn, play, achieve, work, and be independent in their community

Certified Technology Specialists

UCP Central PA has a certified Assistive Technology Specialist on hand to offer demonstrations and to assist you in determining what equipment best meets your needs. We also offer several AT-related programs and services in addition to our Changing Hands equipment exchange program:

Assistive Technology Services

The goal of UCP Central PA’s Assistive Technology Services is to increase independence and functional ability of people with disabilities and aging Pennsylvanians through the use of assistive technology (AT) at work, school, home, or in the community. Services provided include evaluations, equipment trials, and equipment set up and training. Learn more

Assistive Technology Resource Center

UCP Central PA serves as one of nine Assistive Technology Resource Centers (ATRCs) throughout the state. The purpose of the ATRCs is to expand the awareness of and access to assistive technology in the Central Pennsylvania area. Learn more

Lending Library

Pennsylvania’s Assistive Technology Lending Library is a free service which enables Pennsylvania residents of all ages and with any type of disability to try a variety of AT devices in order to determine what device is best suited to their needs. Learn more

Demonstration Center

This on-site facility lets families try out assistive listening devices, blind/low vision aids, daily living aids, and more, free of charge. A certified Assistive Technology Specialist is on hand to answer questions and provide demonstrations, enabling families to make informed decisions before purchasing equipment. Learn more