Assistive Technology and Disability

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Assistive Technology and Disability:  How Devices, Adaptations and More can Assist People to live in the Community
Presentation at the 2013 Border Conference on Disability
Mellowdee Brooks, M.Ed, ATP

This presentation will include an introduction and information about assistive technology including the legal definition.  Information about services provided by Arizona Technology Access Program will be explained.  In addition, information regarding different types of assistive technology, including adaptations will be discussed that assist people to live in the community. A variety of products will be introduced and demonstrated.


  1. Understand the definition of assistive technology and its’ uses
  2. Gain knowledge on how to obtain assistive technology and the services of AzTAP
  3. Understand how the use of assistive technology can increase the ability of people with disabilities to live more independently

Presentation Slides


Speaker Bio
Mellowdee Brooks, M.Ed, ATP, 
is an assistive technology specialist for the Arizona Technology Access Program.  She has worked in the field of assistive technology for over 16 years. In 2007, she received a M.Ed in Special Education and has been credentialed as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) through RESNA since 1999.  Mellowdee has also worked for a Center for Independent Living for or a total of 8 years and promotes the independent living philosophy.