Assistive Technology

"For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.” Mary Pat Radabaugh
Student using a joystick mouse

What Is Assistive Technology?

In general, the term 'assistive technology device' means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability.
Assistive Technology can be anything from a simple (low-tech) device such as a pencil grip, to a complex (high-tech) device, such as a computerized communication system.

Parent Resources

  • Assistive Technology Fund
    The ATF was established in 1998 by the Department of Health and is administered by the Clinical Services Bureau. The Assistive Technology Fund provides grants of up to $250 to fund Assistive Technology that supports participation in functional life activities. Any New Mexican with a developmental disability may apply for a grant that meets the criteria for functional participation. The yearly funding cycle starts July 1 and ends June 30 of the next year. Funds are distributed each year on a first come, first serve basis until the funds are exhausted.
  • Assistive Technology Industry Association
    The Assistive Technology Industry Association ("ATIA") is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of technology-based assistive devices and/or services.
  • Family Center on Technology and Disability
    The FCTD web site ( provides thousands of assistive and instructional technology resources of interest to families of children with disabilities.
  • New Mexico Technical Assistance Program
    NMTAP offers free services to New Mexicans with disabilities to help them get the assistive technology (AT) services they need. NMTAP is a statewide program designed to increase access to, and acquisition of, assistive technology.

Contact Us

Thor Spangler OTR, ATP
Office: (505) 962-1257
Occupational Therapist, Assistive Technology Coordinator

Tibbany Ho M.S., CCC-SLP
Office: (505) 896-0667 ext 51314
Speech Language Pathologist, Assistive Technology Specialist

Mitch Walcott
Office: (505) 896-0667 ext 51150
Assistive Technology Technician