Assistive technology

Disability Rights Oregon provides information, referral, and advocacy services for Oregonians who are having a legal problem related to assistive technology, including acquisition or maintenance. Assistive Technology (AT) is an umbrella term for any piece of equipment or product system that helps to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a person with a disability.


AT may include:

  • wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, or canes
  • Braille and Braille displays, magnifiers, or text-to-voice and voice-to-text software
  • augmentative communication devices including modified keyboards
  • shower chairs or therapeutic beds
  • any  equipment or product system that a medical provider has recommended to overcome limitations experienced by a person with a disability


DRO receives funding from the PAAT program (29 U.S.C. § 3001, 3011, 3012, P.L. 105-394). It is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.




Assistive Device Lemon Laws – First Edition





AT brochure

AT brochure – Large Print




Our latest stories about AT:


Niko in front of a U.N. banner about including people with disabilities in UN development goals.

A bigger movement, by Niko Boskovic

Sixteen-year old Niko Boskovic won first place in a prestigious essay contest, and was selected as a delegate to an annual educational program.  But, the program sponsor, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, withdrew his prize after learning Niko experiences autism and uses a letter board to communicate. Our attorneys worked with Niko and his family to… Continue Reading A bigger movement, by Niko Boskovic

Ted Wenk wearing a blue shirt.

27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Today marks the 27th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. Managing Attorney Ted Wenk is speaking at a celebration in Salem organized by the Oregon Commission on Disabilities. This statement is adapted from his remarks. Statement from Ted Wenk, Managing Attorney: Today we celebrate a landmark civil rights… Continue Reading 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act