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:


Medical loan closet program expands

Darrin Umbarger, a member of Disability Rights Oregon’s Board of Directors, started a medical supply loan closet in Pendleton 5 years ago. Now, thanks to a bill introduced by State Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer (D-Portland), the program was expanded and will grow to Portland and Salem next year. People who are on an OHP “Open card” will… Continue Reading Medical loan closet program expands