What is Assistive Technology (AT)?

Assistive Technology (AT) is any item, software, equipment, or product that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.

Why is AT Important?

AT is important because it helps people who may have difficulty with remembering, speaking, writing, pointing, reaching, walking, and many other things. AT helps people gain independence!

Common Questions

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AT Resources

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC)

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition is a 37-year-old statewide nonprofit collaborative of people with disabilities including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), individuals without disabilities, and groups committed to building inclusive communities. They offer the following AT programs


The Michigan Assistive Technology Program is a program that helps people with disabilities learn about AT. MATP can answer questions, provide demonstrations and more.

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AT Xchange

The AT Xchange is designed to facilitate transactions between residents of Michigan exchanging, donating, or selling used assistive technology (AT).

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  • Mini Loan Program: With a loan closing fee of 1%, and no interest, assistive technology up to $2,500 is available through MI-UCP. This pilot program offers 24 payments.
  • Michigan Assistive Technology Fund: The MATL supports the purchase of needed technology through low interest rates and loan guarantees. It is supported through Michigan’s Assistive Technology Program.
  • Bellows Fund: The Elsie S. Bellows Fund was established in 1995 to help increase the independence of people with disabilities through assistive technology (AT). The goal is to provide specific assistive products to low-income people with disabilities.


Children’s Special Needs Fund

Mission: The Children with Special Needs Fund exists to provide family-centered support for children with special health care needs by assisting families to purchase equipment that enhances quality of life and promotes health and mobility. Call 517.241.7420 or 1.800.859.3722
Children's Special Needs Fund

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Do you have a disability related to your military service that prevents you from driving? If you do, you may be able to get disability compensation or benefits.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


List of charitable organizations in Michigan that build wheelchair ramps for people in desperate need of a ramp, but do not have a source of funding.

Great Lakes Loan Closets

Great Lakes Loan Closets help you find organizations that lend medical equipment for minimal or no cost.
Great Lakes Loan Closets

AT Advocacy Tips

If you have additional questions or concerns about Assistive Technology, contact DRM.


  1. Consider AT if you are looking to increase or maintain independence
  2. Get documentation supporting your need for AT (evaluations, prescriptions, letter of medical necessity)
  3. Put your request for AT in writing
  4. Know your appeal rights
  5. You may need to use more than one funding source to get what you need

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