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Assistive Technology Research


The resources and journals included in this section are dedicated to AT research and scholarly articles.

Assistive Technology Journals

Assistive Technology Journal
This journal, published by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), is an applied, scientific publication in the interdisciplinary field of technology for people with disabilities. The journal's purpose is to foster communication among individuals working in all aspects of the assistive technology arena including researchers, developers, clinicians, educators, and consumers.
Key Areas of Focus: Rehabilitation; assistive technology throughout the lifespan
Subscription: RESNA Membership required; nonmembers have limited online access and may purchase an individual article or subscription.

Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits (ATOB) Journal
ATOB is an open-access, online, annual journal of peer-reviewed papers published by the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA). The journal highlights new information on the outcomes and benefits of assistive technology for persons with disabilities.
Key Areas of Focus: Assistive technology throughout the lifespan
Subscription: Free online subscription; also available for download in multiple accessible formats

Journal of Special Education Technology (JSET)
JSET is a refereed professional journal that presents up-to-date information and opinions about issues, research, policy, and practice related to the use of technology in the field of special education. JSET supports the publication of research and development activities, provides technological information and resources, and presents important information and discussion concerning important issues in the field of special education technology to scholars, teacher educators, and practitioners.
Key Areas of Focus: Special education technology
Subscription: various paid subscription options available

Related Disability and Professional Journals

Assistive technology devices and services are provided to students with disabilities when needed regardless of the category of disability, and services are provided in a transdisciplinary team approach which includes educators, parents, and support service providers from a variety of professional fields. Therefore, professional and disability-specific journals often include research and scholarly articles related to assistive technology.

American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT)
AJOT is an official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) and is published 6 times per year. This peer-reviewed journal focuses on research, practice, and health care issues in the field of occupational therapy.
Key Areas of Focus: Occupational therapy practice; fine motor issues and applications
Subscription: AOTA members receive AJOT and have online access to archived abstracts and full-text articles as part of their membership. Nonmembers may view abstracts online but must purchase full-text articles.

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
APTA is a national organization for the profession of physical therapy. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education. The APTA web site has an Evidence-Based Practice & Research section with guidelines, tools, articles, and other resources for evidence related to physical therapy interventions.
Key Areas of Focus: Physical therapy practice; gross motor issues and applications
Subscription: Membership required; various levels of membership available

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Research information and resources are maintained at ASHA's web site.
Key Areas of Focus: Assistive listening devices; augmentative and alternative communication
Subscription: Open access

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
AAC is the official journal of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). AAC publishes original articles with direct application to the communication needs of persons with severe speech and/or communication impairments for whom augmentative and alternative communication techniques and systems may be of assistance. AAC is peer reviewed.
Key Areas of Focus: Augmentative and alternative communication
Subscription: Membership required; various levels of membership available

Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities (FOCUS)
FOCUS offers original research reports, position papers reflecting diverse philosophical and theoretical positions, effective intervention procedures, descriptions of successful programs, and media reviews.
Key Areas of Focus: Autism; developmental disabilities
Subscription: Subscription required; various levels of subscription available; open access to sample journal

National Organizations Providing Assistive Technology Research Resources

Various national organizations provide information and resources about assistive technology research. Many of these are supported by grants and cooperative agreements with the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Special Education Programs.

Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)
ATIA provides the Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits (ATOB) Journal as referenced above and other resources related to research.  The Research Articles and Tools section contains a compilation of articles as well as various researching tools.
Key Areas of Focus: Assistive technology across the lifespan
Subscription: Open access

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
ERIC is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research. On the web site, click on the Search tab and enter "assistive technology" in the search field. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.
Key Areas of Focus: Educational research and information
Subscription: Open access

IDEA Partnership
The IDEA Partnership reflects the collaborative work of more than 50 national organizations, technical assistance providers, and organizations and agencies at state and local level. The IDEA Partnership is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
Key Areas of Focus: General education; special education
Subscription: Open access

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
NARIC is the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). They collect, catalog, and disseminate the articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by NIDILRR
Key Areas of Focus: Disability and rehabilitation
Subscription: Open access

PowerUp What Works
PowerUp offers customizable resources to improve teaching and learning for struggling students and those with disabilities. In the Integrating Technology section, technology tools are combined with evidenced-based teaching practices to support students become college and career ready.   The Bibliography on Research on Assistive Technology Tools and Supports provides an extensive list of research articles.
Key Areas of Focus: Resources and tools for professional learning to support struggling students, students with disabilities and effective school-wide technology implementation.
Subscription: Open access

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC)
The RERC on AAC, funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), is a collaborative center committed to advancing knowledge and producing innovative engineering solutions in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The RERC on AAC supports a research and development program that addresses issues related to individuals with complex communication needs.

The TechMatrix is a tool to find educational and assistive technology products and resources including information on current research concerning students with special needs. Searches can be made using a number of different categories or via the tool's InfoPages that offer customized resources and information. The TechMatrix is sponsored by NCTI and CITEd both of which are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
Key Areas of Focus: Assistive technology; learning technology
Subscription: Open access


Equipment or system where principal function is creation, conversion, duplication, control, display, interchange, transmission, reception, or broadcast of data.

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Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)

Non-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers, and providers of technology-based assistive devices and services.

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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Federal law governing rights of children with disabilities to receive free and appropriate public education in least restrictive environment.

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