Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) is any item or piece of equipment that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with functional or cognitive limitations in all aspects of life, including at school, at work, at home, and in the community. Assistive Technology ranges from low tech to high tech devices or equipment. AT also ranges from low cost to high cost. Most common pieces of AT include:

  • Raised Toilet Seat
  • Video Doors Bell
  • Mailbox Alarm
  • Voice Controlled Lights
  • Dial by Picture Phone
  • Phone with Enlarged Numbers
  • Transfer Disc
  • Adaptive Eating Utensils

Maine’s Assistive Technology Program

The Assistive Technology Act establishes Assistive Technology Programs in each US state and territory to make AT devices and services more available and accessible to individuals with disabilities of all ages and their families. In Maine, that program is Maine CITE which delivers the following services:

  • Device Demonstrations
  • Device Loans
  • Device Reutilization
  • Alternative Financing
  • Training (Individual or Group)
  • Public Awareness.

To learn more about Maine CITE, please contact them at 207-621-3195 or

Maine CITE partners with the Office of Aging and Disability Services and the five Area Agencies on Aging to help individuals access assistive technology services and programs. You can also contact your local Aging and Disability Resource Center to learn more about how assistive technology may help you or a family member.