Once considered a highly specialized field, assistive technology (AT) now increasingly can be found in applications and devices sold to the general public, says a new report that highlights several key trends in AT development.

The Nation Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) presented the report during its annual conference last month. The issue brief, titled "Unleashing the Power of Innovation for Assistive Technology," comes at a time of great opportunity for both schools and AT providers, the organization says.

"The confluence of federal stimulus money and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs ... to

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