Considerations Before Purchasing AT

Things To Think About

It is advisable whenever possible to seek a professional evaluation by a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) before purchasing assistive technology. For more information on the ATP certification process, visit the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) at

To learn more about the role of a certified ATP and to learn how to find a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional go to the RESNA website and click on “Find a Certified AT Professional.” For more information on assistive technology and Certified Assistive Technology Professionals, you may also choose to contact the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) at as well as the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers at

FAAST also recommends before purchasing medically necessary/customized durable medical equipment (DME) you seek a prescription from a qualified physician documenting medical necessity with an applicable physical therapy and/or speech therapy evaluation. A prescription for DME that is medically necessary may then be covered in whole or in part through Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.