When I first think of Assistive Technology I often think of my son. He was a child who could not read or write. He described it as the words all forming one black line and running off the paper. I took him to many Doctors with no definitive diagnosis as to what was happening for him. They felt there was a genetic issue, as all the boys in his fathers family could not read or write including his father. His father did own his own business and was successful even not having any reading or writing skills. When school started this proved to be a definite problem for my son and our family. Without a positive diagnosis there was no help offered to him. He became frustrated and started to act out. He could not read what was asked of him, yet was expected to meet certain mile stones. He cried when he brought books home with challenges to read so many of them. I used to read them to him. It was a struggle throughout school. Many thought he was an ADHD child – but was he really ? or possibly a child with just a disability. I tried medication with no success. The medications made him catatonic. When my son reached high school we moved him to a school that said would work with him. The teacher there got him a computer that read to him. Any questions on exams were done orally. He passed all of his grade 12. The feeling I had brought me to tears, someone helped my son. He was able to use a computer at this high school that worked with him. I was no longer being called into conferences saying my son was disrupting everyone, and causing issues. He was keeping up with assignments. He was not the delinquent child many had thought him to be throughout school. Assistive Technology can provide certain individuals options that were never available to them prior. I remember going to supper with the father of my son, and he always said “I will have what your having”. I never realized he could not read the menu. I cant imagine something as simple as eating in a restaurant being such a hardship for someone. Could technology open these doors for people in more ways than we think ? I believe these assistive technologies could benefit both the individual, the families and friends but also the organizations they could work for. When I look at my son, he is a bright person with so much potential. He currently works in a trade profession as he is more hands on than academic. Could technology open the doors to other avenues that many of these individuals would have never considered before ? I work in the nursing field, with the progression toward computerized charting, and being able to verbally dictate words it may increase who maybe could be part of this profession. This is only one aspect of the possibilities of assistive technology. Whole new worlds could open for some people and their families. I truly believe being supportive to children with no diagnosis of the barrier they are experiences would be beneficial. How do we get funding for people without a diagnosis though ?