Assistive technology is an important part of living and offers a person with a disability a better quality of life. It enables many people with physical and intellectual challenges the capacity to communicate with friends and loved ones. However, before any actual device can be purchased, funds have to be available to pay for it. This can be both very difficult and stressful. In New Zealand, a news story recently addressed the need for better access to assistive technology for those who need it the most. It also highlights the importance of accessing communication devices from a relatively early age, so that that users are ready to communicate at school and have them as part of their learning. It is a timely reminder for everyone about how difficult it can be to gain access to life changing technology. Check out the news report.