Providing assistive technology information and to provide a way for you to find assistive technology you need.
AT is any device or service that improves the ability of people to maintain or improve their independence in performing daily living activities. Assistive technology can be as simple as a book stand or as sophisticated as a communication device that has computer and cell phone functionality. Finding the correct assistive technology may mean buying an item off-the-shelf, custom ordering a fabricated device or simply making your own.
AT is available for many areas of life, cross-disability.
Categories: Mobility/seating and positioning, aids of daily living, communication, computers and computer applications, ergonomics, electronic aids, vision, hearing, prosthetics and orthotics, home/building modifications, recreation and leisure, beds/bed modifications, seating and positioning, education/employment, transportation and driving. (back to top)
Assistive Technology Assessment (CETT Framework)
Consumer - Who needs equipment, what type?
Equipment - where do they need equipment (home, school, community)?
Task - what tasks do they need equipment to help with?
Tool - what specific equipment based on answers to above questions.
Medical Assistance (MA)
Must be medically necessary medical equipment
Medical Waiver Programs
Several requirements need to be met
AT Assessment completed and AT written into IEP
Division of Rehabilitation Services
Must fit in plan and be related to vocational goal
Varies. Prior authorization required.
Varies. See STAR Program or CILNM.
Lending Library or Trial Demonstration
Purchased by Consumer
New - Store or specialized company website/catalog.
Used - Pacer SUPER Program (Still Useful Products and Equipment Referral).
Contact CILNM for assistance in purchasing options. (back to top)
"The design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design." – Ron Mace
Examples of UD: curb cuts, auto door openers, motion detectors for lights/sink/etc., closed captioning, lever handles, smooth/ramp entrances, large print.
Benefits of UD: responsibility of design, serves many, mass production for general population. (back to top)
Low-tech: Not requiring complex technolgy, low in cost, universal design, available to general public.Planners
High-tech: Specialized, higher cost, may require training to use.Personal Data Assistant (PDA)