Librarian's Picks: Assistive Technology.

'Quick picks' from librarians at the National Rehabilitation Information Center.

Assistive technology (AT) is devices and aids which can help a person with a disability perform activities that might not otherwise be possible. AT includes communication devices and sensory aids (hearing aids, TTYs, talking boards, braille displays), mobility devices (wheelchairs, modified vehicles, strollers), adaptive computer equipment (ergonomic keyboards, screen readers), and simple devices to aid in daily living activities (reachers, handles, grips). The agencies, organizations, and webpages listed here can help you find the device, product, or manufacturer you need to make everyday life easier.

For more resources, visit our Ready Reference page for Assistive Technology or search the Knowledgebase.  You may also download the brochure in PDF format at the bottom of this page. Disponible en Español.


Information sources on assistive technology

Possible sources of financial assistance for assistive technology include: your state's office of vocational rehabilitation, school districts, Medicaid, Medicare, and private health insurance. Also consider employers, private organizations, corporations, and religious groups. Contact your local public library for more information on these and other community-based organizations.


RESNA Assistive Technology Program
Phone: 703/524-6686 (V)
TTY: 703/524-6639
Fax: 703/524-6630
Email: catalyst@resna.org
resnaproyects.org/allcontacts/statewidecontacts.html.
Administers the state AT projects that provide AT-related services. Services can include information and referrals, demonstration and training, and guidance in obtaining funding.  Visit their State Contact Page to find the AT project in your state.

RESNA also maintains the Alternative Finance Programs.
Call them at 703/524-6686 (V) or 703/524-6639 (TTY), fax to 703/524-6630 or visit resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/allafpcontacts.html to find the loan program for your state.


AbleData 
Phone: 800/227-0216 (V)
TTY: 703/992-8313
Fax: 703/356-8413
Email: abledata@neweditions.net
abledata.com.
Provides computerized searches for assistive devices, products, and equipment. Searches include distributor information and product descriptions. Fact sheets and information on catalogs are also available. The database can be searched from the ABLEDATA web site. Download the AbleData Brochure.


Trace Research and Development Center
Phone: 608/262-6966 (V)
TTY: 608/263-5408
Fax: 608/262-8848
Email: info@trace.wisc.edu
trace.wisc.edu.
Provides information in the areas of augmentative communication and computer access for persons with disabilities. Makes referrals to sources of information regarding computer hardware and software, manufacturers, related professionals, and other information networks. Web site includes program information and a publications list.


Georgia Institute of Technology
Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA)

Phone: 404/894-4960 (V/TTY)
Fax: 404/894-9320
catea.gatech.edu.
Source for information pertaining to disability and computer access. Provides technology related services to persons with disabilities and distributes information packets upon request. Web site contains product and manufacturer information and Internet links.


Closing The Gap
Phone: 507/248-3294 (V)
Fax: 507/248-3810
closingthegap.com.
Provides information relating to computer technology, special education, and rehabilitation. Web site contains articles of interest and a publication list. Also sponsors an annual conference.


National Easter Seal Society
Phone: 800/221-6827 (V), 312/726-6200
TTY: 312/726-4258
Fax: 312/726-1494
easterseals.com.
Provides AT related services including evaluation, recommendation, and training. There are over 400 affiliates nationwide. Contact the national office for details on services available in your area. Web site includes program information and an index to services by city and state.


The Foundation Center
Phone: 800/424-9836 (V)
Fax: 212/807-3677
foundationcenter.org.
Maintains a comprehensive database on foundation and corporate giving programs for both individuals and organizations. Publishes directories and guides and assists with grant application procedures. Web site offers online library and publications list.


Pass It On Center - National AT Reuse and Technical Assistance Center
passitoncenter.org.
The Pass It On Center is creating national and state resources to foster the appropriate reuse of AT by coordinating a national collaborative of assistive technology device (ATD) and durable medical equipment (DME) reuse programs across the country so that persons with disabilities can get the affordable AT they need in order to live, learn, work, and play more independently.


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