Assistive Technology (AT) is the use of devices and/or methods to increase the mobility, communication, and overall independence of people with disabilities by compensating for functional limitations. Assistive Technology can be as simple as a walking cane or a remote controller for your T.V., yet as sophisticated as voice-activated devices and customized workstations.
Provides objective information about assistive technology products available from domestic and international sources.
UCP’s extensive collection of Assistive Technology resources includes: information about assistive technology in general as well as specific types of AT; resources, answers and tips regarding AT funding and benefits; contact information for centers which provide information, training, and technical assistance to employers and individuals; and much more.
The goal of the ATS program is to increase individuals’ ability to function independently, as well as their educational and employment opportunities, by providing assistive technology tailored to their specific needs. The program offers individualized assessments and training, and provides and installs customized equipment. In Western Massachusetts you can contact UCP Berkshire County based in Pittsfield for AT loans and information.
The Assistive Technology Exchange in New England is a website and database, made possible by collaboration between the 6 New England states, that permits descriptive listings of assistive technology items to be entered, edited, searched, and removed. The AT Exchange in Massachusetts is designed to facilitate simple, easy transactions between Massachusetts residents who can benefit from assistive technology devices and those who have AT devices that are no longer needed. It is not for vendors or distributors to buy equipment, although vendor participation through donations of equipment or posting equipment for loans is welcomed. To post an item, or to look at items available, go to www.getATstuff.org
Easter Seals provides a wide variety of AT services throughout Massachusetts, in home, school, and workplace settings. Easter Seals Assistive Technology and Training Centers also offer assessments, training opportunities, and product research and demonstration.
The Assistive Technology Program (ATP) is part of MRC’s Community Services Program. They have set up a separate site known as MassMatch with resources. Its goal is to improve the ability of individuals with significant disabilities to live independently through the use of assistive technology. Website includes eligibility criteria and instructions for how to apply for AT services and assessments.
Provides information and guidance on accessible information technology to individuals living in New England. Offers online resources and publications, and a toll-free V/TTY information line staffed by people who can answer your questions about accessible IT.
The UCP Berkshire Assistive Technology Center provides information and hands-on assistance with the setup and use of adaptive equipment. The program also offers computer assessments, hardware and software recommendations, and computer training at home, school, work, or in the computer lab.