Tech Center

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Tech Center

Technology can be intimidating unless you first approach it from a solution viewpoint.
You’re not alone in your search for help and we hope to be a guide for you on this journey.

Let’s begin!

  • What are your individual strengths?  What things do you want to do? What things do you need help with?
  • Where do you need assistance? Home? Work? In the Community?
  • What obstacles do certain tasks present?

Personal technology, both high tech and low-tech might provide a solution.

Our Tech Center will supply you with discovery tools and resources that will help you find the right technology to make things easier for you and your family. The information we provide on tools and resources will grow over time and never be complete, as technology is always developing and improving.

 

HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF HOW PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY OPENS POSSIBILITIES: 

Introduction to The Arc’s Tech Center

The Arc Prepping for Assistive Technology Evaluation

Tech for More Independence at Road to Responsibility Home

Basic Apps to Get You Through Your Day: What You Already Have on Your iPhone & iPad

Welcome to the Assistive Technology Lending Library at Northeast Arc

THE TECHNOLOGY FORWARD REPORT: 

A Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Task Force (Task Force), launched in November 2019, included representatives of the DDS, ADDP and The Arc as well as other experts, service providers, and community members, developed a report to advance the use of supportive technology among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and autism.

The Task Force’s report, titled “Technology Forward” is posted here. Some outcomes from the collaboration included changes in the federal home and community-based waivers to allow broad reimbursement for assistive technology and remote support. In addition, the administration developed a new line item for technology for the 2021 Fiscal Year. Separately, additional recommendations from The Arc and ADDP and certain Task Force members are located here.

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Backpack Health

Backpack Health is a free app designed to allow users to store, organize, manage, and share health information. Four-star review from Bridging Apps website. Available on multiple platforms.
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ATECH Assistive Technology Training Center

ATECH is a hub of knowledge and expertise for staff training in the use and application of technology to reduce barriers and increase the independence of individuals with intellectual and developmental, physical, and cognitive disabilities. Paid and FREE webinars resources, AT assessments and other trainings. Smart-home expertise.
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New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) Easterseals Affiliate

Membership organization with a variety of resources including a lending library, AT training including webinars and blogs. Some services, such as webinars, require paid membership.
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Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Developmental Services provided seed funding for this project.

 

Please review The Arc of Massachusetts Terms of Service. 

 

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