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Guides: Adaptive Technology

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Access Technology - Review of Computer Adaptive Technology
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This guide, written by New Horizons Un-Limited staff, reviews computer access solutions by locating and reviewing computer hardware, software and related technologies designed for the specific needs of people with disabilities. Our vision is to bring about awareness within the community of the benefits technologies have to offer them and increase the number of people with disabilities accessing technologies.

Links to Publications by Others

College Students with Disabilities and Assistive Technology

Mississippi State University has authored this guide, which discusses the incorporation of assistive technology into the planning of post-secondary education and employment. The guide has been designed for the purposes of guiding vocational rehabilitation counselors, disability services counselors, career services counselors and employment recruiters. It offers a comprehensive discussion of adaptive technology and its relationship to employment-related and educational opportunities for individuals with varying types of disabilities.

Communications Technology for Everyone: Implications for the Classroom and Beyond

The Annenberg Washington Program has developed this helpful publication that discusses assistive technology in the classroom, accessible curriculum development, technology use in business and the community, as well as the possibilities of greater inclusion through the use of technology.

New Sign Family Center on Technology and Disability -Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and the Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning

Family Center on Technology and Disability assists organizations and programs that serve families of children with disabilities by providing information and support on accessing and using assistive technology. Their website above, is a source full of assistive/instructional technology resources of interest to families of children with disabilities. These guides offer help on how to make a successful transition with your assistive technology.

The Iowa Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT) helps Iowans find out about and get the assistive technology (AT) they need as part of their daily lives to learn, work, play, and participate in community life safely and independently.

Selecting and Obtaining Assistive Technology has authored this guide that discusses individuals rights associated with obtaining and funding assistive devices. The guide has three parts that are tailored to children, adults and older adults. Much information is provided regarding the rights of individuals throughout the funding and appeal processes of several funding sources. Several relevant resource links are provided as well.

State Specific Guides


ILoan cash loans for assistive technology for independent living or employment.

Illinois Assistive Technology Project has developed this publication in an effort to outline possible sources of private funding for assistive / adaptive technology. The publication discusses what one needs to know before approaching a funding source, a typical application process, and community groups and foundations that may offer funding. The Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is a statewide, not-for-profit agency, in their twentieth year of service. Illinois was one of the first nine states funded under the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988, as amended. IATP's primary focus is on education, employment, community living, information technology and telecommunications. Their mission is to enable people with disabilities so they can fully participate in all aspects of life. Techtalk is a newsletter offered on-line that highlights several important issues. The site contains a listing of links to other helpful resources as well as other information pertaining to assistive technology. For more information contact them at: Illinois Assistive Technology Program, 1 West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 100, Springfield, Illinois 62701, (217) 522-7985 voice, (217) 522-9966 tty, (217) 522-8067 fax, (800) 852-5110 v/tty, or send email to: iatp@iltech.org

New York

New Sign Lighthouse Guild One of New York State’s leading programs for assistive technology training for people with vision loss. They provide guidance using technology you may already own, including handheld devices and their latest smart features, as well as specialized computer programs. They are a testing site for new technologies and can discuss the best options for your needs. They help you learn how to use these life-changing tools and develop the skills you need to succeed in school or at work. They also guide teachers and employers in making accommodations in the classroom and workplace to set the stage for students and employees to be productive and successful. Assistive Technology Training Lighthouse Guild, 250 West 64th Street, New York, NY 10023, call 212-769-6245 or use their on-line contact form.


The Buck Starts Here...A Guide to Assistive Technology Funding in Kentucky

This comprehensive 84-page guide, published by the KATS Network offers a tremendous amount of information on the funding options for Assistive Technology (AT) available to Kentucky residents with disabilities. The guide covers insurance programs, government programs, private sources of assistance and loan programs among other funding sources. It also offers information on the Americans with Disabilities Act as it relates to AT and offers advocacy resources. Visit this guide to learn more about your options. Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this PDF document.

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