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National Assistive Technology & Equipment Resources

Programs that pay for or provide equipment, appliances and assistive aids that enable people, including those who have physical or sensory limitations, to increase their mobility and/or ability to communicate and live more comfortably.

Tennessee Assistive Technology & Equipment Resources

Pathfinder Resources

Database of Services: Relevant keywords may include: Assistive Technology Equipment, Emergency Alert Devices, Equipment Exchange, and Mobility/Wheelchair Clinics.

ABLEDATA

A site of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education, provides product information, a consumer forum, resource centers, and more. This includes a wide range, from wheelchairs to vans to computer technology and more.

Alliance for Technology Access (ATA)

A network of community-based Resource Centers, Developers and Vendors, Affiliates, and Associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies.

Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO)

Provides information on AT applications that help students with disabilities learn in elementary classrooms.

Assistivetech.net

A national public website on assistive technology resources. The site includes a searchable database of assistive technology products and is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

Computers for Homebound & Isolated Persons (CHIPS)

CHIPS trains and equips homebound persons to use e-mail and the Internet to overcome social isolation, connect with people and resources, assert more control over their own lives, and contribute to their community.

Disability.gov

Disability.gov provides quick and easy access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits. Also offers information on accessibility, assistive and adaptive technology and laws and regulations related to technology.

GiveTech.org

Computer tools designed specifically for those with severe physical disabilities allow for increased self-reliance and a vastly enhanced computing and Internet experience. GiveTech's goal is to provide such technological tools to those in need. GiveTech does not give away computers; rather we give away input devices that allow people with quadriplegia to use computers.

National Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Partnership (NATTAP)

A sponsored project of RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America; provides technical assistance to the 56 state and territory assistive technology programs.

National Lekotek Center

Provides Ratings and reviews of toys for children with disabilities. Information on toys and play, including tips for choosing toys. Lekotek's Toy Resource Helpline provides play and toy specialists to answer questions on toys and play for children with disabilities.

Pass It On Center

A comprehensive clearinghouse of information for Assistive Technology. Also, provides national database of Assistive Technology service providers, training, webinars, and Assistive Technology conferences.

Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA)

RESNA is a professional society for individuals and organizations interested in technology and disability. The purpose of RESNA is to contribute to the public welfare through scientific, literary, professional and educational activities by supporting the development, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge and practice pertaining to rehabilitation and assistive technology so that all citizens can achieve the highest quality of life.

Southeast Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center

One of ten regional ADA & I T Centers funded by NIDRR to provide training , technical assistance, and materials on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accessible information technology (IT), and the rights and abilities of people with disabilities.

The Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.

Web Accessibility Initiative

Provides accessibility guidelines, quick tips for making accessible websites, tools to evaluate web accessibility and more.

See Also...

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Links

  • Providing Access to the Visual Environment (PAVE)
    PAVE provides technical assistance for teachers of students with low vision, as well as for parents, and direct instruction for children. PAVE assists any child with low vision, age 3 to 21 in Lead Education Agencies in Tennessee, private schools, or the Tennessee School for the Blind.

Other Links and Resources

  • Nicky's Drive
    A non-profit organization in South Africa that aims to assist people with disabilities within South Africa to be mobile and independent through the funding of car adaptations.

Media

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Workshop Video
    The AAC Workshop, held on March 27, 2010, covered a wide range of strategies and easy-to-use communication systems, including low to high assistive technology options, designed to increase communication opportunities for children with multiple disabilities.