Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT)

  • Assistive Technology Act promotes awareness of and access to assistive technologies for individuals with disabilities.  Learn about the Purpose of the Tech Act, Key Definitions, State AT projects, Read the Statue, Summaries of the Law, and Info about AT
  • Assistive Technology: An Overview This module for the IRIS Center offers an overview of assistive technology (AT) with a focus on students with high-incidence disabilities such as learning disabilities and ADHD. It explores the consideration process, implementation, and evaluation of AT for these students (est. completion time: 2.5 hours).
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  • **ATEC/Goodwill of O.C.enables individuals to increase their independence at school, home, or in the workplace by providing the best technological solution for their individual needs.   Contact Goodwill of Orange County ATEC at 714.361.6200, ext.0
  • Closing the Gap provides assistive technology resources and training opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • **Dayle McIntosh – AT Reuse Program, providing reuse items, such as wheelchairs, walkers, durable medical equipment.
  • DIYAbility offers help in creating your own assistive technology.
  • FreedomTech offers Californians affordable financial loans to purchase needed assistive technology; loans range from $500-$15,000. Includes hearing aids, computers and adaptive accessories/software, adaptive driving equipment, home modification equipment for accessibility if you own your home (ramp, shower, grab bars).
  • Freespeech Free program to help non-verbal people and allows the use of a series of buttons to produce sentences to communicate easily; has 60 words slots that the users can modify.
  • HICAP (the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) provides free and objective information and counseling about Medicare and Medi-Cal assistance for AT resources with communication technology. Call 1-800-434-0222.
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  • NATADS  (formerly AT Network Exchange) with Device Loan and Assistive Technology Reutilization programs.  Device Loan lets potential AT users try-out devices prior to purchase, have access to a backup system when their device is in for repairs and/or have access to a device while waiting for their device to be delivered.  The AT reutilization allows individuals the ability to view and/or post gently used Assistive Technology for sale, free or needed. This area also lets individuals view refurbished and repaired AT equipment.
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  • **Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) – Toy, Switch & Software lending library. Access to TECH Center is by appointment only. 
  • Tech Toolbox™  is a place to find, share, rate and review technology for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD).  The site may be searched by type, goals, user needs, features and price.
  • Vocable ACC a free app which offers a helpful communication tool for individuals who are speech impaired that tracks head and eye movements.
  • Voice Options Program (VOP) offers a free speech-generating device for those who are unable to speak or have difficulty speaking (and who have not previously participated in the VOP).  Certain eligibility requirements must be met.  For more information contact Jeannette Blanco at Family Support Network 1-714-447-3301 x 200