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Assistive Technology Resources

Connect with helpful assistive technology (AT) resources:

National Organizations

AbleData
AbleData is a database that provides comprehensive information on assistive technology products, solutions and resources to improve productivity and daily living tasks for people with disabilities. AbleData is supported by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT)
The DO-IT Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive.

Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center)
The ECTA Center assists states in building effective, efficient service systems; increasing the implementation of evidence-based practices; and, enhancing outcomes for young children and their families. 
Highlighted resourceAssistive Technology (AT) for Infants, Toddlers and Young Children includes extensive resources and references.

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
CPIR serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.
Highlighted resources: The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, NICHCY Resources legacy materials.

Pass It On Center
The Pass It On Center, as the National Assistive Technology Device Reutilization Coordination and Technical Assistance Center, fosters improvements in AT reuse practices and network among AT Reuse programs.

Quality Indicators in Assistive Technology (QIAT)
The QIAT Community is a nationwide grassroots group that includes hundreds of individuals who provide input into the ongoing process of identifying, disseminating, and implementing a set of widely-applicable Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services in School Settings. The web site contains resources to support the application of the indicators.

Quality Indicators in Assistive Technology in Post-Secondary Education (QIAT-PS)
QIAT-PS offers tools and resources on quality implementation of assistive technology in the post-secondary educational environments. The project is sponsored by the Great Lakes ADA Center and the Southwest ADA Center, members of the ADA National Network. QIAT-PS is a collaborative effort of hundreds of professionals from a wide variety of higher education and K-12 schools and based on the successful implementations of assistive technology indicators in K-12 public schools.

Technology and Media Division (TAM)
TAM is an official division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The purpose of TAM is to support educational participation and improved results for individuals with disabilities and diverse learning needs through the selection, acquisition, and use of technology.

U.S. Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC)
USSAAC is a national chapter of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). Its purpose is to advance the field of augmentative and alternative communication and many initiatives and services including learning opportunities are provided.

National Conferences

Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)
ATIA is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of technology-based assistive devices and/or services. ATIA holds an annual conference that provides a forum for education and communication to professional practitioners serving those with disabilities. ATIA also provides additional educational events as needed including conferences in additional locations, a Leadership Forum, a webinar series and other publications and resources.

California State University at Northridge (CSUN) Center on Disabilities
CSUN promotes the valuable role that assistive technology can play in the accommodation of persons with disabilities in all environments including education, employment, and independent living. The Center's international conference, "Technology and Persons with Disabilities," serves as a venue for providing effective and quality educational opportunities to everyone involved in the field of disability services. Additionally, the Center offers training and research activities including the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) which is designed to offer a form of certification in the area of assistive technology applications.

Closing the Gap (CTG)
Closing The Gap, Inc. provides assistive technology resources and training opportunities through its bimonthly (print and online) magazine, webinars, and annual international conferences.

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
RESNA is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. RESNA advances the field by offering certification, continuing education, and professional development; developing assistive technology standards; promoting research and public policy; and sponsoring forums for the exchange of information and ideas to meet the needs of our multidisciplinary constituency.

State Resources

AEM State Contacts and SEA Information
Check out this page for state specific information. A search within the SEA’s web site usually provides information about the AT programs in each state.

Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)
ATAP is a national, member-based organization, comprised of state assistive technology act programs funded under the Assistive Technology Act. These state programs implement required activities focused on improving the provision of AT to individuals with disabilities of all ages, through comprehensive, statewide programs that are consumer responsive.

Center for Assistive Technology Act Data Assistance (CATADA)
State and Territory Assistive Technology Programs focus on improving the provision of Assistive Technology (AT) through comprehensive, statewide programs that are consumer responsive. The goal of these programs is to increase access to and acquisition of AT. Programs serve people with all types of disabilities, of all ages, in all environments.

RESNA Catalyst Project
The Catalyst Project is sponsored by RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. The RESNA Catalyst Project provides assistance to the AT Act Grantees to assist them in increasing awareness, access, acquisition and advocacy to assistive technology (AT) devices and services for consumers with disabilities of all ages. The project works with 56 statewide AT programs, 57 protection and advocacy for AT programs, and 33 alternative financing programs. It also works with access to telework financial loan programs.

Other Resources

Special Education Technology British Colombia (SET-BC)
SET-BC’s mission is to enhance student opportunities for success by providing access to curriculum through the use of appropriate educational and communication technologies.

International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)
ISAAC is a membership organization working to improve the lives of children and adults with complex communication needs. ISAAC’s goal is to create worldwide awareness about how AAC can help individuals without speech. ISAAC accomplishes this by sharing information and promoting innovative approaches to research, technology, and literacy through AAC. Activities include hosting ISAAC biennial conferences, sponsoring projects, and offering awards and scholarships.
Highlighted Resource: U.S. Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC) is a national chapter of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).

Transition Resources Specific to AT

Assistive Technology Internet Modules: Assistive Technology Transitions
This online learning module focusing on AT transitions is designed for use for professional development, higher education courses, and independent study and was developed collaboratively by Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and the Texas Assistive Technology Network.

Quality Indicators in Assistive Technology Services (QIAT)
Transition is one of the eight areas of QIAT and the transition indicators provide guiding principles about how teams plan for the use of AT devices and services to transfer from one setting to another. Without careful attention to planning, the successful use of assistive technology, accessible materials and technology may not transfer to the new environment.
Highlighted resources Transition Quality Indicators and Matrix and Transition Guiding Document

Technology

Equipment or system where principal function is creation, conversion, duplication, control, display, interchange, transmission, reception, or broadcast of data.

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Accessibility

Access for all people, including people with disabilities, to web environments.

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Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Provides leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts in improving results for children and youth with disabilities.

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QIAT (Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology)

Organization that supports identifying, disseminating, and implementing quality indicators of assistive technology services in school settings.

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Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)

Non-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers, and providers of technology-based assistive devices and services.

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Employment

Work performed for compensation, at location, and with opportunities for advancement similar to those who are not individuals with disabilities.

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State Education Agency (SEA)

Agency responsible for supervision of a state’s or territory’s public elementary and secondary schools.

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Accessible

Content, activity, or technology that is usable by everyone with equivalent ease of use.

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