ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TRAINING

Assistive Technology devices

Examples of Assistive Technology devices — TOP: Screen Magnification Display; CENTER: Large Print Yellow Keyboard; BOTTOM: Tablet & Smart Pen.

“Assistive technology” and “assistive devices” refers to the tools that enable many individuals to remain independent.

Are you looking for assistive technology and don’t know where to begin? Disability Network Capital Area could be your answer. In partnership with the Michigan Assistive Technology Project, we can provide demonstrations of various devices at no charge. Contact Kellie Blackwell for a complete list of devices available for demonstrations and those available for a short term loan.

In addition, we work with other agencies such as Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Bureau of Services for Blind Persons to provide one-on-one training with the following software and equipment:

  • JAWS
  • Window-Eyes
  • ZoomText
  • Magic
  • Kurzweil 1000
  • Typability
  • Apple Products

Assistive Technology Resources

Assistive Technology Loan Fund (ATLF): The Assistive Technology Loan Fund was established to help people with disabilities purchase assistive technology devices and services. This program provides low-cost financing to persons with disabilities to purchase assistive technology devices that allow for greater access, increased mobility, enhanced communication and job opportunities. Examples of devices people have purchased through this loan fund are motorized scooters, vehicle adaptations, ramps, hearing aids, and more.

ATXchange: Are you looking to buy, sell or trade gently used assistive devices?  This Michigan-based website will allow you to post items you have to sell or give away AND to search for items you need. It also includes used vehicles that have a variety of adaptations and modifications.

For a listing of all Centers for Independent Living and agencies that provide demonstrations of assistive devices, go to the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition website.