What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (AT) is a way to make it easier or possible to do the things that are important to you. AT helps maintain or improve the ability of people with disabilities and older adults to be full participants in everyday life. AT devices can be as simple as a built-up handle on a pencil or as complex as custom computer hardware and software. AT can help you use your phone, unlock your door from across the room, operate your computer using just your voice or a single switch, or type faster using only one hand.

AT services include helping to determine which techniques or devices best fit your needs, training and support to ensure the proper use of the recommended methods and equipment, and help integrating them into your home, classroom, or job.

Anybody who has short- or long-term goals that they cannot meet due to a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability or the changes due to aging is a candidate for Assistive Technology. AT can help in many areas of everyday life including Computer Access, Individualized Computer Training, Work Site Modifications, Environmental Control, and more.

We can provide complete evaluation, recommendation, training and support, ordering and installation services for all types of needs. Evaluations can be done at our facility or on-site at your home, office, or school. There is a fee for most AT services, but it may be covered by insurance and we will work with you to find funding sources that may be able to help.

AT Trainings Available for Your Organization

We can provide free training on AT devices to help people live independently in the community using the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition "small changes, Big Differences" kit. This is a hands-on demonstration that can be tailored for rehabilitation professionals or end users. Training on other AT topics is also available; call us to discuss your interests.

AT Demonstrations for Individuals

Free AT demonstrations are available for qualified individuals on lower cost items for everyday living including devices for cooking, bathing, grooming, dressing and other daily activities. The purpose of a device demonstration is to help people compare and contrast the features and benefits of a variety of devices in order to make an informed decision about whether the device(s) will help. Call to find out more or schedule a demonstration.

To learn more about any of the assistive technology services available through the Region 2 Area Agency on Aging and how it can help you, a family member, your clients or students, contact us at (517) 592-1974.

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