WHAT IS ASSISTIVE
Assistive Technology deals with any device or technique which can be used by a person with a disability to minimize the cognitive, sensory, motor, and/or linguistic limitations such a disability might otherwise impose. A broad range of services must be provided to enable individuals with severe disabilities to function in school, home and the workplace.
The Assistive Technology Center (ATC) at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (EUP) specializes in late-secondary and post-secondary adults who need to transition to further educational programs, vocational or specific job-skill training programs and settings, or for whom work-site accommodations must be effected if vocational success is to be realized.
The ATC will help develop strategies to overcome barriers in communication, mobility, or control in the school, work, and/or home environment.
An assessment and training team of professionals consisting of OSD staff, specializing in assistive technology is available to provide evaluation, training, education, counseling and follow up in the following areas:
Alternative Access/Computer Evaluations
Physical Mobility/Life Skills
All center-based activities are conducted within the facilities of the
On-site and home-based evaluations may be scheduled where medical, work-site and/or transportation issues exist.
Training/Education/Counseling/Follow up. Fully accessible facilities available on campus.
When appropriate, the ATC team is available to travel in the seven county area.
Comprehensive Case Management by Project Coordinator
Serves as case manager for all clients.
Training to Competence
For individuals and families using prescribed methods and/or devices.
Ongoing series of informational seminars covering current developments in AT.
The ATC is a resource for equipment installation, maintenance, and follow up to ensure ongoing benefit of prescribed technology.
A pool of recycled and purchased computer hardware is available for short term and "trial" loans.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ATC
Identify individuals in need of assistive technology.
Expand the local Assistive Technology resource database.
Evaluate individuals in need of assistive technology.
Prescribe/recommend low/high tech strategies.
Facilitate acquisition and set-up of recommended equipment through collaboration with case workers, professional staff, clients and families.
Provide training, education, and support for individuals and families using assistive technology.
Network with existing technology providers to improve the existing pool of devices.
Provide case management, technical support, and follow-up to insure feature match, realization of work plan objectives, and client/staff/agency satisfaction.
HOW TO BEGIN
Referrals to the
Equipment/services are covered by many insurance companies.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ANY OF OUR SERVICES, PLEASE CALL:
VOICE (814) 732-2160
FAX (814) 732-2866
TDD (814) 732-2462