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Assistive Technology Program

Our Assistive Technology Program provides individuals with opportunities and support to enhance their lives and foster independence.

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (AT) refers to tools, devices, and software that are designed to help individuals with differing intellectual and physical abilities to perform everyday tasks more easily and independently.

By promoting independence, communication, skill development, and engagement, these technologies pave the way for a more inclusive and fulfilling life at home, in day programs, during transitions, and in the workplace. Through the experienced integration of AT, individuals can overcome challenges and unlock their full potential.

Benefits of Assistive Technology

  • Independence: AT empowers individuals with I/DD to complete tasks on their own. It fosters a sense of independence and boosts self-confidence.
  • Communication: AT includes communication aids like speech-to-text software, picture communication boards, and apps that help individuals express themselves and interact with others effectively.
  • Skill Development: Skill development AT can include low-tech devices such as adaptive timers and calculators, as well as high-tech interactive apps and software that can help with learning new concepts, improving literacy, and enhancing proficiency skills.
  • Daily Living: In the home setting, AT can help with daily living tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and personal care. Voice-activated devices, smart home systems, and reminder apps can offer guidance and reminders.
  • Day Programs: During day programs, AT can facilitate engagement and participation. Touchscreen tablets with educational games, interactive learning tools, and communication apps can make learning more engaging and enjoyable.
  • Transition to Work: AT can aid in the transition from volunteer work to paid employment. Apps for time management, task organization, and job skill training can support a smoother transition.
  • Paid Employment: In the workplace, AT can enhance job performance. Screen readers, speech recognition software, and adapted keyboards can help I/DD individuals effectively complete tasks and communicate with colleagues.

Examples of Assistive Technology

  • Tablet Apps: Interactive apps for learning, communication, and daily task management.
  • Communication Aids: Picture boards, speech-generating devices, and apps for non-verbal communication.
  • Smart Home Devices: Voice-activated systems for controlling lights, appliances, and safety features.
  • Time Management Apps: Tools for setting reminders, managing schedules, and staying organized.
  • Job Skill Training Software: Interactive programs to develop job-related skills.
  • Adaptive Tools: Keyboards, mouse alternatives, and touchscreens tailored to individual needs.

For more information, contact Jamie Martin, Assistive Technology Coordinator, at jmartin@sarah-inc.org.