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Assistive technology refers to equipment or devices that make it easier for people to live more independently, work at a job, study at school or play with friends. Below are links to websites that explain how the devices work, how to get funding for them and where to buy them. Also, be sure to check out the Assistive Technology section of the Maine Store page on our website.
ABLEDATA — ABLEDATA provides information on assistive technology and
(Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication)
— This is a program of the Pine Tree Society that provides children
with disabilities with appropriate tools to communicate effectively and
be successful learners.
— Formerly called the Maine Center for Assistive Technology
and Software (MECATS), this site is a resource for information, technical
assistance, and professional development about assistive technology, assistive
and educational software, web accessibility, and universal design in education.
Accessible - This New Hampshire
site has a variety of products to purchase to increase accessibility for
people who use wheelchairs.
of Blind Citizens - This
site provides information to fund 50% of the cost of assistive technology
for use by individuals who are legally blind.
Bulletin - The ConnSENSE Bulletin has recent articles and
policy reports regarding assistive technology. You can review software
or submit software for their assessment.
- Computer technology in special education and rehabilitation resource
directory, news articles, education and conference information.
on Technology and Disability -
This center serves organizations and programs that work with children
and youth with disabilities. They offer information and services on assistive
by Disability - Microsoft Accessibility - This pages offers
five guides, which provide a list of assistive technology and links to
step-by-step tutorials that will help customize computers to accommodate
an individual with a specific disability.
of Maine Assistive Technology Funders - Maine CITE created
this reference guide on the funding sources of AT devices and services
- The mission of this company is to help
people with disabilities, their families and their communities gain access
to the full range of technology options at affordable cost.
- Based in central Maine, this organization
offers adaptive technology services to teenagers, adults, and seniors
with disabilities, with a focus on technology-based solutions for those
with physical and learning disabilities. Services include assessment of
needs relating to employment, educational or recreational goals, purchasing
recommendations and assistance, AT setup, training and support.
MPower Adaptive Equipment Loan
Program - This loan program provides assistance to individuals
with disabilities for the purchase, construction or installation of any
product or equipment that promotes mobility, or improves independence
and quality of life.
CITE (Consumer Information and Training Exchange) - Maine CITE
is a statewide project designed to help make assistive and universally
designed technology more available to Maine children and adults who have
— RehabTool offers assistive and adaptive technology products, an
online community forum, and a search engine to find products.
-This is a collaboration between Husson
College and UCP of Maine. It is an assistive technology program that lends
equipment, and provides evaluations, resource materials, technical assistance,
and AT related training.
of Northeastern Maine
This agency provides services for people with a wide range of disabilities.
Services include assistive technology, early intervention, respite care,
social work, therapeutic recreation and case management. (The name of
the agency was once United Cerebral Palsy of Maine, but has changed the
name to UCP of Northeastern Maine to reflect the diverse populations it
of Maine at Farmington, Center for Assistive Technology -
The Center for Assistive Technology provides information about assistive
technology (AT), how to use and evaluate various AT devices, and a place
to view AT equipment. The center is available free to individuals with
disabilities and their families, UMF students, faculty, professionals
in the community.
- WheelchairNet is a community
for people who have a common interest in (or in some cases a passion for)
wheelchair technology and its improvement and successful application.