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Assistive Technology

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 rehabilitation equipment.
http://www.abledata.com/

 

ACAT (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.
http://www.pinetreesociety.org/kidsproject.asp

 

AllTech — 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.
http://www.alltech-tsi.org

 

All-ways Accessible - This New Hampshire site has a variety of products to purchase to increase accessibility for people who use wheelchairs.
http://www.all-waysaccessible.com

 

Association of Blind Citizens - This site provides information to fund 50% of the cost of assistive technology for use by individuals who are legally blind.
http://www.blindcitizens.org/assistive_tech.htm

 

ConnSENSE Bulletin - The ConnSENSE Bulletin has recent articles and policy reports regarding assistive technology. You can review software or submit software for their assessment.
http://www.connsensebulletin.com

 

Closing The Gap - Computer technology in special education and rehabilitation resource directory, news articles, education and conference information.
http://www.closingthegap.com/

 

Family Center 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 technology.
http://www.fctd.info/

 

Guides 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.
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/guides/

 

Handbook of Maine Assistive Technology Funders - Maine CITE created this reference guide on the funding sources of AT devices and services in Maine.
http://www.mainecite.org/docs/pingnew/

 

Infinitec - 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.
http://www.infinitec.org

 

Jericho Consulting - 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.
http://www.webjericho.com

 

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. 
http://www.famemaine.com/business/DirectLoans_KimWallaceAdaptiveEquipmentLoan.asp or
http://mpowerloans.org/

 

Maine 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 disabilities. 
http://www.mainecite.org/

 

RehabTool — RehabTool offers assistive and adaptive technology products, an online community forum, and a search engine to find products.
http://www.rehabtool.com/

 

Technical Exploration Center -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.
http://www.tecmaine.org

 

UCP 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 serves.)
http://www.ucp.org

 

University 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.
http://specialed.umf.maine.edu/at.php

 

WheelchairNet - 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.
http://www.wheelchairnet.org

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