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1 Making Accommodation Possible Through Assistive Technology Tools Sue Lin, Project Director Karla Kmetz, Project Specialist Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

2 About AUCD

3 67 University Centers of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) 38 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) 21 Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (DDRC) Research & Evaluation Inter- disciplinary Training Technical Assistance and Information Dissemination Community Services

4 What is Assistive Technology? Basically, AT is anything we find helpful in our daily life. It can be a tool or an alternative method of performing a task.

5 Who can provide evaluation and prescriptive AT recommendations? Rehabilitation Engineer or Assistive Technology Specialist - A professional who is specifically trained in assistive technology and who is able to determine appropriate modifications to make tasks at home, school, and/or work accessible to an individual with a disability.

6 Is it Assistive Technology (AT) or NOT?

7 Low- Tech AT

8 From No-tech, Low-tech to High-tech: Different Types of Page Turner ATs

9 Spectrum of Assistive Technology Physical Environment Modifications Vehicle Modifications Any AT in the Middle of the Spectrum

10 High-tech AT

11 High-tech AT cont. Environmental Control Systems

12 AT in the Service Learning Classroom Low-Tech Hard copies of notes provided by the instructor or other student Outlines, double spaced, with key words provided by the teacher or note taker Printed materials double- spaced and with larger print tape recorders Calculators with voice synthesizer Books on tape High-Tech Lap top computer for note taking Electronic spelling masters or dictionary with voice output Word prediction software Outline software Reading and scanning software Voice recognition software

13 AT in the Service Learning Classroom Reading and Scanning Software

14 AT in the Service Learning Classroom Voice Recognition Word Prediction SoftwareWriting Tool: outline and organize ideas

15 AT in the Classroom: What about MATH? Tech Matrix: developed by Center for Implementing Technology in Education and National Center for Technology Innovation at Can select subject and types of supports needed.

16 AT in the Classroom: What about MATH?

17 AT in the Service Environment Low-Tech To-do lists Date planner (electronic or paper and pencil) and electronic reminders Color post-it notes Quiet space Telephone with headset Organized filing system Clip board High-Tech Alternative keyboards and mice Digital recorder Ergonomic desk, height adjustable tables Service-site modifications Reading and scanning software Voice recognition software

18 AT in the Service Environments

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20 Example of Work-Site Modification Vocation: Metal Jewelry-Making Adaptation: One- handed Operation

21 AT for Daily Activities – Seniors and Independent Living Low-tech Reacher Non-slip material Lever handles Slide or toggle switches Utensils with easy-grip handles Mirror mounted over the range High-tech Clapper Universal remote control Home automation systems Environmental control systems Screen magnification software

22 AT for Daily Activities – Seniors and independent living

23 AT in the Home: More Environmental Control Systems

24 Activity Service Project: Cleaning up garbage and debris on a highway. Your Corps: 12 Service Members with and without disabilities Disabilities include: Member with a learning disability Member who uses a manual wheelchair Member with a vision disability Member with an intellectual disability

25 Activity Use the list of AT Tools you receive to design your activity with full inclusion of Service Members with Disabilities in the project. 15 minutes to discuss Two Teams: High Tech Low Tech

26 AT Tools High-Tech Team Electronic dictionary Alpha Smart keyboard Word prediction software Voice recognition software Digital recorder Robotic arms Electronic reminders Automatic adjustable desks and tables Voice control telephones Reading and scanning software Augmentative communication device Noise cancelling headset Low- Tech Team Reacher Non-slip material Lever handles Mirrors To-do lists Date planner Color post-it notes Quiet space Telephone with headset Organized filing system Clip board Large print

27 Activity After sharing your teams plan, answer these questions too: Why types of service does your organization perform that may make use of these items? How might a person without disabilities benefit from using these items? (think Universal Design!)

28 Assistive Technology Legislations and Funding Options

29 AT and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines AT as both a device and a service: Assistive Technology Device Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customize, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability. Assistive Technology Service Any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.

30 The Rehabilitation Act of 1973: Title I VR agencies can fund a wide range of goods and services, including "rehabilitation technology" (i.e. AT) connected to a person's vocational goal. VR services are to empower individuals to maximize employability, economic self-sufficiency, independence and integration into the work place and the community. VR funds AT services as well as AT devices.

31 Title VII Part B Program in Independent Living (IL) Centers or IL Programs at VR Agencies Provide limited funding which can be used towards AT services or equipment to eligible persons with disabilities Assist individuals in attaining or maintaining independence in the community Intend to assist persons who are not currently receiving services under Vocational Rehabilitation Services due to the age, severity of their disability, and/or inability to work.

32 Reasonable Accommodations Federal laws that protect people with disabilities from discrimination in employment are: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act How do I ask for a reasonable accommodation? You need to tell your supervisor orally or in writing: 1. That you have a disability; 2. How your disability interferes with your ability to do your service functions; and 3. What accommodations you need in order to conduct your service functions? Remember: Your request for equipment must be reasonable More information can be found at Protection and Advocacy Inc, a nonprofit organization that protects the legal rights of Californians with disabilities.

33 The Assistive Technology Act of 1998 as Amended in 2004 (AT Act) Support programs of grants to States to address the assistive technology needs of individuals with disabilities Past: AT state grant program was established in 1988 as a 10-year program to enable states to create systems for improving access to AT devices through public awareness, public policy initiatives, and training and technical assistance Present: Require states to spend a significant portion of state grants on direct AT services for individuals with disabilities

34 ACCESS ACQUISITION AT Reutilization Program State Financing Activity The Direct Services of AT Act of 1998 as Amended Device Demonstration Center and Equipment Loan Program

35 Funding Categories Federal and State Agencies (Department of Education, State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, Independent Living Centers, Social Security Administration PASS Plans) Reasonable Accommodations Provided by Employers Private/Non-profit Organizations (Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Easter Seals) Bank Loan Programs and AT Act Alternative Financing Programs

36 Specialized Equipment Loan Programs at neighborhood banks Alternative Financing Program (AFP) a. address the needs of low to middle income persons with disabilities desiring loans to purchase AT b. create loan opportunities for those ineligible for most traditional bank loan programs due to credit history or income issues c. support consumers through informed choice, avoidance of unnecessary debt, assistance in the application process

37 Community Mapping Where are the AT resources and assets in my community? Who runs these organizations? Am I eligible to access these resources? How do I access these community resources?

38 Resources National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP) State Assistive Technology Act Programs National Public Website on Assistive Technology Job Accommodation Network (JAN) University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) EDD EDD

39 More Resources National Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Partnership Pass It On Center ABLEDATA DisabilityInfo.gov

40 Question and Comments

41 Karla Kmetz Project Specialist AUCD Sue Lin Project Director AUCD AUCD Website: Phone:


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