The following agencies provide a wide array of assistive devices and gadgets that can help you live independently. These organizations often do evaluations and assessments and allow consumers to try out different devices to find the solution that works best for them. If you are looking for help to determine what assistive devices may work best for you, contact the AT center in your community.
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Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC)
ATEC is a comprehensive assistive technology resource center that is part of Goodwill of Orange County. The center helps people with disabilities and other barriers maximize their independence. The center offers consultation and assessment services, equipment trial, equipment loan and reuse, and training and support for how to use assistive technology devices. ATEC has over 1000 assistive technology devices with state-of-the-art hardware and software available for trial. The center has a sensory room where ATEC therapists perform assessments for individuals with sensory processing difficulties. ATEC can perform on-site consultations in Orange and Los Angeles counties and parts of Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. ATEC has also established a reuse program. Individuals and organizations can buy, sell, borrow, and exchange low-cost and no-cost assistive devices through the loan and reuse program. The center has a consulting lab where members of the community can come in to try out assistive technology.
1601 St. Andrew's Place
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (714) 361-6200
Center for Accessible Technology
The center provides time and space for the exploration of assistive technology as well as assistive technology assessments for children and adults. The center provides keyboarding classes for students in grades 4-12 and assistive technology evaluation reports which can be used as part of a student's IEP. The center also provides training for how to use assistive technology both on-site and remotely. The Up and Running program provides in-home support to people who are having difficulty using assistive technology in their homes. The center works with clients of Department of Rehabilitation to help them find the appropriate technology to find and keep a job. This center provides consulting services to businesses including assessing the accessibility of websites. The center provides an on-line resource for information about assistive technology, does advocacy around access to accessible technology, and puts on presentations and trainings about a wide range of topics related to assistive technology.
Center for Applied Rehabilitation Technology (CART) Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
CART helps children and adults with physical disabilities lead more independent lives through the use of assistive technology. An interdisciplinary team consisting of occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech pathology and a technology specialist are available to address one or more of the following technology areas: seating and mobility, augmentative and alternative communication, electronic aids to daily living, computer access and worksite evaluations.
Central Coast Assistive Technology Center (CCATC)
The center has specialized staff members who can provide individualized evaluations for assistive technology and ergonomics. CCATC assesses, trains, and provides follow-up services to individuals with disabilities of all ages. The center's staff also can give presentations and seminars to introduce the community to assistive technology and ergonomic safety. This center has a device lending library on site from which consumers can borrow pieces of assistive technology for short-term loans.
11491 Los Osos Valley Rd. Suite 202
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 549-7420
Fax: (805) 549-7423
Communications Technology Education Center (CTEC)
CTEC provides assessments and training to individuals with complex communication needs. The center works with individuals and their support teams to determine the most appropriate augmentative and alternative communication strategies, devices, and supports. CTEC provides training for individuals on how to use their communication devices. CTEC also offers group trainings and workshops and AAC product demonstrations. Communication devices are available for individuals to try out.
Empowertech offers assistive technology exploration sessions in which individuals can try out technology with an AT specialist to find out if it is the right fit for them. The center also conducts assistive technology assessments to help individuals determine what technology is appropriate for them to meet their individual goals. The center contracts with public and private schools in the Los Angeles area to provide assistive technology to students in grades K-12. The center provides computer training to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The center operates the T.R.A.D.E. program which trains adults to use computers with assistive technology to increase their employability. The center runs programs for older adults. Empowertech works with Los Angleles area senior centers to help seniors gain the computer access they need. Empowertech serves the Los Angeles area.
Parents Helping Parents Sobrato Center for Nonprofits-San Jose
This organization has assistive technology services called iTECH. iTECH is a preview and demonstration center for assistive technology equipment, materials, and software. The center is designed as a place to learn and explore for parents and their children with disabilities.
1400 Parkmoor Ave., suite 100
San Jose, CA 95126
Fax: (408) 286-1116
Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK)
The TASK Tech Center is a place for parents, children, adult consumers, and professionals to learn about assistive technology by providing hands-on access to computer hardware, software, and adaptive equipment. The Tech Center has eleven computers, over 1100 software titles, and a multitude of different adaptive equipment such as alternative keyboards, trackball mice, and switches for consumers to use and try. The center offers assistive technology evaluations, tech labs, a software/switch/toy lending library, assistive technology workshops and presentations, assistive technology training and guided labs, after-school tech time for kids, toddler tech time and a high tech summer program called Camp TECHie. The center serves 11 counties in the Southern California area.
United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County
The center offers assessment, training, and hands-on experience for assistive technology. The center offers a computer reuse program as well as a device lending library. It provides advocacy services to help individuals obtain assistive technology, information and referral, workshops and presentations, an open lab, individualized lab time for more in-depth assessments, follow-up consulting services, speech and language pathology services, and vendor trainings.
San Diego Assistive Technology Center
8525 Gibbs Drive,#209
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 571-7803
Fax: (858) 571-0919