Fishing the I&R Services
non-profit and government agencies which serve people with disabilities
and their families offer an Information and Referral or Information
and Resource service.
I&R staff should be able to direct you to
resources, furnish leads to assistive technology prescribers and
funders in your area, give you new ideas and insights, and, in general,
put you in touch with agencies and people who can help you find
the information you need.
Some non-profits sponsor assistive technology
projects whose staffs will be able to advise you. For example, United
Cerebral Palsy Inc. administers the Assistive
Technology Funding and Systems Change Project (ATFSCP), that
offers individual information and technical assistance. Call: 800-827-0093
(voice) or 800-833-8272 (TDD), 770-493-9111 (fax).
If your state has a technology project funded
by the U.S. Tech Act (Technology-Related Assistance Act, PL-100-407),
you may find an I&R service there as well. To locate Tech Act
resources in your state, contact the RESNA Technical Assistance
Project, 1101 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036;
(202) 857-1140; or on the Web, check www.resna.org
for a list of state assistive tech project phone numbers.
The Technical Aids and Assistance for the
Disabled Center (TAAD) just completed a video library for clients.
The library consists of videos covering a number of technologies,
demonstrations, and disability issues. These videos (40 of them)
supplement the center's resource books, magazines and brochures
and can be accessed during regular hours. Their number is (312)
421-3373; fax them at (312) 421-3464 or visit their website at http://homepage.interaccess.com/~taad.
Feb 2001--New White House Disability Initiative--
Fulfilling America's Promise to Americans with Disabilities