| Assistive Technology
Provides comprehensive information on assistive technology, including
The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA)
Information on parent support groups and on centers where equipment
can be tried. Also offers information about evaluations for assistive
technology related to computer use.
Central Illinois Access
(housed on Access4All Web site)
A Peoria, Illinois-based non-profit organization that delivers 2500
computer systems to Peorians with low income or disabilities who
could not otherwise access the Internet.
Provides free refurbished computers to children in Illinois with
learning disabilities and other disabilities. Computers are donated
Family Center on Technology and Disability
Assists organizations and programs that serve families of children
with disabilities by providing information and support on accessing
and using assistive technology. Many resources related to assistive
technology and its funding.
Federation for Children with Special Health
800-331-0688 (in MA)
617-572-2094 (Fax )
A parent training and information center, designed to help parents
deal with schools. Call for the location of a center near you.
National Cristina Foundation
Each day, across America and around the world, National Cristina
Foundation donates used computers to children with disabilities.
Computers are donated by businesses.
National Dissemination Center for Children
Educational Information, programs, and resources for youth with
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance
Provides information on Early Intervention Programs and who to contact
in your state for more information.
National Rehabilitation Information Center
Provides information on disability and rehabilitation, including
research, organizations, publications, journal articles, and Internet
Neighborhood Legal Services
This organization trains attorneys to deal with assistive technology
issues and also provides technical assistance.
Ready Access Program
The Illinois State Treasurer works with private lending institutions
to help people with disabilities and their families who reside in
Illinois obtain below-market interest rate loans for purchasing
assistive technology. The maximum loan is $25,000; maximum pay-back
is three years. These can be used only for purchasing assistive
devices that demonstrably enhance a person's quality of life and
enable increased independence.
TRACE Research & Development Center
A compilation of resources about assistive technology, including
product databases, training courses, research and development centers,
and AT-related organizations that individual Trace Center staff
have found particularly useful.
U.S. Tech Act Programs
Information and resources related to access for persons with disabilities.
There is a Tech Act Program in each state, District of Columbia,
and U.S. territories. Tech Act programs advise people with disabilities
and their care-givers on all aspects of assistive technology, including
funding. Go to the RESNA Web site to find out where your state's
Tech Act Program is located.
Recommended ReadingReference Service Press
Publishes "Financial Aid for the Disabled and their Families
1998-2000" by Gail Schlacter. This 370-page book describes
the ins and outs of applying to approximately 1,000 funders for
education, assistive technology, career development, housing, travel
and emergencies. $40. Call 1(916) 939-9620