The need for assistive technology (AT) begins with a problem. The problem is anything that hinders an individual from completing a goal. That goal may be as simple as opening a jar to taking a shower safely or accessing a computer for email. The individual may encounter the problem at home, in the workplace, or the community. IATP staff can provide a variety of technical assistance in the form of information, referral, short-term device loans, and demonstration, all at no cost to individuals. IATP also maintains a database of used and refurbished devices for sale or donation.
If a formal assessment is required for the purchase of assistive technology, IATP can provide assessment services to adults for a fee.
An Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) credentialed through RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) or other certification program, will perform the AT assessment. ATPs have an educational background in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, special education, or rehabilitation; ongoing work experience (.25 to .50 FTE) of direct AT consumer-related services; have passed a rigorous exam on all areas of AT; and have annual continuing education on AT.
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