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. Adult Assessment 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. Adult Assessment Steps Fill out the Adult Assessment Application and submit the form online (it is a secure submission). Fees will be determined and authorization will be obtained from individual or agency. An ATP will be assigned to the assessment. The ATP will follow the Fundamental Assessment Process utilizing a team approach. The ATP looks at the individual, environment, and tasks through observation, review of records, and input from the individual and others identified by the individual. Through a feature-matching process, potential AT devices and software are identified and tried with the individual. The continuum of devices and software are considered to ensure cost effectiveness and identification of the most appropriate device. A written report will be provided within two weeks of the visit as one tool in making AT decisions. IATP Newsletter Would you like to receive emails about upcoming events, disability resources, and available AT services? Sign up for our free newsletter!