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Welcome to ATEC
ATEC is a comprehensive assistive technology resource center that is one of Goodwill of Orange County’s vital health and human services programs. We have
been helping people with disabilities and other barriers maximize their independence
since 1996. We offer consultation and assessment services, equipment trial,
equipment loan and reuse and support in learning how to use assistive technology
Anyone with a disability may access ATEC's assessment, training and loan
and reuse services.
Southern California locations
On July 25, 2008 the Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC)
moved to the brand new cutting edge 7,000-square-foot facility Goodwill
Fitness and Technology Center located at:
1601 East St. Andrew Place
Santa Ana, CA 92705
We also provide on-site
consultations in Orange and Los Angeles counties, as well as parts of Riverside,
San Bernardino and San Diego counties.
The new center is centrally located and has expanded space which allows
us to offer a new sensory room where ATEC therapists can better adapt their
AT assessments to the needs of individuals with sensory processing difficulties.
In addition, ATEC has expanded its AT equipment loan program to include
reuse. Now, individuals and organizations may exchange, sell, purchase,
and obtain AT equipment, at no cost! For more information about our reuse
services, please visit ATEC's Equipment Loan and Reuse.
Partial List of impairments that assistive technology can support
- Speech impairment
- Physical impairment
- Visual impairment
- Cognitive impairment
- Hearing impairment
- Neurological impairment
About assistive technology equipment
One piece or a whole system of equipment can be modified or customized to
increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with
disabilities. ATEC has over 1,000 assistive technology devices with state-of-the-art
hardware and software available for trial. Equipment loan and reuse is also
Examples of assistive technology
Augmentative and alternative communication
provide alternatives to speech. Or if a person with a disability cannot effectively
use a computer, there is alternative computer
access. To overcome barriers with vision, there is
low vision and blindness technology.
For assistance with operating appliances there are
electronic aids to daily living.
Ergonomics fit products and environments
to people with injuries. Assistive listening
devices help the hearing-impaired. And
technical support is ready to assist
with any of these devices.