ATEC provides a number of services, including assessment, training, delivery, installation,
technical support and consultation in many different areas of assistive technology.
ATEC’s loan and reuse services provides equipment loan, sale, exchange, and equipment
for rent. We also accept donated equipment and equipment for recycling.
ATEC provides services at our center, and elsewhere in the community, including
home, work, school, or hospital. We can provide services almost anywhere throughout
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.
AAC refers to ways other than speech that are used to send messages from one person
to another. We all use augmentative communication techniques, such as facial expressions,
gestures, and writing, as part of our daily lives. An AAC system can be as simple
as a communication book or board, or as complex as a voice output communication
aid. Various AAC devices are available, including electronic devices that speak
in response to entries on a keyboard or other methods of input such as switches
controlled by motions as simple as a push of a button, a puff of air, or the wrinkle
of an eyebrow.
Alternative computer access helps people with a disability to use a computer effectively.
Alternative Computer Access may be hardware, such as ergonomic keyboards, compact
keyboards, enlarged keyboards, alternative mouse pointing devices, touch screens,
joysticks, and single or dual switches. ACA may also be software such as screen
reading and screen magnification programs, scanning and reading software, on-screen
keyboards, word prediction, and computer-based graphic organizers.
Low vision and blindness technologies are various hardware and software that can
help people with a visual impairment work, use a computer and become more independent
in their daily activities. In addition to screen reading and screen magnification
programs for a computer, these technologies also include scanning and reading programs,
closed circuit televisions or electronic magnifiers, global positioning systems
for the blind, electronic Braille notetakers, refreshable Braille displays, and
Braille embossers. This category also includes handheld magnifying glasses, audiobooks,
talking watches, and large print books.
EADLs are used specifically to provide independent operation of appliances and electronic
systems such as lights, televisions, stereo, VCR and DVD players, telephones, automatic
door openers, and computers. Electronic Aids to Daily Living are also known as Environmental
Ergonomics is the science of fitting products, tasks, and environments to people
to decrease risk of injury/illness, enhance worker productivity, and improve quality
of work life. Injuries affecting muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves and
discs can be reduced or eliminated with ergonomics. These injuries are frequently
called musculoskeletal disorders, repetitive strain Injuries, and cumulative trauma
ALDs help people with hearing impairments function better in their day-to-day communication
situations. An ALD can be used to overcome the negative effects of distance, background
noise, or poor room acoustics. People with hearing aids or cochlear implants can
use an ALD to enhance the quality of the sounds during conversation. People with
less residual hearing will benefit from the use of an assistive listening device
because the device will provide extra lip-reading clues.
Cognitive Impairment Aids
Cognitive disabilities impact an individual's ability to access, process, or remember
information. Therefore, simple and electronic systems can assist in organizing information,
serve as memory aids, or guide a person through a series of complicated steps.
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