Assistive Technology (AT) is any adaptive aid used by a person with a disability to function as independently as possible both in the workplace and at home.
The DSLC’s Assistive Technology Program is dedicated to expanding the accessibility of tools, resources and technology that help increase independence, improve personal productivity and enhance the quality of life for seniors, veterans and people with disabilities. Assistive Technology (AT) is characterized as any device, piece of equipment or product system that allows an individual to increase learning, mobility or communication to improve one’s life while achieving, maintaining, or enhancing function. At DSLC, we provide information on where people can obtain assistive technology, daily living assistive devices, wheelchair accessible vehicles, hearing aids, eyeglasses, Braille printers, wheelchairs, assistive computer software, service animals, and other resources to help improve their lives.
DSLC hosts an annual Tech-Expo which showcases cutting edge technology and services designed to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
- Modified vehicles
- Alternative communication.
- Service animals.
- Hearing aids.
- Text to speech computer software.
- Computer enhancement software.
- Braille printers.
- Information and referral for AT sources and funding.
- Funding options.
Contact Assistive Technology Senior Advisor, Vaughn Held at:
(707) 636-3067 voice and fax
For further assistance reach our HAM Coordinator Susie Lindsay:
(707) 636-3074 voice and fax
For Adaptive Vehicles and other Assistive Technology, please visit our RESOURCES page.
Independent Living and Disability Links
The internet is a fantastic resource of information for people with disabilities. This links list is by no means all-inclusive, but it is a good sampling of websites that provide extensive information and/or links resources.
- ABLEDATA provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources.
- AbilityForum.com is the Web site for Florida Governor’s Working Group on the Americans with Disabilities (ADAWG). The mission of the ADA Working Group will be to provide information, referrals, education, and recommendations for compliance and implementation of the ADA and other disability rights laws in order to increase the independence and quality of life for citizens of Florida with disabilities.
- A Federal agency devoted to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Includes links to all the Federal laws, as well as the accessibility guidelines and standards.
- The online connection for amputees with active lifestyles.
- Certification of a state accessibility code also allows business owners, builders, developers, and architects to rely on their state or local plan approval and building inspection processes for assistance with ADA compliance through the implementation of certified accessibility requirements. This site provides information about this process.
- U.S. Department of Education website consists of a searchable database of over 7,400 documents related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- U.S. Department of Justice information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- ADA Watch is a project of the National Coalition for Disability Rights, an alliance of hundreds of disability, civil rights, and social justice organizations united to defend and promote the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the human rights of children and adults with physical, mental, cognitive and developmental disabilities.
- We are fighting so people with disabilities can live in the community with real supports instead of being locked away in nursing homes and other institutions.
- Adaptive Environments promotes accessibility as well as universal design through education programs, technical assistance, training, consulting, publications and design advocacy. Its mission is to promote, facilitate, and advocate for international adoption of policies and designs that enable every individual, regardless of disability or age, to participate fully in all aspects of society.
- The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is the national network of community-based Resource Centers, Developers, Vendors, and Associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies.
- Almanac of Disability Issues
- Mission is to enhance the health, independence and future economic self-sufficiency of youths with physical disabilities by facilitating a national disabled sports movement, assisting communities in creating the best member programs possible for physically disabled youth electing to compete in team and individual sports on a local, regional and national level.
- AAPD is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- A resource for assistive technology (AT) and a link to a wide variety of AT and disability-related information. Their searchable database of AT is designed to help target solutions, determine costs and link to vendors that sell products.
- California’s AT Network is dedicated to expanding the accessibility of tools, resources and technology that will help increase independence, improve personal productivity and enhance the quality of life for all Californians.
- Asistive Assistive Technology News Portal offers free news, articles, product review and all product and vendor information assistive technology devices.
- Wheelchair/scooter sales and repair.