Assistive Technology Resources

AbleNet

AbleNet is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities by creating assistive technology products that transform lives in simple, tangible, and powerful ways.

Apps for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

In a wheel format developed by Mark Coppin, this list provides apps based on common learning characteristics and traits typical for students with autism spectrum disorders.

Arc Tech Toolbox

The Arc Tech Toolbox is a one-stop shop, peer-reviewed directory of technology products that are effective for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  Through this directory, chapter staff, people with I/DD and the general public can find, review and post examples of technology tools that work well for them.

Assistive Technology and Modifications Toolkit – MN Dept. of Human Services

The toolkit contains products, services and a list of organizations and resources individuals with disabilities may use to plan independent lives.

Assistive Technology Blog

Learn about assistive technology for people with reading disabilities, dyslexia, low vision, blindness and other disabilities that make reading, writing and other tasks difficult.

Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers

This article by Families & Advocates Partnership for Education covers why AT can be important for young children with disabilities, what types of devices are commonly used, the process to obtain needed equipment, and how to request an AT assessment under IDEA.

AT in Action Video Series:  Real-world examples of assistive technology in use

Assistive Technology (AT) devices can be highly effective tools to help individuals with disabilities participate fully in school, at home, and in the community. This video series offers real-world examples of how innovative AT is making a difference in the lives of children and young adults with disabilities. Viewers will meet Brody – a middle school student who uses word prediction software to help him write, and a smart pen to take notes and save thoughts – and Jean, a teen who uses an iPad to do school work and access modified curriculum, as well as other AT users. The fully captioned video series was funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Bookshare

Bookshare is an online library of digital books for people with print disabilities. It operates under an exception to the U.S. copyright law which allows copyrighted digital books to be made available to people with qualifying disabilities. Through an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare offers free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students.

Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)

The CTD Library comprises hundreds of evidence-based resources, including fact sheets, videos, training materials, research reports, and other relevant and current information on assistive technologies.  The CTD Learning Center will offer in-depth, expert-led-e-learning modules on a wide array of AT and IT topics. 

Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap strives to provide parents and educators alike, the information and training necessary to locate, compare, and implement assistive technology. Through an annual international conference, magazine, and website, they provide the latest information and training available for individuals with disabilities and those who work with them.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

At Courage Kenny, we believe that technology maximizes independence for people with disabilities.  Assistive Technology includes all types of accommodations including no tech, low tech and high tech  devices.  Assistive technology is offered through the Institute; however, specialized services may require a visit to the Golden Valley campus for an assessment.

Directory of Funding and Assistive Technology Resources in Minnesota

Available through the Minnesota STAR Program, you can search through their funding database by type of assistance, type of service or type of device.  Also provided are links to several programs.

EquipALife

EquipALife is a non-profit organization providing access to "life changing" equipment for people in need of services and people with disabilities.

Family Center on Technology and Disability

For people with disabilities, daily tasks -- such as going to school and work or participating in recreational activities -- can be a challenge.  To help organizations working with families of children and youth with disabilities, the Family Center on Technology and Disabilityi provides web-based information and resources.

Minnesota DeafBlind Project

The Minnesota DeafBlind Project provides technical assistance which supports Minnesota children and youth, birth to 21 years, who have BOTH a vision and hearing impairment. These services are in addition to those provided by schools, and other state and local agencies.

Minnesota Relay

Minnesota Relay is a free, federally mandated Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) program that allows individuals who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing, or speech disabled to place and receive telephone calls.

Minnesota STAR Program

A System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) is located within the Minnesota Department of Administration.  STAR's mission is to help ALL MINNESOTANS with disabilities gain access to and acquire the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work and play.

Photography -- Enjoying the Magic of Photography

This article discusses user-friendly photography equipment for individuals with disabilities.

Positively Minnesota

Positively Minnesota, through the Department of Employment and Economic Development, provides books, newspapers, magazines and other printed materials in alternative formats for people who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind or who have other disabilities that make it difficult for them to read.

Really Useful – Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities (PACER Center)

The handout contains brief descriptions of software and assistive technology devices that have been successfully used by students of all ages with learning disabilities.

School Districts

Individual school districts can assist families and students with resources for assistive technology.  They also assess and provide assistive technology devices for students that qualify.  Contact your child's school case manager or teacher for more information.

Simon Technology Center

The Simon Technology Center is dedicated to making the benefits of technology more accessible to children and adults with disabilities.  Pinterest The SimonTech Center dedicated to making the benfits of technology more accessible to children and adults with disabilities

SUPER (Still Useful Product and Equipment Referral) 

The PACER SUPER Service connects people seeking to buy used assistive technology with sellers. Buyers must contact sellers of used equipment directly.  PACER does not provide technical support for products. PACER requests all items for sale are clean and in working condition, but cannot in any way guarantee the quality of the product.

Technology for HOME

Technology for HOME offers at home assistive technology consultation and technical assistance to help Minnesotans with disabilities live more independently.  Individuals who qualify for this service need to be receiving home care or home and community based waiver services, and either be living in their own home and potentially benefit from AT for safety, communication, community engagement, or independence, or be seeking to live in their own home andneed AT to meet that goal.

Telephone Equipment Distribution (TED) Program

The TED Program provides telephone equipment to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, speech impaired or have a physical disability and need adaptive equipment in order to use a phone. The equipment is loaned out at no cost as a long-term loan.