The Assistive Technology Training Center (ATECH) exists to serve human service agencies in CT and beyond that support people with barriers to independence.
We offer member agencies and other organizations delivering services to people facing barriers to independent living access to experts in the field of assistive technology. Periodic seminars and training programs are held to educate and train staff in the application and use of the latest software programs and devices for overcoming barriers and increasing independence.
ATECH is a hub of knowledge and expertise for staff training in the use and application of technology to reduce barriers and increase the independence of individuals with intellectual and developmental, physical, and cognitive disabilities.
ATECH provides a showroom with equipment, devices, and software. These items can be handled and taken out on loan to assess efficacy in real-world situations.
ATECH began in 2017 as an initiative of MidState Arc, an organization serving individuals with barriers to independent living for over 65 years, Futures Inc., an innovative agency that develops and implements customized service plans for individuals with disabilities and their families, and The New England Society of Innovation and Technology (NESIT), a workshop where skilled designers and craftspeople create solutions to specific challenges when existing devices do not meet individual needs.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
How does my agency or organization become a member of The Assistive Technology Training Center of Connecticut?
To join The Assistive Technology Training Center of Connecticut as a member, please contact Pam Fields at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy Rubin Mindell at email@example.com to discuss our membership options. We look forward to having you join with us in helping to create enhanced independence for people with a wide range of disabilities.
How do I schedule an Assistive Technology Assessment?
To schedule an assistive technology assessment, please contact Marisol De Jesus, Assistive Technology Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Marisol will guide you through the intake and assessment process, and answer any of your questions.
How do Assistive Technology Assessments get funded?
Assistive Technology Assessments are funded in a variety of ways; through private pay, a state agency or a school system. When you call to schedule an assessment we can discuss your payment options based on your specific situation.
How does one access The Assistive Technology Training Center of Connecticut’s Lending Library?
The Assistive Technology Training Center of Connecticut has a large array of assistive technology tools and devices in its lending library. Lending library access and participation is only available to our members. Uniquely designed to meet the needs of our members, the lending library operates much differently than other lending libraries, we strive to acquire new and cutting-edge technologies as requested by our member organizations and through our one-of-a-kind member research labs. Once a membership application is complete, members will receive access to the lending library, either through on-site visits to the center or online.