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Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC)

What is ATAC?

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) serves as New Jersey’s federally funded assistive technology project through a sub-contract with New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Its purpose is to assist individuals in overcoming barriers in the system and making assistive technology more accessible to individuals with disabilities throughout the state.


Learning @ Lunch Webinar Series

Limited to 50 participants!

June 15, 2017

12PM – 1PM

Robotics for Students with Significant Disabilities

 

With the increase in STEM and Maker programs in schools, robotics and coding has become a key element in today’s curriculum. Bu what about using these tools with students with disabilities? This session will focus on ways to use various low-cost robotics as tools for learning and engagement. Join our speakers from the A. Harry Moore School who will describe their interdisciplinary approach to incorporating these tools into the curriculum to engage students with significant disabilities.

 

Speakers:

Stephanie Talalai,

Technology Coordinator at the A. Harry Moore School

Doctoral Candidate at NJCU

Email: stalalai@njcu.edu

Twitter: @stalalai

 

Patricia Holzman,

Science and Math Enrichment Teacher at the A. Harry Moore School

Doctoral Candidate at NJCU

Email: pholzman@njcu.edu,

Twitter: @pholzmanholzman

 

Wendy Thompson,

Classroom Teacher at the A. Harry Moore School

Doctoral Candidate at NJCU

Email: wthompson@njcu.edu,

Twitter: @wendypurple407

 

 

Registration limited to first 50 people!

 

To Register, visit:

 

bit.ly/LearnLunch061517

 

Learning @ Lunch Webinar Series

Limited to 50 participants!

July 13, 2017

12PM – 1PM

 

Built In Accessibility Features of Mobile Devices

 

With so many apps and software tools available for our technology today, it is sometimes difficult to know what might work for an individual. But wait ….. what about built in accessibility features? These supports are built into every computer and mobile device platform, yet many people don’t know what they already have! Let’s dive deep into the built in accessibility features of your devices (iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Chromebook) to explore options to support individuals in the area of reading, writing, vision, physical access and more!

 

Speaker:

Mike Marotta

Director, Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center

Disability Rights New Jersey

Registration limited to first 50 people!

 

To Register, visit:

 

bit.ly/LearnLunch071317


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Assistive Technology Summit 2017! September 19, 2017


ATAC Program Staff presented two workshops at Abilities Expo 2017

  • Assistive Technology Resources in New Jersey
  • Apps for Independence

Want the handouts from Abilities Expo 2017?


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What is DRNJ?
Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the consumer-directed, non-profit organization that serves as New Jersey’s designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in the state. DRNJ was formerly known as New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, Inc. (NJP&A).

In partnership with individuals with disabilities and their families, DRNJ works to protect and advance the rights of people with disabilities. DRNJ provides information and referral and a broad range of advocacy services, including legal representation in numerous cases in state and federal courts.

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive technology (AT) is a term that describes devices and services created and used to help people with disabilities live more independently and productively. Assistive technology enables people with disabilities to participate fully in every aspect of life – at school and work, at home, and in the community.

Some examples of AT devices are: manual and motorized wheelchairs, augmentative communication devices, reaching and grabbing aids, ramps, lifts, grab bars and adapted vehicles.

Some examples of AT services are: evaluation to determine the most appropriate devices for an individual, training to use devices, and repair and maintenance of devices.

ATAC Services
ATAC offers the following services:

  • Device DemonstrationATAC, through its network of contractors, provides a variety of AT devices for demonstration. A demonstration is a good way to introduce individuals with disabilities to the features of different types of AT devices.
  • Device LoansATAC, through its network of contractors, provides a library of devices for temporary loan. Borrowing a device for a short period of time is a good way for a person with a disability to determine whether a given device will meet their needs.
  • Device ReutilizationATAC supports a used equipment recycling program called BACK IN ACTION. Its mission is to provide an alternative source for assistive technology devices. BACK IN ACTION acts as a clearinghouse for items that are for sale (usually at a minimal cost) or offered for donation or loan. BACK IN ACTION can be reached by visiting the website at http://backinaction.drnj.org/.
  • FinancingATAC has information about financing programs available through many different programs to help individuals with disabilities have enhanced access to AT devices and services.
  • Information and Referral Anyone with questions regarding assistive technology devices and assistive technology services can contact ATAC. ATAC has information on where to obtain assistive technology devices and assistive technology services, the costs of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services, and suggestions about where to obtain assistance in paying for assistive technology devices and assistive technology services.
  • Technical AssistanceATAC can also provide detailed technical assistance on AT devices, services, policies, and procedures.
  • Training – Educational programs are provided to describe the benefits of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services, and to suggest strategies for obtaining assistive technology. These educational programs are offered to consumer groups, professional organizations, agencies, employers, and any other group interested.
  • Advocacy Services and Legal Representation When necessary, ATAC can provide advocacy services and legal representation for individuals with disabilities who are denied access to assistive technology devices and/or assistive technology services.
 

Disability Rights New Jersey is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Donations are tax deductible and gratefully accepted through the use of our donation form (PDF format, 194KB.)

If you or someone you know is interested in serving on DRNJ’s governing board or serving as a member of an advisory committee, please complete our application form (Microsoft Word format, 84KB).

 

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New Jersey's designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities


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