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2014 Abilities Expo New York Presentation

On Friday, May 2, 2014, at 1:00 PM, Curtis Edmonds, Program Director for the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) will be doing a presentation entitled “Finding and Using Free Apps for iPad and iPhone” at the Abilities Expo in Edison.

This is a list of the free iPad and iPhone apps that we are planning to demonstrate at this event. Keep in mind that we may not be able, given time considerations, to demonstrate all apps listed – and, of course, this is only a fraction of the total apps that are available. (We may also include apps from the 2013 presentation if time permits.) Wherever possible, we have included links to the iTunes App Store, and the Google Play site for Android apps if the app is available at that location.

Keep in mind that ATAC cannot guarantee the continued availability of apps, or that any given app will remain free. Apps are listed alphabetically. ATAC makes no endorsement of any product or device offered through the iTunes App Store or Google Play. In instances where a given Android app is not available through Google Play, we have attempted to link to a similar free app.

Free Apps for People who use Special Education Services

Name Description Link(s)
AbaPlanet An expandable learning platform based on the Applied Behavior Analysis method, which uses receptive language and matching exercises to learn 350 basic concepts. App Store
Audio Exam Player Allows students with reading difficulties to access audio versions of tests. App Store
Behavior Breakthroughs Trains parents and teachers in dealing with negative behaviors. App Store
Buy IT! An application designed to help children learn the process of purchasing with coins. App Store / Google Play
Camp Discovery A variety of fun learning experiences for children with autism. App Store / Google Play
Dance Pet Piano Lite Provides stimulus and rewards for children with autism. App Store / Google Play
Fireworks Arcade Provides stimulus for children with autism; may help with focusing. App Store / Google Play
ICATER Tool Kit Provides videos about assistive technology for special education teachers, as well as app reviews App Store
iRewardChart Simple tracking program for children with behavior issues. App Store / Google Play
iSequences Lite Assists children with autism in practicing various situations. App Store / Google Play
Magnispies Game designed for students with dyslexia where players match the vowels in words. App Store
MasterTask A learning tool for organizing tasks and breaking them down into well-defined steps. App Store
MeeGenius Children’s book reader that highlights words as they are read. App Store / Google Play
My Little Suitcase Simple matching game that does not require reading. App Store

Free Apps for Adults with Disabilities

Name Description Link(s)
ADA Compliance Calculator The ADA Compliance Assistive Listening Calculator is a complete toolset for understanding and calculating your facility requirements with regard to assistive listening devices. App Store / Google Play
ASL iPhone app that provides information about learning American Sign Language. App Store / Google Play
Career Test Testing software that can help adults with disabilities with career choices. App Store / Google Play
Dragon Dictation Provides easy text-to-speech interface. App Store / Google Play
Hearing Test Provides a non-scientific test to see if you may experience hearing loss. App Store / Google Play
iRelax Provides relaxing background noise to assist with focusing. App Store / Google Play
Life Armor A comprehensive learning and self-management tool to assist members of the military community with common mental health concerns. App Store / Google Play
Marlee Signs Provides tutorials in basic American Sign Language concepts. App Store
PhraseBoard Designed for patients in emergency situations who may have difficulty communicating. App Store
QuickVoice Provides means to record the voice to send in an e-mail. App Store / Google Play
Relax App Plays relaxing music with animations. App Store / Google Play
Spell Better Typing app with word prediction and speech. App Store
Stress Popper Fun stress reliever that simulates bubble wrap. App Store / Google Play
Virtual Hope Box The VHB contains simple tools to help patients who have behavioral health concerns with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. App Store / Google Play

Learning @ Lunch Webinar 10/24/17 AAC: Everyone Has a Voice!

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center at Disability Rights New Jersey is pleased to announce

 

Learning @ Lunch Webinar Series

Limited to 50 participants!

October 24, 2017

12PM – 1PM

 

AAC: Everyone Has a Voice!

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems have come a long way in recent years! This session will outline research-based service delivery models for considering, customizing, and implementing AAC systems. Generating functional communication goals will also be emphasized. Join us to enhance your journey in supporting AAC communicative competence!

 

Speaker:

Tracy Lee, CCC-SLP/ATP

Coordinator of Special Projects

Gramon Family of Schools

@TLeeAAC

 

Registration limited to first 50 people!

 

To Register, visit:

 

bit.ly/LearnLunch102417

 

Join us for this FREE Event! NJ AT Summit 9/19/17

Assistive Technology Summit 2017

September 19, 2017

Join consumers and AT professionals for a day of learning and sharing at The Conference Center at Mercer Community College.

REGISTRATION IS NOW FREE! SIGN UP TODAY

ATAC is pleased to announce that this event is now free of charge for everyone!

Tickets: bit.ly/NJATS17

Join consumers and professionals for a day of learning and sharing about all areas of Assistive Technology.

Our Keynote Speaker will be Bill Binko from ATMakers.org!

Sessions Announced! See the website for full session details

Learn More: bit.ly/NJATS17

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ is a comprehensive statewide program of technology related assistance designed to increase access to assistive technology for people with disabilities of all ages.

Disability Rights New Jersey or DRNJ is a private, non-profit, consumer-driven organization designated as New Jersey’s protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities established to:

  • Advocate for and protect the human, civil and legal rights of citizens of NJ with disabilities.

  • Promote public awareness and acceptance of persons with disabilities as equally entitled members of society.

  • Advise and assist persons with disabilities, family members, attorneys and guardians in obtaining and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities.

  • Provide education, training and technical assistance to persons with disabilities, the agencies that serve them, attorneys, professional persons, courts and others regarding the rights of individuals with disabilities.

 
We look forward to learning with you.

ATAC @ Abilities Expo 2017

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of Disability Rights New Jersey is pleased to co-sponsor the 2017 Abilities Expo from May 5-7, 2017.
ATAC Program Staff will be presenting two free workshops.

If you attended one or both of our workshops, please complete the survey.

Friday, May 5, 2017  3:45pm-4:45pm

Assistive Technology Resources in NJ

Presented by: Mike Marotta, ATP, RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional; Director, Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC), Disability Rights New Jersey

Location: Workshop #1

This session will highlight the Assistive Technology resources available throughout New Jersey to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Participants will learn about the services provided through the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center at Disability Rights New Jersey as well as other providers that can provide AT services. Resources will be provided. Learn more at www.drnj.org/atac.

 Saturday, May 6, 2017 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Apps for Independence

 Presented by: Mike Marotta, ATP, RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional; Director, Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC), Disability Rights New Jersey

Location: Workshop #1

Smartphones and tablets have provided incredible power to meet the needs of people with disabilities. This session will explore apps, extensions and web based tools that can be used to increase independence. We will look at tools for reading, writing, organization, task completion, time management and more. Resources will be provided. Learn more at www.drnj.org/atac.

ATAC Awards 8 Small Grants to Expand NJ AT Network

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of Disability Rights New Jersey has announced grant awards for projects to expand access to assistive technology services and devices in New Jersey.
The following eight grants have been awarded:
Penns Grove – Carneys Point Regional School District
The Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional School District will build a collaborative device reutilization program for assistive technology devices that have been purchased by public, charter, and private school districts in Cumberland and Salem counties. This program will provide for reutilization of assistive technology devices that are currently not being used or being kept in storage. These devices were previously purchased for students who are no longer attending or utilizing the assistive technology. The grant will also enable short term borrowing or loans of available and unused assistive technology devices to other school districts (public, private, or charter) within Cumberland and Salem counties.
AssistiveTek, LLC
The purpose of the Assistive Technology for Independence 2017 project will be to expand existing assistive technology capacity of AssistiveTek’s partner, DAWN, a Center for Independent Living (CIL) serving Sussex, Morris and Warren counties, especially in supporting underserved populations.  Capacity will be expanded by creating partnerships between AssistiveTek and DAWN, increasing staff and consumer knowledge of available assistive technology as it relates to “smart home” technology and how it can be used to support individuals with traumatic brain injuries and cognitive, motor, learning, and communication disabilities; increasing staff knowledge of available off-the-shelf assistive technology; and supporting the CIL’s goals of updating and upgrading of its existing assistive technology.
The Center for Assistive Technology & Inclusive Education Studies (CATIES), located at The College of New Jersey
The goal of this project is to provide assistive technology training to expand transition services. CATIES will educate transition personnel, teachers, high school and college students with disabilities, and parents on how to prepare youth for transition to college and/or employment through the use of iPad technology and instruction in self-advocacy. A series of 15 on-site trainings will be delivered to expand community knowledge and a resource website will be developed to contain up-to-date transition-related assistive technology information.
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. will provide greater local access to assistive technology and information through public awareness activities, product demonstration, and training in the focus area of Pre-Employment Transition Services.  These services will assist students transitioning from school to career to become more independent at home and in the community. In addition to working with various school districts to provide transition services to high school students, staff at Goodwill also works collaboratively with funding partners such as the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to meet the needs of program participants.  Goodwill will work with DVRS and DDD referrals as well as staff to demonstrate how specific devices assist transitioning students in completing needed tasks.
Atlantic Cape Community College
Atlantic Cape will enhance the scope of existing assistive technology services available to people with disabilities in Atlantic County and Cape May counties. Many college students with disabilities in this region and across the state lack access to assistive technologies, do not even know they exist, or are not properly trained on their use. The aim of this project is to close these gaps. Workshops and trainings for students, staff, and faculty will demonstrate a variety of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services, with a focus on innovative uses of technology to support individuals with disabilities. Transition training will be provided on assistive technology services for individuals transitioning from school to career.
Alternatives, Inc. – Bridges to Employment
The Bridges to Employment program mission is to provide an outstanding level of career-related services, supporting individuals who are seeking to obtain and maintain competitive employment and employers seeking qualified candidates to fill their employment needs. The Career Development Center will create a device demonstration lab focused on equipment available to meet the needs of all types of hearing loss for the consumers, employers and the community. The lab will be outfitted with modifications, accommodations, and resources enabling employers to hire qualified candidates.
Kingsway Learning Center
Kingsway Learning Center will develop a community-based assistive technology demonstration center showcasing technology supports to meet an array of needs. Monthly trainings will be provided to interested community members on various AT topics.
Advancing Opportunities
The Technology Enhanced Transition project will focus on three New Jersey regions by partnering with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services offices in Camden, Somerset, and Morris counties. By collaborating with the DVRS staff, a set of trainings will be developed that will help each county make use of assistive technology in support of Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) outlined in the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

2017 Request For Proposal (RFP) Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey

Disability Rights New Jersey / Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center

Request For Proposal (RFP)

Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey  

RFP #ATAC-17-01

Deadline for Receipt of Proposals: 5:00 pm, Friday, March 17, 2017

Proposal Inquiries: All questions about this Request for Proposals (RFP) should be submitted in writing by Monday, March 6, 2017 via e-mail to:

Mike Marotta

Director, The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC)

Disability Rights New Jersey

210 South Broad Street, Third Floor

Trenton, NJ 08608

E-mail: MMarotta@drnj.org

Introduction and Description

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the federally-funded, independent non-profit designated as New Jersey’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities.  It provides legal and non-legal advocacy, information and referral, technical assistance and training, outreach, and education in support of the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities.  

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ is the designated state program authorized by the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (AT Act) to  provide enhanced access to assistive technology products and services on a comprehensive, statewide basis through a system of device loan, demonstration, equipment reuse, training and technical assistance, and public awareness activities.  

The grants are available under the following activities:

  • Device reutilization programs – provide for the exchange, repair, recycling, or other reutilization of assistive technology devices, which may include redistribution through device sales, loans, rentals, or donations.
  • Device loan programs – provide short-term loans of assistive technology devices to individuals, employers, public agencies, or others seeking to meet the needs of targeted individuals and entities.
  • Device demonstration programs – demonstrate a variety of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services (including assisting individuals in making informed choices regarding, and providing experiences with, the devices and  services), using personnel who are familiar with such devices and services and their applications. Please note: this could include innovative uses of technology to support individuals with disabilities.
  • Transition training – conduct training on the provision of assistive technology services for individuals transitioning from school to career, from early intervention to school, or from a restrictive environment to a non restrictive environment.

Background

ATAC is providing one-time funding to enhance the scope of existing assistive technology services available to people with disabilities in New Jersey.  The primary focus for this year’s funding includes:

2017 Focus areas:

  • Expansion of AT device demonstration and device loan services for veterans with disabilities.
  • Developing a pilot program for device reutilization services in Northern New Jersey.
  • Building capacity for AT services related to increasing the independence of individuals with cognitive disabilities: such as developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, frail elderly and/or dementia, including innovative technology solutions, for example:
    • Using new “Smart home” technology / Internet of Things (IoT) devices (such as Amazon Echo, Google Home) as Assistive Technology
    • Services for individuals who provide caregiving services for people with cognitive disabilities.
  • Pre-Employment Transition Services, as described in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that increase opportunities for student success.

The total estimated amount under this RFP is approximately $50,000 – $60,000.  The number of successful project applications is contingent on availability of funds.  ATAC intends to award grants ranging from approximately $7,500 to a maximum of $12,500.  

A second year of funding may be available for selected grantees whose proposal and performance presents opportunities for further expansion of assistive technology services within the state.

Scope of Work

The successful applicants will, under these one-time grants, develop and implement a plan for expanding existing assistive technology activities currently operating in New Jersey, consistent with the ATAC state plan, which is available on the ATAC website (http://www.drnj.org/atac/?p=4603), or by request.   

Qualifications of Applicant

Individuals or organizations in New Jersey with recognized expertise in the field of assistive technology, or those demonstrating an understanding of assistive technology devices and services.  Organizations that have received prior funding from DRNJ under the small grants program may apply.  Familiarity with currently existing services within New Jersey is a definite plus.  The applicant must be able to communicate well in writing and work well with DRNJ staff in order to meet the goals of the RFP.  The applicant must be willing to work with DRNJ staff to disseminate information about the activities under the RFP. The applicant must be able to have a representative attend and present at the annual AT summit in September 2017, as well as participate in the Abilities Expo (May 5-7, 2017).

The applicant must certify that it is capable of complying with the federal Uniform Guidance requirements, be capable of demonstrating fiscal soundness, and not barred from contracting with the federal government.

Requirements

The application is limited to six pages, minimum 1.15-spaced.  The first five pages should contain the application narrative, as described below.  The sixth page should be reserved for the proposed project budget.  The application must be delivered in an accessible, electronic format, such as Microsoft Word.  The application must include:

  • Relevant information about the applicant, including contact name, organization name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail;
  • Description of the applicant or organization and the relevant personnel, experience, expertise, and technical abilities that make it possible to carry out the research activity;
  • Description of the work plan, rationale, and means to accomplish the plan.
  • Details of specific sub-tasks and schedules to accomplish the tasks, and
  • Detailed proposed budget, as described below.
  • Provide justification for why this project is important to individuals with disabilities in New Jersey.

Budget

The proposed one-page budget shall be appropriate for meeting the goals of the proposal.  All requests for specific AT devices or equipment should be itemized where possible.  

Assurances

The applicant will include assurances of compliance with all federal mandates and requirements applicable to recipients of federal funding and assurances that the applicant has no conflict of interest that bars the applicant from completing the proposal.

Evaluation Criteria

DRNJ staff, in collaboration with the ATAC Advisory Council, will evaluate all applicants based on their expertise, knowledge, familiarity with New Jersey service providers, and ability to complete the activity in the given amount of time.  Criteria include:

  • Contribution to expansion of AT network in New Jersey
  • Ability to successfully execute the activity on time
  • Relevant experience in the assistive technology field
  • Expertise and ability of the applicant
  • Quality of services provided
  • Budget
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Application Due Date

The deadline for submitting applications under this RFP is 5:00 PM March 17, 2017.  DRNJ prefers e-mail submissions in Microsoft Word format, sent to mmarotta@drnj.org   DRNJ will accept mail and overnight mail submissions provided that an accessible electronic copy is submitted as well.

Date of Award

The contract for this RFP will be submitted to the winning applicants on or before April 14, 2017, with work to begin immediately.  

Date of Completion of Project

The project will end on September 30, 2017.  Grantees will provide survey data to ATAC through September 30, 2017.

Understanding the Proposed Department of Justice Rule on Website Accessibility

Webinar Title: Understanding the Proposed Department of Justice Rule on Website Accessibility

Webinar/Meeting ID: AT16-WEB15-LB

Webinar Speaker Information: Curtis Edmonds, Managing Attorney, Disability Rights New Jersey

Webinar Date & Time: Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 3:30-4:30 PM Eastern Time
This email provides you with the access information for connecting to the video and audio portion of the webinar. It also provides a copy of the presentation which will be used during the webinar and additional handouts, if any.

 

Handouts: 

AT16-WEB15 Handout

 

These files are for registered webinar attendees only and are not for distribution.
To Attend the Webinar:

On the day of the webinar you can connect up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. Follow the two steps below to connect.

  1.  Connect to the Video portion of the webinar: AT16-WEB15: Understanding the Proposed Department of Justice Rule on Website Accessibility
  2. To verify your registration, please sign in to the AdobeConnect webinar room as a guest and provide us with your full first and last name. Any individuals who do not provide their first and last names will not be allowed to remain in the webinar room.
  3.   Dial in to the Audio portion of the webinar:

Select how to connect the audio – you have two choices:

  • Have the system dial out to you.
      • Be sure to enter your phone number exactly as the example provided. (The format is +1-xxx-xxx-xxxx for US and Canada only.)
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  • Call into the conference line manually.
      • Conference Number: +1 877-527-2344 or 518-621-2643
      • Conference Code: 978 613 9415
  • If you are hearing the audio over both your computer speakers and the phone, you can hang up the phone and listen via computer only. Or you can turn off your computer speakers and listen via phone only. You will need to turn your speakers back on for any video played by the presenter. See the speaker icon at the top – click on that to turn off your speakers

First Time Users:

To save time before the meeting, test your connection to make sure it is ready to use Adobe Connect. You should do this a few days prior to the date of the webinar. Meeting participants are only required to have Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or later installed. If you plan to connect via a Mobile device, you will need to install the free Adobe Connect Mobile App. Copy and paste the meeting url into the Mobile App. Please note that devices running iOS are not always compatible with Adobe Connect.
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If you still cannot enter the meeting, contact technical support at 866.220.2319 (toll-free) or 706.634.3513 (international). OR you can always access the audio portion of the webinar via conference call and follow along with the handouts provided in this email.

 

Notice:  By participating in this webinar, you agree that your communications may be monitored or recorded at any time during the meeting.

 

CEU Certificates:

CEUs will be provided for all webinar registrants. Each hour of instruction equates to 0.1 CEU. CEU Credits are provided by ATIA, who is authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Webinar participants should visit the ATIA website  to complete the Online CEU application, which will include a Learning Evaluation form. Please note that it will take 2 – 3 weeks for ATIA to process the forms before you will receive your CEU certificate. All CEU requests for live broadcast webinars must be submitted no later than 3 months after the live broadcast date. If you have any questions regarding CEU Certificates, please feel welcome to reach out to ceus@atia.org.

 

 

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Technology for Life and Learning Center

Technology for Life and Learning Center
Department of Children and Families
10 Quakerbridge Plaza, PO Box 710
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: (609) 588-7911
Fax: (609) 588-7237
County: Mercer
Area Covered: Statewide
Contact: Rosemarie DiMarco Fitzpatrick
Website: http://www.nj.gov/dcf/families/educational/technology/
Type of Supplier: Government Agency
The Office of Education’s (OOE) Technology for Life and Learning Center (TLLC) makes assistive technology services available to all students served by the OOE’s educational programming. Services are specifically geared towards students with disabilities that affect communication, learning, academic achievement, and access to the environment. Services can be provided at OOE and in the referred student’s school.
AT Devices

AT Services

Med-tech Accessibility

Med-tech Accessibility
17 Woodland Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Phone: (888) 433-1191
Fax: (888) 433-1191
Email:  MEDTECHACCESSIBILITY@GMAIL.COM
Website: http://www.medtechaccess.com/
Type of Supplier: Business
AT Devices

AT Services

Progressive Center For Independent Living, Inc.

Progressive Center For Independent Living, Inc.
3525 Quakerbridge Road
Suite 904
Hamilton NJ 08619
(609) 581-4500 VOICE
(609) 581-4550 TDD
(609) 581-4555 FAX
Website: http://www.pcil.org
Email: scott.elliott@pcil.org
County: Mercer, Hunterdon
Area Covered: County Only
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: Progressive Center for Independent Living has been empowering the lives of people living with disabilities since 1996. We offer referral and information services, emergency preparedness training, transition services for students, community opportunities, and independent life skills training.
AT Devices

AT Services

New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center

New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center
2300 Stuyvesant Avenue
P.O. Box 501
Trenton, NJ 08625
Contact Name: Mary Kearns-Kaplan
Phone: 800-792-8322 x934
Fax: 609-406-7181
E-mail: mkaplan@njstatelib.org
Website: http://www.njstatelib.org/tbbc

County: Mercer
Area Covered: Statewide
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: The Assistive Listening Technology Loan Program . The LBH provides books on tape, in large print and in Braille to the print-handicapped. The Library lends the equipment on which to play the books on tape. Includes a collection of materials on topics related to hearing loss & offer interpreted programs, resource materials on addiction & recovery, & loan devices to the deaf & hard of hearing.

AT Devices

 

AT Services

Tree of Life and Hope, Inc.

Tree of Life and Hope, Inc.
250 Amboy Ave
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Phone: (888) 726-9600
Phone: (732) 726-9600
County: Middlesex
Area Covered: Statewide
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: Primary mission is to help those in medical need. The help the non-insured, seniors who can’t afford care, children, & those who have nowhere else to turn. Help provide air conditioners. Help with home repairs for people who, due to medical or financial reasons, are in danger of losing their homes. Help with accessibility issues and safety issues. DONATIONS: Accepts donations. FEES: none
AT Devices

 

AT Services

 

Jersey City Medical Supplies

Jersey City Medical Supplies
418 Baldwin Avenue
Suite 2
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Phone: (201) 217-9950
Fax: (201) 217-9952
web: www.jerseycitymedicalsupply.com
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Type of Supplier: Business
Accepts Private Insuranc
AT Devices

AT Services

HSI Respiratory Care

HSI Respiratory Care
331 Tilton Rd Suite 3
Northfield, NJ 08225
Phone: (609) 926-7130
County: Atlantic
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: HSI Respiratory Care in Northfield, New Jersey has been serving the respiratory care needs of South Jersey since 2001. By focusing on respiratory and oxygen services, we have become experts and a trusted source for people of all ages who need our services in South Jersey. Customers know they will receive great customer service and that HSI Respiratory Care goes the extra mile for customers.
AT Devices

AT Services

United Community Corporation

United Community Corporation
31 Fulton Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 642-0181
Fax: (973) 642-5424
County: Essex
Area Covered: Local Region
Web Site: http://www.uccnewark.org/ 
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: “Newark’s Community Action Agency” Telephone: 973-642-0181, ext. 224 or 228. Eligibility: all
AT Devices

AT Services

Vassar Eye Clinic

Vassar Eye Clinic
Bayshore Community Hospital
727 North Beers Street
Holmdel, NJ 07733
Phone: (732) 888-5268
County: Monmouth
Area Covered: Local Region
Web Site: http://www.bayshorehospital.org/
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: Three trained volunteers are on duty every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to assist visitors. Volunteers demonstrate high-tech equipment to help in maintaining an independent lifestyle, as well as explain household aids from the Lighthouse Foundation in New York City. Center is available to discuss many resources available from job training to programs featuring audio vision.
AT Devices

AT Services

Vis-Ability

Vis-Ability
3 Lady Godiva Way
New York, NY 10956
Phone: (800) 598-0635
Fax: (845) 638-6133
County: Out Of State
Area Covered: Statewide
Contact: Mr. Michael Parker
Email: access@bestweb.net
web: www.vis-abilityinc.com
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: Vis-Ability Inc. offers the latest in adaptive technology products for blind and visually impaired individuals with the goal to improve our customer’s quality of life. Our vision aids and assistive technology products will help you to read your own mail, read your prescription bottles, read books, read newspapers, read magazines, read a menu, read prices on store items, write your own checks, enjoy family photos and so much more!
AT Devices

 

AT Services

 

Ocean County Northern Recycling Center

Ocean County Northern Recycling Center
129 Hooper Avenue
P.O. Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754
Phone: (732) 367-0802
County: Ocean
Area Covered: County Only
Website: http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/SolidWaste/ContentPage.aspx?ID=397
Type of Supplier: Government Agency
AT Devices

 

AT Services

2016 One-Time Grant for Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey

Disability Rights New Jersey / Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center

Request For Proposal (RFP)

One-Time Grant for Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey

Introduction and Description

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the federally-funded, independent non-profit designated as New Jersey’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities. It provides legal and non-legal advocacy, information and referral, technical assistance and training, outreach, and education in support of the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities.

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ is the designated state program authorized by the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (AT Act) to provide enhanced access to assistive technology products and services on a comprehensive, statewide basis through a system of device loan, demonstration, equipment reuse, training and technical assistance, and public awareness activities.

The grant(s) are available under the following activities:

  • Device reutilization programs – provide for the exchange, repair, recycling, or other reutilization of assistive technology devices, which may include redistribution through device sales, loans, rentals, or donations.
  • Device loan programs – provide short-term loans of assistive technology devices to individuals, employers, public agencies, or others seeking to meet the needs of targeted individuals and entities.
  • Device demonstration programs – demonstrate a variety of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services (including assisting individuals in making informed choices regarding, and providing experiences with, the devices and services), using personnel who are familiar with such devices and services and their applications.
  • Transition training – conduct training on the provision of assistive technology services for individuals transitioning from school to career, from early intervention to school, or from a restrictive environment to a nonrestrictive environment.

Background

ATAC is providing one-time funding to enhance the scope of existing assistive technology services available to people with disabilities in New Jersey. The primary focus for this year’s funding includes:

  • Expansion of AT device demonstration and device loan services for veterans with disabilities.
  • Developing a pilot program for device re-utilization services in Northern New Jersey.
  • Building capacity for AT services related to increasing the independence of individuals with cognitive disabilities: such as developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and/or dementia, including “smart home” technology. This program could also focus on services for individuals who provide caregiving services for people with cognitive disabilities.

The total estimated amount under this RFP is approximately $50,000 – $60,000. This funding is contingent on availability of funds.

ATAC intends to award grants ranging from approximately $7,500 to a maximum of $15,000.

A second year of funding may be available for selected grantees whose proposal and performance presents opportunities for further expansion of assistive technology services within the state.

Scope of Work

The successful applicants will, under these one-time grants, develop and implement a plan for expanding existing assistive technology activities currently operating in New Jersey, consistent with the ATAC state plan, which is available on the ATAC website (http://www.drnj.org/atac/?p=4603), or by request.

Qualifications of Applicant

Individuals or organizations in New Jersey with recognized expertise in the field of assistive technology, or those demonstrating an understanding of assistive technology devices and services. Organizations that have received prior funding from DRNJ under the small grants program may apply. Familiarity with currently existing services within New Jersey is a definite plus. The applicant must be able to communicate well in writing and work well with DRNJ staff in order to meet the goals of the RFP. The applicant must be willing to work with DRNJ staff to disseminate information about the activities under the RFP. The applicant must be able to have a representative attend the annual AT summit in September 2016.

Requirements

The application is limited to six pages, minimum 1.15-spaced. The first five pages should contain the application narrative, as described below. The sixth page should be reserved for the proposed project budget. The application must be delivered in an accessible, electronic format, such as Microsoft Word. The application must include:

  • Relevant information about the applicant, including contact name, organization name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail;
  • Description of the applicant or organization and the relevant personnel, experience, expertise, and technical abilities that make it possible to carry out the research activity;
  • Description of the work plan, rationale, and means to accomplish the plan.
  • Details of specific sub-tasks and schedules to accomplish the tasks, and
  • Detailed proposed budget, as described below.

Budget

The proposed one-page budget shall be appropriate for meeting the goals of the proposal. All requests for specific AT devices or equipment should be itemized where possible.

Assurances

The applicant will include assurances of compliance with all federal mandates and requirements applicable to recipients of federal funding and assurances that the applicant has no conflict of interest that bars the applicant from completing the proposal.

Evaluation Criteria

DRNJ staff, in collaboration with the ATAC Advisory Council, will evaluate all applicants based on their expertise, knowledge, familiarity with New Jersey service providers, and ability to complete the activity in the given amount of time. Criteria include:

  • Contribution to expansion of AT network in New Jersey
  • Ability to successfully execute the activity on time
  • Relevant experience in the assistive technology field
  • Expertise and ability of the applicant
  • Quality of services provided
  • Budget
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Application Due Date

The deadline for submitting applications under this RFP is March 18, 2016. DRNJ prefers e-mail submissions in Microsoft Word format, sent to cedmonds@drnj.org. DRNJ will accept mail and overnight mail submissions provided that an accessible electronic copy is submitted as well.

Date of Award

The contract for this RFP will be submitted to the winning applicants on or before April 15, 2016, with work to begin immediately.

Date of Completion of Project

The project will end on September 30, 2016. Grantees will provide survey data to ATAC through September 30, 2016.

Triumph Technology

Triumph Technology

4110 Central Ave NE Suite 201
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
Phone: (651) 636-5184
Fax: (866) 347-8249
E-mail: info@attriumph.com

AT Devices

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Tom Caine and Associates, LLC

Tom Caine and Associates, LLC
59 Fieldstone Drive
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Phone: (973) 331-9100
Fax: (973) 394-1515
County: Somerset
Area Covered: Statewide
Contact: Mr. Tom Caine
Web Site: www.caineassociates.com
Type of Supplier: Business
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New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association

New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association
174 Nassau Street
Suite 337
Princeton, NJ 08542
Phone: 888-906-5742
Fax: 888-729-3489.
Email: info@njsha.org
Website: www.njsha.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
AT Devices

AT Services

Odyssey Automotive Specialty

Odyssey Automotive Specialty
166 Gold Mine Road
Flanders, New Jersey 07836
County: Morris
Phone: (800) 247-7725
Email: contact@odysseysv.com
Website: http://www.odysseysv.com/
Area Covered: Local Region
Type of Supplier: Business
Website: http://www.odysseyauto.com
AT Devices

AT Services

Back Thru The Future Computer Recycling Inc.

Back Thru The Future Computer Recycling Inc.
1 Park Drive
Suite 9
Franklin, NJ 07416
County: Sussex
Phone: 973-823-9752
E-mail: shred@backthruthefuture.com
Website: http://backthruthefuture.com
AT Devices

AT Services

New Jersey Hearing Health Center

New Jersey Hearing Health Center
1673 Route 88 West
Brick, New Jersey 08724
Voice: (732) 458-5050
Fax: (732) 458-5723
Email: NJHHC7@gmail.com
Website: http://www.njhearing.com/
Note: At our office we evaluate adults and children providing comprehensive and accurate hearing testing to fit the most appropriate hearing amplification when needed while also offering a variety of options for all types of hearing loss and budgets. We specialize in all types of digital hearing aid technology with a variety of hearing aid style options. We offer state-of-the art blue-tooth technology for hearing aid users who are interested as well as assistive listening devices for our patients with more specialized needs.
AT Devices

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Power’s Pharmacy

Power’s Pharmacy
558 Lakehurst Road
Browns Mills, NJ 08015
Phone: (609) 893-4700
Fax: (609) 893-7380
Website: https://powersrx.com/
Note: Our Pharmacy has a wide range of Surgical Supplies from Supports to Canes, Crutches and Wheelchairs.
AT Devices

AT Services

Lincoln Medical Supply

Lincoln Medical Supply
913 N. Main Street
Pleasantville, NJ 08232
(609) 641-4050
Website: http://www.lincolnmedicalsupply.com/
Note: Lincoln Medical Supply has been serving South Jersey’s home medical equipment and supply needs since 1950. As one of the area’s largest retail suppliers of home health products and services, we provide superior customer service and top quality, state-of-the-art medical equipment and supplies. Our showrooms have a large selection of products for our clients to ‘touch, see and try’.

We take extra care in making sure that we fulfill the needs of each and every one of our customers. Customer Service, Mastectomy Fitters, Compression Therapy Fitters, Respiratory Therapists, Mobility Specialists, and Billing Associates are available to answer your questions and work with your doctor and insurance company. Our expert staff takes the time to give each of our customers the personal attention he or she deserves and are trained to find the right products for each individual. Our Mobility Specialists and Respiratory Therapists perform home visits and evaluations to ensure optimal outcomes for our clients.

AT Devices

AT Services

Apria Healthcare – Middlesex Branch

Apria Healthcare – Middlesex Branch
262 Old New Brunswick Rd. Ste E
Middlesex, NJ 08854
Phone: (732) 907-1300
Website: http://www.apria.com/
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Type of Supplier: Business
AT Devices

AT Services

Back In Action

Back In Action
210 South Broad Street; 3rd Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone: (800) 922-7233
Phone: (609) 292-9742
Fax: (609) 777-0187
TTY: (609) 633-7106
County: Mercer
Area Covered: Statewide
Email: backinaction@drnj.org
Web Site: http://backinaction.drnj.org/
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: BACK IN ACTION acts as a clearinghouse database for devices that are for sale (usually at a minimal cost) or offered for donation. Its mission is to provide an alternative home for used assistive technology devices. This program is available for New Jersey residents. The BACK IN ACTION catalog lists available devices and is distributed throughout the year.
AT Devices

AT Services

AJ’s Pharmacy Inc.

AJ’s Pharmacy Inc.
673 Anderson Ave.
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010-1919
Phone: (201) 945-0772
County: Bergen
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: accepts other insurances
AT Devices

AT Services

Aids for Arthritis Inc.

Aids for Arthritis Inc.
35 Wakefield Drive
Medford, NJ 08055
Phone: (800) 654-0707
Fax: (609) 654-8631
E-mail: aidsforarthritis@gmail.com
County: Burlington
Area Covered: Statewide
Web Site: www.aidsforarthritis.com
Type of Supplier: Business

Note: Aids For Arthritis is the oldest and largest arthritis products company in the United States. We offer proven products, a lowest price guarantee, an unconditional money back guarantee, free shipping on orders of $75 or more, fast delivery, and your choice of secure online ordering or toll free 800 phone ordering.

AT Devices

AT Services

Cross-County Clinical Services

Cross-County Clinical Services
3176 Rt. 27, Suite 2B
Kendall Park, NJ 08824
County: Middlesex
Phone: (732) 820-0059
E-mail: armm1.net@gmail.com
Area Covered: Statewide
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Accepts Private Insurance
Type of Supplier: BusinessNote: Action Medical Products offers re-conditioned wheelchairs. Light weight aluminum ramps up to 12 ft. long (portable) are available. Custom seating systems / designs. This vendor will accept assignment on electric power wheelchairs and provide Medicare and private insurance billing. Offers loaner wheelchairs. RE/HAB Tech Professionals on staff. Also offers home security and environmental control solutions.
AT Devices

AT Services

Able Care Group, LLC

Able Care Group, LLC
246 Main Avenue
Passaic (Park), NJ 07055
Phone: (973) 777-5566
Phone: (800) 310-1196
Fax: (973) 777-5514
Contact Person: Ben Mornan
Email: sales@able-care.net
Website: www.able-care.com
Area Covered: North Jersey and Central Jersey
Type of Supplier: BusinessNote: Able Care has provided mobility/accessibility solutions since 1990; this enables us to share our expertise in evaluating, and creating the Complete Home Modification that meets your expectations. We are a family-owned company committed to supporting the entire community with the following Product Categories:
• Stair Lifts – Interior/Exterior
• Vertical Platform Lifts
• Modular Ramp Systems
• Overhead Patient Lifts
• Scooters
• Incline Wheelchair Platform Lifts
AT Devices

AT Services

Aberdeen DME Inc.

Aberdeen DME Inc.
528 A Fellowship Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054-3405
Voice: (856) 722-9339
Voice (Toll Free):  (888) 312-7347
Fax:  (856) 722-9692                                                              Fax (Toll Free):  (888) 312-7348
Website: http://www.aberdeenmed.com/
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: Aberdeen Medical Services, Inc. is a leading provider of post-surgical durable medical equipment, medical supplies and third party billing services. Our company is capable of providing a variety of equipment for patients across the country. Our HIPAA compliant third party billing solutions allow you to maximize your recovery across all insurance payor groups by utilizing a specialized, efficient collections program.
AT Devices

AT Services

A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
Voice: (302) 651-5850
County: Out Of State
Area Covered: Local Region
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Website:  https://www.nemours.org/service/medical/assistive-technology.html?location=naidhc
Type of Supplier: Business
Note:Our Assistive Technology team at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is made up of experts from several fields, including:

  • speech and language pathology
  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • rehabilitation engineering services (specialists who use the principles of engineering to design or adapt assistive devices)

Teamwork is essential in this process, and we actively seek to build a strong collaboration among children, parents and family members, community-based therapists and teachers, and our clinic staff. Together, we can facilitate your child’s most effective use of his or her skills and technologies in every setting.

AT Devices

AT Services

Camden County College Program for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Camden County College Program for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Taft Hall, 316
PO Box 200
Blackwood, NJ 08012
Phone: (856) 227-7200 x4506
Fax: (856) 374-5003
TTY: (856) 374-4855
County: Camden
Area Covered: National
Email: kearp@camdencc.edu
Web Site: http://www.camdencc.edu/dhoh/index.htm
Type of Supplier: Government Agency
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Gloucester County Library System

Gloucester County Library System
389 Wolfert Station
Regional Resource Centers
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Phone: (856) 223-6000
Phone: (856) 423-0684
Fax: (856) 423-1201
County: Gloucester
Area Covered: County Only
Contact: Ms. Brenda Muhlbaier
Email: brenda@gcls.org
Web Site: www.gcls.org
Type of Supplier: Government Agency
Note: The Assistive Listening Technology Loan Program makes two types of systems available to individuals: Personal FM Systems for use up to 150 feet, and Wide Area FM Systems for use in larger areas. For more information, you may also contact the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 609-984-7281.
AT Devices

 

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First Hand Foundation

First Hand Foundation
2800 Rockcreek Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64117
Phone: (816) 201-1569
Attn. Mary Nelson
Fax: (816) 571-1569
County: Out Of State
Area Covered: National
Contact: Ms. Mary Nelson
Email: mary.nelson@cerner.com
Web Site: https://www.firsthandfoundation.org/
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: First Hand is dedicated to impacting the health of children, their families and communities through reactive and preventative initiatives. To fulfill that mission, we provide funding for individual children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. We also create and support programs that identify issues before they become critical and that empower people to take charge of their health.
AT Devices

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E.J. Constance & Associates

E.J. Constance & Associates
861 Parkway Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08618
Phone: (609) 393-8228
County: Mercer
Area Covered: Local Region
Contact: Cannon, MA CC SLP/A
Type of Supplier: Business
AT Devices

AT Services

DAWN Center for Independent Living

DAWN Center for Independent Living
66 Ford Road, Suite 121
Denville, NJ 07834
Phone: (888) 383-3296
Phone: (973) 625-1940
Fax: (973) 625-1942
TTY: (973) 361-6032
County: Morris
Area Covered: Local Region
Contact: Ms. Carmela Slivinski
Email: info@dawncil.org
Web Site: www.dawncil.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit OrganizationNote: Area covered includes: Morris, Sussex, and Warren County.
AT Devices

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Community Health Law Project

Community Health Law Project
185 Valley Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
Phone: (973) 275-1175
North Jersey    (973) 680-5599
East Jersey      (908) 355-8282
Central Jersey  (609) 392-5553
Jersey Shore    (732) 380-1012
South Jersey    (856) 858-9500
Fax: (973) 275-5210
Web Site: www.chlp.orgE-mail: chlpinfo@chlp.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
AT Devices

 

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Clifton Public Library

Clifton Public Library
292 Piaget Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07011
Phone: (973) 772-5500
Fax: (973) 772-2926
TTY: (973) 772-2380
Website: http://www.cliftonpl.org/
Contact: Pat Ferro
Email: Ferro@palsplus.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
AT Devices

 

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Children’s Specialized Hospital – Fanwood

Children’s Specialized Hospital
330 South Avenue
Outpatient Center at Fanwood
Fanwood, NJ 07023-1325
Phone: (888) 244-5373
County: Union
Area Covered: Local Region
Web Site: www.childrens-specialized.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: For further information about our Rehabilitation Technology services please call 1-888-CHILDREN (244-5373), Ext. 5257. The Dept. of Rehabilitation Technology at Children’s Specialized Hospital is a regional resource of expertise dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of children, adolescents, & young adults with disabilities through services, information, and research based technical programs.
AT Devices

AT Services

Children’s Specialized Hospital – Toms River

Children’s Specialized Hospital
Outpatient Center at Toms River
94 Stevens Road
Toms River, NJ 08755
Phone: (888) 244-5373
County: Ocean
Area Covered: Local Region
Accepts Private Insurance
Web Site: www.childrens-specialized.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit OrganizationNote: For further information about our Rehabilitation Technology services please call 1-888-CHILDREN (244-5373), Ext. 5257. The Dept. of Rehabilitation Technology at Children’s Specialized Hospital is a regional resource of expertise dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of children, adolescents, & young adults with disabilities through services, information, and research based technical programs.
AT Devices

 

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Canine Hearing Companions, Inc.

Canine Hearing Companions, Inc.
247 E. Forest Grove Road
Vineland, NJ 08360
Phone: (856) 696-3668
Fax: (856) 696-5405
TTY: (856) 696-0969
Website: http://www.chchearingdogs.org/
County: Cumberland
Area Covered: Local Region
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Accepts Private Insurance
Contact: Ms. Debra Schaser-Graef
Email: CHCHearDog@aol.com
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit OrganizationNote: The only Hearing Dog Center in New Jersey, Eastern PA, and DE. Trains rescue dogs from shelters to be “ears” for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Has expanded its service and trains service dogs to serve as medic alert dogs (to detect seizures, diabetic and angina attacks) & emotional support dogs. Accepts Medicaid/Medicare/insurance for
medic alert dogs.
AT Devices

AT Services

Camden County Library

Camden County Library
203 Laurel Road
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Phone: (856) 772-1636
County: Camden
Area Covered: County Only
Contact: Paul Klucsarits
Website: http://www.camdencountylibrary.org/disabilities
Type of Supplier: Government Agency
Note: The Assistive Listening Technology Loan Program makes two types of systems available to individuals: Personal FM Systems for use up to 150 feet, and Wide Area FM Systems for use in larger areas. For more information, you may also contact the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 609-984-7281.
AT Devices

AT Services

Burlington County Library

Burlington County Library
5 Pioneer Boulevard
Westhampton, NJ 08060
Phone: (609) 267-9660
Fax: (609) 267-4091
TTY: (609) 267-2978
County: Burlington
Area Covered: County Only
Contact: Sarah Thomson
Web Site: http://www.bcls.lib.nj.us/
Type of Supplier: Government Agency
AT Devices

AT Services

Bruce Street School for the Deaf

Bruce Street School for the Deaf
333 Clinton Place
Newark, NJ 07112
Phone: (973) 705-3952
Fax: (973) 705-8507
TTY: (973) 926-1193
Website: http://www.nps.k12.nj.us/bru/
Email: AmeslanNJ@aol.com
Note: Students receive ongoing intensive speech and language therapy, as well as instruction in all academic areas. All subjects are taught utilizing the Total Communication philosophy, which stresses speech and speech reading, auditory training, sign language, and finger spelling. Students receive a full-range of audiological services on-site by licensed audiologists, also skilled in sign language. Auditory amplification is available to all students in all situations inside and out of the classroom during the school day through the Phonic Ear wireless FM auditory training system. On-site audiologists also closely monitor students with cochlear implants and work closely with all hospitals in the area to make sure students receive the maximum benefit from their implants at all times. All students receive speech therapy as mandated by their I.E.Ps (Individualized Educational Plans). Physical and occupational therapy is available to students based on evaluation and as mandated in their I.E.P.
AT Devices

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Total Hearing Care – Brick

Brick Town Hearing Aid Center
525 Jack Martin Boulevard
Suite 104
Brick, NJ 08723
Phone: (732) 955-4204
County: Ocean
Area Covered: Local Region
Email: contact-us@totalhearingcare.org
Website: http://www.njhearingaids.com/brick
Type of Supplier: Business
AT Devices

AT Services

Bergen Community College

Bergen Community College
Adaptive Technology Lab
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07625
Phone: (201) 612-5270
Fax: (201) 493-1839
TTY: (201) 447-7845
County: Bergen
Area Covered: Local Region
Contact: Nancy Carr
Email: bpincus@bergen.edu
Website: http://www.bergen.edu/
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit OrganizationNote: Also operates Center for Collegiate Deaf Center.
AT Devices

 

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Atlantic Rehab – Hearing Aid Center

Atlantic Rehab – Hearing Aid Center
95 Mount Kemble Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07962-1978
Phone: (973) 971-4451
County: Morris
Area Covered: Local Region
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Web Site: http://www.atlantichealth.org/
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit OrganizationNote: Provides services that include hearing aid fittings, ear molds, swim plugs, assistive listening devices, battery sales, repairs, and hearing aid orientation and follow-up services.
AT Devices

AT Services

Atlantic County Library

Atlantic County Library
40 Farragut Avenue
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Phone: (609) 625-2776
County: Atlantic
Area Covered: County Only
Contact: Donna Cameron
Email: jmayslandingcirculation@aclsys.org
Website: http://www.atlanticlibrary.org
Type of Supplier: Government Agency
Note: Computer access offering standard Windows accessibility options. Lend assistive listening devices for library patrons. For more information, you may also contact the Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 609-984-7281.
AT Devices

AT Services

Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) Garden State

Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) Garden State
3 Tamarack Farm Lane
Califon, NJ 07830-3415
Phone: (908) 362-6454
Website: http://www.alda-gs.org/
Contact: Cynthia Amerman
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: The Association of Late-Deafened Adults is committed to support, educate, and advocate on behalf of late-deafened adults. ALDAns can no longer understand speech without visual clues or rely on their hearing as a means of receptive communication. Instead, ALDAns must depend on assistive devices and other modes of communications, such as speech-reading, sign language, and text reading.
AT Devices

 

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Alliance Center for Independence

Alliance Center for Independence
629 Amboy Avenue
Lower Level Suite
Edison, NJ 08837
Phone: (732) 738-4388
Fax: (732) 738-4416
TTY: (732) 738-9644
County: Middlesex
Area Covered: Local Region
Email: adacil@adacil.org
Web Site: www.adacil.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization, Center for Independent Living.
Note: ACI is a 501(c)(3) community-based, grassroots organization that supports and promotes independent living for people with disabilities in Middlesex, Union and Somerset counties in New Jersey. Formerly Alliance for Disabled in Action.
AT Devices

 

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Wheelchair Medic

Wheelchair Medic
Building 102
Duane Road
Fort Totten, NY 11359
Phone: (718) 352-1623
Fax: (718) 352-3239
County: Out Of State
Area Covered: Local Region
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Accepts Private Insurance
Email: info@wheelchairmedic.com
Web Site: www.wheelchairmedic.com
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: WM is located at Fort Totten in Queens and uses a fleet of five repair vehicles to complete most repairs at customers’ homes. Call for service area in NJ. WM has been in operation for more than 25 years. Formerly known as Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association Wheelchair Repair, WM is a division of United Spinal Association.
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Travelers Protection Association Scholarship

Travelers Protection Association Scholarship
2041 Exchange Drive
Saint Charles, MO 63303
Phone: (636) 724-2227 / (877) 872-2638
Email: support@tpahq.org
Website: www.tpahq.org
County: Out Of State
Area Covered: National
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: Trust for the Deaf and Near-Deaf. Provides assistance for mechanical devices, medical care, and/or specialized education or treatment for those who demonstrate financial need – US citizens only. Grants may be used to purchase hearing aids or ADLs.
AT Devices

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Traumatic Brain Injury Fund

Traumatic Brain Injury Fund
New Jersey Department of Human Services
Division of Disability Services (DDS)
222 South Warren Street
P.O. Box 700
Trenton, NJ 08625-0700
Phone: (888) 285-3036
Phone: (609) 292-7800
Fax: (609) 292-1233
TTY: (609) 292-1210
County: Mercer
Area Covered: Statewide
Contact: Mr. Harry Pizutelli
Website: www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dds
Type of Supplier: Government Agency
Note: Purpose of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Fund is to allow New Jersey residents who have survived an acquired brain injury to obtain the services & supports they need to live in the community. The Fund provides financial services & pays for services that foster independence & maximize quality of life. The Fund has a cap of $15,000 per year & $100,000 lifetime per individual.
AT Devices

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The Wheelchair Man Company, Inc.

The Wheelchair Man Company, Inc.
281 White Horse Pike
Clementon, NJ 08021
Phone: (856) 346-2611
Fax: (856) 346-2911
County: Camden
Area Covered: Statewide
Contact: Mr. Paul Levin
Web Site: http://www.wheelchairman.com/home.html
Type of Supplier: Business
AT Devices

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The Children’s Therapy Center

The Children’s Therapy Center
Cerebral Palsy Center of Bergen County
29-01 Berkshire Road
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Phone: (201) 797-7440
Fax: (201) 797-1039
County: Bergen
Area Covered: Local Region
Email: info@thechildrenstherapycenter.org
Web Site: www.thechildrenstherapycenter.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
AT Devices

 

AT Services

Shirley Eves Developmental & Therapeutic Center

Shirley Eves Developmental & Therapeutic Center
313 North 10th Street
Millville, NJ 08332-3103
Phone: (856) 825-5840
Fax: (856) 825-5848
County: Cumberland
Area Covered: Local Region
Email: Info@ShirleyEves.org
Web Site: www.shirleyevescenter.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: Toy Library is available to children birth to age 7 who are delayed or at risk of becoming disabled.services are in Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester and Atlantic Counties. Architectural accessibility – equipment fabrication & recycling for the home. Adaptive toy loan program, equipment recycling.
AT Devices

 

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PNC Bank “Self-Reliant Loan and Grant Program”

Self-Reliant Loan and Grant Program
PNC Bank
2431 Main Street
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Phone: (877) 762-7000
Phone:  (973) 639-7117 (northern NJ) or (732)220-3081 (southern NJ)
County: Mercer
Area Covered: Statewide
Type of Supplier: BusinessNote: PNC Bank, in conjunction with New Jersey Citizen Action, the Self-Reliant Loan & Grant Program can be used for any kind of accessibility issue – i.e. ramps, service animal maintenance, scooters, computers with adaptive software or other types of special equipment. A limited number of $1,000 grants are available on a first come, first served basis. Stop by any NJ PNC Bank branch for more info.
AT Devices

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Schwarz Rehab Equipment, Inc.

Schwarz Rehab Equipment, Inc.
5007 Industrial Rd
Wall, NJ 07719
Phone: (732) 919-7725
County: Monmouth
Area Covered: Statewide
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Type of Supplier: Business
AT Devices

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Woodbridge Police Department “Safe and Sound” Program

Woodbridge Police Department
“Safe and Sound” Program
1 Main Street
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Phone: (732) 634-4500
Website (application): http://www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us/
County: Middlesex
Area Covered: Local Region
Contact: Lt. Thomas “Skip” Garley
Type of Supplier: Government Agency
Note: Emergency notification program for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s, forms of dementia, or autistic & mentally challenged children. Caregivers register their loved one with the police to help locate them if they wander off. Police will take a photo & gather information about the family member. SERVICE AREA: Avenel, Colonia, Fords, Iselin, Keasbey, Port Reading, Sewaren, Woodbridge.
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Rand’s Surgical

Rand’s Surgical
1843 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: (732) 255-3211
Fax: (732) 255-8082
County: Ocean
Website: http://www.randssurgical.com/
Area Covered: Local Region
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Accepts Private InsuranceType of Supplier: Business
Note: ACCEPTS ALL INSURANCES. Authorized provider for Medicare. Medicaid Managed Care (Amerigroup),
Medicaid Fee for Service. Service region includes: Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Atlantic and Burlington County.
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Quality Home Care Providers, Inc.

Quality Home Care Providers, Inc.
345 Grand Avenue
PO Box 127
Leonia, NJ 07605-2238
Phone: (201) 585-9234
Fax: (201) 585-9633
County: Bergen
Area Covered: Local Region
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Web Site: http://www.qhcpinc.com/
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: ACCEPTS ALL OTHER INSURANCES. Service region: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties.
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Prosthetic Orthotic Solutions International

Prosthetic Orthotic Solutions Intl.
100 Brick Road
Suite 315
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: (866) 472-5462
Phone: (856) 810-7900
Fax: (856) 810-2580
County: Burlington
Area Covered: Local Region
Email: ktowers@prostheticsolutions.com
Website: www.prostheticsolutions.com
Type of Supplier: Business
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Occupational Therapy Consultants, Inc. – Somerset

Occupational Therapy Consultants, Inc.
1661 Route 22 W
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
Phone: (732) 764-0202 X109
Fax: (732) 764-0030
County: Somerset
Area Covered: Statewide
Email: sharding@otcnj.com
@otcnj.com

Web Site: www.otcnj.com
Type of Supplier: Business
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Novellino’s Drug Store Inc.

Novellino’s Drug Store Inc.
531 Washington Avenue
Belleville, NJ 07109-3332
Phone: (973) 759-8181
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: Accepts All Other Insurances
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New Jersey Statewide Independent Living Council

New Jersey Statewide Independent Living Council
Email: mneary@njsilc.org 
Website: http://www.njsilc.org/contact
Area Covered: Statewide
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
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New Jersey Coalition for the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology (NJCART)

New Jersey Coalition for the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology (NJCART)
c/o Advancing Opportunities
1005 Whitehead Road Extension, Suite 1
Ewing, NJ 08638
Phone: (888) 322-1918
Fax: (609) 882-4054
TTY: (609) 882-0620
County: Mercer
Area Covered: Statewide
Web Site: www.njcart.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: The New Jersey Coalition for the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology (NJCART) is a non-profit
organization established in 1987 to promote the appropriate applications of technology for individuals with disabilities, assure access to resources, and provide continuing education for its members and the community at large.
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Disability Rights New Jersey

Disability Rights New Jersey
210 South Broad Street
3rd Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone: (800) 922-7233
Phone: (609) 292-9742
Fax: (609) 777-0187 TTY: (609) 633-7106
County: Mercer
Area Covered: Statewide
Contact: Curtis Edmonds
CART Member
Email: advocate@drnj.org
Web Site: http://www.drnj.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit

Note: DRNJ is a private, non-profit, consumer-directed organization established to: Advocate for and advance the human, civil and legal rights of citizens of New Jersey with disabilities; Promote public awareness and recognition of individuals with disabilities as equally entitled members of society; Advise and assist persons with disabilities, family members, attorneys and guardians in obtaining and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities; and Provide education, training and technical assistance to individuals with disabilities, the agencies that serve them, advocates, attorneys, professionals, courts and others regarding the rights of individuals with disabilities.

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Delaware Valley

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Greater Delaware Valley Chapter
30 South 17th Street, Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 271-1500
Fax: (215) 271-6122
County: Out Of State
Area Covered: Local Region
Email: PAE@NMSS.ORG
Web Site: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/PAE
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: The Chapter’s information and referral service is designed to assist callers in locating resources in their
communities including referrals to Professionals, Home Health Agencies, Transportation, Support Services, Residential Care Facilities, Social and Recreational Activities, Medical Equipment, Disability Benefits and Direct Services, and Programs provided by the chapter.
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National Multiple Sclerosis Society – North Jersey

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
New Jersey Metro Chapter
Aspen Corporate Park 1
1480 U.S. Highway 9 North, Suite 301
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Phone: (800) 344-4867
Phone: (732) 660-1005
Fax: (732) 855-6984
Area Covered: Local Region
Email: njminfo@nmss.org
Web Site: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/NJM/About-this-Chapter
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
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National Amputation Foundation

National Amputation Foundation
40 Church Street
Malverne, NY 11565
Phone: (516) 887-3600
Fax: (516) 887-3667
County: Out Of State
Area Covered: National
Email: amps76@aol.com
Web Site: http://www.nationalamputation.org/
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: NAF offers to any person in need, donated medical equipment. This includes wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, canes and crutches. Items must be picked up at the NAF office. Device loan program is only available to local area.
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Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation

Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation
P.O. Box 776
Carmel, IN 46082
Phone: (317) 615-9140
County: Out Of State
Area Covered: National
Email: mdff@mdff.org
Website: www.mdff.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: The Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation provides service to children and adults regardless of race or
socioeconomic status. With their financial support, the MDFF is able to provide adaptive equipment to clients in need.
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Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
National Headquarters
375 Kings Highway North
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Phone: (800) 532-7667
Phone: (856) 488-4500
Fax: (856) 661-9797
County: Camden
Area Covered: National
Email: msaa@mymsaa.org
Web Site: www.msaa.com
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
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MobilityWorks of New Jersey – Farmingdale

MobilityWorks of New Jersey – Farmingdale
5105 Highway 33
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
County: Monmouth
Phone: 732 919 1444
Fax: 732 919 0256
E-mail: ask@mobilityworks.com
Website: http://www.mobilityworks.com/new-jersey-farmingdale.php
Accepts Medicare and Medicaid
Accepts Private Insurance:
Type of Supplier: Business
Area Served: Local Region
Note: Specializing in providing independence to individuals with physical disabilities.
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MOCEANS Center for Independent Living, Inc.

MOCEANS Center for Independent Living, Inc.
279 Broadway
2nd Floor
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Phone: (732) 571-4884
Fax: (732) 571-4003
TTY: (732) 571-4878
County: Monmouth
Area Covered: Local Region
Contact: Patricia McShane
Website: www.moceanscil.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
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Middlesex County Multi-Assistive Program

Middlesex County Multi-Assistive Program
Middlesex County Department on Aging
MC Admin. Building, JFK Square, 5th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (732) 745-3295        web: www.co.middlesex.nj.us
County: Middlesex
Area Covered: County Only
Contact: Ms. Tammy McGeachy
Type of Supplier: Government Agency
Note: Program provides durable medical equipment (DME). Individuals must not qualify for PAAD or Senior Gold, VA or Medicaid, or have private insurance. DME: Combined total of $800. Includes DME that is reusable such as canes, walkers, commodes, wheelchairs, etc. ELIGIBILITY: US/legal resident of County, disabled (18-65) or frail/elderly, less than $50,000 in annual resources (income and assets)
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Mid Jersey Medical Supplies

Mid Jersey Medical Supplies
106 North Broadway
PO Box 98
South Amboy, NJ 08879
Phone: (732) 721-0028
Phone: (877) 586-7448
Fax: (732) 721-0008
County: Middlesex
Area Covered: County Only
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Accepts Private Insurance
Contact: Mr. Jorge Gonzalez-Gomez
Email: jorge@midjerseymedical.com
Website: http://www.midjerseymedical.com/
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: Mid Jersey Medical Supplies is a tri-state provider of new and used medical equipment and supplies. Specific items of interest include stairlifts, platform wheelchair lifts, and the Vertran Power Standing Motorized Wheelchair. Most private insurance accepted
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McCarthy Respiratory Services

McCarthy Respiratory Services
303 S Main St
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 463-0202
Fax: (609) 463-9612
Website: www.lincolnmedicalsupply.com
County: Cape May
Area Covered: Local Region
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Accepts Private Insurance
Contact: Mr. Jeffrey Reses
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: Accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Atlanticare, Horizon BC/BS NJ. Provides services to Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland County.
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Main Surgical Co., Inc.

Main Surgical Co., Inc.
84 Broadway
Newark, NJ 07104-2504
Phone: (973) 482-8787
County: Essex
Area Covered: Local Region
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Type of Supplier: Business
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SP AbleWare

SP AbleWare
661 Route 23 South
Wayne, NJ 07470
Phone: (800) 443-4926
Phone: (973) 628-7600
Fax: (973) 305-0841
County: Passaic
Area Covered: National
Email: custservice@Maddak.com
Web Site: http://www.maddak.com/
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: Formerly Maddak AbleWare
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Mada Medical Products

Mada Medical Products
625 Washington Avenue
Carlstadt, NJ 07072
Phone: (201) 460-0454
Phone: (800) 526-6370
Fax: (201) 460-3509
County: Bergen
Area Covered: Statewide
Website: http://www.madamedical.com/
Type of Supplier: Business
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LINCARE INC. – Egg Harbor Township

LINCARE INC.
2516 Fire Road
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234-5617
Phone: (609) 641-3500
Fax: (609) 484-1686
Website: https://www.lincare.com
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Accepts Private Insurance
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: ACCEPTS ALL OTHER INSURANCES
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LADACIN Network

LADACIN Network of Ocean County
1703 Kneeley Blvd
Ocean Township, NJ 07712
Phone: (732) 493-5900
Fax: (732) 493-5980
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County: Ocean and Monmouth
Area Covered: Local Region
Contact: Ms. Debbie Eyer
CART Member
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: Lifetime Assistance for Developmental and Challenging Individual Needs (LADACIN) Network. Formerly known as Cerebral Palsy of Monmouth & Ocean Counties, Inc.

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Joining Hands, Inc.

Joining Hands, Inc.
P.O. Box 6636
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Phone: (732) 257-2219
County: Middlesex
Area Covered: County Only
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: Provides assistance to offset medical expenses for terminally ill and/or permanently handicapped children and, when financially possible, grants a special wish to a terminally ill child. Families in need may also be able to obtain toys or clothing. Middlesex County residency preferred but not required.
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JFK Medical Center

JFK Medical Center
Cognitive Rehabilitation Department
2048 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ 08820
Phone: (732) 906-2640
Fax: (732) 906-9241
County: Middlesex
Area Covered: National
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Contact: Ms. Susan Paradise
CART Member
Email: jfkjri@solarishs.org
Web Site: https://www.jfkmc.org/
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
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JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute – Outpatient OT / PT

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute – Outpatient OT / PT
65 James Street, PO Box 3059
Edison, NJ 08818-3059
Phone: (732) 321-7056
Fax: (732) 205-1463
Website: http://www.njrehab.org/
County: Middlesex
Area Covered: Statewide
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Contact: Ms. Kim Conti
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: Accepts Medicare / Medicaid for other therapy services, not for Driver Training.
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Jamie Arasz Prioli, ATP

Jamie Arasz Prioli, ATP
990 Cedar Bridge Avenue
Suite B7, #204
Brick, NJ 08723
Phone: (732) 503-9126
County: Ocean
Area Covered: Statewide
Contact: Ms. Jamie Arasz Prioli
CART Member
http://www.JAPrioliSolutions.com
Email: Jamie@japriolisolutions.com
Type of Supplier: Individual Practitioner
Note: With over 18 years of experience, Ms. Prioli can help determine which technology would be most effective in helping you reach your goals at home, school, work, and/or in the community.Services include thorough Assistive Technology and Home Accessibility Evaluations, Professional Development sessions, Training and Support.

Certified RESNA ATP since 2000!

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Interiors for Independence

Interiors for Independence
317 Overlook Lane
Gulph Mills, PA 19428
Phone: (610) 834-7849
Fax: (610) 825-9258
County: Out Of State
Area Covered: Local Region
Contact: Marlene Weiner, OTR
Web: www.interiorsforindependence.comEmail: marleneweiner@comcast.net
Type of Supplier: Individual Practitioner
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Huntington’s Disease Society of America

Huntington’s Disease Society of America
New Jersey Chapter
PO Box 943
230 Diamond Spring Road
Denville, NJ 07834
Phone: (973) 784-4965
Fax: (973) 784-4966
Area Covered: Statewide
Email: crokicki@hdsa.org
Web Site: http://www.hdsanj.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
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Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program

Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program
Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County
1600 Perrineville Rd, Suite 52
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
Phone: (609) 395-7979
County: Middlesex
Area Covered: Statewide
Website: http://www.jfsmiddlesex.org/
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: Provides assistance to individuals and/or families who had resided in Nazi occupied Germany between 1933 – 1945. Assistance can be counseling, homemaking services, meals on wheels, and other services to assist the consumer in maintaining their independence. ELIGIBILITY: Jews who resided in Nazi occupied countries between 1933 – 1945 and are residents of NJ.
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Heightened Independence and Progress, Inc. – Jersey City

Heightened Independence and Progress, Inc. – Jersey City
35 Journal Square
Suite 703
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Phone: (201) 533-4407
Fax: (201) 533-4421
TTY: (201) 533-4409
County: Hudson
Area Covered: County Only
Email: hud@hipcil.org
Web Site: www.hipcil.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: Area served: Hudson counties. Provides funding for adaptive equipment and home modifications (SAIL
Program). Construction for home modifications. Project Access is a program which reviews site & architectural plans for multi-unit residential dwellings in Bergen & Hudson Counties. Provides technical assistance to ensure their compliance with construction codes for accessibility.
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Heightened Independence and Progress, Inc. – Hackensack

Heightened Independence and Progress, Inc. – Hackensack
131 Main Street
Suite 120
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: (201) 996-9100
Fax: (201) 996-9422
TTY: (201) 996-9424
County: Bergen
Area Covered: County Only
Contact: Ms. Maria Valentin
Email: ber@hipcil.org
Web Site: www.hipcil.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: Area served: Bergen County. Provides funding for adaptive equipment & home modifications (SNAP, MAP, Polio Fund). Construction for home modifications. Project Access is a program which reviews site & architectural plans for multi-unit residential dwellings in Bergen & Hudson Counties. Provides technical assistance to ensure their compliance with construction codes for accessibility.
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Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP)

Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP)
Anshe Emeth CDC
222 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (732) 296-9922
Fax: (732) 296-9933
County: Middlesex
Email: aecdc222@gmail.com
Web Site: http://www.aecdc.org/our-services/help
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: A variety of equipment including wheelchairs, shower seats, walkers, canes, ez reachers. Use as long as
needed. Arrangements for delivery can be made. $10 deposit required for most, $25 deposit required for wheelchairs & hospital beds. Both deposits returned when equipment is returned. DONATIONS: accepts medical equipment.
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A1DME Health Care Depot

A1DME Health Care Depot
Raintree Town Center
73 Village Center Drive
Freehold, NJ 07728
Voice: 703-629-7311
Fax: 888-982-1363
Email: dp@a1dme.com
County: Monmouth
Area Covered: StatewideWeb Site: https://www.a1dme.com/
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: Formerly Health Care Depot Online
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Gentle Care Home Services Inc.

Gentle Care Home Services Inc.
1180 Stelton Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: (732) 777-0021
Fax: (732) 777-0224
County: Middlesex
Area Covered: Northern and Central New Jersey
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Accepts Private Insurance
E-mail: dme@gchshome.com
Website: http://gchshome.com/
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: Accepts all insurances
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Garden State Scooters

Garden State Scooters
5105 State Route 33
Wall Township, NJ 07727
Phone: (800) 515-8586 or (732) 919-1444
Distribution/Service Center:
200 West Somerdale Road; Suite E
Voorhees, NJ 08043
County: Monmouth
Area Covered: Tri-state Area
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Accepts Private Insurance
Web Site: http://avmvans.pridedealer.com/
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: Daily and weekly scooter rentals.
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G&D Surgical & Drug Co, Inc.

G&D Surgical & Drug Co, Inc.
225 North Dean Street
Englewood, NJ 07631
Phone: (201) 567-0011
Fax: (201) 567-5141
Web Site: gdsurgical.com
Email: info@gdsurgical.com
County: Bergen
Area Covered: Local Region
Type of Supplier: Business
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Franklin Electronic Publishers

Franklin Electronic Publishers
1 Franklin Plaza
Burlington, NJ 08016
Phone: (609) 386-2500
Fax: (609) 239-5950
(609) 239-5946
County: Burlington
Area Covered: National
Web Site: www.franklin.com
Type of Supplier: Business
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Enable, Inc.

Enable, Inc.
13 Roszel Road; Suite B110
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: (609) 987-5003
Fax: (609) 520-7979
County: Mercer
Area Covered: County Only
Email: info@enablenj.org
Web Site: www.enablenj.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization

Note:

Enable provides services, resources and support for adults and children with disabilities and seniors in New Jersey. Founded in 1989 as a nonprofit, Enable has been recognized as a leader in its field for more than 25 years, offering proven experience and a commitment to excellence that extends across all of our services.

From in home services and supports to outside programs and living arrangements, Enable ensures that your loved ones are safe and happy, both at home and in the community. We create an environment that promotes independence, engages those we serve in meaningful experiences, and builds community connections – enabling every individual to live a full life.

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Division of Disability Services (DDS)

Division of Disability Services (DDS)
11A Quakerbridge Plaza
Mercerville NJ
Mailing Address: PO Box 705, Trenton NJ 08625
Phone: (888) 285-3036
Fax: (609) 631-4365
TTY: (609) 292-1210
County: Mercer
Area Covered: Statewide
Web Site: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dds/
Contact: Joseph Amoroso
Email: Joseph.Amoroso@dhs.state.nj.us
Type of Supplier: Government Agency
Note: DDS provides info & referral services to people with disabilities & their families. DDS is responsible for overseeing various Medicaid home-and community-based waiver programs that are designed to help people with disabilities live as independently as possible. DDS focuses on serving people who became disabled as adults, whether through illness or injury.
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Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
195 Gateway Center; Suite 200
5 Commerce Way
Hamilton, NJ 08691
Mailing: P.O. Box 726
Trenton, NJ 08625-0726
Phone: (800) 832-9173
Division of Developmental Disabilities
County: Mercer
Area Covered: Statewide
Website: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/home/

Services: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/services/fss/
Type of Supplier: Government Agency

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Diabest Medical

Diabest Medical
133 Smith Street
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Phone: (732) 293-0002
Fax: (732) 293-0003
Email: customerservice@diabestmedical.com
Website: diabestmedical.com
County: Middlesex
Area Covered: Tri-state Area
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Accepts Private Insurance
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: We have been providing home medical equipment, incontinence products, medical supplies,prosthetics, orthotics, respiratory services and specialty rehabilitation products. We carry everything from wheelchairs, commodes and bath chairs, incontinence products, lymphedema products, etc. etc.
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Delcrest Medical Supplies LLC

Delcrest Medical Supplies LLC
800 Route 38
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Phone: (856) 665-7676
Fax: (856) 663-3223
Website: http://www.delcrestmed.com/
County: Camden
Area Covered: Local Region
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Accepts Private Insurance
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: Since 1963, Delcrest Medical has been serving the home medical equipment and supply needs of South Jersey patients. As one of the area’s largest suppliers of home health products and services, we provide superior customer service and quality equipment and supplies. Delcrest medical is a one- stop shop for all durable medical equipment and home-care products. We have the largest modern showroom in South Jersey where the customer can browse and see all our products before making a purchase.
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DDD Upper Central Regional Offices

DDD Upper Central Regional Offices

County: Union (also Somerset Intake Office)
110 East 5th Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Phone: (908) 226-7800County: Somerset
275 Greenbrook Road
Green Brook, NJ 08812
Phone: (732) 424-3301

County: Essex
153 Halsey Street; 2nd Floor
Newark, NJ 07101
Phone: (973) 693-5080

Website: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/home/

Services: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/services/fss/

Areas Covered: Local Regions
Type of Supplier: Government Agency

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DDD Southern Regional Offices

DDD Southern Regional Offices

County: Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester

221 Laurel Road; 2 Echelon Plaza-Suite 210
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Phone: (856) 770-5900

 

County: Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem
5218 Atlantic Avenue; Suite 205
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Phone: (609) 476-5200

Website: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/home/

Services: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/services/fss/

Areas Covered: Local Regions
Type of Supplier: Government Agency

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DDD Northern Regional Offices

DDD Northern Regional Offices

County: Morris, Sussex, and Warren
1-B Laurel Drive
Flanders, NJ 07836
Phone: (973) 927-2600 

County: Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic
100 Hamilton Plaza; 7th Floor
Paterson, NJ 07505
Phone: (973) 977-4004

Website: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/home/

Services: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/services/fss/

Areas Covered: Local Regions
Type of Supplier: Government Agency

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DDD Lower Central Regional Offices

DDD Lower Central Regional Offices

County: Hunterton, Mercer, and Middlesex
120 South Stockton Street
Trenton, NJ 08611
Phone: (609) 292-1922

County: Ocean and Monmouth
3499 Route 9; Juniper Plaza Suites 1-11
Freehold, NJ 07728
Phone: (732) 863-4500

Website: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/home/

Services: http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/services/fss/

Areas Covered: Local Regions
Type of Supplier: Government Agency

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Cornell Surgical Co.

Cornell Surgical Co.
30 New Bridge Road
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
Phone: (201) 384-9000
(800) 267-6355
Fax: (201) 384-9111
County: Bergen
Area Covered: Local Region
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Accepts Private Insurance
Email: info@cornellsurgical.com
Web Site: www.cornellsurgical.com
Type of Supplier: Business
Note:Cornell Surgical Co., family owned and operated since 1945. A one stop source for the widest range of quality Medical Equipment & Supplies for Professionals, Students & the Homecare Market.

Providing Physicians and Professionals alike, affordable medical supplies & innovative products that help improve the health and well being of their patients.

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Goodwill Home Medical Equipment

Goodwill Home Medical Equipment- Of Southern New Jersey & Greater Philadelphia Area
18 Arctic Parkway
Ewing, NJ 08638
Phone: (609) 225-4509
Fax: (609) 396-1516
County: Mercer
Area Covered: Statewide
Email: info@goodwillhomemedical.org
Web Site: http://www.goodwillhomemedical.org/
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization

Note: A division of Goodwill Industries of Southern NJ & Philadelphia, Goodwill Home Medical Equipment collects, sanitizes, refurbishes and sells gently-used, durable medical equipment and unopened medical supplies at affordable prices.

Our centrally located 10,000 square foot facility in Ewing, NJ serves as a retail store, donation center, showroom and refurbishing center. Our inventory changes daily and includes wheelchairs (both power and manual), pediatric wheelchairs, walkers, portable ramps, lift chairs, hospital beds, bariatric hospital beds, canes, crutches and bath and shower items and MUCH more. We also offer new affordable medical items including incontinence, wound care and ostomy products. All items are sold at drastically reduced costs—translating into huge savings on items that are often not fully covered by health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.

Formerly known as YourReSource.

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CMC Adaptive Seating & Homecare LLC

CMC Adaptive Seating & Homecare LLC
160 Algonquin Pkwy
Whippany, NJ 07981
Phone: (973) 576-0025
(866) 262-7328
Fax: (973) 576-0028
County: Morris
Area Covered: Statewide
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Accepts Private Insurance
Web Site: www.cmcseat.com
Type of Supplier: Business

Note: Our caring and qualified staff of 20 includes skilled Customer Service, Compression Therapy Fitters, Mobility Specialists, and Billing Associates who are available to answer your questions and work with your doctor and insurance company. Our expert staff takes the time to give each of our customized wheelchair and adaptive seating customers the personal attention he or she deserves and are trained to find the right products for each individual. Home visits can even be arranged if someone is unable to visit us. CMC Adaptive Seating and Homecare, LLC offers an extensive selection of home medical products for most any home treatment or rehabilitation program prescribed for you to match your needs and your budget.

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Cherry Hill Medical, Inc.

Cherry Hill Medical, Inc.
225 Executive Drive; Suite 1
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Phone: (856) 231-7900
County: Burlington
Area Covered: Local Region
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Type of Supplier: Business
Accepts Private Insurance
Note: Accessibility – sells ramps for the home. Also sells and demonstrates ECUs.
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Advancing Opportunities

Advancing Opportunities (Headquarters)
1005 Whitehead Road Extension; Suite 1
Ewing, NJ 08638
Phone: (888) 322-1918
(609) 882-4182
Fax: (609) 882-4054
County: Mercer
Area Covered: Statewide
Contact: Mr. Fred Tchang
Websites: http://www.advopps.org/ or http://www.assistivetechnologycenter.org/
Email: info@advopps.org
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: RESNA ATP certified staff. All services provided at your home, school, or workplace. Specialty areas include augmentative communication, technology for reading and writing, computer access, job accommodations, and accessibility. ELIGIBILITY: Persons with all disabilities. FEES: Fee for service. Funding may be available through DDD, DVR, school districts or other sources.
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Center for Assistive Technology and Inclusive Education Studies

Center for Assistive Technology and Inclusive Education Services (CATIES)
The College of New Jersey
PO Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718
Phone: (609) 771-3016
Fax: (609) 637-5179
County: Mercer
Area Covered: Statewide
Email: caties@tcnj.edu
Web Site: http://caties.pages.tcnj.edu/
Type of Supplier: Government Agency
Note: Center for Assistive Technology and Inclusive Education Studies (CATIES). Conducts AT and augmentative communication evals on children & adults with disabilities to determine which technology tools will help access the curriculum, communicate & succeed in school/work. Also conducts hands-on workshops. Eligibility: Adults and children with disabilities, and their families.
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Barrier Free Assistance Program

Barrier Free Assistance Program
Department of Human Services
Middlesex County Administration Building
JFK Square, 5th Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (732) 745-4053
Fax: (732) 745-3493
County: Middlesex
Area Covered: County Only
Contact: Melyssa Lewis
Web Site: http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/Government/Departments/CS/Pages/
Type of Supplier: Government Agency
Note: Assistance for those who need wheelchairs, ramps, bed, bathrails, or lifts. Maximum lifetime grant for a single person is $4,500 / couple is $6,000. ELIGIBILITY: Disabled and in need, meeting the financial guidelines. FEES: If annual resources are greater than $18,000, fee based on cost share scale. Doctors certification & financial documents needed w/ application.
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Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC)

Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC)
210 South Broad Street; 3rd Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone: (800) 922-7233
Fax: (609) 777-0187
TTY: (609) 633-7106
County: Mercer
Area Covered: Statewide
CART Member
Email: advocate@drnj.org
Web Site: http://www.drnj.org/atac/
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: ATAC is administered by Disability Rights New Jersey, New Jersey’s designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities.
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ASL Interpreter Referral Service, Inc.

ASL Interpreter Referral Service, Inc.

21 Clyde Road, Suite 103
Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone: (800) 275-7551
Fax: (732) 873-6405
Email: info@aslirs.com
Website: http://aslirs.com/
County: Somerset
Area Covered: Local Region
Contact: Ms. Kathleen Kady Hopkins
Email: aslirs@aol.com
Web Site: WWW.ASLNJ.COM
Type of Supplier: BusinessNote: American Sign Language Interpreters, Inc. – Sign Language Interpreters, CART Services. (AT – related services)
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Apria Healthcare Inc. – Westampton

Apria Healthcare-Westampton Branch
118 Burrs Road; Suite C
Westampton, NJ 08060-4415
Phone: (609) 265-2190
Website: http://www.apria.com/
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Type of Supplier: Business
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Apria Healthcare – Lincoln Park

Apria Healthcare-Lincoln Park Branch
1 Frassetto Way; Suite 1F
Lincoln Park, NJ 07035-2056
Phone: (973) 305-0099
Website: http://www.apria.com/
Area Covered: Local Region
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Type of Supplier: Business
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Apria Healthcare – Lakewood

Apria Healthcare-Lakewood Branch
170 Oberlin Avenue North; Suite 24
Lakewood, NJ 08701-4548
Phone: (732) 905-1400
Website: http://www.apria.com/
County: Ocean
Area Covered: Local Region
Accepts Medicare/Medicaid
Type of Supplier: Business
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Ambest Surgical Supply Co.

Ambest Surgical Supply Co.
1600 N. Olden Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08638-3200
Phone: (609) 882-3702
Fax: (609)-392-0232
Email: info@ambestsurgicalsupply.com
Website: http://www.ambestsurgicalsupply.com/
County: Mercer
Type of Supplier: BusinessNote: Ambest Surgical Supply is family owned and has been serving Mercer County since 1975. Take advantage of our 10% discount for seniors on in-store purchases. We also provide repairs and service for home medical equipment.
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Alzheimer’s Association – Safe Return Program

Alzheimer’s Association – Safe Return Program
Greater New Jersey Chapter Headquarters

3 Eves Drive, Suite 310
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: (800) 272-3900
Area Covered: National
Website: http://www.alz.org/care/dementia-medic-alert-safe-return.asp
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
Note: Nationwide system designed to help identify, locate and return individuals who are memory impaired due to Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, & who wander & become lost. The program includes identification products, including wallet cards, jewelry and clothing labels, national photo/information database.
ELIGIBILITY: Any person with a memory impairment.
FEES: Registration and ID products: $40
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ALS Association- Greater Philadelphia Chapter

ALS Association- Greater Philadelphia Chapter
321 Norristown Road; Suite 260
Ambler, PA 19002
Phone: (877) 434-7441
Phone: (215) 643-5434
Fax: (215) 643-9307
County: Out Of State
Contact: Ms. Alisa Brownlee
Email: alisa@alsphiladelphia.org
Web Site: http://www.alsphiladelphia.org
Area Covered: Local Region
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit OrganizationNote: ALS Association Chapter local region provides services to individuals with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in Central and Southern New Jersey: Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, Cape May, Gloucester, Camden, Salem, Burlington, and Cumberland Counties. Chapter also serves PA’s Eastern Region and DE.
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Bill-Ray Home Mobility, LLC

Bill-Ray Home Mobility, LLC
1110 W Kennedy Ave Suite C
Kimberly, WI 54136
Phone: 920-257-4001
Fax: 920-257-4131
Email: info@billrayhomemobility.com
Web: http://www.billrayhomemobility.com/
Note: Manufacturer of the “Friendly Bed” system, with a sturdy bed trapeze, assist rails and bed pole, which helps increase bed mobility & independence for Parkinsons, MS, Neuropathy, Stroke- also Frail Elderly, Amputees, & peopel who use wheelchairs.

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Magic Arms

Magic Arms
8560 Cottonwood St NW, #100
Minneapolis, MN 55433
Voice: 612.483.6100
Email: info@magicarms.org
Web: http://magicarms.org/
Note: For the millions of children with neuromuscular disorders, debilitating weakness in the arms and shoulders makes everyday tasks nearly impossible. With Magic Arms, the impossible becomes possible.

Magic Arms is a gravity-balancing, exoskeletal device that’s been proven to work on over 100 kids so far. Our goal is to make this technology available to every child who needs it.

By giving kids arms that defy gravity, we can empower them to feed themselves, reach their toys, put on their socks, blow bubbles and hug the people they love.

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Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC

Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC
Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC
213 Nottingham Drive
Brick, NJ 08724
County: Ocean
Voice: (732) 581-0697
E-mail: mike.marotta.atp@gmail.com
Website: mmatp.com
Twitter: @mmatp
Note: Mike Marotta, ATP is the owner of Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC. Mike has been the field of Assistive Technology for over 25 years and his experience revolves around a vast array of accommodations for persons with disabilities and their family/support members. Mike believes that networking and information sharing are essential for successful evaluation, consideration, implementation and application of assistive technology.

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2016 One-Time Grant for Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey

Disability Rights New Jersey / Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center

Request For Proposal (RFP)

One-Time Grant for Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey

Introduction and Description

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the federally-funded, independent non-profit designated as New Jersey’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities. It provides legal and non-legal advocacy, information and referral, technical assistance and training, outreach, and education in support of the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities.

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ is the designated state program authorized by the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (AT Act) to provide enhanced access to assistive technology products and services on a comprehensive, statewide basis through a system of device loan, demonstration, equipment reuse, training and technical assistance, and public awareness activities.

The grant(s) are available under the following activities:

  • Device reutilization programs – provide for the exchange, repair, recycling, or other reutilization of assistive technology devices, which may include redistribution through device sales, loans, rentals, or donations.
  • Device loan programs – provide short-term loans of assistive technology devices to individuals, employers, public agencies, or others seeking to meet the needs of targeted individuals and entities.
  • Device demonstration programs – demonstrate a variety of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services (including assisting individuals in making informed choices regarding, and providing experiences with, the devices and services), using personnel who are familiar with such devices and services and their applications.
  • Transition training – conduct training on the provision of assistive technology services for individuals transitioning from school to career, from early intervention to school, or from a restrictive environment to a nonrestrictive environment.

Background

ATAC is providing one-time funding to enhance the scope of existing assistive technology services available to people with disabilities in New Jersey. The primary focus for this year’s funding includes:

  • Expansion of AT device demonstration and device loan services for veterans with disabilities.
  • Developing a pilot program for device re-utilization services in Northern New Jersey.
  • Building capacity for AT services related to increasing the independence of individuals with cognitive disabilities: such as developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and/or dementia, including “smart home” technology. This program could also focus on services for individuals who provide caregiving services for people with cognitive disabilities.

The total estimated amount under this RFP is approximately $50,000 – $60,000. This funding is contingent on availability of funds.

ATAC intends to award grants ranging from approximately $7,500 to a maximum of $15,000.

A second year of funding may be available for selected grantees whose proposal and performance presents opportunities for further expansion of assistive technology services within the state.

Scope of Work

The successful applicants will, under these one-time grants, develop and implement a plan for expanding existing assistive technology activities currently operating in New Jersey, consistent with the ATAC state plan, which is available on the ATAC website (http://www.drnj.org/atac/?p=4603), or by request.

Qualifications of Applicant

Individuals or organizations in New Jersey with recognized expertise in the field of assistive technology, or those demonstrating an understanding of assistive technology devices and services. Organizations that have received prior funding from DRNJ under the small grants program may apply. Familiarity with currently existing services within New Jersey is a definite plus. The applicant must be able to communicate well in writing and work well with DRNJ staff in order to meet the goals of the RFP. The applicant must be willing to work with DRNJ staff to disseminate information about the activities under the RFP. The applicant must be able to have a representative attend the annual AT summit in September 2016.

Requirements

The application is limited to six pages, minimum 1.15-spaced. The first five pages should contain the application narrative, as described below. The sixth page should be reserved for the proposed project budget. The application must be delivered in an accessible, electronic format, such as Microsoft Word. The application must include:

  • Relevant information about the applicant, including contact name, organization name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail;
  • Description of the applicant or organization and the relevant personnel, experience, expertise, and technical abilities that make it possible to carry out the research activity;
  • Description of the work plan, rationale, and means to accomplish the plan.
  • Details of specific sub-tasks and schedules to accomplish the tasks, and
  • Detailed proposed budget, as described below.

Budget

The proposed one-page budget shall be appropriate for meeting the goals of the proposal. All requests for specific AT devices or equipment should be itemized where possible.

Assurances

The applicant will include assurances of compliance with all federal mandates and requirements applicable to recipients of federal funding and assurances that the applicant has no conflict of interest that bars the applicant from completing the proposal.

Evaluation Criteria

DRNJ staff, in collaboration with the ATAC Advisory Council, will evaluate all applicants based on their expertise, knowledge, familiarity with New Jersey service providers, and ability to complete the activity in the given amount of time. Criteria include:

  • Contribution to expansion of AT network in New Jersey
  • Ability to successfully execute the activity on time
  • Relevant experience in the assistive technology field
  • Expertise and ability of the applicant
  • Quality of services provided
  • Budget
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Application Due Date

The deadline for submitting applications under this RFP is March 18, 2016. DRNJ prefers e-mail submissions in Microsoft Word format, sent to cedmonds@drnj.org. DRNJ will accept mail and overnight mail submissions provided that an accessible electronic copy is submitted as well.

Date of Award

The contract for this RFP will be submitted to the winning applicants on or before April 15, 2016, with work to begin immediately.

Date of Completion of Project

The project will end on September 30, 2016. Grantees will provide survey data to ATAC through September 30, 2016.

Med+Ability Medical

Med+Ability Medical
1 Church St, Suite 32, Flemington, NJ 08822
Liberty Village Premium Outlets
Tel: 908-237-3933
Fax: 908-968-4718
E-mail: sales@med-ability.com
Website: http://www.med-ability.com/

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Safe In Your Space

Safe In Your Space
178 Forrest Drive City
Holland PA 18954
Voice: (657) 217-2337
Website: http://safeinyourspace.com/

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Mini-Grants Awarded

DRNJ’s Assistive Technology Advocacy Center works to expand information about and access to assistive technology services to people with disabilities throughout New Jersey. Each year DRNJ awards a number of mini-grants to expand New Jersey’s assistive technology network. This year’s grant awards focused on providing training to ensure that individuals with disabilities transitioning from school to work have continued access to assistive technology, providing services to underserved communities, and providing additional funding for previous year’s grantees that have been particularly successful.

This year’s grantees include:

Adam Krass Consulting, LLC will partner with Heightened Independence & Progress, a local center for independent living, and the Region V Council for Special Education of the New Jersey Department of Education to provide device demonstrations and self-advocacy training for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to higher education or careers.

Advancing Opportunities will continue its partnership with students from Rider University to expand its series of award-winning YouTube videos highlighting how assistive technology provides opportunities for people with disabilities to live independently. To view the videos, visit YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwgZQTd7adPQZMeUqyRg2gg.

The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter lends medical equipment to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), such as power wheelchairs or lifts, and provides demonstrations of augmentative assistive communication devices. Funding from DRNJ will expand in-home demonstrations of both durable medical equipment and communication devices for individuals with ALS.

The Leaguers, Inc. provides educational programs and services to the diverse communities in Essex and Union Counties, including Head Start programs, and will expand its program by purchasing additional equipment that allows children with autism and other communication barriers to participate more effectively in education.

Middlesex County College will purchase new equipment, such as closed-circuit televisions, magnifiers, and talking scientific calculators, to better serve individuals with low vision, and will loan the equipment to students and academic departments for the semester, and to provide loans to affiliated centers in Perth Amboy and New Brunswick.

Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC is working collaboratively with The Arc of Monmouth on a project supporting transition-age individuals with disabilities in New Jersey and will design and deliver a training curriculum for transition students with disabilities to ensure successful integration of technology supports.

The College of New Jersey, Center for Assistive Technology & Inclusive Education Studies (CATIES) will build on previous ATAC funding to purchase additional tablet computers, accessories, and applications to allow additional participants to attend training sessions at the college.

Home Heart Beats, LLC

Home Heart Beats, LLC
301 N. Harrison St. #455
Princeton, NJ USA 08540-3512
Phone: (888) 612-1696
Fax: (732) 305-7961
Web Site: www.HomeHeartBeats.com
Contact: Diane Vitillo, MS

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Bridges to Employment

Bridges to Employment
600 First Avenue
Raritan, NJ 08869
Phone: (908) 685-1444
Web Site: http://www.bridgestoemployment.com/
E-mail: info@bridgestoemployment.com
Note: Provides device demonstration services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

 

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Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.
400 Supor Blvd
Harrison, NJ 07029
Phone: (973) 481-2300
Web Site: http://www.goodwillnynj.org/
Contact: Kevin Britt, Coordinator, Deafness Services

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Request For Proposal: One-Time Grant for Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey

Request For Proposal (RFP)

One-Time Grant for Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey

Introduction and Description

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the federally-funded, independent non-profit designated as New Jersey’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities.  It provides legal and non-legal advocacy, information and referral, technical assistance and training, outreach, and education in support of the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities.

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ is the designated state program authorized by the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (AT Act) to  provide enhanced access to assistive technology products and services on a comprehensive, statewide basis through a system of device loan, demonstration, equipment reuse, training and technical assistance, and public awareness activities.

The grant(s) are available under the following activities:

  • Device reutilization programs – provide for the exchange, repair, recycling, or other reutilization of assistive technology devices, which may include redistribution through device sales, loans, rentals, or donations.
  • Device loan programs – provide short-term loans of assistive technology devices to individuals, employers, public agencies, or others seeking to meet the needs of targeted individuals and entities.
  • Device demonstration programs – demonstrate a variety of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services (including assisting individuals in making informed choices regarding, and providing experiences with, the devices and  services), using personnel who are familiar with such devices and services and their applications.
  • Transition training ­– conduct training on the provision of assistive technology services for individuals transitioning from school to career, from early intervention to school, or from a restrictive environment to a nonrestrictive environment.

Background

ATAC is providing one-time funding to enhance the scope of existing assistive technology services available to people with disabilities in New Jersey.  The primary focus for this year’s funding includes:

  • Expansion of AT device demonstration and device loan programs.
  • Expansion of device re-utilization services in Northern New Jersey.
  • Provision of training on issues related to transition.

The total estimated amount under this RFP is approximately $50,000 – $100,000.  This funding is contingent on availability of funds.

ATAC intends to award grants ranging from approximately $7,500 to a maximum of $15,000.

A second year of funding may be available for selected grantees whose proposal and performance presents opportunities for further expansion of assistive technology services within the state.

Scope of Work

The successful applicants will, under these one-time grants, develop and implement a plan for expanding existing assistive technology activities currently operating in New Jersey, consistent with the ATAC state plan, which is available on the ATAC website (http://www.drnj.org/atac/?p=4603), or by request.

Qualifications of Applicant

Individuals or organizations in New Jersey with recognized expertise in the field of assistive technology, or those demonstrating an understanding of assistive technology devices and services.  Organizations that have received prior funding from DRNJ under the small grants program may apply.  Familiarity with currently existing services within New Jersey is a definite plus.  The applicant must be able to communicate well in writing and work well with DRNJ staff in order to meet the goals of the RFP. The applicant must be willing to work with DRNJ staff to disseminate information about the activities under the RFP.

Requirements

The application is limited to six pages, minimum 1.15-spaced. The first five pages should contain the application narrative, as described below. The sixth page should be reserved for the proposed project budget.  The application must be delivered in an accessible, electronic format, such as Microsoft Word.  The application must include:

  • Relevant information about the applicant, including contact name, organization name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail;
  • Description of the applicant or organization and the relevant personnel, experience, expertise, and technical abilities that make it possible to carry out the research activity;
  • Description of the work plan, rationale, and means to accomplish the plan.
  • Details of specific sub-tasks and schedules to accomplish the tasks, and
  • Detailed proposed budget, as described below.

Budget

The proposed one-page budget shall be appropriate for meeting the goals of the proposal.  All requests for specific AT devices or equipment should be itemized where possible.

Assurances

The applicant will include assurances of compliance with all federal mandates and requirements applicable to recipients of federal funding and assurances that the applicant has no conflict of interest that bars the applicant from completing the proposal.

Evaluation Criteria

DRNJ staff, in collaboration with the ATAC Advisory Council, will evaluate all applicants based on their expertise, knowledge, familiarity with New Jersey service providers, and ability to complete the activity in the given amount of time.  Criteria include:

  • Contribution to expansion of AT network in New Jersey
  • Ability to successfully execute the activity on time
  • Relevant experience in the assistive technology field
  • Expertise and ability of the applicant
  • Quality of services provided
  • Budget
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Application Due Date

The deadline for submitting applications under this RFP is February 27, 2015.  DRNJ prefers e-mail submissions in Microsoft Word format, sent to cedmonds@drnj.org.  DRNJ will accept mail and overnight mail submissions provided that an accessible electronic copy is submitted as well.

Date of Award

The contract for this RFP will be submitted to the winning applicants on or before April 1, 2015, with work to begin immediately.

Date of Completion of Project

The project will end on September 30, 2015. Grantees will provide survey data to ATAC throughout September 30, 2016.

SOS Group, Inc.

SOS Group, Inc.
Safety Outfitting Services
1829 Black Horse Pike
Williamstown, NJ 08094
Contact: Ryan Aron
Voice: (856) 740-4000
Fax: (856) 740-4044
E-mail: info@sosgroup.info
Website: http://www.sosgroup.info/
Note: SOS Group, Inc. is a family owned and operated business out of Williamstown, NJ. We are a licensed and insured home improvement contractor in NJ and PA. Our services include installing grab bars, ramps, stairlifts, vertical platform lifts and other accessible home modifications. We also provide durable medical equipment and medical alert systems. We currently provide for the Hurricane Sandy relief fund, the Veteran’s Administration, DDD, Easter Seals, Managed Long Term Services and Support Programs through the state of NJ, Muscular Dystrophy Association and The Myositis Association.

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The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center of Disability Rights New Jersey Awards Funding For Eight New Assistive Technology Projects

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of Disability Rights New Jersey has announced grant awards for projects to expand access to assistive technology services and devices in New Jersey.  This year’s grant awards focused on services for individuals with autism, services for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and training and outreach services related to transition from school. During this fifth year of short-term funding opportunities, ATAC received 20 applications, from which the following eight grants were awarded:

Adam Krass Consulting, LLC (AKC):  AKC is based in Bergen County and provides assistive technology consulting services throughout New Jersey.  AKC will partner with Heightened Independence & Progress, a local center for independent living, and the Region V Council for Special Education of the New Jersey Department of Education to provide device demonstrations for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to higher education or careers. AKC will also provide self-advocacy training to students regarding their right to assistive technology in the transition process.

Advancing Opportunities (AO):  AO provides a variety of assistive technology services statewide, including device loan and device demonstration services. AO will partner with students from Rider University to create a series of YouTube videos highlighting how assistive technology provides opportunities for people with disabilities to live independently. AO will work with past recipients of ATAC funding to identify individuals residing in New Jersey who use assistive technology who can describe how it has made a difference in their lives.

Burlington County College (BCC): BCC operates an assistive technology demonstration and training program in cooperation with the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the lead agency for the ATAC project.  BCC will acquire new equipment to assist individuals in southern New Jersey who are deaf or have hearing loss to achieve employment goals. BCC will also assist local high school students who are transitioning to the workplace.

Family Resource Associates (FRA): FRA, a Monmouth County nonprofit, provides device loan and device demonstration services for individuals throughout New Jersey. FRA will partner with the Neptune Township Public School Regional Deaf Education Program to provide demonstration and loan services of communication and hearing software for younger children. This program will help provide services to an underserved, predominately minority community.

The Family Support Center of NJ (FSCNJ): FSCNJ is a comprehensive family-focused human service organization that provides programs and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers.  FSCNJ will work with ATAC to produce a new section of their “Transition Matters” website regarding the role of assistive technology for students transitioning from school to adult life.  Additionally, FSCNJ will produce a training webinar related to the use of assistive technology in transition.

The Leaguers, Inc. (TLI):  TLI provides educational programs and services to the diverse communities in Essex and Union Counties, including Head Start programs. TLI received funding from ATAC last year to provide demonstrations of an augmentative communication application for tablet computers. This year, TLI will expand its program by purchasing additional equipment that allows children with autism and other communication barriers to participate more effectively in education. TLI will involve teachers, parents, and students in efforts to extend communication and learning experiences beyond the classroom.

Matheny Medical and Educational Center (MMEC): MMEC is a Somerset County facility that provides educational and habilitation services for individuals with disabilities throughout New Jersey. MMEC will establish a new assistive technology loan program to provide increased access to assistive technology for students who are unable to afford specific devices, or who are trying to obtain funding for these devices. MMEC will purchase a variety of switches, keyboards, and other tools that enable individuals with severe disabilities to communicate and learn more effectively.

The College of New Jersey, Center for Assistive Technology & Inclusive Education Studies (CATIES):  CATIES conducts assistive technology evaluations, augmentative communication evaluations, and professional development workshops, and provides information, technical assistance, and training to school districts and parents. CATIES will build on previous ATAC funding to expand its inventory of assistive technology applications and accessories for tablet computers, with a focus on providing hardware and software designed to assist individuals with autism.

This is the fifth year we’ve provided this funding for new projects,” said Curtis Edmonds, ATAC program manager.  “It’s been a great opportunity to expand the reach of assistive technology throughout the state. I am confident that this year’s recipients will be able to provide much-needed services to benefit New Jersey residents with disabilities, including people with autism and people who are deaf or hard of hearing.”

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in New Jersey.  DRNJ is a non-profit corporation whose governing board consists of a majority of persons with disabilities or family members of persons with disabilities. DRNJ provides legal and non-legal advocacy, information and referral, outreach, training and technical assistance to advance the human, civil, and legal rights of persons with disabilities.

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.

 

Request For Proposal: One-Time Grant for Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey

Disability Rights New Jersey/Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center

Request For Proposal (RFP)

*** New Due Date – March 15, 2014 ***

One-Time Grant for Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey

Introduction and Description

 

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the federally-funded, independent non-profit designated as New Jersey’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities.  It provides legal and non-legal advocacy, information and referral, technical assistance and training, outreach and education in support of the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities.

 

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ is the designated state program authorized by the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (AT Act) to  provide enhanced access to assistive technology products and services on a comprehensive, statewide basis through a system of device loan, demonstration, equipment reuse, training and technical assistance, and public awareness activities.

 

The grant(s) are available under the following activities:

 

  • Device reutilization programs – provide for the exchange, repair, recycling, or other reutilization of assistive technology devices, which may include redistribution through device sales, loans, rentals, or donations.

 

  • Device loan programs – provide short-term loans of assistive technology devices to individuals, employers, public agencies, or others seeking to meet the needs of targeted individuals and entities.

 

  • Device demonstration programs – demonstrate a variety of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services (including assisting individuals in making informed choices regarding, and providing experiences with, the devices and  services), using personnel who are familiar with such devices and services and their applications.

 

  • Transition training ­– conduct training on the provision of assistive technology services for individuals transitioning from school to career, from early intervention to school, or from a restrictive environment to a nonrestrictive environment.

 

  • Evaluation – work with a past or current RFP recipient to evaluate their performance in the grant program and to create narratives, disseminated through photography, video, websites, print, or other media, that provide a positive message about how assistive technology can help individuals with disabilities.

 

Background

 

ATAC is providing one-time funding to enhance the scope of existing assistive technology services available to people with disabilities in New Jersey.  The primary focus for this year’s funding includes:

  • Expansion of AT services for people with autism.
  • Expansion of AT services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Provision of training on issues related to transition.
  • Evaluation and dissemination of information about programs funded under this RFP.

 

The total estimated amount under this RFP is $98,000.  This funding is contingent on availability of funds.

 

ATAC intends to award grants ranging from approximately $7,500 to a maximum of $15,000.

Scope of Work

The successful applicants will, under these one-time grants, develop and implement a plan for expanding existing assistive technology activities currently operating in New Jersey, consistent with the ATAC state plan, which is available on the ATAC website (http://www.drnj.org/atac/?p=4603), or by request.

 

Examples

Examples of possible activities that ATAC may fund through this RFP include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Updating and purchasing state-of-the-art AT devices, such as augmentative communication devices, for loan and/or demonstration;
  • Widening the statewide reach of AT services, particularly in underserved communities;
  • Assisting families of students with disabilities who are transitioning out of K-12 education or out of restrictive environments;
  • Expanding services to include specialized populations of individuals with disabilities, and;
  • Helping to highlight positive stories across New Jersey about how AT services improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Qualifications of Applicant

Individuals or organizations in New Jersey with recognized expertise in the field of assistive technology, or those demonstrating an understanding of assistive technology devices and services.  Organizations that provide services for people with autism or people who are deaf or hard of hearing are specifically invited to apply.  Familiarity with currently existing services within New Jersey is a definite plus.  The applicant must be able to communicate well in writing and work well with DRNJ staff in order to meet the goals of the RFP. The applicant must be willing to work with DRNJ staff to disseminate information about the activities under the RFP.

Requirements

The application is limited to six pages, minimum 1.15-spaced. The first five pages should contain the application narrative, as described below. The sixth page should be reserved for the proposed project budget.  The application must be delivered in an accessible, electronic format, such as Microsoft Word.  The application must include:

 

  • Relevant information about the applicant, including contact name, organization name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail;
  • Description of the applicant or organization and the relevant personnel, experience, expertise, and technical abilities that make it possible to carry out the research activity;
  • Description of the work plan, rationale, and means to accomplish the plan.
  • Details of specific sub-tasks and schedules to accomplish the tasks, and
  • Detailed proposed budget, as described below.

 

Budget

The proposed one-page budget shall be appropriate for meeting the goals of the proposal.  All requests for specific AT devices or equipment should be itemized where possible.

Assurances

The applicant will include assurances of compliance with all federal mandates and requirements applicable to recipients of federal funding and assurances that the applicant has no conflict of interest that bars the applicant from completing the proposal.

Evaluation Criteria

DRNJ staff, in collaboration with the ATAC Advisory Council, will evaluate all applicants based on their expertise, knowledge, familiarity with New Jersey service providers, and ability to complete the activity in the given amount of time.  Criteria include:

 

  • Contribution to expansion of AT network in New Jersey
  • Ability to successfully execute the activity on time
  • Relevant experience in the assistive technology field
  • Expertise and ability of the applicant
  • Quality of services provided
  • Budget
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Application Due Date

The deadline for submitting applications under this RFP is March 1, 2014.  DRNJ prefers e-mail submissions, sent to cedmonds@drnj.org.  DRNJ will accept mail and overnight mail submissions provided that an accessible electronic copy is submitted as well.

Date of Award

The contract for this RFP will be submitted to the winning applicants on or before April 1, 2014, with work to begin immediately.

Date of Completion of Project

The project will end on September 30, 2014.

New Jersey State Plan for FY 2015-2017

State Grant for Assistive Technology Program – RSA-664
New Jersey State Plan for FY 2015-2017 (submitted FY 2015) H224A150030
Section A – Identification and Description of Lead Agency and Implementing Entity; Change in Lead Agency or Implementing Entity
1. Name Given to Statewide AT Program: Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC)
2. Website dedicated to Statewide AT Program: http://www.drnj.org/atac/
3. Name and Address of Lead Agency
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
1 John Fitch Plaza, P.O. Box 398
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0398
4. Name, Title, and Contact Information for Lead Agency Certifying Representative.
Alice Hunnicutt
Executive Director
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
1 John Fitch Plaza, P.O. Box 398
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0110
(609) 292-7318
alice.hunnicutt@dol.state.nj.us
5. Information about Program Director at Lead Agency:
Alice Hunnicutt
Executive Director
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
1 John Fitch Plaza, P.O. Box 398
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0110
(609) 292-7555
alice.hunnicutt@dol.state.nj.us
Program FTE: 5%
6. Information about Program Contact(s) at Lead Agency:
Robert E. Paige
Chief, Program Development
NJ DVRS
1 John Fitch Plaza – 12th Floor
P.O. Box 398
Trenton, NJ 08625-0398
(609) 777-4930
Robert.Paige@dol.state.nj.us
7. Telephone at Lead Agency for Public: 866-871-7867
8. E-mail at Lead Agency for Public: dvradmin@dol.state.nj.us
9. Descriptor of the agency: General or Combined Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
10. If Other was selected for question 9, identify and describe the agency:
N/A
11. Contract with an Implementing Entity? Yes
12. Name and Address of Implementing Entity:
Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC)
Disability Rights New Jersey
210 S. Broad Street, Third Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08606
(800) 922-7233 (voice)
(609) 633-7106 (TTY)
advocate@drnj.org
13. Information about Program Director at the Implementing Entity:
Curtis D. Edmonds
Program Director
Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC)
Disability Rights New Jersey
210 S. Broad Street, Third Floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08606
(800) 922-7233 (voice)
(609) 633-7106 (TTY)
cedmonds@drnj.org
14. Information about Program Contact(s) at Implementing Entity:
N/A
15. Telephone at Implementing Entity for Public: 800-922-7233
16. E-mail at Implementing Entity for Public: advocate@drnj.org
17. Type of organization: Protection and Advocacy organization
18. If Other was selected, identify and describe the entity:
N/A
19. Describe the mechanisms established to ensure coordination of activities and collaboration between the Implementing Entity and the state:
In 1992, the Governor designated the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) in the New Jersey Department of Labor as the lead agency for the Statewide Assistive Technology Act Project. The Department is now known as the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD). DVRS is the designated state agency dedicated to providing vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with physical or mental disabilities as provided under the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The goal of DVRS is to prepare and place in employment eligible persons with disabilities who, because of the significance of their disabling conditions, would otherwise be unable to secure and/or maintain employment. An additional goal is to provide and promote comprehensive services for independent living designed to meet the current and future needs of individuals whose disabilities are so significant that they do not presently have potential for employment, but who may benefit from rehabilitation services that will enable them to live and function as independently as possible. DVRS also administers a program of vocational rehabilitation under state legislation for those consumers not yet ready for placement in competitive jobs.
Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the implementing agency of the Statewide Assistive Technology Act Program and has titled the effort the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC). DRNJ was awarded the grant to manage the Statewide Assistive Technology Act Program by DVRS after a competitive bidding process in 2013. DRNJ is ideally situated to implement the program in a statewide, comprehensive manner. DRNJ is a private, non-profit organization designated as the protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in the State of New Jersey. DRNJ’s mission is to advocate and advance the human, civil and legal rights of persons with disabilities. Its activities are grounded in its belief in the inherent value and worth of all individuals and their right to equality of opportunity and full participation in their communities. DRNJ has functioned as the implementing agency for the Statewide Assistive Technology Project since 1997, when the project was moved from the public to the private sector at the urging of consumers, the ATAC advisory council, and with support from DVRS with the goal of increased consumer-direction. The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ is an integral part of DRNJ.
DRNJ and DVRS work collaboratively in drafting the budget for ATAC and developing priorities for funding. A DVRS representative also serves on the ATAC advisory board, and DRNJ makes regular reports to DVRS regarding the progress of the project. DVRS and DRNJ also plan to continue collaborative efforts to ensure that VR counselors have access to training and technical assistance on AT products and services through DRNJ
20. Is the Lead Agency named new or different Lead Agency? No
21. Explain why the Lead Agency previously designated by your state should not serve as the Lead Agency:
N/A
22. Explain why the Lead Agency newly designated by your state should not serve as the Lead Agency:
N/A
23. Is the Implementing Entity named in this State Plan a new or different Implementing Entity from the one designated by the Governor in your previous State Plan? No
If you answered no or not applicable to question 23, you may skip ahead to the next page. Otherwise, you must answer the following questions.
24. Explain why the Implementing Entity previously designated by your state should not serve as the Implementing Entity:
N/A
25. Explain why the Implementing Entity newly designated by your state should serve as the Implementing Entity:
N/A
Section B – Advisory Council, Budget Allocations, and Identification of Activities Conducted
1. In accordance with section 4(c)(2) of the AT Act of 1998, as amended our state has a consumer-majority advisory council that provides consumer-responsive, consumer-driven advice to the state for planning of, implementation of, and evaluation of the activities carried out through the grant, including setting measurable goals. This advisory council is geographically representative of the State and reflects the diversity of the State with respect to race, ethnicity, types of disabilities across the age span, and users of types of services that an individual with a disability may receive. Yes
2. The advisory council includes a representative of the designated State agency, as defined in section 7 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 705) Yes
3. The advisory council includes a representative of the State agency for individuals who are blind (within the meaning of section 101 of that Act (29 U.S.C. 721)); Yes
4. The advisory council includes a representative of a State center for independent living described in part C of title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 796f et seq.); Yes
5. The advisory council includes a representative of the State workforce investment board established under section 111 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2821); Yes
6. The advisory council includes a representative of the State educational agency, as defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 Yes
7. The advisory council includes other representatives
Richard Olsen, Ph.D.
Joseph Amoroso, Director, New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services
Traci Burton, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist, New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
8. The advisory council includes the following number of individuals with disabilities that use assistive technology or their family members or guardians 8
9. If the Statewide AT Program does not have the composition and representation required under section 4(c)(2)(B), explain.
N/A
10. Proposed Budget Allocations
State Financing Activities Not performed due to comparability
Device Reutilization Activities $80,001-$90,000
Device Loan Activity Proposed $40,001-$50,000
Device Demonstration Activity $40,001-$50,000
State Leadership Activities more than $100,000
11. For every activity for which you selected “claiming comparability” in item 10, describe the comparable activity.
Support for state financing activities is provided by PNC Bank’s Self-Reliant Loan and Grant Program. The Self-Reliant Loan and Grant Program is offered by PNC Bank in conjunction with New Jersey Citizen Action. PNC is a major regional bank with several hundred branches, including approximately 100 branches throughout New Jersey. New Jersey Citizen Action is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that encourages the active involvement of New Jersey residents with public and private institutions. PNC Bank is undertaking this program to meet its responsibilities under the Community Reinvestment Act, which requires banks to invest their own funds in various community-based financing projects. The loans are being offered across New Jersey and are targeted to people with disabilities of all ages who have a low or moderate income.
Participation in the Self-Reliant Loan and Grant Program is determined by income. PNC Bank caps the income for participants at 80% of the median income in the county where the applicant lives. This income cap is set by the Federal Deposit Insurance Company, the federal agency that oversees compliance with the Community Investment Act. Although prospective borrowers may not be eligible for this specific program due to their incomes, they are still eligible for personal loans at the market interest rate.
The loans can be used for any type of accessibility or assistive technology device, including, but not limited to, ramps, service animal maintenance, scooters, and computers with adaptive software. The loan amounts are from $1,000 to $5,000, the interest rate is 3.5% lower than the current pricing for unsecured loans, there is no application fee, and repayment terms are competitive. Additionally, the first 100 individuals who secure loans through this program will receive the first $1,000 as a grant that does not have to be repaid. Approval is based on a credit score of 620 or higher. PNC recently announced a three-year extension of this program.
In order to ensure that financing is provided in the most comprehensive way, ATAC will continue to review alternative means of financing for persons who exceed the income guidelines for this program, both through PNC Bank, as well as other financing programs, including Bank of America’s Access Loan program, which does not have income restrictions.
In 2014, the Department of Education awarded a grant to the National Disability Institute (NDI) to create a new Alternative Financing Program (AFP) project in New York and New Jersey. ATAC will work with NDI to implement the AFP project by disseminating information about the project to stakeholders. The ATAC program director serves on the advisory committee for the AFP project.
12. Describe your planned procedures for tracking expenditures for State-level and State Leadership activities.
ATAC maintains a detailed budget setting forth the allocation of grant money to both state-level and state leadership activities. ATAC allocates a significant portion of funds earmarked for state-level activities to subcontractors that primarily carry out state-level activities with ATAC funds, thereby ensuring that the 60/40 split is maintained.
13. State Financing Activities Performed
Financial loan program No
Access to telework loan fund No
Cooperative buying program No
Financing for home modifications program No
Telecommunications distribution program No
Last resort program No
Other program No
Other Activities Performed
How many device exchange programs do you support? 1
How many device reassignment programs do you support? 1
How many device loan programs do you support? 2
How many device demonstration programs do you support? 3
14. What is the baseline year for the measurable goals for this state plan? 2011
Section D – Device Reutilization Activities – Device Exchange
1. Select the option that best describes the type of exchange. General device exchange

2. If you indicated this is a general exchange, describe it. If this is exchange is part of a collaborative among states, identify the states and how the collaborative works as part of your description.
ATAC of DRNJ operates the Back-In-Action Equipment Exchange Program in partnership with Goodwill Home Medical Equipment (GHME), a division of Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey & Philadelphia, located in Ewing, New Jersey. ATAC handles promotion and hosting for the program, while GHME manages the day-to-day operations of the site.
Back-In-Action is a matching database program, designed to match those individuals selling or donating a device with those in need of such a device. The Back-In-Action program is available statewide through the 800 telephone number, on the DRNJ website at www.drnj.org, and through the print catalogue that is currently updated twice a year. This program provides a significant alternative to individuals who might otherwise not be able to obtain assistive technology devices, as they are offered used, at no, or low cost.
Information about the Back-In-Action program is provided through ATAC’s public awareness activities, specifically through information and referral, outreach and education, and dissemination of the catalog in print and on the website. Consumers interested in either listing or obtaining a device may contact ATAC by telephone, through e-mail, and through a form provided in the catalog, where the item is listed for up to six months, or longer if desired.

3. If you indicated that your device exchange serves a particular entity or agency, identify the entity or agency and describe the purpose of the exchange:
N/A

4. Enter the year when the program began conducting this activity. 2005

5. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.
The Statewide AT Program Yes
Other entities (e.g. contractors) Yes

6. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).
Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. Yes
Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. No
Receives financial support from the state. No
Receives in-kind support from the state. No
Receives financial support from private entities. No
Receives in-kind support from private entities. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service. Yes
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services. No

7. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received
If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.
Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT Yes No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No No No Yes

8. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

9. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

10. This activity is available (choose all that apply)
By website: Yes
By phone : Yes
By e-mail : Yes
By mail : Yes
In person : Yes

11. The online page for this activity can be found at http://backinaction.drnj.org/

12. Select the option that best describes what happens when a device is exchanged. the transaction is direct consumer-to-consumer

13. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for a device. Nothing

14. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.
Information about the Back-In-Action program is provided through ATAC’s public awareness activities, specifically through information and referral, outreach and education, and dissemination of the catalogue in print and on the website. Consumers interested in either listing or obtaining a device may contact ATAC by telephone, through e-mail, and through a form provided in the catalogue, where the item is listed for up to six months, or longer if desired. ATAC uses an outside contractor to manage the Back-In-Action database and to collect survey information from users.
ATAC participates in the AgoraNet online assistive technology exchange, which provides an enhanced website that allows individual web users to view the inventory of items at any time. To view contact information and /or post their own items, individuals are able to log onto the website by creating an account, including username, password, contact information, etc. Automatic status e-mails are sent to individuals posting items in order to keep the inventory current. For those who do not have Internet access, Back-In-Action can still be accessed by contacting ATAC.
ATAC operates Back In Action through a contract with Goodwill Home Medical Equipment (GHME), a division of Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey & Philadelphia. GHME offers a practical solution by recirculating quality gently used DME to people in the community, by utilizing effective reuse and recycling strategies.
ATAC’s subcontract with GHME contains the following specific goal and objectives related to the Back In Action program:
Goal III Back In Action
Objective 3.1 Facilitate ongoing activities of Back in Action program through approving all new postings, manually posting information as requested, following up with sellers as necessary, and following up with buyers to collect survey data.
Objective 3.2 Conduct monthly reporting by following up with buyers and sellers to complete needed data and preparing monthly reports to ATAC.
Objective 3.3 Explore ways to promote the visibility and use of the Back in Action website, using GHME website and outreach connections.
Objective 3.4 Maintain a listing of at least 20 items per month on Back In Action website that are available through GHME.

Section D – Device Reutilization Activities – Device Reassignment
1. Select the option that best describes the reassignment program reassigns general AT

2. Enter the year when the program began conducting this activity. 2007

3. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.
The Statewide AT Program No
Other entities (e.g. contractors) Yes

4. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).
Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. Yes
Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. No
Receives financial support from the state. No
Receives in-kind support from the state. No
Receives financial support from private entities. No
Receives in-kind support from private entities. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service. Yes
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services. No

5. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received
If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.
Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT Yes No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No No No Yes

6. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. A combination of a central location and regional sites

7. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 26

8. This activity is available (choose all that apply)
By website: Yes
By phone : Yes
By e-mail : Yes
By mail : Yes
In person : Yes

9. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for a device. A fee on a variable or sliding scale

10. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging professionals for a device. A fee on a variable or sliding scale

11. How do you get the device to the consumer? The consumer picks up the device at a designated site

12. In the following table, select by device type how the device is reassigned. Select the top two used by the program.
Type of device Based on consumer choice and/or request A professional recommendation is required Qualified program staff match it to the consumer Qualified consultants and/or volunteers match it to the consumer The device is provided through a qualified third-party Not applicable – this type of device is not made available
Vision Yes No Yes No No No
Hearing Yes No Yes No No No
Speech Communication No No No No No Yes
Learning, Cognition, and Developmental No No No No No Yes
Mobility, Seating, and Positioning Yes No Yes No No No
Daily Living Yes No Yes No No No
Environmental Adaptations No No No No No Yes
Vehicle Modification and Transportation Yes No Yes No No No
Recreation, Sports, and Leisure Equipment Yes No Yes No No No
Computer and Associated Equipment No No No No No Yes

13. If applicable, describe how consumers demonstrate the need for devices.
Consumers are not required to demonstrate a need for a particular device.

14. Describe any supports provided to the consumer to ensure successful use of the device.
The program ensures that items are sized (height & width) correctly for the consumer, and guides consumers to the equipment which will benefit them the most. The program demonstrates use of the AT and provides technical assistance on an ongoing basis.

15. Describe the activity.
ATAC operates its repair and refurbishment program through a contract with Goodwill Home Medical Equipment (GHME), a division of Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey & Philadelphia, located in Ewing, New Jersey. GHME offers a practical solution by recirculating quality gently used DME to people in the community, by utilizing effective reuse and recycling strategies. Individuals may pick up the items at the Ewing center, and delivery is available for some items.
The following describes how this mission was derived:
* A significant amount of DME is issued to insured patients and used in healthcare settings.
* Once these items are no longer needed or become outdated, there is no system to manage the excess equipment that has accumulated in homes, hospitals, and clinics. Much of it is thrown in the trash.
* There are increasing numbers of individuals who need equipment, have no access to it and can benefit from the abundance of gently used equipment currently being stored or discarded.
* Not having the necessary or proper piece of equipment can easily reduce an individual’s physical level of functioning as well as their emotional well being.
ATAC’s subcontract with GHME contains the following specific objectives:
Goal I Enhanced Access to Assistive Technology in New Jersey
To expand current services to additional individuals with disabilities throughout New Jersey:
Objective 1.1 Provide a minimum of 4200 AT devices to individuals with disabilities through device reutilization
Objective 1.2 Survey recipients of device reutilization services and report survey results to ATAC, consistent with data reporting goals in ATAC’s state plan.
Objective 1.3 Collect data on the county of recipients.
Objective 1.4 Collect data on the age of recipients.
Goal II Outreach and Education
To conduct specific outreach/marketing activities (information packet or visit) in new locations in New Jersey targeting individuals with disabilities, families, caregivers and professionals in order to make them aware of equipment access and affordability.
Objective 2.1 Contact 12 Centers for Independent Living in NJ to introduce GHME and provide resource brochures and flyers with updated information.
Objective 2.2 Contact 20 County Offices for Disability Services to introduce GHME and provide brochures and flyers with updated information.
Objective 2.3 Contact Office of Minority and Multicultural Health to introduce GHME and identify outreach opportunities with listed cultural clubs in NJ
Objective 2.4 Contact and/or visit homecare agencies, clinics and community agencies to introduce GHME and/or maintain updated agency information.
Objective 2.5 Advertise home medical equipment availability via 26 Goodwill Stores in the Southern NJ Region.

Section E – Device Loan Activity – Device Loan Activity 1 of 2
1. Select the option that best describes the type of program. General program

2. If you indicated that you have a device loan program for targeted consumers or devices, describe the specific types of consumers or devices for whom this device loan program is intended and why.
N/A

3. If you indicated that you have a device loan program for targeted agencies or entities, identify the entity or agency and describe the purpose of the program.
N/A

4. If you selected other, describe
N/A

5. Enter the year when the program began conducting this activity. 2007

6. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.
The Statewide AT Program No
Other entities (e.g. contractors) Yes

7. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).
Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. Yes
Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. No
Receives financial support from the state. No
Receives in-kind support from the state. No
Receives financial support from private entities. No
Receives in-kind support from private entities. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service. Yes
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services. No

8. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received
If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.
Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization Yes No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No No
Other No No No No

9. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

10. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

11. This activity is available (choose all that apply)
By website: Yes
By phone : Yes
By e-mail : Yes
By mail : Yes
In person : Yes

12. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for a loan. An annual fee or similar regular payment arrangement

13. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging professionals for a loan. An annual fee or similar regular payment arrangement

14. Describe any supports provided to the consumer to ensure a successful loan.
Advancing Opportunities provides telephone support through its Technology Lending Center Coordinator to answer questions about devices being loaned. Advancing Opportunities also works to provide training to school district staff who help students with disabilities use devices more effectively.

15. Devices in the loan pool also are made available for the following (choose all that apply)
Device demonstrations: Yes
Evaluations and assessments: Yes
Training: Yes
Public awareness: Yes

16. How do you get the device to the consumer? The device is shipped via mail or other commercial delivery

17. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.
ATAC operates its device loan program through a subcontract with Advancing Opportunities, a statewide organization. Under its subcontract with ATAC, Advancing Opportunities conducts device loan activities and collects, reviews, and analyzes data on devices that are most-requested by individuals with disabilities and evaluates the need for new equipment to serve individuals with a wide range of disabilities in New Jersey. Advancing Opportunities is also purchasing new equipment to expand the scope of devices available for loans.
ATAC’s subcontract with Advancing Opportunities contains the following goal and objectives related to device loan:
Goal I Assistive Technology Device Loan Services
To provide quality device loan services to individuals throughout in New Jersey.
Objective 1.1 Provide a minimum of 120 AT devices to individuals with disabilities through loan program.
Objective 1.2 Survey recipients of device loan services and report survey results to ATAC, consistent with data reporting goals in ATAC’s state plan.
Objective 1.3 Collect data on the county of recipients.
Objective 1.4 Collect data on the age of recipients.
ATAC will continue to monitor the work of its subcontractor, and may elect to seek out additional subcontractors over the course of the next three years.

Section E – Device Loan Activity – Device Loan Activity 2 of 2
1. Select the option that best describes the type of program. General program

2. If you indicated that you have a device loan program for targeted consumers or devices, describe the specific types of consumers or devices for whom this device loan program is intended and why.
N/A

3. If you indicated that you have a device loan program for targeted agencies or entities, identify the entity or agency and describe the purpose of the program.
N/A

4. If you selected other, describe
N/A

5. Enter the year when the program began conducting this activity. 2007

6. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.
The Statewide AT Program No
Other entities (e.g. contractors) Yes

7. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).
Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. Yes
Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. No
Receives financial support from the state. No
Receives in-kind support from the state. No
Receives financial support from private entities. No
Receives in-kind support from private entities. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service. Yes
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services. No

8. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received
If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.
Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center Yes No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No Yes
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No No No Yes

9. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. A combination of a central location and regional sites

10. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 1

11. This activity is available (choose all that apply)
By website: Yes
By phone : Yes
By e-mail : Yes
By mail : Yes
In person : Yes

12. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for a loan. An annual fee or similar regular payment arrangement

13. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging professionals for a loan. An annual fee or similar regular payment arrangement

14. Describe any supports provided to the consumer to ensure a successful loan.
FRA provides technical assistance and help to families who are borrowing items.

15. Devices in the loan pool also are made available for the following (choose all that apply)
Device demonstrations: Yes
Evaluations and assessments: Yes
Training: Yes
Public awareness: Yes

16. How do you get the device to the consumer? The consumer picks up the device at a designated site

17. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.
ATAC subcontracts with Family Resources Associates of New Jersey, a Monmouth County non-profit, to conduct device loan activities. The activities conducted by FRA focus on educational devices and software to serve children with developmental disabilities.
ATAC’s subcontract with FRA contains the following goal and objectives related to device loans:
Goal I Expanding Access To Assistive Technology Device Loan Services Throughout New Jersey
To provide quality device loan services to individuals in New Jersey.
Objective 1.1 Provide a minimum of 20 AT computer-related devices to individuals with disabilities through loan program.
Objective 1.2 Survey recipients of device loan services and report survey results to ATAC, consistent with data reporting goals in ATAC’s state plan.
Objective 1.3 Collect data on the county of recipients.
Objective 1.4 Collect data on the age of recipients.
ATAC will continue to monitor the work of its subcontractor, and may elect to seek out additional subcontractors over the course of the next three years.

Section F – Device Demonstration Activity – Device Demonstration Activity 1 of 3
1. Select the option that best describes the type of program. General program

2. If you indicated that you have a device demonstration program for targeted consumers or devices, describe the specific types of consumers or devices for whom this device demonstration program is intended and why.
N/A

3. If you indicated that you have a device demonstration program for targeted agencies or entities, identify the entity or agency and describe the purpose of the program.
N/A

4. If you selected other, describe
N/A

5. Enter the year when the program began conducting this activity. 2007

6. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.
The Statewide AT Program No
Other entities (e.g. contractors) Yes

7. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).
Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. Yes
Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. No
Receives financial support from the state. No
Receives in-kind support from the state. No
Receives financial support from private entities. No
Receives in-kind support from private entities. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service. Yes
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service. Yes
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services. No

8. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received
If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.
Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization Yes No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No No
Other No No No No

9. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

10. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

11. This activity is available (choose all that apply)
By website: Yes
By phone : Yes
By e-mail : Yes
By mail : Yes
In person : Yes

12. Select the option that best describes the primary type of demonstrations provided by the program. In-person demonstrations from a fixed location
Select the option that best describes the secondary type of demonstrations provided by the program. In-person demonstrations from mobile units

13. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for a demonstration. An annual fee or similar regular payment arrangement

14. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging professionals for a demonstration. An annual fee or similar regular payment arrangement

15. Devices in the demonstration pool also are made available for the following (choose all that apply)
Device loans: Yes
Evaluations and assessments: Yes
Training: Yes
Public awareness: Yes

16. Select the option that best describes what is shared with the device loan program. N/A

17. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.
ATAC operates its device demonstration program through Advancing Opportunities, a statewide organization.
Under its subcontract with ATAC, Advancing Opportunities conducts device demonstration activities and collects, reviews, and analyzes data on devices that are most-requested by individuals with disabilities and evaluates the need for new equipment to serve individuals with a wide range of disabilities in New Jersey. Advancing Opportunities is also purchasing new equipment to enhance its mobile demonstration center, which will allow Advancing Opportunities to greatly expand its demonstration efforts.
ATAC’s subcontract with Advancing Opportunities contains the following goal and objectives related to device demonstration:
Goal II Assistive Technology Device Demonstration Services
To provide quality device demonstration services to individuals throughout in New Jersey.
Objective 2.1 Provide a minimum of 150 AT device demonstrations to individuals with disabilities and others, including center-based demonstrations, mobile demonstrations, and conference-based demonstrations.
Objective 2.2 Survey recipients of device demonstration services and report survey results to ATAC, consistent with data reporting goals in ATAC’s state plan.
Objective 2.3 Collect data on the county of recipients.
Objective 2.4 Collect data on the age of recipients.
ATAC will continue to monitor the work of these subcontractors, and may elect to seek out additional subcontractors over the course of the next three years.

Section F – Device Demonstration Activity – Device Demonstration Activity 2 of 3
1. Select the option that best describes the type of program. Program for targeted consumers

2. If you indicated that you have a device demonstration program for targeted consumers or devices, describe the specific types of consumers or devices for whom this device demonstration program is intended and why.
The mission of Family Resource Associates (FRA) is helping children, adolescents and people of all ages with disabilities to reach their fullest potential. FRA connects individuals to independence through modern therapies and advanced technology. Acknowledging the powerful influence of the family, FRA remains committed to them by offering both support and education. FRA services encompasses expertise, innovation and concern in every aspect of service. Shaped by parental involvement and a caring professional staff FRA serves as a vital, positive influence on the individual and family.

3. If you indicated that you have a device demonstration program for targeted agencies or entities, identify the entity or agency and describe the purpose of the program.
N/A

4. If you selected other, describe
N/A

5. Enter the year when the program began conducting this activity. 2007

6. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.
The Statewide AT Program No
Other entities (e.g. contractors) Yes

7. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).
Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. Yes
Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. No
Receives financial support from the state. No
Receives in-kind support from the state. No
Receives financial support from private entities. No
Receives in-kind support from private entities. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service. Yes
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services. No

8. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received
If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.
Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center Yes No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No Yes
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No No No Yes

9. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

10. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

11. This activity is available (choose all that apply)
By website: Yes
By phone : Yes
By e-mail : Yes
By mail : Yes
In person : Yes

12. Select the option that best describes the primary type of demonstrations provided by the program. In-person demonstrations from a fixed location
Select the option that best describes the secondary type of demonstrations provided by the program. In-person demonstrations that move to multiple sites

13. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for a demonstration. Nothing

14. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging professionals for a demonstration. Nothing

15. Devices in the demonstration pool also are made available for the following (choose all that apply)
Device loans: Yes
Evaluations and assessments: Yes
Training: Yes
Public awareness: Yes

16. Select the option that best describes what is shared with the device loan program. N/A

17. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.
ATAC subcontracts with Family Resources Associates of New Jersey, a Monmouth County non-profit, to conduct device demonstration activities. The activities conducted by FRA focus on educational devices and software to serve children with developmental disabilities.
ATAC’s subcontract with FRA includes the following goal and objectives related to device demonstration:
Goal II Assistive Technology Device Demonstration Services
To provide New Jersey residents with disabilities enhanced access to assistive technology by providing device demonstration services.
Objective 2.1 Provide a minimum of 150 AT device demonstrations to individuals with disabilities and others.
Objective 2.2 Survey recipients of device demonstration services and report survey results to ATAC, consistent with data reporting goals in ATAC’s state plan.
Objective 2.3 Collect data on the county of recipients.
Objective 2.4 Collect data on the age of recipients.

Section F – Device Demonstration Activity – Device Demonstration Activity 3 of 3
1. Select the option that best describes the type of program. Program for targeted consumers

2. If you indicated that you have a device demonstration program for targeted consumers or devices, describe the specific types of consumers or devices for whom this device demonstration program is intended and why.
Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ) is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and other special needs by supporting personal growth, independence and participation in the community. The organization has steadily grown over the years and today it is a $27 million dollar organization with more than 500 staff members at 14 program sites serving more than 1,400 infants, children and adults with disabilities.

3. If you indicated that you have a device demonstration program for targeted agencies or entities, identify the entity or agency and describe the purpose of the program.
N/A

4. If you selected other, describe
N/A

5. Enter the year when the program began conducting this activity. 2013

6. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.
The Statewide AT Program No
Other entities (e.g. contractors) Yes

7. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).
Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. Yes
Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. No
Receives financial support from the state. No
Receives in-kind support from the state. No
Receives financial support from private entities. No
Receives in-kind support from private entities. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service. Yes
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services. No

8. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received
If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.
Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities Yes No No No
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No No
Other No No No No

9. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

10. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted?

11. This activity is available (choose all that apply)
By website: Yes
By phone : Yes
By e-mail : Yes
By mail : Yes
In person : Yes

12. Select the option that best describes the primary type of demonstrations provided by the program. In-person demonstrations from a fixed location
Select the option that best describes the secondary type of demonstrations provided by the program. In-person demonstrations that move to multiple sites

13. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for a demonstration. A fee on a variable or sliding scale

14. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging professionals for a demonstration. A fee on a variable or sliding scale

15. Devices in the demonstration pool also are made available for the following (choose all that apply)
Device loans: No
Evaluations and assessments: Yes
Training: Yes
Public awareness: Yes

16. Select the option that best describes what is shared with the device loan program. N/A

17. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.
ATAC subcontracts with Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ), an Essex County non-profit, to conduct device demonstration activities. The activities conducted by CPNJ focus on educational devices and software to serve children with developmental disabilities, as well as augmentative communication devices.
ATAC’s subcontract with CPNJ includes the following goal and objectives related to device demonstration:
Goal I Assistive Technology Device Demonstration Services
To provide New Jersey residents with disabilities enhanced access to assistive technology by providing device demonstration services.
Objective 1.1 Provide a minimum of 75 AT device demonstrations to individuals with disabilities and others.
Objective 1.2 Survey recipients of device demonstration services and report survey results to ATAC, consistent with data reporting goals in ATAC’s state plan.
Objective 1.3 Collect data on the county of recipients.

Section G – State Leadership Activities – Training
1. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.
The Statewide AT Program Yes
Other entities (e.g. contractors) Yes

2. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).
Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. Yes
Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. No
Receives financial support from the state. No
Receives in-kind support from the state. Yes
Receives financial support from private entities. No
Receives in-kind support from private entities. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service. Yes
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services. No

3. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received
If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.
Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization Yes No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No No
Organization focused specifically on providing AT Yes No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No Yes No No

4. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

5. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

6. This activity is available (choose all that apply)
By website: Yes
By phone : No
By e-mail : No
By mail : No
In person : Yes

7. Select the option that best describes how training is primarily provided. At sites arranged by those receiving the training

8. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for training. Nothing

9. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging professionals for training. Nothing

10. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.
ATAC has provided extensive training statewide to people with disabilities of all ages, their family members, advocates, professionals from the fields of education, including state and local education agencies, early intervention and higher education programs, hospitals and health care facilities, vocational rehabilitation, independent living, and other state and local agencies and adult service providers, as well as other interested parties throughout its history. ATAC staff have developed specific trainings on Home Modifications, Assistive Technology and the Individualized Educational Program, Web Accessibility, and AT Resources in New Jersey, and has provided training individually as well as in collaboration with other entities. ATAC has also created, and will continue to provide, customized training for organizations upon request. ATAC has created video-based trainings and released them on its website and through other channels, including YouTube.. The AT Act requires that ATAC provide specific focus on transitioning populations, including students transitioning into adult services, and individuals transitioning from institutions into the community.
ATAC also provides support to Advancing Opportunities, a statewide organization that conducts assistive technology training. ATAC’s subcontract with Advancing Opportunities contains the following goal and objectives related to training:
Goal III Training
To assist ATAC in efforts to provide training on assistive technology for New Jersey residents.
Objective 3.1 Host training sessions for a minimum of 100 attendees on assistive technology issues, including one training session focused on transition.
Objective 3.2 Survey training attendees and report survey results to ATAC, consistent with data reporting goals in ATAC’s state plan.
Objective 3.3 Collect data on the county of recipients.
Objective 3.4 Collect data on the age of recipients.

Section G – State Leadership Activities – Technical Assistance
1. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.
The Statewide AT Program Yes
Other entities (e.g. contractors) Yes

2. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).
Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. No
Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. No
Receives financial support from the state. No
Receives in-kind support from the state. Yes
Receives financial support from private entities. No
Receives in-kind support from private entities. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service. Yes
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services. No

3. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received
If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.
Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No Yes No Yes

4. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

5. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

6. This activity is available (choose all that apply)
By website: Yes
By phone : Yes
By e-mail : Yes
By mail : Yes
In person : Yes

7. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging for technical assistance. Nothing

8. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.
ATAC provides technical assistance to agencies and organizations by request, and will continue to do so over the next three years. ATAC’s technical assistance services have a significant focus on the accessibility of internet sites for people with disabilities, and compliance with Section 508 and W3C accessibility standards. It is difficult to anticipate the types of requests that will be made over the next three years of the state plan. In 2013, ATAC provided detailed technical assistance and training for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development regarding the accessibility of their website.
ATAC provides technical assistance to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Community Choice Program through the maintenance of a fund designed to be a payer of last resort for recipients of Medicaid in nursing homes, in order to transition them to the community. ATAC provides continuous technical assistance to counselors around available assistive technologies, provides evaluations for consumers, and facilitates the purchase and construction activities of the fund. It is anticipated that this technical assistance will be provided beyond the availability of the monies.
ATAC also provides technical assistance to the New Jersey Department of Education with regard to their implementation of the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard in New Jersey school districts. ATAC has assisted the Department in developing training curriculum for school district officials in purchasing accessible textbooks that work with assistive technology, and will continue to collaborate with the Department on future initiatives.

Section G – State Leadership Activities – Public Awareness
1. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.
The Statewide AT Program Yes
Other entities (e.g. contractors) No

2. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).
Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. No
Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. No
Receives financial support from the state. No
Receives in-kind support from the state. Yes
Receives financial support from private entities. No
Receives in-kind support from private entities. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service. Yes
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services. No

3. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received
If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.
Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No Yes No Yes

4. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

5. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

6. This activity is available (choose all that apply)
By website: Yes
By phone : Yes
By e-mail : Yes
By mail : Yes
In person : Yes

7. Describe the activity.
ATAC provides a fully accessible website with overclose to 1,000,000 hits this past year. The website has comprehensive information about AT, including brochures and publications, as well as links to additional disability and assistive technology resources, including the national assistive technology site,. ATAC provides its brochures in alternate format upon request. ATAC also provides information through social networking platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn.
ATAC disseminates print brochures, flyers, bulletins, and publications about AT at the rate of 10,000 copies each year, in addition to authoring bulletins on a variety of AT topics distributed through the mail and on the website.
ATAC co-sponsors the Abilities Expo, the largest exhibit of assistive technology devices and services in the northeast region, held annually in Edison. ATAC staffs an exhibit booth providing approximately 5,000 consumers, family members, and professionals annually information regarding ATAC/DRNJ services, information, funding, and advocacy for AT.
Last year, DRNJ authored and published two newsletters and e-mailed them to 1334 subscribers through the Constant Contact e-mail service. DRNJ distributed over 15,000 brochures at a variety of venues. DRNJ produced three videos that showed demonstrations of specific AT devices related to brain injury. All videos were disseminated through YouTube and Facebook.
DRNJ also participated in two public-access television programs, with an estimated 1,000 viewers each.
DRNJ, the Boggs Center (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities), the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Office for Multicultural Affairs, and the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development continued its collaboration with a diverse collation of community and advocacy organizations involving persons of color, planning and sponsoring initiatives to promote increased information, knowledge, and awareness of the state’s culturally diverse underserved populations within the service delivery system for people with all types of disabilities. The working group pulls together organizations from the specific ethnic group, along with state agencies and private groups/organizations, to organize and present workshops specific to the identified ethnic/racial group of consumers, family members, and professionals. The workshops include information on disability rights and available services and resources.
DRNJ collaborated with the New Jersey Coalition for the Advancement of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology (NJCART), a non-profit organization established in 1987 to promote the appropriate applications of technology for individuals with disabilities, assure access to resources and provide continuing education to its members and the community at large. DRNJ works with NJCART to distribute, update, and publicize the CARTWHEEL, a directory of suppliers and vendors of assistive technology devices and services. The ATAC Program Director serves on the Board of Trustees of NJCART.
ATAC has established a network system of providers, including consumer groups, self-advocates, non-profit and public agencies, manufacturers, vendors, therapists, and school districts, and has provided them with a common and centralized connection and a means of communicating with one another through a web portal and annual meeting, all hosted and marketed through ATAC. ATAC continually updates and disseminates information to all members of the AT Network. ATAC serves as the one-stop entry point for the disability community and the public seeking information about AT devices, device demonstration and loan opportunities, and recycling and reutilization of used AT devices. The AT Network is marketed by ATAC through information and referral, outreach, and training and education, including newsletters, advertisements, press releases, public service announcements, and social media.
The initial idea for the AT Network originated with DVRS, the lead agency for ATAC, and its goal of having a single resource for its counselors and clients to access information about AT. The vision was further developed through the collaboration of participants at the annual Assistive Technology Summits, whose participants identified three values as the foundation for New Jersey’s AT Network. These values are the participation of a wide range of network participants; ongoing, consistent and timely communication; and inclusion and diversity in reaching all geographic areas of the state, people with disabilities of all ages, and people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds, as well as emerging disability populations such as veterans and individuals who are newly disabled.

Section G – State Leadership Activities – Information and Assistance
1. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.
The Statewide AT Program Yes
Other entities (e.g. contractors) No

2. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).
Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. No
Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program. No
Receives financial support from the state. No
Receives in-kind support from the state. Yes
Receives financial support from private entities. No
Receives in-kind support from private entities. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service. No
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service. Yes
Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services. No

3. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received
If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.
Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No Yes
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No Yes No Yes

4. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

5. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

6. This activity is available (choose all that apply)
By website: Yes
By phone : Yes
By e-mail : Yes
By mail : Yes
In person : Yes

7. Describe the activity.
ATAC uses a multi-faceted approach, including the AT network, mailings, the website, exhibits, outreach presentations, social networking and trainings to increase awareness about the benefits of assistive technology devices and services, the types of AT devices and services available, funding for AT, and policies related to AT. ATAC continues to provide a statewide 800 telephone number, responding to requests for information and referral about assistive technology. The telephone number may be accessed by individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, and others who work in the field of assistive technology, or have an interest in assistive technology. This is a free service that provides information on the types and availability of AT, benefits, cost, and appropriateness of AT. Resource information will be mailed to many callers to assist them in making the most appropriate choices to meet their needs.
In its role as the central agency for the AT Network for New Jersey, ATAC has constructed a comprehensive website with links to AT resources, training and education, technical assistance, outreach, and individual legal and non-legal advocacy assistance to support people with disabilities of all ages to access the AT that they need.

Section H – Assurances, Measurable Goals and Signatures
1. As Certifying Representative of the Lead Agency for the State of New Jersey, I hereby assure the following. Yes
2. The Lead Agency prepared and submitted this State Plan on behalf of the State of New Jersey. Yes
3. The Lead Agency submitting this plan is the State agency that is eligible to submit this plan. Yes
4. The State agency has authority under State law to perform the functions of the State under this program. Yes
5. The State legally may carry out each provision of this plan. Yes
6. All provisions of this plan are consistent with State law. Yes
7. A State officer, specified by title in this certification, has authority under State law to receive, hold, and disburse Federal funds made available under the plan. Yes
8. The State officer who submits this plan, specified by title in this certification, has authority to submit this plan. Yes
9. The agency that submits this plan has adopted or otherwise formally approved this plan. Yes
10. The plan is the basis for State operation and administration of the program. Yes
11. The Lead Agency will maintain and evaluate the program under this State Plan. Yes
12. The State will annually collect data related to the required activities implemented by the State under this section in order to prepare the progress reports required under subsection 4(f) of the Act. Yes
13. The Lead Agency will submit the progress report on behalf of the State. Yes
14. The State will prepare reports to the Secretary in such form and containing such information as the Secretary may require to carry out the Secretary’s functions under this Act and keep such records and allow access to such records as the Secretary may require to ensure the correctness and verification of information provided to the Secretary. Yes
15. The Lead Agency will control and administer the funds received through the grant. Yes
16. The Lead Agency will make programmatic and resource allocation decisions necessary to implement the State Plan. Yes
17. Funds received through the grant will be expended in accordance with Section 4 of the Act, and will be used to supplement, and not supplant, funds available from other sources for technology-related assistance, including the provision of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services. Yes
18. The Lead Agency will ensure conformance with Federal and State accounting requirements. Yes
19. The State will adopt such fiscal control and accounting procedures as may be necessary to ensure proper disbursement of and accounting for the funds received through the grant. Yes
20. Funds made available through a grant to a State under this Act will not be used for direct payment for an assistive technology device for an individual with a disability. Yes
21. A public agency or an individual with a disability holds title to any property purchased with funds received under the grant and administers that property. Yes
22. The physical facility of the Lead Agency and Implementing Entity, if any, meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) regarding accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Section 4(d)(6)(E) Yes
23. Activities carried out in the State that are authorized under this Act, and supported by Federal funds received under this Act, will comply with the standards established by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (20 U.S.C. 794d). Section 4(d)(6)(G) Yes
24. The Lead Agency will coordinate the activities of the State Plan among public and private entities, including coordinating efforts related to entering into interagency agreements. Yes
25. The Lead Agency will coordinate efforts related to the active, timely, and meaningful participation by individuals with disabilities and their family members, guardians, advocates, or authorized representatives, and other appropriate individuals, with respect to activities carried out through the grant. Yes
26. Describe how your program will conform to section 427 of General Education Provisions Act by describing the steps you propose to take to ensure equitable access to, and participation in, your program for students, teachers, and other program beneficiaries with special needs.
ATAC will provide equitable access to all students, teachers, and other program beneficiaries with special needs. ATAC does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, national origin, color, disability or age. ATAC takes steps to provide outreach to underserved and minority populations, and will continue to do so through the three years of the state plan.

27. Access Goal Table
Education Employment Community Living IT/Telecomm
a. Long-term Goal 70.00 70.00 70.00 70.00
b. Long-term Goal Status Met [d] Met [d] Met [d] Met [d]
c. FY 2011 Performance 89.43 100.00 79.41 100.00
d. FY 2012 Short-term goal 70.00 70.00 70.00 70.00
e. FY 2012 Performance 92.74 95.59 82.84
f. FY 2012 Status Met Met Met
g. FY 2013 Short-term goal 70.00 70.00 70.00 70.00
h. FY 2013 Performance 87.46 95.93 80.52 91.67
i. FY 2013 Status Met Met Met Met
j. FY 2014 Short-term goal 70.00 70.00 70.00 70.00
k. FY 2014 Performance 94.04 98.59 97.44
l. FY 2014 Status Met Met Met

28. Acquisition Goal Table
Education Employment Community Living
a. Long-term Goal 75.00 75.00 75.00
b. Long-term Goal Status Met [d] Met [d] Met [d]
c. FY 2011 Performance 100.00 100.00 83.67
d. FY 2012 Short-term Goal 75.00 75.00 75.00
e. FY 2012 Performance 94.33 96.30 90.12
f. FY 2012 Status Met Met Met
g. FY 2013 Short-term Goal 75.00 75.00 75.00
h. FY 2013 Performance 98.10 98.44 96.10
i. FY 2013 Status Met Met Met
j. FY 2014 Short-term Goal 75.00 75.00 75.00
k. FY 2014 Performance 100.00 100.00 100.00
l. FY 2014 Status Met Met Met

29. Name of Certifying Representative for the Lead Agency See ‘Official Certification’ below
30. Title of Certifying Representative for the Lead Agency
31. Signed?
32. Date Signed

Williams Lift Company

Williams Lift Company
24 South Avenue
Fanwood, NJ 07023
Telephone: 1-800-287-1793 or 908-322-7070
Website: www.williamslifts.com
NJ Region Served: Northern & Central NJ
Note: Provides sales, rentals, repairs and maintenance of stair lifts, and sales, rentals and installation of modular and portable ramps.
AT Devices

AT Services

Hudson Seating & Mobility

Hudson Seating & Mobility
10 Plog Road, Unit 2
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Phone: (800) 321-4442, x341
Fax: (973) 575-1677
Website: hudsonmobility.com
E-mail: nathan.smith@hudsonmobility.com

AT Devices

AT Services

Green Innovative Solutions, LLC

Green Innovative Solutions, LLC
Green Innovative Solutions, LLC
2403 Cypress Street
Manasquan, NJ 08736
Telephone:  732-703-1232
Contact:  Chris A’Hearn
Email:  greenis@live.com
Website:  www.greensolutions-building.com
Type of Supplier: Business
Area Served: Statewide
AT Devices

AT Services

Pizutelli Interior Contracting, LLC

Pizutelli Interior Contracting, LLC
745 Broad Street
Bloomfield, New Jersey 07003
County: Essex
Contact Name: Daniel A. Pizutelli
Phone: (973) 680-3020
E-mail: Pizutelli@verizon.net
Website: www.Pizutelli.com
Type of Supplier: Business
Area Served: Statewide

AT Devices

AT Services

Amramp

Amramp
20 Thomas Drive
Manalapan, New Jersey 07726
County: Monmouth
Contact Name: Wendy Gold
Phone: 732-446-1951
Fax: 732-446-1050
E-mail: wendy.gold@amramp.com
Website: http://www.amramp.com
Type of Supplier: Business
Area Served: Statewide
Note: Provide modular handicapped ramps and other accessibility products, including stair lifts, vertical platform lifts and patient handling devices. Our modular ramps can be rented for short term use or purchased for long term and permanent situations.

AT Devices

AT Services

Living Free Home

Living Free Home
125 Park Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
County: Morris
Contact Name: Rich Kantor
Phone: 973-377-8990
Fax: 973-377-8995
E-mail: rich@livingfreehome.com
Website: http://www.livingfreehome.com
Accepts Medicare and Medicaid: Yes
Type of Supplier: Business
Area Served: Statewide
Note: We are a home modification contractor, stairlifts, ramps, vehicle lifts, ceiling lifts, barrier free bathrooms, door widening. We are a DME provider.
AT Devices

AT Services

Tiger Medical, Inc.

Tiger Medical, Inc.
27 Selvage Street
Irvington, NJ 07111
Voice: 973-854-8671
Fax: 973-854-8650
Email: josh@tigermedical.com
Website: http://www.tigermedical.com

AT Devices

AT Services

Tech Connection Announces Free Workshop on Windows 8 Accessibility

Tech Connection of FRA will be presenting, “What’s New in Windows 8 Accessibility on Thursday June 20, 2013. Learn about the new touch feature, which allows users to directly interact with everything on the screen by touch, without using a keyboard or mouse, including managing accessibility options in the Ease of Access Center. Learn about all the built in accessibility features to help make using the computer easier and see how you can personalize the screen for better viewing or use the magnification feature. Participants will discover many additional built in features that can help you use the keyboard easier or not at all!

Date: Thursday, June 20
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: TECHConnection at FRA
35 Haddon Avenue – Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

RSVP: Call 732-747-5310 ext. 124 or email: pmoss@frainc.org

Directions:
Garden State Parkway to Exit 109 – “Red Bank”. Follow the exit ramp to Rt. 520 EAST(Newman Springs Road). Take 520 East, 2 miles until the road comes to a “T” at Rt. 35 (there is a Dunkin Donuts on the right). Make a right onto Rt. 35 South and an immediate right (10 yards) onto Haddon Ave.

For more information: www.frainc.org/techconnection/index.html

2013 Abilities Expo New York Presentation

On Friday, May 3, 2013, at 11:45 AM, Curtis Edmonds, Program Director for the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) will be doing a presentation entitled “Finding and Using Free Apps for iPad and iPhone” at the Abilities Expo in Edison. Individuals who want to view the apps on their phones during the presentation can use the QR code below, which points to this website.

QR Code generator

This is a list of the free iPad and iPhone apps that we are planning to demonstrate at this event. Keep in mind that we may not be able, given time considerations, to demonstrate all apps listed – and, of course, this is only a fraction of the total apps that are available. Wherever possible, we have included links to the iTunes App Store, and the Google Play site for Android apps if the app is available at that location.

Keep in mind that ATAC cannot guarantee the continued availability of apps, or that any given app will remain free. Apps are listed alphabetically. ATAC makes no endorsement of any product or device offered through the iTunes App Store or Google Play. In instances where a given Android app is not available through Google Play, we have attempted to link to a similar free app.

Free Apps for People with Vision Impairments

Name Description Link(s)
BigBrowser This browser has a large-print keyboard and tools to help individuals with low vision navigate the Internet. App Store / Google Play
Braille Touch Allows a means of using the touchscreen to type in Braille. App Store
Chime Provides a chime (or a voice) at regular intervals to help user keep track of time. App Store / Google Play
Chromatic Vision Simulator Simulates how the world looks to people with varying types of color-blindness. App Store / Google Play
Color Blindness Test Provides a simple test for different types of color-blindness. App Store / Google Play
Color ID Free Uses the camera on your iPhone or iPod touch to speak the names of colors in real-time. Useful for people with visual impairments for picking out clothes. App Store / Google Play
EyeNote Scans dollar bills and reports the denomination. App Store
Flesky Keyboard with voice support and word prediction. App Store
iCanSee Free Free full-screen magnifier with slide controls. App Store / Google Play
Is it dark outside? Uses GPS to calculate your location and tell a user who is blind whether it is dark outside or not. App Store / Google Play
oMoby Snap a photo of a product or scan a barcode to access shopping information. oMoby visual search will return a result for any image. Can help individuals with vision impairments identify unfamiliar objects. App Store / Google Play
TalkCalc Calculator with auditory feedback and high color contrast. App Store / Google Play
ViA The ViA app, by the Braille institute, is an accessible list of apps for a variety of different visual disabilities. App Store
VisionSim Uses the iPad camera to simulate how different types of eye disorders can impact a person’s vision. App Store / Google Play
VizWiz VizWiz lets users with visual limitations access remote sighted workers who can help them with visual problems. Users take a picture with their phone, speak a question, and then receive multiple spoken answers. App Store
TapTapSee Allows users who are blind to use the iPad camera to identify devices. Requires VoiceOver. App Store

Free Apps for People with Communications Disabilities

Name Description Link(s)
Able AAC Free picture-based augmentative communication system. App Store / Google Play
Choice Board Creator Allows users to create customized choice boards to allow individuals with autism to select activities and get rewards for completing them. App Store
Skype Supports free video calling, which can help with facial recognition as well as people who use lip-reading or sign language. App Store / Google Play
Small Talk – Aphasia Speech generating program tailored to the needs of adults with aphasia. App Store
Small Talk – Intensive Care Speech generation system for patients in intensive care settings who cannot speak. App Store
Sono Flex Lite Augmentative communication device that translates symbols into complete sentences. App Store / Google Play
Talking Tom Animated cat repeats everything you say. Helpful for individuals with selective mutism. App Store / Google Play
Unshout Text-based communication device that shows your message in large, high-contrast print. App Store
Verbally Free keyboard-based augmentative communication app. App Store

Free Apps for People who use Special Education Services

Name Description Link(s)
Doodle Buddy Free drawing app that encourages fine motor skills. App Store / Google Play
iTriangle Easy-to-use basic music app. App Store
Language Labs: Core Words Assists with language development and vocabulary for learners with developmental delays. App Store
Letter School Lite Allows children to trace basic letters to help with writing. App Store
PCS Memory Memory game uses speech and symbols and reinforces language development. App Store
PlayButton Very large button enables audio playback. App Store
Pocket Pond 2 Allows user to interact with virtual fish in a koi pond. App Store / Google Play
Put it Away Helps reinforce cleaning behaviors. App Store
Puzzle Spelling Words Allows students to move letters around the screen to spell words. App Store
Signed Stories Plays videos of children’s stories, with either American or British Sign Language. App Store
Spelling City Easy-to-navigate spelling tutorial. App Store / Google Play
Too Noisy! Simple sound meter helps monitor classroom sound level. App Store

Free Apps for People with Other Disabilities

Name Description Link(s)
Able Road Provides information about accessibility of a variety of locations for travelers with disabilities. App Store / Google Market
Breathe2Relax A portable stress management tool which helps users practice breathing techniques to reduce stress. App Store / Google Play
DisAbilityConnect Organizes the database of disability organizations from the national Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY). App Store / Google Play
NatureSpace Provides soothing white noise nature sounds. App Store / Google Play
Operation Reach Out Provides information, resources, and videos for individuals with suicidal behaviors. App Store / Google Play
Optimism Mood charting and medication tracking app for people with varied kinds of mental illness. App Store
PTSD Coach Provides a assessment system and information about post-traumatic stress disorder. App Store / Google Play
QR Reader Free scanner for QR codes, which can assist individuals with difficulty typing in URLs. App Store / Google Play
Sleep Pillow Free “white noise” generator can assist in calming and sleep. App Store / Google Play
T2 Mood Tracker Allows users to monitor their mood levels on six scales (anxiety, stress, depression, brain injury, post-traumatic stress, general well-being) as well as custom scales. App Store / Google Play
Where Am I At? Basic, simple location finder for individuals with navigation issues. App Store / Google Play

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center of Disability Rights New Jersey Awards Funding For Six New Assistive Technology Projects

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of Disability Rights New Jersey has announced grant awards for projects to expand access to assistive technology services and devices in New Jersey. The focus for this round of grant awards was services for students with disabilities in all areas of education. During this fourth year of short-term funding opportunities, ATAC received more than 15 applications from which the following six grants have been awarded:

Adam Krass Consulting, LLC (AKC): AKC is based in Bergen County and provides assistive technology consulting services throughout New Jersey. AKC will partner with Heightened Independence & Progress, a local center for independent living, and the Region V Council for Special Education of the New Jersey Department of Education. AKC will work with both entities to provide device demonstrations for students in underserved communities in northern New Jersey. AKC will utilize ATAC funding to purchase assistive technology devices and applications that will help support students transitioning from high school to higher education or careers.

AssistiveTek, LLC (AT): AT provides educational assistive technology services to students in northern New Jersey. In this grant, AT is partnering with the Sussex County Educational Services Commission to provide teacher training and classroom demonstrations to provide students with disabilities in a rural county with a range of assistive technologies that can make instruction more engaging and accessible. AT will utilize ATAC funding to purchase tablet computers and applications tailored to the needs of students with disabilities.

Harrison Township School District (HTSD): HTSD, located in Gloucester County, serves approximately 1500 students from preschool through grade 6. HTSD will utilize ATAC funding to purchase adapted sports balls and equipment for football, basketball, soccer and bowling for students with disabilities. HTSD will provide demonstrations of the adapted equipment to physical education teachers and volunteer coaches to help assure that students with disabilities can participate in recreational activities.

The Leaguers, Inc. (TLI): TLI provides educational programs and services to the diverse communities in Essex and Union Counties, including Head Start programs. TLI will provide demonstrations of an augmentative communication application for tablet computers. This application allows children with autism and other communication barriers to participate more effectively in education. TLI will involve teachers, parents and students in efforts to use augmentative communication to meet the goals in the students’ individualized education plans.

Middlesex County College (MCC): MCC operates an Assistive Technology Lab, which provides support services for students with disabilities. MCC will utilize ATAC funding to provide additional assistive technology devices, such as tablet computers, study aids, and magnifiers, to loan to students who need them to support an educational outcome.

The College of New Jersey, Center for Assistive Technology & Inclusive Education Studies (CATIES): CATIES conducts assistive technology evaluations, augmentative communication evaluations, and professional development workshops, and provides information, technical assistance and training to school districts and parents. CATIES will utilize ATAC funding to expand its inventory of assistive technology applications and accessories for tablet computers. CATIES will provide demonstrations of these applications and accessories, which will enable students who have disabilities to use tablet computers to communicate, gain access to the content areas by having books read aloud, improve their writing skills, access the Internet for research, and learn academic skills.

“This is the fourth year we’ve provided this funding for new projects,” said Curtis Edmonds, ATAC program manager. “We’ve been very pleased that we’ve been able to play a role in expanding existing assistive technology programs, and we definitely hope that this year’s recipients continue to provide much-needed services to benefit New Jersey residents with disabilities.”
Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in New Jersey. DRNJ is a non-profit corporation whose governing board consists of a majority of persons with disabilities or family members of persons with disabilities. DRNJ provides legal and non-legal advocacy, information and referral, outreach, training and technical assistance to advance the human, civil, and legal rights of persons with disabilities.

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.

14th Annual Richard West 5 Mile Wheelchair Race

The 14th Annual Richard West 5 Mile Wheelchair Race will be held on June 15, 2013 on Long Beach Island. This is a race of inclusion and all are welcome to participate with manual wheelchairs, racing chairs, handcycles, or electric chairs. Volunteers are encouraged to walk behind racers in support of accessible recreation.

Race will start at 9:00 AM at Salem Ave. in Harvey Cedars
Race will end on 7th St. in Barnegat Light
Parking is available at Sunset Park, Harvey Cedars (Water Tank) or Barnegat Light State Park

For more information and registration, email: rwest72@comcast.net

Point totals for grand Prix will be posted on the Tri-State Wheelchair Athletic Association website, www.tswaa.com
For information on WheelBlazer Grand Prix, call Angela Smith: 973-530-3657

Delaware Teen Gets a New Voice

Many Americans use assistive technology to allow them to speak with computer-generated voices. These voices have improved in quality in the last few decades, but are still rather robotic sounding and impersonal.

Teenager Haley Shiber speaks in a polished, mature voice. It comes out of a hot pink tablet computer attached to her wheelchair.

This 16-year-old from Smyrna, Del., has cerebral palsy and a comprehensive, degenerative neuromuscular disorder. She uses switches on her wheelchair headrest to tell the speech program on her computer to produce words, jokes, and programmed phrases she can articulate quickly.

“My hobbies are riding my bike, going to see the Phillies, the opera, plays, and 4-H and art,” she said, in one such phrase.

Synthetic voices such as the one Haley uses have become easier on the ear in the past few decades, as the companies creating them strove for easy understandability. But they retain a distinct synthetic quality, one that isolates Haley, according to her mother, Debbie Shiber.

“The roboticness gets in the way of actually developing relationships,” Shiber said. “It’s accepted by us because, you know, that’s just her voice. But it would be wonderful if she had a more natural quality to her voice.”

The problem with synthetic voices is not just that they are, by nature, synthetic sounding. There are a limited number of voices to choose from, which makes it difficult for users of assistive communication devices to find a voice that matches their age and personality. Haley’s voice, for example, sounds a bit too grownup for a 16-year-old wearing neon pink shoelaces and teal-tinged glasses.

Experts say it gets worse: It is not uncommon for two or three people to be talking with assistive technology, all in the same room together, all in the exact same voice.

This is where Tim Bunnell steps in. Bunnell is head of the Speech Research Lab at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. His goal is to give people their own voice for the first time.

“What we’re trying to do is develop personal voices for people,” Bunnell said. “So that everyone would have their own unique voice and be able to impose on it an identity that they can identify with.”

Haley Shiber is the first test case for Bunnell’s team. Years ago, before she lost the ability to make any utterances during a critical surgery, Debbie Shiber recorded the sounds her daughter could make.

Recently, Bunnell dusted off those recordings and isolated a pure vowel sound from Haley’s vocalizations. Using software his team developed, he imposed the essence of that pure vowel sound onto a homemade synthetic voice he created using voice samples from a donor child. The resulting voice contained Haley’s voice quality and sounded younger, albeit choppier, than her old voice.

Bunnell recently loaded the new voice onto Haley’s computer when the family visited his Wilmington office.

“As a mother you never forget what your child’s voice sounds like, ” said Shiber, who was moved to tears the first time she heard the new voice. “Hearing the voice quality … it was just very emotional, because we haven’t heard Haley’s voice since 2006.”

Bunnell’s team originally developed the software for voice banking, to allow people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and similar disorders to quickly create synthetic versions of their own voices for later use.

The technology is currently in beta testing under the name “ModelTalker Speech Synthesis System.” ALS patients and others can record voice samples at home, then send them to the company to be morphed into personalized synthetic voices.

The quality of the resulting voices vary greatly, however, largely because of the amount of data that goes into them. The homemade voices, including the voices for the ALS patients and the one Bunnell created for Haley, are based on about 45 minutes of recorded voice samples. Commercial voices use hours, sometimes dozens of hours, of speech, creating a much smoother voice that is easier to understand.

Before Bunnell gives new voices to any other test patients, he is developing a brand-new approach to create smoother, more professional-sounding personalized voices.

“Rather than record snippets of speech, we will actually have computers modeling how that speech is generated in the vocal tract,” Bunnell said. “So that it is a model, if you will, rather than a copy of the speech.”

Bunnell and a collaborator at Northeastern University will use measurements of vocal tract length, oral cavity width and other data to create this next generation of voices.

For now, the Shibers are glad Haley has a voice to call her own.

“Thank you for my speaking,” she said in her new voice when leaving Bunnell’s office. “You are awesome.”

This was taken from Newsworks.org. For the original article and to see a video of Haley, go to: www.newsworks.org/index.php/homepage-feature/item/52826-delaware-teen-gets-a-new-voice-video?Itemid=1&linktype=hp_featured

Sandy Survivors with Home Accessibility Needs Should Contact FEMA

Survivors with home accessibility needs because of Hurricane Sandy, especially older adults and people with disabilities, are encouraged to stay in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA may be able to assist if elevators or electricity are not working properly, even if the structure did not sustain damage.

Residents living in buildings with non-working elevators or inaccessible common areas may be eligible for temporary rental assistance or other disaster-related assistance from FEMA. Those experiencing accessibility issues while waiting for an insurance settlement also may be eligible for assistance.

Buildings with unsafe conditions such as electrical problems in common areas, non-working elevators and hard-to-access entrances may present difficulties to residents, especially those with disabilities or health concerns that make it difficult to use the stairs.

FEMA specialists are canvassing neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Sandy to ensure survivors with physical or mobility needs have equal access and receive equal benefits from FEMA programs. They will work on a case-by-case basis to assist survivors with access and functional needs to ensure they receive the assistance for which they are eligible.

While FEMA will continue outreach efforts, survivors are urged to call the FEMA helpline 800-621-3362 (Voice, 7-1-1/Relay) or TTY 800-462-7585. Call centers are available 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. EST, seven days a week.

ATAC Announces 2013 Request for Proposal (RFP)

Disability Rights New Jersey/Assistive Technology Advocacy Center

Request For Proposal (RFP)

One-Time Grant for Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey

Introduction and Description

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the federally-funded, independent non-profit designated as New Jersey’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities. It provides legal and non-legal advocacy, information and referral, technical assistance and training, outreach and education in support of the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities.

The Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ is the designated state program authorized by the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (AT Act) to provide enhanced access to assistive technology products and services on a comprehensive, statewide basis through a system of device loan, demonstration, equipment reuse, training and technical assistance, and public awareness activities.

The grant(s) are available under the following activities:

  • Device reutilization programs – provide for the exchange, repair, recycling, or other reutilization of assistive technology devices, which may include redistribution through device sales, loans, rentals, or donations.
  • Device loan programs – provide short-term loans of assistive technology devices to individuals, employers, public agencies, or others seeking to meet the needs of targeted individuals and entities.
  • Device demonstration programs – demonstrate a variety of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services (including assisting individuals in making informed choices regarding, and providing experiences with, the devices and services), using personnel who are familiar with such devices and services and their applications.

Background

ATAC is providing one-time funding to enhance the scope of existing assistive technology services available to people with disabilities in New Jersey. The primary focus for this year’s funding is services for people with disabilities in educational settings.

The total amount under this RFP is $60,000. This funding is contingent on availability of funds.

ATAC intends to award grants ranging from approximately $5,000 to a maximum of $10,000.

Scope of Work

The successful applicants will, under these one-time grants, develop and implement a plan for expanding existing assistive technology activities currently operating in New Jersey, in one or more of the three areas of device loan, device demonstration, and device reutilization. Such activities must be consistent with the ATAC state plan, which is available on the ATAC website (http://www.drnj.org/atac/?page_id=4135), or by request.

Examples

Examples of possible education-related activities that ATAC may fund through this RFP include, but are not limited to:

• Expanding services to students with disabilities who are underserved;
• Updating and purchasing state-of-the-art equipment for loan and/or demonstration;
• Expanding services to include specialized populations of students with disabilities.

Qualifications of Applicant

Individuals or organizations in New Jersey with recognized expertise in the field of assistive technology, or those demonstrating an understanding of assistive technology devices and services. Organizations that provide direct educational services are specifically invited to apply. Familiarity with currently existing services within New Jersey is a definite plus. The applicant must be able to communicate well in writing and work well with DRNJ staff in order to meet the goals of the RFP.

Requirements

The application is limited to five pages, minimum 1.15-spaced, plus a one-page budget. The application must be delivered in an accessible, electronic format such as Microsoft Word. The application must include:

  • Relevant information about the applicant, including contact name, organization name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail;
  • Description of the applicant or organization and the relevant personnel, experience, expertise, and technical abilities that make it possible to carry out the research activity;
  • Description of the work plan, rationale, and means to accomplish the plan.
  • Details of specific sub-tasks and schedules to accomplish the tasks, and
  • Detailed proposed budget, as described below.

Budget

The applicant will include a proposed one-page budget appropriate for meeting the goals of the proposal. All requests for specific AT devices or equipment should be itemized where possible.

Assurances

The applicant will include assurances of compliance with all federal mandates and requirements applicable to recipients of federal funding and assurances that the applicant has no conflict of interest that bars the applicant from completing the proposal.

Evaluation Criteria

DRNJ staff, in collaboration with the ATAC Advisory Council, will evaluate all applicants based on their expertise, knowledge, familiarity with New Jersey service providers, and ability to complete the activity in the given amount of time. Criteria include:

  • Contribution to expansion of AT network in New Jersey
  • Ability to successfully execute the activity on time
  • Relevant experience in the assistive technology field
  • Expertise and ability of the applicant
  • Quality of services provided
  • Budget
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Application Due Date

The deadline for submitting applications under this RFP is March 15, 2013. DRNJ prefers e-mail submissions, sent to cedmonds@drnj.org. DRNJ will accept mail and overnight mail submissions provided that an accessible electronic copy is submitted as well.

Date of Award

The contract for this RFP will be submitted to the winning applicants on or before April 1, 2013, with work to begin immediately.

Date of Completion of Project

The project will end on September 30, 2013.

TECHConnection Announces New Workshop Series

TECHConnection Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Workshop Series

Presented by: Joan Bruno, Ph.D., CCC-SLP*
AAC Specialist at TECHConnection

Course #1 – Proloquo2Go: Navigating the New P2G 2.0
This 3-hour workshop is intended to help participants make an informed decision about purchasing this popular AAC App. Through hands-on training with either the iPad or the iPod Touch, participants will learn about the vocabulary contents of Prololoquo2Go (P2G) 2.0 and master the basic skills needed to customize P2G for a range of language of abilities. Specific topics to be covered include: configuring the P2G settings, creating and linking categories, customizing pages, using photos, as well as procedures for backing up and restoring your custom vocabulary. Advanced language features of the software will be reviewed.

Objectives:
Participants will:
1. be able to determine if P2G is appropriate for their child or student
2. gain competency in programming and backing up P2G
3. be able to customize the device for your child or student

Course # 2 – AAC Apps for Basic Communicators: Getting Started
The advent of the GoTalk Now and Proloquo2Go 2.0 (P2G) Apps offer new AAC
options for communicators with limited expressive language abilities who use AAC to request and to respond. This hands-on workshop presents an overview of a range of considerations involved in assessing a student’s ability to use an App for communication purposes and then provides training specific to these 2 AAC Apps. Participants will learn how to (1) design pages for GoTalk Now, (2) customize the Basic Communication User P2G and (3) create custom pages in the P2G Blank User area. Specific topics to be covered include: configuring the GoTalk Now and P2G settings, creating buttons, folders, customizing pages, using photos, as well as procedures for backing up and restoring your custom vocabulary. NOTE: In each Class with 8 registrants, one lucky participant will receive a free GoTalkNow App Code.

Objectives:
Participants will:
1. Be able to select the most appropriate AAC App for a basic communicator
2. Learn key features and programming strategies for the GoTalk Now App
3. Understand the vocabulary contents of the Basic Communicator User of P2G
4. Customize the P2G Basic User and design a page set for the P2G Blank User

Dates:
March 1, 2013– Course #1 – P2G
March 15, 2013– Course #2 – AAC Apps …
April 5, 2013– Course #1 – P2G
April 19, 2013- Course #2 – AAC Apps …
May 3, 2013– Course #1 – P2G
May 10, 2013 – Course #2 – AAC Apps …
NOTE: Registration is limited to 8 participants

Target Audience:
Speech-Language Pathologists, Special Educators, Parents.

Time:
8:45 Registration
9 am – Noon: Workshop
(This session is offered for 3 NJ Department of Education Professional Development Hours)

Place:
TECHConnection at FRA, 35 Haddon Ave, Shrewsbury, NJ 07732

Cost:
The Workshop is $50 per person

To Register:
Complete Registration Form and fax back to Janine at 732-747-1896, or mail back to TechConnection at 35 Haddon Ave., Shrewsbury, NJ 07702.
For registration questions, call Janine at 732-747-5310, ext. 111.

(Note: Agencies may contract with TECHConnection to host this workshop at their school. Agencies must supply their own iPads for the workshop. Call 732-747-5310 ext 121 for more details and fees).

*Joan Bruno, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, has over 30 years of experience working in the field of AAC and has published and presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to AAC assessment and intervention. Joan is the author of the Gateway© page sets, directs an AAC camp and currently serves as the President of the New Jersey Speech and Hearing Association.

To download the workshop registration and for more information: www.frainc.org/techconnection/workshops.html

The Mobi-Chair: A Wheelchair That Floats

Deschamps, a New Jersey based family owned business, has created the Mobi-Chair, a high quality beach chair that provides people bound to wheelchair an easier way to access and navigate across the beach. The arm rests and wheels are made of floating materials that enable the chair to fully float in water.

The Mobi-Chair can be assembled or disassembled in 5 – 10 minutes without the use of any tools, and can easily fit into the back of the trunk of a vehicle. The aluminum frame and other materials are corrosion free and the fabric used for the chair is non allergenic, UV resistant, and ventilated for quick drying.

The Mobi-Chair is not inexpensive as it will set you back by $2200. There is little information on whether insurance companies would cover costs for the chair or not.

To see the video to see Mobi-Chair in action at: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KhBKMTNXEZY

For more information: http://mobi-chair.com/

Selected Online Assistive Technology Vendors

Individuals with disabilities throughout New Jersey use a wide variety of assistive technology (AT) in their homes, schools, workplaces, and in the community. A number of different vendors provide an array of different devices to help people with different types of disabilities work, learn, read, and participate in many different sorts of activities. Many of these vendors provide websites with detailed information about various assistive technology devices.

This bulletin lists several online vendors who provide AT devices, as well as a telephone number to contact each vendor to request catalogues or product information. This list does not include every possible vendor. Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) does not endorse any specific vendor. DRNJ encourages individuals to shop around to find the best device for them at the most reasonable price. Additionally, DRNJ encourages individuals to utilize the National Public Website on Assistive Technology, at http://assistivetech.net/, which provides a more comprehensive listing of vendors.

Vendors of Devices for Assistance with Daily Living

• Able-Net – http://www.ablenetinc.com/ – (800) 322-0956
Offers augmentative communication devices, switches, learning technology, and computer aids.

• Boomer Care Technologies – http://www.boomercaretech.com/ (888) 612-2666 – Provides devices tailored for helping to keep older individuals with disabilities more mobile within their homes.

• Independent Living Aids – http://www.independentliving.com/ – (800) 537-2118 – Provides a large catalogue of devices focused on living independently, including items for people with low vision or blindness.

• Maxi-Aids – http://www.maxiaids.com/ – (800) 522-6294
Provides a variety of items for people with vision, hearing, and mobility impairments, as well as medical aids, household products, and computer accessories.

• Rehab-Mart – http://www.rehabmart.com/ – (800) 827-8283 Focuses on medical supplies and rehabilitation products, including durable medical equipment and furniture.

Vendors of Devices for People with Vision Loss

• Enhanced Vision – http://www.enhancedvision.com/ – (888) 811-3161
Focuses on low vision and magnification products.

• Freedom Scientific – http://www.freedomscientific.com/ – (800) 444-4443
Provides computer text-to-speech software and other devices for individuals who are blind or have other visual impairments.

• GW-Micro – http://www.gwmicro.com/ – (260) 489-3671
Provides reading systems and other products for people with low vision.

• Humanware – http://www.humanware.com – (800) 722-3393
Provides communication options for people who are deaf-blind, in addition to products tailored to individuals with other visual impairments.

• Optelec – http://www.optelec.com/en_US/home – (800) 826-4200
Provides desktop and portable magnifiers and other equipment for people with visual impairments.

Vendors of Devices for People with Hearing Loss

• Clarity – http://clarityproducts.com/ – (800) 426-3738
Provides amplified phones and other communication systems for people with hearing loss.

• Deafworks – http://www.deafworks.com/ – (800) 855-2881 / (801) 465-1957 (TTY) Provides alarm clocks, TTY devices, and signal devices.

• Hear More – http://www.hearmore.com/ – (800) 881-4327 / (800) 281-3555 (TTY)
Provides a wide array of products designed for people with hearing impairments, including flashers, headsets, and sensors.

• Ultratec – http://www.ultratec.com/ – (800) 482-2424 (V/TTY)
Provides amplified telephones, Captel-enabled communication devices, as well as signalers and other devices.

Vendor for Accessible Vehicles

• Disabled Dealer – http://www.disableddealer.com/ – (800) 588-5099
Provides listings of accessible and modified vehicles sold by individuals.

Vendors for Devices for Education

• Cambium Learning – http://store.cambiumlearning.com/ – (800) 547-6747
Provides a variety of software for assessment, literacy, and mathematics, including Kurzweil scanning software.

• Don Johnston – http://www.donjohnston.com/ – (800) 588-4548
Provides educational software and products focused on helping students with learning disabilities read and write more effectively.

• Mayer-Johnson – http://www.mayer-johnson.com/ – (800) 588-4548
Provides software for adapting items in the education curriculum for people with various disabilities.

Vendors for Devices for Communication

• Dyna-Vox – http://www.dynavoxtech.com/default.aspx – (800) 588-4548
Provides a variety of augmentative communication devices.

• Prentke Romich – http://www.prentrom.com/ – (800) 262-1990
Provides a variety of augmentative communication devices.

• Tobii – http://www.tobii.com/ – (800) 793-9227
Provides augmentative communication devices and eye-gaze controls.

Resources

• The CARTWHEEL is a comprehensive online database of assistive technology vendors in New Jersey, and is available at the ATAC website at http://www.drnj.org/atac/

• The New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH) operates the statewide equipment distribution program for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing and need access to telecommunications and visual alerting home safety equipment. http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddhh/equipment/

• The iCanConnect/NJ program is the New Jersey affiliate for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. This program will ensure that low-income individuals who meet the eligibility requirements and who have combined hearing and vision loss can access telephone, advanced communications and information services. http://njcscd.org/departments/i-can-connect-nj.html

That Grab Bar Guy

That Grab Bar Guy
548 Fairview Road
Medford, New Jersey 08055
County: Burlington
Contact Name: Timothy Ryder
Phone: 609-451-0225
E-mail: tryder@thatgrabbarguy.com
Website: http://ThatGrabBarGuy.com
Type of Supplier: Business
Area Served: Local Region
Note: Grab Bars, Hand Showers, Home Safety Products with installation

AT Devices

AT Services

Selected Online Assistive Technology Vendors

Individuals with disabilities throughout New Jersey use a wide variety of assistive technology (AT) in their homes, schools, workplaces, and in the community. A number of different vendors provide an array of different devices to help people with different types of disabilities work, learn, read, and participate in many different sorts of activities. Many of these vendors provide websites with detailed information about various assistive technology devices.

This bulletin lists several online vendors who provide AT devices, as well as a telephone number to contact each vendor to request catalogues or product information. This list does not include every possible vendor. Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) does not endorse any specific vendor. DRNJ encourages individuals to shop around to find the best device for them at the most reasonable price. Additionally, DRNJ encourages individuals to utilize the National Public Website on Assistive Technology, at http://assistivetech.net/, which provides a more comprehensive listing of vendors.

Vendors of Devices for Assistance with Daily Living

  • Able-Net – http://www.ablenetinc.com/ – (800) 322-0956
    Offers augmentative communication devices, switches, learning technology, and computer aids.
  • Boomer Care Technologies – http://www.boomercaretech.com/ (888) 612-2666
    Provides devices tailored for helping to keep older individuals with disabilities more mobile within their homes.
  • Independent Living Aids – http://www.independentliving.com/ – (800) 537-2118
    Provides a large catalogue of devices focused on living independently, including items for people with low vision or blindness.
  • Maxi-Aids – http://www.maxiaids.com/ – (800) 522-6294
    Provides a variety of items for people with vision, hearing, and mobility impairments, as well as medical aids, household products, and computer accessories.
  • Rehab-Mart – http://www.rehabmart.com/ – (800) 827-8283
    Focuses on medical supplies and rehabilitation products, including durable medical equipment and furniture.

Vendors of Devices for People with Vision Loss

  • Enhanced Vision – http://www.enhancedvision.com/ – (888) 811-3161
    Focuses on low vision and magnification products.
  • Freedom Scientific – http://www.freedomscientific.com/ – (800) 444-4443
    Provides computer text-to-speech software and other devices for individuals who are blind or have other visual impairments.
  • GW-Micro – http://www.gwmicro.com/ – (260) 489-3671
    Provides reading systems and other products for people with low vision.
  • Humanware – http://www.humanware.com – (800) 722-3393
    Provides communication options for people who are deaf-blind, in addition to products tailored to individuals with other visual impairments.
  • Optelec – http://www.optelec.com/en_US/home – (800) 826-4200
    Provides desktop and portable magnifiers and other equipment for people with visual impairments.

Vendors of Devices for People with Hearing Loss

  • Clarity – http://clarityproducts.com/ – (800) 426-3738
    Provides amplified phones and other communication systems for people with hearing loss.
  • Deafworks – http://www.deafworks.com/ – (800) 855-2881 / (801) 465-1957 (TTY)
    Provides alarm clocks, TTY devices, and signal devices.
  • Hear More – http://www.hearmore.com/ – (800) 881-4327 / (800) 281-3555 (TTY)
    Provides a wide array of products designed for people with hearing impairments, including flashers, headsets, and sensors.
  • Ultratec – http://www.ultratec.com/ – (800) 482-2424 (V/TTY)
    Provides amplified telephones, Captel-enabled communication devices, as well as signalers and other devices.

Vendor for Accessible Vehicles

Vendors for Devices for Education

  • Cambium Learning – http://store.cambiumlearning.com/ – (800) 547-6747
    Provides a variety of software for assessment, literacy, and mathematics, including Kurzweil scanning software.
  • Don Johnston – http://donjohnston.com/ – (800) 588-4548
    Provides educational software and products focused on helping students with learning disabilities read and write more effectively.
  • Mayer-Johnson – http://www.mayer-johnson.com/ – (800) 588-4548
    Provides software for adapting items in the education curriculum for people with various disabilities.

Vendors for Devices for Communication

Resources

  • The CARTWHEEL is a comprehensive online database of assistive technology vendors in New Jersey, and is available at the ATAC website at http://www.drnj.org/atac/
  • The New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH) operates the statewide equipment distribution program for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing and need access to telecommunications and visual alerting home safety equipment. http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddhh/equipment/
  • The iCanConnect/NJ program is the New Jersey affiliate for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. This program will ensure that low-income individuals who meet the eligibility requirements and who have combined hearing and vision loss can access telephone, advanced communications and information services. http://njcscd.org/departments/i-can-connect-nj.html.

Mobility123

Mobility123
142 New Jersey Avenue
Absecon, NJ 08201
Contact Name: Ryan Penn
Phone: 800-485-7789
Fax: 800-758-0640
E-mail: info@mobility123.com
Website: http://www.mobility123.com/
Type of Supplier: Business
Area Served: Statewide
Note: Fall Prevention Services
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Assistive Technology Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Easter Seals and the INDATA Project have created a list of various assistive technology gifts for the holiday season. Ideas range from Braille Uno to television magnifiers, computer scanners, iPads, and Kindles.

For more information about gift ideas, pricing, and where to buy, see:

Easter Seals Gift Ideas: www.eastersealscrossroads.org/blog/2012/december/

INDATA Holiday Technology Shopping List: www.eastersealstech.com/2012/11/23

Your ReSource Changes Name and Location

In January 2012, Your ReSource merged with Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey & Philadelphia (GISNJP). GISNJP is the eighth largest region in the Goodwill Network and has offered Your ReSource the opportunity to expand both in Central Jersey, South Jersey and Philadelphia.

In order to reach even more individuals, caregivers, families and professionals, Your ReSource has moved to 18 Arctic Parkway in Ewing, next to the Goodwill Store on Olden Avenue. The location offers convenient parking, wheelchair accessibility, expanded hours of operation on weekdays and weekends, wider aisles for ease in movement and, of course, an expanded inventory selection.

Please visit the new location to drop off no-longer-needed home medical equipment and unopened medical supplies or to obtain affordable, refurbished wheelchairs, hospital beds, canes, crutches, walkers, bath items, lifts, ramps and thousands of other useful health and rehabilitation items.

For more information email: info@goodwillhomemedical.org
Or visit the new website at: www.goodwillhomemedical.org/

Goodwill Home Medical Equipment
A division of Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey & Philadelphia
18 Arctic Parkway
Ewing, NJ 08638
Phone: (609) 396-1513

iCanConnect/NJ

iCanConnect/NJ
The College of New Jersey
Center for Sensory & Complex Disabilities
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718
Contact: Allen Reposh
Phone: (609)771-2575
E-mail: reposha@tcnj.edu
Website: http://njcscd.org/departments/i-can-connect-nj.html
Note: The iCanConnect/NJ program is the New Jersey affiliate for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program. This program will ensure that low-income individuals who meet the eligibility requirements and who have combined hearing and vision loss can access telephone, advanced communications and information services.
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Advancing Opportunities Offers AT for Employment Certificate Program

When employment support professionals work with people with significant physical disabilities, they often look for work that the person can do without accommodation. This tendency comes from a lack of training and experience in developing and implementing accommodations, including the consideration of assistive technology (AT). With funding from the Kessler Foundation, Advancing Opportunities (which partners with the NJ AT Act program) is working to remove that barrier by offering a new certificate program that targets professionals working in employment.

Earning an AT for Employment Certificate will help employment support professions apply the ethical guidelines put forth by the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE).

Advancing Opportunities’ certificate program is designed to train employment support professionals to develop and implement job accommodations and assistive technology supports. An essential component of this training includes loaning assistive technology to participants over a period of 2 months to assist their carrying out trials and applying what they have learned. Students are provided with a kit that includes an iPod Touch pre-loaded with relevant work-oriented apps (and an opportunity to keep the technology for their program).

Helping professionals who are not specialists in AT consider AT is not new. There are many professionals in the K-12 setting, case managers, and vocational rehabilitation counselors, and others who are expected to be able to include AT in a system of supports. While each application is unique, the basic knowledge and skills that are needed for professionals to consider whether or not a consumer can benefit from assistive technology is the same.

With may states proclaiming themselves Employment First states, and with the development of APSE’s Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP), the time is right to support these professionals, and support employment first.

Learn more about this certification program at Advancing Opportunities’ Assistive Technology Center

Emergency Housing Needs & Vacancies in NJ

Supportive Housing Association (SHA) of NJ has added a new resource page to their website in order to serve member organizations, families and individuals affected by the storm. For those with housing needs, you can go to the “Sandy Emergency Housing Needs And Vacancies” page where emergency housing needs and vacancies have been posted in order to match people in need with available housing.

If you have housing to list, please email listings to gail.levinson@shanj.org. Please include a short description, county/community, contact name, phone and email.

For more information from SHA and to access the emergency housing webpage please see: www.shanj.org/resources/sandy-housing-needs

AT for Employers Web Portal Now Available Through RESNA

In 2011, the RESNA Catalyst Project began a new initiative focusing on the use of AT for employment. The initiative includes the development of an AT for Employers Web Portal, which is designed as a gateway for employers to increase their understanding and use of AT in the workplace while accessing resources such as AT Act Program services.

Please take a look at the AT for Employers Web Portal and share this site with others.

If you have Portal comments and suggestions, please email your comments to pgalonsky@resna.org, or call 703-524-6686.

Where Can I Learn About Free Assistive Technology?

The resources below were taken from Access STEM: The Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Assistive technology (AT) makes it possible for people with disabilities to benefit from mainstream technology when the standard modes of access are inaccessible to them. Many products are commercially available and some are free. The resources described below help individuals locate freely available AT.

– Athens Speech and Accessibility Lab Free Assistive Technology Software [1] is an online directory of free, open source, assistive technology (AT) applications. Greece’s University of Athens Speech and Accessibility Laboratory tested each software program included on the list. The list can be browsed by disability type or AT software category.

– Free Assistive Technology Software [2], maintained by the Web Accessibility Center at the Ohio State University, links to a variety of free AT. The list includes a description of the types of AT that may be of use to individuals with different disabilities.

– Free and Open Source Software [3] is a list maintained by JISC TechDis, a leading UK group on technologies for inclusion and accessibility. The list includes AT software that assists with reading, writing, and planning as well as recording, alternative input/interface tools, visualization tools, add-ons for Mozilla Firefox, and tools for mobile devices.

– Free Technology Toolkit for UDL in All Classrooms [4] is a wiki that includes links to a variety of AT including apps, audio books, text to speech tools, graphic organizers, study skills tools, literacy tools, writing tools, research tools, and others.

References

[1] Athens Speech and Accessibility Lab Free Assistive Technology Software
http://access.uoa.gr/fs/eng/pages/home

[2] Free Assistive Technology Software
http://wac.osu.edu/conferences/emrc08/free_at.html

[3] Free and Open Source Software
http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/resources/detail/goingdigital/GetFreeSoftware

[4] Free Technology Toolkit for UDL in All Classrooms
http://udltechtoolkit.wikispaces.com/Home

[5] Whom should I contact in my state if I have a question about assistive technology?
http://www.washington.edu/doit/articles

[6] Who offers training on assistive technology and the design of accessible technology?
http://www.washington.edu/doit/articles

Shower Bay

Shower Bay
Forward Day LLC
2-1340 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 866-367-0220
E-mail: info@showerbay.com
Web site: http://www.showerbay.com/
Note: Shower Bay is a safe and portable shower designed for wheelchair users. Unlike other solutions on the market, Shower Bay offers a true shower experience without requiring dangerous wet-environment transfers or expensive home renovations. Our unique design allows for quick assembly in any room of the house. Just snap the unit together, connect to your standard faucet, turn on the pump, and you’re ready to shower!

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Wheelchair User Ramp Survey

The University of Louisville is seeking participants for an anonymous survey to identify factors that contribute to ramp-related incidents and injuries when entering or exiting a public transit bus using a wheelchair ramp.

To access the survey, click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WheelchairRampSurvey

If you are 18 years of age or older, use a wheelchair or scooter as your primary means of mobility, and you have accessed a public transit bus using a wheelchair ramp similar to those shown below during the past three years, we welcome your participation in this survey. Or, if you are a family member or personal assistant for someone who meets these criteria, you may complete this survey.

This survey is part of a research study funded by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR Grant No. H133G11074). There are no known risks involved with participating in this survey, and the information collected may not benefit you directly. However, the information learned from all survey responses may be helpful to others. If you have any questions or concerns after reading this page, you may contact the researcher via telephone or email (see contact information at bottom of page).

This information will be used strictly for research purposes. This information will be used to describe ramp and/or vehicle features/components that contribute to ramp-related incidents. This information will also be used to develop ramp design guidelines that improve the accessibility, usability and safety of vehicle wheelchair ramps.

All responses are voluntary and anonymous, and you will not be asked to provide any personally identifiable information. You do not have to answer any questions that make you uncomfortable, and you can stop the survey at any point by exiting the survey or closing your web browser window. All responses will be SSL encrypted and stored on a secure server hosted by SurveyMonkey until downloaded to the password-protected research database. In addition to being anonymous, your responses will be protected in accordance with SurveyMonkey’s Privacy Policy.

Individuals from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Human Subjects Protection Program Office (HSPPO), and other regulatory agencies may inspect these records. In all other respects, however, the data will be held in confidence to the extent permitted by law. Should the data be published, your identity will not be disclosed.

Furthermore, if you have any questions about your rights as a research subject, you may call the Human Subjects Protection Program Office at (502) 852-5188. You can discuss any questions about your rights as a research subject, in private, with a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). You may also call this number if you have other questions about the research, and you cannot reach the research staff, or want to talk to someone else. The IRB is an independent committee made up of people from the University community, staff of the institutions, as well as people from the community not connected with these institutions. The IRB has reviewed this research study.

If you have concerns or complaints about the research or research staff and you do not wish to give your name, you may call 1-877-852-1167. This is a 24-hour hot line answered by people who do not work at the University of Louisville.

Family Resource Associates and Family Support Center Offer Workshops for Students and Seniors

In partnership with the Family Support Center of NJ (FSCNJ), Family Resource Associates announces the following upcoming workshops for students and seniors:

Assistive Device Demonstration and Loan Expo:

The goal of this workshop is to experience cool devices and software for individuals with physical or developmental disabilities or reading and writing challenges. Discover tools that will enable users assistance with:
– Taking notes
– Discovering software to eliminate spelling errors
– Increase reading level with devices that read for you
– Learn about Voice-to-text capabilities
– See how the iPad can help you

Five (recycled) computers, along with other door prizes will be given away at this workshop.

DATE: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Overview & presentation
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM: Hands-on trial in computer lab with lending library
PLACE: The Family Support Center of New Jersey, Lions Head Office Park, 35 Beaverson Blvd., Bldg 11, Brick, NJ 08723

This Workshop is also being offered again FOR SENIORS on the following date:

DATE: Tuesday, August 28, 2012
TIME: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Overview & presentation
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Hands-on trial in computer lab with lending library
PLACE: The Family Support Center of New Jersey, Lions Head Office Park, 35 Beaverson Blvd., Bldg 11, Brick, NJ 08723

Light refreshments will be available
Please RSVP to Janine Bedford Sims at 732-747-5310, ext. 111. Seating is limited.

For more information, you may also visit: http://www.frainc.org/techconnection/workshops.html

ATAC of DRNJ Demonstrates “Where Am I” App

For more information about Where Am I:

ATAC of DRNJ Demonstrates “Tap to Talk” App

Information about the “Tap to Talk” App:

ATAC of DRNJ Demonstrates “PTSD Coach” App

Information about the PTSD Coach app:

U.S. Department of Labor Launches the Disability Employment App Challenge

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has announced its first disability-related application challenge, which is designed to generate innovative tools that will improve employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities.

Nearly 22 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and 39 years after the passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, people with disabilities continue to be employed at much lower levels than those without disabilities. The goal of the app challenge is to promote recruitment resources for employers, develop job training and skill-building tools for job seekers, facilitate employment-related transportation options and expand information communication technology accessibility.

Submissions should provide access to important data and resources; attract users with different skill sets and language preferences; be accessible (that is, compatible and interoperable with assistive technology commonly used by individuals with disabilities, such as screen reading and speech recognition software); and consider partnerships that will ensure sustainability of the app. In addition, they should be targeted toward a variety of audiences such as students, teachers, employers, career counselors and workforce professionals, as well as individuals with disabilities working or seeking work at all levels in a variety of salaried and hourly jobs.

Awards with cash prizes — totaling $10,000 — will be given to the top three submissions, including the grand prize Innovation Award, the second prize People’s Choice Award, and the third prize Above and Beyond Accessibility Award. Contestants must register for the contest on the Challenge.gov website by creating an account at http://challenge.gov/users/login. Each registrant will receive a confirmation email and may then enter a submission via the “Post a Submission” tab at http://disability.challenge.gov.

Submissions must be entered between May 23 at 12 a.m. EDT and Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

For more information, please visit ODEP’s website at: http://www.dol.gov/odep

Announcement and Public Hearings Regarding the Closure of The Center for Independent Living (TCILC)

Due to the unexpected impending closure of TCILC, the Center for Independent Living serving New Jersey’s three southernmost counties, the Federal funding supporting that Center must be re-allocated.  In order to do this, the NJ SPIL must be revised to include a guideline on where monies that become available in such circumstances will be allocated.  Currently, SPIL Section 3.2 (Network Expansion) directs any additional Federal IL funding in the amount of $125,000 or more to establishing a new IL center in either Ocean or Union county, which are considered under-served areas.  At the time the current State Plan was prepared, there was no indication an existing center might close, a situation that could leave an entire area UN-served, not just under-served.  Since the closure of TCILC leaves Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties without any coverage by a Center for Independent Living, an amendment to the State Plan is needed to allow Federal monies intended for Tri-County to be directed to a new CIL to serve these same three counties. 

The only change in the current SPIL is the addition of the following paragraph to Section 3.2 (Expansion): The above scenarios address receipt of regular Part C or additional Federal funding.  In the event that a Part C center closes – whether because a given center’s board has voluntarily relinquished its Part C grant or because RSA has terminated the grant – the issue may well become one of an area being unserved by any center.  In such a case, a new center would be established to serve the catchment area once covered by the relinquished or terminated CIL, subject to the results of the corresponding new grant competition to be administered by RSA.  Several Public Hearings will be held for commentary from IL consumers and interested parties.  These Hearings are open to residents of all NJ counties.  Two of them will be held in the TCILC service area, to accommodate people most affected by the loss of the CIL.

Wednesday May 30, 2012 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Atlantic Cape College Dining Hall
341 Courthouse-South Dennis Road
Cape May Courthouse NJ 08210

Wednesday June 13, 2012 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Monmouth County Library Headquarters
125 Symmes Drive Manalapan, NJ 07726

NOTE: A separate announcement will be made for the remaining hearing.

No pre-registration is required but, if you plan to attend, please contact the Statewide Independent Living Council Coordinator at dinodoll@verizon.net OR 732-254-2484.

For the current SPIL, see: www.njsilc.org or visit them on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/NjStatewideIndependentLivingCouncil

Eleven Year-Old Staten Island Resident to Receive Free Accessible Van at Abilities Expo

Eleven-year-old John Hudson Dilgen of Staten Island, New York is one of the thousands from the community of people with disabilities expected to attend Abilities Expo on Friday, May 4-6, 2012 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey. While attendees with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals will all enjoy free admission and an impressive line-up of exhibits, workshops, celebrities, events and activities, John and his family will also receive the gift of independence. Thanks to the joint efforts of Ride-Away, the Cub Scouts of America and Man vs. Food host Adam Richman, the Dilgen family will be presented with an accessible van on Saturday, May 5th at 10:00 am outside the convention center.

John was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a rare disorder that affects 1 in 50,000 people and causes the skin to blister and tear at even the slightest touch, bump or fall. In particular, John has a collagen 7 deficiency in which the layers of skin actually slide off. When he wakes up each day, his family and caregivers assess the damage that he did to his fragile skin during the night, and clean and bandage the wounds which cover 50% of his body. John uses a wheelchair and blisters also affect is internal organs, hands, feet, mouth, and on difficult days, his eyes.

“We are thrilled to play a part in helping to change John’s life, as well as the lives of everyone who attends Abilities Expo,” said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. “The Expo provides people of all ages and disabilities–whether it’s physical, learning, developmental or sensory–access to life-enhancing technologies, education, resources and fun. Most of all, it’s a celebration of what you can do, not what you can’t.”

Attendees at Abilities Expo will experience cutting-edge products and services for people with a wide range of disabilities. They will find mobility products, devices for people with developmental disabilities, medical equipment, home accessories, essential services, low-cost daily living aids, products for people with sensory impairments and much more. The Assistive Technology Pavilion, anchored by the New Jersey Assistive Technology Center AT Showcase, will feature the latest AT products for people of all abilities to experience hands-on.

A series of compelling, informative workshops which address pressing disability issues will be offered free-of-charge to all attendees on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th. Our popular travel and home modification sessions will take place on both days. Other workshops will focus on employment, PT for kids, social interactions, seating, finding the correct mobility device and that is just for starters.

Abilities Expo does not merely inform, it engages and it entertains. Attendees can learn some hip-hop and ballroom wheelchair dancing moves and play a host of different adaptive sports. And the kids will love the face painting.

On May 4th, be a part of the first annual Voices From The Net event, a free gathering of worldwide disability rights advocates, bloggers, supporters and Expo attendees sharing their experiences and fostering community. This event is brought to you by the founders of DisabledAccessDenied.com, where attendees can pre-register.

Abilities Expo participants can bring their old cell phones, iPhones, iPods or iPads to donate to the Gift a Voice Project, a program that refurbishes or recycles this equipment so that they can be used by people with communication disabilities.

Admission is free and show hours will be Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. Complimentary loaner scooters and wheelchair repair will also be available onsite during show hours.

For more information, visit www.abilitiesexpo.com/newyork . Attendees may pre-register online, or register onsite when they arrive.

For this entire article: Eleven Year-Old Staten Island Child to Receive Free Accessible Van

HumanWare

HumanWare
307 Berkshire Way
Evesham, New Jersey 08053
County: Burlington
Contact Name: Carroll Stone
Phone: 800 722 3393 X 251
E-mail: carroll.stone@humanware.com
Website: http://humanware.com
Type of Supplier: Business
Area Served: National
Note: HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technologies for the print disabled. HumanWare provides products to people who are blind or have low vision, and students with learning disabilities. HumanWare offers a range of innovative products, including BrailleNote, the leading productivity device for the blind in education, business and for personal use; the Victor Reader product line, the world’s leading digital audiobook players; & the SmartView family of handheld and desktop electronic magnifiers.

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The Assistive Technology Advocacy Center of Disability Rights New Jersey Awards Funding For New Assistive Technology Projects

The Assistive Technology Advocacy Center of Disability Rights New Jersey has announced grant awards for projects to expand access to assistive technology services and devices in New Jersey. During this third year of short-term funding opportunities, ATAC received more than 20 applications from which the following seven grants have been awarded:

Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ): CPNJ is based in Essex County and provides assistive technology services to children and adults in New Jersey. CPNJ will conduct device demonstrations for individuals with disabilities in northern New Jersey and will utilize ATAC funding to purchase mobile touch devices and accessories for demonstration purposes.

The Family Support Center of New Jersey (FSCNJ): The FSCNJ is a statewide, comprehensive family-focused human service organization designed to meet the growing need for programs and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers. FSCNJ conducts a Lifespan training series for students with developmental disabilities and their families, assisting them to make informed choices during their transition years. FSCNJ will expand its workshop content to incorporate specific information on incorporating assistive technology into transition planning.

Newark Public Library (NPL): NPL has extensive services for those who are hearing impaired, deaf, visually impaired, blind, and those who speak English as their second language. NPL has provided an access technology training program for visually impaired patrons on how to use assistive technology devices to perform basic computer skills. Participants will be taught how to use these technologies to perform standard computer tasks such as the basics of typing documents; conducting an Internet search; and performing basic email functions.

New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center (TBBC): TBBC is the public library for New Jersey’s residents with print disabilities and provides library service throughout the state. TBBC will provide 1,000 flash drives to permit library patrons with visual disabilities to download and store digital books from the National Library Service. TBBC is the only organization to receive a grant from ATAC in each of the three years of the program.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital: The Speech and Hearing Department will create a loan library of high- and low-technology assistive communication devices for patients in its intensive and acute care units. Patients in these settings who have temporary problems with communication often experience frustration, insecurity, and anxiety. These devices will allow for uninterrupted communication among patients, medical staff, and family members. The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Center will purchase low-cost communication devices for loan to clinic patients with ALS to use in the community so that they may continue to communicate with their families and caregivers as the disease progresses. This project includes providing communication boards in Spanish and Chinese.

Family Resource Associates (FRA): The TECHConnection program at FRA in Monmouth County serves an extremely diverse population of people with disabilities, including learning disabilities, hearing and visual impairments, MS, ALS and other conditions resulting from illness, accidents, and aging. FRA provides device demonstration and device loan services. FRA will partner with other organizations to create a satellite center in Ocean County to provide assistive technology services to isolated populations in that county.

“This is the third year we’ve provided this funding for new projects,” said Curtis Edmonds, ATAC program manager. “We’re hopeful that this year’s grantees continue the record of success of the previous grantees, and that these funds will benefit New Jersey residents with disabilities who use assistive technology.”

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in New Jersey. DRNJ is a non-profit corporation whose governing board consists of a majority of persons with disabilities or family members of persons with disabilities. DRNJ provides legal and non-legal advocacy, information and referral, outreach, training and technical assistance to advance the human, civil, and legal rights of persons with disabilities.

The 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.

The BraillerDepot

The BraillerDepot
107 Trimble Avenue
Clifton, New Jersey 07011
Phone: 973-272-7667
Website: www.Braillerdepot.com
E-mail: info@Braillerdepot.com
Note: Sells magnifiers, CCTVs, and other low vision aids.
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ATAC Public Service Announcement Available On Youtube

Check out this 30 second PSA that explains what ATAC is about.  Feel free to share with your friends!

Bancroft Offers Free Technology Workshops For Caregivers

Bancroft, a non-profit organization in south Jersey, is offering a series of free, hands-on workshops over the next few months to highlight assistive technology.

Mobile devices are giving new opportunities to those with conditions from autism to brain injury. The hands-on seminars at Bancroft’s campus on Kings Highway in Haddonfield are geared toward family members and caregivers of individuals with disabilities, but they’re open to all.

“The people we support here at Bancroft have varying abilities,” says Beth Greer, an assistive technology specialist at the non-profit. “We’ve been able to look at a multitude of different apps to meet the needs of these individuals.”

Participants are asked to bring their own device, if available.

“We’re really fortunate to be living in this time to see the changes that are happening in technology and how they’re benefiting people with disabilities,” Greer says.

Below is the schedule of workshops:
Workshop 1: iPad Basics
February 15, from 12 to 2 pm
February 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
In this session, you will learn the basic features and functions of the iPad, including acquisition and evaluation of apps, navigation, safety and care, settings within the iPad, accessibility features and resources.

Workshop 2: Apps that Support Academics
March 14, from 12 to 2 pm
March 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
In this session, you will gain an understanding of iPad apps that support such curriculum areas as reading, spelling, writing, math, fine motor skills, and productivity. The workshop will cover functional, early-education, elementary and secondary academics, including special apps for people with disabilities.

Workshop 3: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Apps
April 18, from 12 to 2 pm
April 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Participants will choose an app for augmentative and/or alternative communication, based on features and modify buttons.

Workshop 4: Apps that Support Functional Independence
May 9, from 12 to 2 pm
May 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Participants will gain an understanding of iPad apps that address increasing functional independence such as task analysis, environmental signs, video modeling for life skills, text to speech, as well as apps that address behavior and productivity.

Workshop 5: Apps that Support Individuals with Brain Injury
June 13, from 12 to 2 pm
June 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Participants will gain an understanding of apps that address behavior, time management, directionality, task lists, memory supports, video modeling and relaxation.

For the entire article, see: Technology Workshops Help Caregivers

For more information about the workshops, go to www.bancroft.org or call Sherri Reid at (856) 524-7020.

ATAC Announces 2012 Request for Proposal (RFP)

Disability Rights New Jersey/Assistive Technology Advocacy Center

Request For Proposal (RFP)

One-Time Grant for Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey

Introduction and Description

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the federally-funded, independent non-profit designated as New Jersey’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities. It provides legal and non-legal advocacy, information and referral, technical assistance and training, outreach and education in support of the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities.

The Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ is the designated state program authorized by the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (AT Act) to provide enhanced access to assistive technology products and services on a comprehensive, statewide basis through a system of device loan, demonstration, equipment reuse, training and technical assistance, and public awareness activities.

The grant(s) are available under the following activities:

State-Level Activities:

  • Device reutilization programs – provide for the exchange, repair, recycling, or other reutilization of assistive technology devices, which may include redistribution through device sales, loans, rentals, or donations.
  • Device loan programs – provide short-term loans of assistive technology devices to individuals, employers, public agencies, or others seeking to meet the needs of targeted individuals and entities.
  • Device demonstration programs – demonstrate a variety of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services (including assisting individuals in making informed choices regarding, and providing experiences with, the devices and services), using personnel who are familiar with such devices and services and their applications.

State Leadership Activities

  • Training and technical assistance – develop and disseminate training materials, conduct training, and provide technical assistance, for individuals from local settings statewide, including representatives of State and local educational agencies, other State and local agencies, early intervention programs, adult service programs, hospitals and other health care facilities, institutions of higher education, and businesses.
  • Public-awareness activities – conduct public-awareness activities designed to provide information to targeted individuals and entities relating to the availability, benefits, appropriateness, and costs of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services.
  • Coordination and collaboration – coordinate activities among public and private entities that are responsible for policies, procedures, or funding for the provision of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services to individuals with disabilities, service providers, and others to improve access to assistive technology devices and assistive technology services for individuals with disabilities of all ages in the State.

Background

ATAC is providing one-time funding to enhance the scope of existing assistive technology services available to people with disabilities in New Jersey. The total amount under this RFP is $46,000. This funding is contingent on availability of funds.
ATAC intends to award grants ranging in size from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $10,000. In compliance with the provisions of the AT Act, ATAC expects that the majority of funding will be provided to projects that focus on the three state-level activities (device loan, device demonstration, device reutilization) rather than on the three state leadership activities (training, public awareness, and coordination and collaboration).

Scope of Work

The successful applicants will, under these one-time grants, develop and implement a plan for expanding existing assistive technology activities currently operating in New Jersey, in one or more of the six areas of device loan, device demonstration, device reutilization, training, public awareness, and coordination and collaboration. Such activities must be consistent with the ATAC state plan, which is available on the ATAC website, or by request.

Examples

Examples of possible activities that ATAC may fund through this RFP include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing joint enterprises between agencies, organizations, or centers;
  • Expanding services to groups that are underserved;
  • Updating and purchasing state-of-the-art equipment for loan and/or demonstration;
  • Expanding services to include specialized populations, particularly those that are not being served, and;
  • Developing collaborations with organizations that provide services for people with disabilities related to assistive technology training or public awareness.

Qualifications of Applicant

Individuals or organizations in New Jersey with recognized expertise in the field of assistive technology, or those demonstrating an understanding of assistive technology devices and services. Organizations that serve individuals with disabilities, including centers for independent living, are specifically invited to apply. Familiarity with currently existing services within New Jersey is a definite plus. The applicant must be able to communicate well in writing and work well with DRNJ staff in order to meet the goals of the RFP.

Requirements

The application is limited to five pages, single-spaced, plus a one-page budget. The application must be delivered in an accessible, electronic format such as Microsoft Word. The application must include:

  • Relevant information about the applicant, including contact name, organization name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail;
  • Description of the applicant or organization and the relevant personnel, experience, expertise, and technical abilities that make it possible to carry out the research activity;
  • Description of the work plan, rationale, and means to accomplish the plan.
  • Details of specific sub-tasks and schedules to accomplish the tasks, and
  • Detailed proposed budget, as described below.

Budget

The applicant will include a proposed one-page budget appropriate for meeting the goals of the proposal. All requests for specific AT devices or equipment should be itemized where possible.

Assurances

The applicant will include assurances of compliance with all federal mandates and requirements applicable to recipients of federal funding and assurances that the applicant has no conflict of interest that bars the applicant from completing the proposal.

Evaluation Criteria

DRNJ staff, in collaboration with the ATAC Advisory Council, will evaluate all applicants based on their expertise, knowledge, familiarity with New Jersey service providers, and ability to complete the activity in the given amount of time. Criteria include:

  • Contribution to expansion of AT network in New Jersey
  • Ability to successfully execute the activity on time
  • Relevant experience in the assistive technology field
  • Expertise and ability of the applicant
  • Quality of services provided
  • Budget
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Application Due Date

The deadline for submitting applications under this RFP is April 1, 2012. DRNJ prefers e-mail submissions, sent to cedmonds@drnj.org. DRNJ will accept mail and overnight mail submissions provided that an accessible electronic copy is submitted as well.

Date of Award

The contract for this RFP will be submitted to the winning applicants on or before April 15, 2012, with work to begin immediately.

Date of Completion of Project

The project will end on September 30, 2012.

Association of Blind Citizens Offers Funding for Accessible Software and Equipment

The Association of Blind Citizens (ACB) operates the Assistive Technology Fund (ATF), which pays recipients half the retail price of accessible software or equipment. ABC launched the fund to give individuals who are blind and visually impaired access to technology that can significantly improve employment opportunities, increase independence, and enhance quality of life. Products covered in the ATF program must retail for at least $200 and not cost more than $6,000. Any legally blind US resident may apply for an ATF grant. To be eligible, an applicant’s annual family income cannot exceed $50,000, and cash assets cannot exceed $20,000.

There are two grant periods each year. The deadlines are June 30th and December 31st. Applicants may submit one request per calendar year.

How to Apply for an Assistive Technology Fund Grant
To apply for an ATF grant, see: www.blindcitizens.org/assistive_tech.htm. ATF grantees are required to submit documents verifying income and financial need, such as state and federal tax returns and bank statements.

All applications must be submitted in the body of email (i.e. not as an attachment) and sent to the ATF committee at: atf@blindcitizens.org

For more information on ABC: www.blindcitizens.org

Five Steps to Getting an iPad Covered by Insurance

This is a simplified version of the steps one parent took in getting an iPad covered by private insurance:

1. Check your medical benefits for your “Durable Medical Coverage.” (Mine covered 50%, but since we had already met our out-of-pocket max, they covered at 100%)

2. Phone your insurance company and ask, “Please assign me to a case manager that is experienced with special needs children.”

3. After you are provided a case manager, explain that you need the iPad as an augmentative communication device INCLUDING the Proloquo2go App (or TouchChat, OneVoice, TapToTalk, etc.) Provide comparison costs to a more expensive system such as the Dynavox, and remind them that you are opting for a more cost-effective device. Focus on Proloquo2go (or your chosen Aug Comm app) and that it is being introduced by Speech Therapists and OT’s in public schools for special needs kids, as well as in private therapy. Be sure to ask the case manager for all the necessary approval codes and coverage information so you are aware and comfortable with any out-of-pocket expenses you may incur. They may tell you “NO” at this point. If they do, ask them to email or fax you a letter of denial immediately.

4. Find supporting documentation and case studies to include with your claim. Google articles on “iPads for children with special needs” or “benefits for children with [your child’s specific condition] and iPads,” etc.

5. Copy your most recent speech evaluation and IEP if it indicates anything helpful. And, have every doctor, therapist, school personnel or anyone else write a letter supporting your child’s need for an “Augmentative Communication device such as the iPad with Proloquo2go.”

The more information you can provide, the less likely they will argue against the need. My personal insurance required that I pay for the device and then submit a claim form for reimbursement.

When submitting your Claim for Reimbursement:

1) What you purchased,

2) What is was for

3) How it should be coded and

4) That it should be treated as an IN NETWORK provider.

Include the notes (Name and Dates/Time of phone calls) from your conversation with your case manager.

Supporting Documents from Google, etc.

Letters from Doctors, Speech Therapists, etc.

Receipt of the Device and the AugCom App

For more information about this topic: 5 Tips for Getting iPad Covered by Insurance

Diamond Scooters, Inc.

Diamond Scooters, Inc.
142 New Jersey Ave.
Absecon, New Jersey 08201
County: Atlantic
Contact Name: Ryan Penn
Phone: 609-646-0003
Fax: 609-646-4447
E-mail: support@diamondscooters.com
Website: http://www.diamondscooters.com
Accepts Medicare and Medicaid:
Accepts Private Insurance:
Type of Supplier: Business
Area Served: Statewide
Note: Stair Lifts & Handicap home modifications.
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Garden State Wheelchairs

Garden State Wheelchairs

Phone: 732-966-1317
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New Technology Uses Music Therapy to Improve Communication

Tod Machover, an intriguing futurologist as well as an inventive composer, runs the departments in hyper-instruments (acoustical instruments given electronic features) and opera of the future at MIT’s ultra-high-tech Media Lab. Last week, he was at UC Santa Barbara to speak on “Music, Mind and Health: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Well-being through Active Sound,” one of four lectures he’s given recently at the university’s Sage Center for the Study of the Mind.

Music, Machover said, touches on just about every aspect of cognition. There are theories that music exists to exercise the mind and to help coordinate its separate functions. Music lovers intuitively know what researchers have verified, that music modulates our moods, helps us move, stimulates our language skills, strengthens our memories and can wondrously bring about emotional responses without their bothersome consequences.

The practical applications of music for healing are irresistible. Cutting-edge music therapy can help Parkinson’s patients walk, enables the autistic to rehearse their emotions and provides opportunities for stroke victims to regain speech and motor movement. Music is usually the last thing Alzheimer’s sufferers recognize. It is our final way to communicate with them, and now it seems music can play a significant role in forestalling Alzheimer’s.

But that’s not all. In an inspiring feedback loop, Machover and his MIT students, are applying their musical gadgets to therapy. The process of making remarkable restorative advances is changing how they think about and make music. And that could affect how the rest of us might think about and make music in the not-so-distant future.

It all began with Hyperscore, a program Machover developed to enable children to compose by drawing and painting on a monitor. A sophisticated computer program translates their artwork into a musical score.

Machover’s team took Hyperscore to Tewksbury Hospital outside of Boston, which serves patients with severe physical and mental disabilities, including the homeless. The residents, many of whom were physically unable to communicate or were otherwise uncommunicative, discovered their inner composer. Through Hyperscore they found they could express themselves in a way that bypassed language.

A few patients with hopeless prognoses and no meaningful life had significant enough changes in their pathology that they could actually think about at least partial recovery. Some found a decrease in auditory and visual hallucinations. There were behavior changes in many that allowed for socialization.

Dan Ellsey became the model patient. Born with cerebral palsy and unable to speak, he was forced to communicate with a clumsy headset that pointed to letters to spell out words. He had little control of his body movements. He was in his early 30s, had never been more than five miles from where he was born and seemed doomed to spend a cocooned life in the hospital.

The Media Lab scientists designed a more refined headset for Ellsey that not only inspired him to compose (he turned out to have interesting musical ideas) but even allowed him to perform by controlling tempo, loudness and articulation. He blossomed, and Ellsey, while still a severely affected cerebral palsy patient, has become an active participant in the Hyperscore program, performing, making CDs and teaching other patients. He was a star at the 2008 TED conference.

What this work with music therapy has shown Machover and other researchers is the potential for what he has dubbed “personal” music. This will be a music tailored to an individual’s needs, be it medicinal or simply a matter of taste.

For the entire article: Music Therapy is Making Breakthroughs

Kurzweil Releases Web-Based Literacy Tool

Kurzweil Educational Systems has unveiled Firefly, a new Web-based resource designed to improve student literacy by offering access from anywhere to digital, text-based material.

Firefly works with existing Kurzweil 3000 software by extending its reach in accordance with Universal Design for Learning principles, an educational framework geared toward developing flexible learning environments for individual learners first defined by the Center for Applied Special Technology.
Access to texts is available anywhere along with literacy support tools that include control over pacing, an ability to highlight text, and the ability to work in conjunction with Dragon, Naturally Speaking. Firefly also offers support for English language learners.

Features of Firefly include:
■ Use of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts
■ Ability for students to interact with text
■ Accessibility for students with a range of disabilities
■ Compatibility with OS X and Windows.

The release joins an existing Kurzweil product line that includes text-to-speech software and other assistive technology to students in Grade 3 through college.

Information about Kurzweil Educational Systems is available at: https://kurzweiledu.com

For the entire press release: Kurzweil Releases Firefly

New Technology Provides Assistance to NYC Travelers with Hearing Impairments

In a busy area like NYC where subway stations are always crowded , navigation for a person with hearing impairment can become quite uneasy. Canceling all the unnecessary noise while asking for directions or seeking more information about oncoming trains can be a daunting task.
Thanks to a device called “hearing loop” being introduced all over the city, hearing only what is important without unnecessary noise is becoming quite possible. The loop is placed close to a room or a window and sends out signals which are caught by a “t-coil” which is already inside many hearing aids and cochrain implants. The t-coil eliminates all the background noise and picks up only what is coming out of a microphone or speaker.

The technology, known as an induction loop, is already common in some European countries. The loops, placed around the perimeter of a room or window, sends out electromagnetic signals that can jump to a receiver called a telechoil or “t-coil,” which is already in most hearing aids or cochlear implants.  When the t-coil is switched on, it picks up only what comes through a microphone or loudspeaker and cancels out the background noise.

The $13.5 million subway hearing loop project is the largest in the country.  Advocates say the technology is so advanced that the sound can actually come across more clearly than what New Yorkers without any hearing loss might normally hear.

For more information: MTA Project Provides Assistance

Regaining Independence Through Eye-Controlled Homes

Sarah was diagnosed with motor neurone disease or MND in 2000, and had become dependent on other people for everything, having lost the use of her hands and the ability to speak as the condition progressed.  Sarah had been using a laptop controlled via a switch on her chin. This was causing Sarah severe neck pain, and she was concerned that she would be unable to communicate in this way for much longer.

Now, thanks to a Tobii PCEye installed by RSLSteeper, which works by converting eye movement to a mouse cursor on screen, Sarah is able to control her computer and communicate with the outside world again.  Sarah has also had a program installed on her PC, which gives her control over the television and media center, as well as switching on and turning off lights, all through eye control. Sarah had been unable to complete these tasks without assistance for many years.

RSLSteeper provides a comprehensive range of assistive technology solutions designed to enable the elderly and severely disabled to live more independently and safely at home.  The company is accredited to ISO 9001 for Environmental Control System design and can offer advice on appropriate devices and systems for each customer. Its dedicated team of specialist engineers can install, maintain and service these systems, and can provide on-site training to users and their carers.

For further information, please visit www.assistive-technology.co.uk

For further information on the eye gaze technology, visit http://www.tobii.com/pceye

E-Readers Helping People with Low Vision

New technology such as smartphones and tablet computers can offer the estimated 21 million people in the United States who have low vision a chance at improved sight, vision experts say. People with low vision have extremely limited sight that interferes with daily activities. Those vision losses can’t be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. But technological devices can improve the useful vision of low-vision patients by enlarging print and images, said Dr. Robert J. Blumthal, an optometrist working with low-vision patients at The Prairie Eye Center in Springfield, Ill.

“In the past, we used to get these monstrous closed-circuit TV devices. They’re called ‘CCTVs,’ which were a screen and a magnifier, and you’d slide it back and forth and it would make images huge,” Blumthal said.

“Now with the Kindle and the NOOK (electronic readers) and iPad (tablet computer), you can make the prints as big as you want, and they don’t have to scroll side to side anymore. It just scrolls downward. It adjusts for the print in the sentence automatically.”

Macular degeneration can be a cause of low vision. Other causes include congenital, genetic diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa (causes progressive degeneration of the retina, the light-sensing nerve tissue in the back of the eye) and glaucoma (a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain), Blumthal said.

“That’s what really the bottom line is, is making life easier and better — a better world for them so that things are easier to do,” Blumthal said.

“We can’t restore their vision, but we can make it easier to do things and make life less complicated. If you make it less complicated, you make it less stressful. If you make it less stressful, you have a happy patient, and that’s the bottom line to me.”

For more information: E-Readers Helping People

Eden Autism Services Opens New School and Headquarters in Plainsboro

Eden Autism Services recently unveiled an $8 million, 30,000-square-foot building in Plainsboro Township’s Princeton Forrestal Village for a new school for children and adolescents, aged 3-21, with autism. After six years of planning, and one year of construction, Eden officials cut the ribbon on the new national headquarters Wednesday. Fifty-nine students who formerly went to the school on Route 1 were moved into the building in October. Incorporated in 1975, Eden began as a small school with fewer than 20 children. Since then, an adult services program has been added.

Eden currently serves 100 adults with autism during a day program at the Clayton Center in West Windsor. It also funds 11 group homes and four supervised apartments. Thirteen students are expected to graduate from the school in Plainsboro within the next two years, so there will be an opportunity for additional students to enter the program. The school has capacity for 80 students.

Students who need extra assistance are chosen from local school districts and there’s no cost to parents. Tuition is covered by school districts and allocations from the state’s Division of Developmental Disabilities. Private tuition and fees cover about 85 percent of the cost to operate Eden, the school’s spokeswoman, Aileen Kornblatt, said. The remainder comes from an annual fund supported by parents and members of the community, the company’s capital campaign — called Nurturing Today, Embracing Tomorrow — as well as corporate donations and special events.

The new school also has a commercial kitchen where students learn how to prepare meals. At a model convenience store, in operation every day, the children learn retail skills — stocking shelves, making coffee and selling snacks. Older students learn office skills such as laminating and using copy machines and other equipment, preparing them for employment when they graduate.

There are seven highly specialized classrooms, with about 60 school faculty members, operating on a one-to-one or a two-to-one student-teacher ratio, based on individual needs. Speech therapy is coupled with the latest technology, including iPads. A camera is installed in each classroom so parents can view their children from home if they live too far to visit. The classrooms also feature small “breakout rooms” for more personalized sessions.

In the future, Eden plans to offer additional activities, such as field trips to local farms, where students will learn to ride and care for horses.

For more information about Eden Autism Services, visit www.edenautism.org, or call (609) 987-0099.

To read the entire article: Eden Opens New School

Assistive Technology for People with Limited or No Use of Their Hands

The Accessible Technology Coalition is a project of the Center for Accessible Technology (CforAT) in California. CforAT is one of the oldest AT Centers in the United States, and staff are known for solving complex AT issues and working with people with a wide range of disabilities, including people with multiple disabilities.

The Accessible Technology Coalition has information on assitive technology for individuals with limited or no use of their hands. Below are some examples of AT that can be used to maximize manual capabilities for those who experience difficulty with using their hands.

• For people who have difficulty with grasping, ring pens such as the RinG may help with writing. These slip over a finger and also require less arm movement than regular pens or pencils.

• Some people prefer to type by holding a pencil or similar type of stick in one or both hands. If necessary, devices such as the Handi-Writer can be used to help steady the stick.

• Grips can be added to pencils, eating utensils, crochet hooks, etc. to make them easier to grasp. These can be made inexpensively by wrapping a small piece of foam around the object and anchoring it with duct tape, or by using the foam insert from a hair curler. Commercially available grips range from small pencil grips to larger, round grips such as the Arthwriter.

• The Virtually Indestructible Keyboard requires less pressure than most standard keyboards, and may be easier to activate for people who find pressing keys difficult or painful.

• Windows and Macintosh computers have a variety of utilities already built in that help users who have difficulty with unwanted repeated keys, pressing multiple keys, etc.

• Touchscreen devices often require simultaneous use of more than one digit, e.g. the “pinching” motion of the thumb and index finger used to zoom in or out on the screen. However, some devices such as the iPhone permit flexibility in which digits are used, which benefits people who have one or more missing or non-functional digits.

Mouthstick
Some people use a mouthstick, which is held in place by biting; some models permit the mouthpiece to be shaped to the individual user’s dentition. Simple sticks allow keyboard keys to be pressed, others have rubber or suction cup tips for tasks such as page turning.

Plain mouthsticks will not work with many touch screens that operate by sensing heat from a finger. However, there are several websites that provide information about easy and cheap ways to make styli work with these screens, including this one from MAKE Magazine, and this will work for mouthsticks as well.

Mouse Alternatives
Use of standard mice requires grasping, arm movement, and clicking, any or all of which may be difficult for individuals with physical disabilities. For people who have no use of their hands, infrared and eyegaze systems provide a hands-free option. The ATC article on Alternative Mice lists a range of solutions, some of which facilitate use of the standard mouse and some of which use the keyboard or alternative mice.

Keyboard Alternatives
Substitutes for the standard keyboard include a wide variety of creative hardware designs, as well as on-screen keyboards that can be activated using a mouse or the infrared/eyegaze solutions discussed below.

Speech Recognition
Speech recognition can be used as an alternative to keyboard use, mouse use, or both. The technology has improved significantly in recent years; however, it still does not meet the needs of all users, including those who have speech impairments or who use computers in noisy environments.

Brain-Computer Interface
An emerging input technology that has promise for people with severe disabilities are brain-computer interfaces such as the Intendix. These track brain waves in reaction to on-screen stimuli such as a highlighted letter on a virtual keyboard, and translate them into computer input

For the entire article: ATC Guide for Limited Use of Hands

For more information from ATC: http://atcoalition.org/

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation

Darrell Gwynn Foundation
4850 SW 52nd St.
Davie, FL 33314
Phone: 954-792-7223
Fax: 954-581-7223
Web: http://darrellgwynnfoundation.org/wheelchair-donation-program.htm
Note: Foundation specializes in high-tech, customized wheelchairs. While standard manual wheelchairs are valued at approximately $350, the wheelchairs we provide are valued anywhere from $6,000 to $40,000 depending on the medical needs of the recipient. There is no other wheelchair donation program in the country that provides these highly customized wheelchairs at no cost to permanently disabled individuals.

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The Darrell Gwynn Foundation Wheelchair Donation Program

Unlike many other wheelchair donation programs and related charities, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation specializes in high-tech, customized wheelchairs. While standard manual wheelchairs are valued at approximately $350, the wheelchairs provided by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation are valued anywhere from $6,000 to $40,000 depending on the medical needs of the recipient.  The higher-valued wheelchairs are equipped with tilt and recline systems, seat elevators, drive trains, high-tech seating systems, rugged tires and suspension systems, all designed to dramatically improve each recipient’s quality of life. 

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donates approximately 35-50 wheelchairs every year to deserving individuals. In order to apply for our program, recipients and their families must demonstrate a medical and financial need for the new wheelchair. The application process is free and our pre-application form can be found below. 

For many recipients, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation is their last resort. They have tried nearly everything to obtain a desperately needed wheelchair for themselves or their child, but without success. They were denied by insurance companies or Medicare and simply do not have the resources available to provide for what their child needs without assistance. The individual is living in a broken or ill-fitting wheelchair and in some cases, they have no wheelchair at all.   

For younger recipients, these wheelchairs enable a child to do things many of us take for granted such as going to school without an aide, keeping up with friends when they start to run, playing in a park with grass, or just being able to move around without having to ask for help. For older recipients, these chairs enable them to become fully engaged with their community, be it going back to work, seeing their families more often, shopping on their own, or taking their dog for a walk. 

Darrell Gwynn’s Wheelchair Donation Program is exclusively for those individuals who do not have the resources to purchase a wheelchair and who have had their claims for a wheelchair denied by a health insurance provider.  The majority of these requests for wheelchairs come from children, teenagers, and adults who are living in constant pain – every day of their life.  The costs of wheelchairs covered by insurance companies often do not cover options such as motors, wheel-assist features, chair tilting, high-tech cushioning, etc.  Many times, insurance will not cover the costs of even a basic chair replacement. 

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Wheelchair Donation Program presents a wheelchair to a deserving individual on average of one to two times a month.  Their goal is to expand our Wheelchair Donation Program to a national scale and provide at least 100 wheelchairs every year by the year 2013.

To learn more, see: Darrell Gwynn Foundation

To apply: Wheelchair Application Checklist

Enhanced Vision

Enhanced Vision
5882 Machine Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Phone: (714) 374-1829
Fax: (714) 374-1821
Website: http://www.enhancedvision.com/
Note: We are a leading manufacturer of low vision products that display brilliant true-to-life color and come in a variety of screen sizes and magnification levels. These high quality low vision products have been doctor recommended and customer approved.

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Free Lottery For Wounded Warriors to Attend National Federation of the Blind Convention

The National Association of Blind Veterans, a division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), today announced a free lottery for wounded warriors who have lost their sight during Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. The winner will receive a free trip to Dallas, Texas, to attend the national convention of the NFB, which will take place from June 30th to July 5, 2012.

The first prize will include airfare to the convention for the winner and a companion, hotel accommodations, the convention registration fee and a banquet ticket, and the opportunity to meet and spend time with a whole organization of blind veterans. Entry to the contest is available on the National Association of Blind Veterans Web site and there is no charge to enter. Only one entry per person is permitted.

For more information about the contest or the National Association of Blind Veterans, contact Dwight Sayer at (407) 877-8668 or visit www.nabv.org.

The University of Athens Offers Free AT Software

The Universit of Athens has offered free accessible online software about the available solutions of assistive technology.  The included applications are published after they have been installed and tested by the University of Athens’ Speech and Accessibility Laboratory.  For each free AT software, the available application is documented and the following fields of information are filled: application name, developer, version, AT category(ies), related disability(ies), description, operating system(s), installation procedure, settings and hints, download links, and a screenshot.

Also, users have three ways of accessing the software applications:

  • Browse by Disability: lists the related applications based on the chosen disability (Speech, Hearing, Motor, Blindness and Low Vision).
  • Browse by Category: lists the applications by type of AT software category (Voice Recognition, Screen Daisy Reader, Calculator, Mouse Cursor, Click Helper, Virtual Keyboard, Camera Mouse, Alternative Communication, Text To Speech, Screen Magnifier, Braille Translator, Web Browser, Mouse Emulator, Contrast Adjustment, Keyboard Shortcuts, Voice Mail, Clock, Video Call).
  • Show All Applications: simply lists the whole inventory’s applications in an alphabetical order.

To browse this website, see:  Freeware Assistive Technology Software

VA Announces Specially Adapted Housing Grant Amounts for 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Loan Guaranty Service announced that Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant amounts will remain unchanged in fiscal year 2012.  Pursuant to the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, VA adopted a private-sector residential home cost-of-construction index, the Turner Building Cost Index (TBCI), to determine whether to increase certain SAH grant amounts each year.  The aggregate amount of assistance available for SAH grants will be $12,756 during fiscal year 2012.

Veterans or servicemembers who have specific service-connected disabilities may be entitled to a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the purpose of constructing an adapted home or modifying an existing home to meet their adaptive needs.  The goal of the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant Program is to provide a barrier-free living environment that affords the veterans or servicemembers a level of independent living he or she may not normally enjoy.

For more information on the SAH grant program and eligibility criteria, please
visit: http://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/sah.asp.

You may also contact Brian Bixler, Chief, Specially Adapted Housing, at (571) 272-0091 or via e-mail at
brian.bixler@va.gov.

Public and Private Insurance Show Increase in Denials for New Wheelchairs

People who evaluate and fit patients for wheelchairs say many requests for more expensive, motorized chairs with multiple custom features are being denied because insurers and Medicare officials are worried about high costs and fraud. Doctors, physical therapists, and patients must appeal the decision, or else the patients give up and accept lesser chairs.

“It’s gotten to the point where words are not enough to convince the medical directors” of insurers, said assistive technology professional Robert Townsend of Jeff Quip, a Boothwyn company that supplies complex chairs.

Experts said patients who fight – especially those who appeal in person – often can get the chair they need, but during the bureaucratic battle, they must make do with loaner chairs or lie in bed.

People who have battled for chairs say both public programs such as Medicare and private insurers are balking. The delays likely flow from Medicare’s attempts to curtail fraud in the motorized wheelchair market; other insurers follow its lead. Medicare’s response to companies that advertised widely on TV and amped up demand for scooters is a set of rules that Donald Clayback, executive director of the industry group the National Coalition for Assistive Technology and Rehab Technology, calls “onerous” and “overly aggressive.”

Insurers deny that they are stalling or have increased denials for high-end chairs recently, but say they must help prevent fraud and spend money wisely. “It is often a challenge,” said Don Liss, medical director for Independence Blue Cross. He said IBC processes 22.2 million claims a year and had denied 38 claims for complex wheelchairs last year. He called the “flat-out” denial rate “fleetingly small.”

Medicare, which requires patients to have a face-to-face visit with a doctor before submitting a wheelchair claim, will pay only for chairs that patients need to function in their home, and private insurers have followed suit. They won’t pay for more powerful chairs, for example, if someone needs one to go to work or get around a college campus.

Liss said insurance typically does not cover accessories that are not primarily medical in nature, such as interfaces for turning lights on or tray tables. Patients can pay out of pocket for accessories that aren’t covered.

People who fit patients for chairs at area rehabilitation hospitals say they have a particularly hard time getting approvals for seats that go up and down so that patients can access work surfaces of different heights. Seats that tilt to prevent pressure ulcers can also be hard to get. Estimates of denial rates varied widely, but people involved in sending claims said they were up markedly in the last two years.

For the entire article: Insurers Put Brakes on Wheelchair Approvals

Easter Seals New Jersey partners with CareSpeak Communications to Launch Mobile Health Tools

Easter Seals New Jersey has partnered with CareSpeak Communications to bring mobile health tools to individuals with disabilities in New Jersey. The CareSpeak two-way text messaging mHealth platform enables individuals, living in community housing or transitioning into independent living, become more compliant with their medical treatment regimens. It also enables community home managers and nurses to manage and monitor large patient populations.

When it’s time for the individual to take their medications, the system sends them a text message alert with detailed instructions. Using very simple text commands individuals can confirm intake. If the individual doesn’t confirm medication intake within a pre-determined amount of time (e.g. 30 minutes), a follow up escalation text alert is sent to up to two caregivers, in this case the community home managers and/or nurse, alerting them that patient potentially didn’t take the medication. The caregiver message included the patients’ cell phone number allowing for immediate dialing.

Additionally, patients with type 1 and 2 Diabetes can be prompted by the CareSpeak system to measure and report their blood sugar levels (BGL). The reported values are charted on-line and can be taken to the next doctor’s visit. If patients forget to report their BGL, or report BGL values that are out-of-safe range, the CareSpeak mHealth system notifies the caregivers allowing for immediate intervention.

CareSpeak’s system uses everyday technology and existing behavior to help solve this significant problem of compliance. It is easy to use, affordable and accessible anytime, anywhere, making it especially suitable for individuals who do not have smart phones running apps requiring costly data connectivity plans. It doesn’t require learning a new system or purchasing and carrying another device.
The efficacy of the CareSpeak mHealth system was tested with the Mt. Sinai Medical Center’s pediatric liver transplant program, and results were published in the November 2009 issues of Pediatrics, and it was subsequently written about in the New York Times. The study found that as a result of receiving regular text alerts through the CareSpeak system, patients were more likely to have higher adherence rates. The number of rejections dramatically decreased from 12 episodes the previous year to only two during the study.

Read the entire article at: Easter Seals and CareSpeak Communications Partner for New mHealth Tools

American Council of the Blind and Google Conduct Survey of Computer Usage and Assistive Technology Patterns in the Blind Community

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) announced it will be working with Google Inc. to survey individuals who are blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind to better understand how they use computers and assistive technology to access information.

Respondents will be able to complete the survey by either telephone or Web. Survey data will be used to better understand how blind users interact with the Web, which assistive technologies they find most useful, and how they make decisions about whether to switch or upgrade tools.

At the conclusion of the survey in October, seven gift certificates will be awarded to participants who wish to take part in a random drawing. The first winner will receive a gift certificate from Amazon.com in the amount of $50. The remaining 6 participants will each receive a $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com. Winners will be contacted via e-mail or telephone.

The survey, which will run through mid-September, is available at http://www.acb.org/googlesurvey.

About the American Council of the Blind – The American Council of the Blind is the largest consumer-based organization of blind and visually impaired Americans advocating for the rights of blind Americans. Comprised of more than 70 affiliates across the United States, the organization is dedicated to making it possible for blind and visually impaired Americans to participate fully in all aspects of American society. For more information, visit http://www.acb.org

Read more at: ACB and Google Conduct Study

The Latest Speech Generating Devices

More than 2 million Americans are speech-impaired because of a severe communication disorder. Today, a growing number of these individuals have found their voice through speech generating devices (SGDs)—electronic devices that talk for them. Several recent advances in SGD technology have made the devices even more powerful and accessible.

The simplest SGDs use digital speech—words or sentences that have been prerecorded by a human speaker. Specific messages can be retrieved and played back as needed. Such devices work well for many people. But for some, having to rely on a limited number of set messages is too confining.

That’s where text-to-speech SGDs come in. Users type what they want to say, and the device figures out how to pronounce the message using a complex set of rules for that language. The device then “speaks” the words using synthesized speech—an artificial simulation of the real thing. It doesn’t quite sound human, but it’s close. Today they’re available in a host of languages and some devices are even bilingual.

With SGDs, the machine may be doing the talking. But it’s the user who chooses what is said. Typically, this is done by typing on a keyboard, touching a screen, rolling a trackball, or tilting a joystick. But for users with very limited mobility, there are other options as well.

Eye tracking uses a sophisticated camera system to track the glint in a user’s eye. This allows the system to see where the person is looking on a screen. Then it directs a cursor to that location. After the user’s gaze has stayed on the same location for a set time—typically, somewhere between one-quarter-second and one second—the cursor clicks on that spot. In some systems, a blink can also activate a click. In this way, the user can select letters, words, or symbols to create a message.

Head tracking is similar. But rather than following the gaze of the eyes, a specialized camera tracks the movement of a small, disposable reflective dot that sticks to the user’s forehead or glasses. The user is then able to point and click a cursor with head movements. In essence, the “head dot” works like a wireless mouse.

The latest technology uses brain-computer interface (BCI), where the user wears a cap with electrodes on it. These electrodes are attached to an EEG machine, which tracks electrical activity inside the brain. “The person looks at a screen that’s flashing letters very quickly. When the desired letter flashes, the person’s EEG changes,” says Melanie Fried-Oken, Ph.D., professor and director of the Assistive Technology Program at Oregon Health and Science University. This triggers the SGD to select that letter. Dr. Fried-Oken is one of the researchers studying this new technology. She says it shows great promise for helping those who can’t voluntarily move any part of the body, sometimes even the eyes.

Certain speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are trained to evaluate and recommend SGDs within the field of augmentative and alternative communication. If you think an SGD might be right for you, an SLP can help you sift through the options and find the best match for your needs.

For the entire article, see: The Latest Options in Speech Generating Devices

New Federal Grants Awarded for AT Development

Companies working to create technology to make life easier for people with disabilities are getting a leg up through a series of new federal grants.

The U.S. Department of Education is awarding 16 grants worth $75,000 each to 11 small businesses. Recipients of the grants include companies designing a foot-operated computer mouse, a personal scheduling system and a special Facebook interface specifically for those who have intellectual disability.

“These projects are designed to help people with disabilities maximize their job productivity and economic self-sufficiency,” said Alexa Posny, assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services at the Education Department. “This is the first step of research and development in several areas that will enhance independent living and employment for individuals with disabilities.”

The grants are part of a two-step offering. If after six months the projects are still considered worthy, businesses can receive up to an additional $500,000 to continue work for another two years, federal education officials said.

To read the entire article, see: Feds Spur AT Development

The Center for Personal Assistance Services Seeks Consumer Input

The Center for Personal Assistance Services has published a survey to assess the needs of those who use personal assistance services and their experience during disasters or emergency situations.  This survey may be completed online and the Center promises that answers will be kept confidential and no individual information will be used in any reports or publications that may result from this study.

The Center for Personal Assistance Services was created through a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.  The Center’s main purpose is to analyze and describe trends and the needs of the population of consumers who receive personal assistance services, including those who are employed or seeking employment.

Among the respondents who complete this survey, an additional questionnaire may be sent to gain more in-depth understanding of emergency preparedness plans.  If you choose to complete this questionnaire, which should take approximately 10-15 minutes, you will be entered into the drawing for a $50 gift card.

To participate in the survey, see:  PAS Emergency Preparedness Survey
To learn more about the Center for Personal Assistance Services, please visit their website at: www.pascenter.org/home

New Smartphone Apps Help Troops and Vets with PTSD

A half-dozen apps with names like “T2 MoodTracker,” ‘’PTSD Coach” and “Breathe2Relax” have been developed by the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs Department, but not to diagnose illness or replace psychiatric counseling. Rather, the apps offer at-your-fingertips information about what the military calls “invisible wounds” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — and techniques for managing the symptoms.

The newest, released in May, was a joint Pentagon-VA effort — PTSD Coach. It helps self-assess symptoms, gives step-by-step instructions in muscle relaxation and breathing, helps users create a phone list of people to call when they need support and helps vets contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline in an emergency.

There’s also an app for health care providers that includes definitions, causes and severity ratings for mild traumatic brain injury — or concussions — suffered by so many troops from roadside bombs and other explosions. Another for doctors treating PTSD is expected in the coming months. Officials hope the apps for troops, vets and their families will encourage more people to get professional help and will be used by others to supplement professional therapy.

In a vast and unprecedented wartime effort that has struggled to keep up with troop needs, the government in recent years has increased mental health screening, hired more psychiatric staff, sent mental health survey teams directly to the battlefields, launched new research and started or bolstered myriad programs from suicide prevention to resilience training to family counseling. They’ve promoted the efforts with booklets, boot camp training, interactive websites, social media, call-in phone lines and more.

Because of the anonymity, there is little feedback on the program that started last summer with MoodTracker. But officials said they plan to find volunteers in the future to help with a study on the program’s effectiveness. For now, what’s known is that MoodTracker was downloaded about 17,000 times since it was introduced. Since PTSD Coach was released in May, it has been downloaded about 11,000 times in 37 countries, including Mexico, Latvia and Japan.

Although the app is particularly tailored to the needs of active-duty troops and veterans, some users may also be PTSD sufferers with no military background. Officials believe it’s likely some are civilians who’ve had other types of trauma, such as from physical or sexual assaults, car accidents or natural disasters.

For the entire article see: Troops, Vets Get Smartphone Help

ReWalk Provides People with a Chance to Walk Again

The ReWalk was invented by an Israeli company, but its U.S. clinical trial has been run by Moss Rehab in Philadelphia. The ReWalk, which looks like a pair of leg braces attached to a small backpack., has a sensor in the pack that measures the tilt of the user’s torso. When the user leans forward with the help of a pair of crutches, a microprocessor sends signals to motors in the hip and knee joints. These motors bend and then extend the user’s legs at each step.

Based on the clinical trial that is still ongoing, the FDA approved the ReWalk for institutional use earlier this year. Moss will be the first place in the U.S. to use the device in therapy, starting at the end of July or beginning of August.

Dr. Alberto Esquenazi is the chief medical officer at Moss Rehab. Esquenazi helped develop the software for ReWalk, and ran the trial. Besides giving people who have been in wheelchairs for an average of 8 years the opportunity to walk again, he said the trial has revealed other health benefits.

A similar device created in Berkley, California is currently in testing. Together, the devices represent the next step in thinking about mobility for people who are paralyzed.

The ReWalk costs about $90,000 for hospitals to buy. Elliott said the next generation of similar devices will need to be cheaper, able to handle more difficult terrain and help people walk less robotically, more naturally. But he sees them as the future of mobility.

For the entire article see: Rewalk Gives Local People A Chance to Walk Again

The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability’s Latest Guide on Adaptive Recreation

The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability’s Lifetime Sports website offers a wealth of information on playing and adapting nearly a dozen sports, from bocce and golf to sled hockey and Tai Chi.  This website offers tutorials on how games are played, videos of players playing with adaptations, and allows users to find equipment suppliers in their area.  Lifetime Sports also features information for children through adults, with guides for parents on supporting youth recreation and promoting active lifestyles for their children.

Also, NCPAD provides a state-by-state and town-by-town program directory of accessible and adaptive recreation and fitness programs.  Find everything from adaptive sailing in Vermont, to deer hunting in Arkansas, and golf in California.  The directory is also a summer camps resource.

NCPAD is a program of the Dept. of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois–Chicago and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For more information, see:  NCPAD’s Lifetime Spoorts Guide or NCPAD’s Program Directory

Abilities Expo Needs a New Logo

The Logo Challenge
Design a new logo for Abilities Expo, and win up to $1,000.00!

This is the third anniversary of the new ownership of Abilities Expo and it is time to upgrade the former logo, a design representing the traditional sign of people with disabilities.  The intention of a new logo design is that it will represent the diversity of the people with disabilities that Abilities Expo serves from Los Angeles to New York.

The logo must incorporate the name ”Abilities Expo” and may or may not include an additional icon.  The desired impression is that Abilities Expo is the premiere event for all people with disabilities, whether physical, sensory or developmental.  The logo will have to work in both color and black and white.  It should be versatile, conveying the message cleanly, clearly and legibly on something as small as a business card or as large as a freeway billboard.

The Prize
All entries must be received via email or postmarked by midnight on July 15, 2011.  The individual(s) who submits the best logo design will win $1,000 and be featured in the next issue of the Buzz.  First and second runners up will receive $500 and $250, respectively.  Winners will be selected by Abilities Expo staff members David Korse, Lew Shomer, Sarah Laucks, Kevaleen Lara and John Pelico with the approval of the entire Expo team.  These winners will notified via email and/or phone, and be the feature story in the August Buzz.

Specifications
All artwork should be submitted digitally in one of the following formats: jpeg, tiff, gif or eps. Submissions should be high resolution at 300 dpi at a document size of no less than 6” x 6”. Vector files are preferred. Please email your submission to jpelico@sbcglobal.net and include “Abilities Expo Logo” in the subject line.

If you are unable to submit a digital file, please snail mail your entry to:

John Pelico
10945 Westwood Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230

This contest is open to all of the Abilities Expo community, people with disabilities, their caregivers, advocates, health professionals and those who support the Abilities Expo team.

For more information, check out: The Abilities Buzz: June 2011

HearMore.com

HearMore.com
42 Executive Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Voice: 800-881-4327
TTY 1-800-281-3555
Video Phone: 1-1631-752-1145
Website: http://www.hearmore.com/store/default.asp Note: Provides sales of AT devices targeted towards consumers with hearing loss.
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Morgan’s Wonderland Opens in Texas as Theme Park for Individuals with Special Needs

Morgan’s Wonderland, a new 25-acre theme park for children and adults with special needs in San Antonio, Texas, grew out of an incident Gordon Hartman witnessed.

His 16-year-old daughter Morgan – for whom the park is named – has a severe cognitive delay. One day some years ago, he observed her watching other children who were playing in a pool. He knew she wanted to join them, but because of the girl’s inability to communicate properly, she couldn’t.

For the former real estate developer, it was a defining moment, inspiring him to create a place where the words ‘couldn’t’, ‘shouldn’t’ and ‘can’t’ weren’t part of the vocabulary.

Morgan’s Wonderland features 25 attractions all tailored to suit a wide range of cognitive and physical needs. Admission is free for individuals with special needs and $5 for family members and caregivers. The attractions include: the Sensory Village with its abundance of light, touch and sound. The carousel can lift wheelchairs up and down, and off-road vehicles are fully accessible to wheelchair-users. There’s a music garden, water play area, pirate’s island, an amphitheater and the Wonderland Express.

The park also offers guests special bracelets with microchips so they can keep track of children who may wander off. The radio frequency technology enables users to check on children from screens located all across the park.

For the full article and more on Morgan’s Wonderland, see: Texas Theme Park Opens for People with Special Needs

UC Berkeley Student Uses Assistive Technology To Walk at Graduation

Graduating  UC Berkeley Senior Austin Whitney , a paraplegic since 2007, used a controller switch on a walker to direct the exoskeleton strapped around his legs to move forward at the May Commencement.  

“It was overpowering,” said Whitney, who was the last graduate in the procession. “I’ve stood in the [exoskeleton] machine a lot of times before, but I knew that it would be different up here [on stage], and it truly was.”

Whitney’s extraordinary walk has been in the works since last fall, when he connected with Homayoon Kazerooni and his team of researchers. UC Berkeley engineers have been creating exoskeletons, a type of wearable robotic, to improve the mobility of individuals with paraplegia.

Whitney said that he hopes today’s success will provide hope to other paraplegics that in their lifetime, they will see affordable machines that can help them regain some of their mobility.

For the full article, see: Student Uses Exoskeleton to Walk at Graduation

Video produced by Roxanne Makasdjian, Media Relations

Check Out DRNJ at the Abilities Expo: May 20-22, 2011

Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals will attend Abilities Expo on Friday, May 20, through Sunday, May 22, 2011 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center. Admission is free and show hours are Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.

Abilities Expo has put together an impressive line-up of exhibits, workshops, experts, events and activities to appeal to the full spectrum of people with disabilities, from children to seniors and everyone in between. Free loaner scooters and free wheelchair repair will also be available onsite during show hours.

“It is our privilege to provide this forum for the Community of people with disabilities in the New York Metro area to come together and gain access to life-enhancing technologies, education and resources,” said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. “Between the adaptive events, the interactive assistive technology pavilion, the dynamic workshops and the thousands of products and services on display … this is a must-attend event for everyone in the Community.”

Attendees will experience cutting-edge products and services for people with a wide range of disabilities. They will find mobility products, devices for people with developmental disabilities, medical equipment, home accessories, essential services, low-cost daily living aids, products for people with sensory impairments and much more. The Assistive Technology Pavilion will feature the latest AT products for people with wide ranges of physical, sensory and developmental disabilities and is anchored by the New Jersey Assistive Technology Center AT Showcase. The showcase will not only feature an array of breakthrough assistive technologies, it will allow Expo visitors to experience them hands-on.

A series of compelling workshops which address pressing disability issues will be offered free-of-charge to all attendees. Sessions will focus on travel, disability in the workforce, assistive technology, sex and relationships, augmentative and alternative communication, mobility solutions, Medicaid for durable medical equipment, financial planning and that is just for starters. In addition, there will be an exciting seminar which details the groundbreaking clinical trials which are currently testing therapies to restore function in people with spinal cord injuries.

Abilities Expo does not merely inform, it engages and it entertains. Attendees of all abilities can learn some hip hop wheelchair dancing moves, experience martial arts, enjoy canine assistance demos, play adaptive sports and see style transcend disability in the fashion showcase. Children will also have the opportunity to transform into their favorite animals or characters with free facepainting.

Also, Abilities Expo participants can bring their old cell phones, iPhones, iPods or iPads to donate to the Gift a Voice Project, a program that refurbishes or recycles this equipment so that they can be used by people with communication disabilities.

For more information, visit: www.abilitiesexpo.com/newyork.

Your ReSource to Host a Drop-Off for Gently Used DME in Hamilton

On Saturday, June 4th, from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M., Your ReSource will be hosting a drop-off site for gently used durable medical equipment at the Acme Hamilton Square Shopping Center, 957 Highway 33, Hamilton, NJ.

Your ReSource will clean, refurbish and make the equipment available to those who need it. Plus, it will keep usable equipment out of the trash. Your ReSource will also provide a tax receipt for all donations.

Your ReSource is a 501(c)(3) non profit human service and environmental organization located in Ewing.

For more information, vist: www.yourresourcenj.orgOr call: 609-890-9800

CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Funding Opportunity

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust seeks to support organizations that are most effective at creating positive and measurable outcomes for children with disabilities and providing healthcare services for underserved populations. Last year, the trust awarded grants to more than seventy organizations for programs focused on autism, technology, life and workforce skills, and access to health care.

For this year’s program, the trust will accept online applications from May 1 to June 15, 2011, for applications targeting children with disabilities; and from July 1 to August 15, 2011, for applications targeting health care services for underserved populations.

Inspired by a belief that children of all abilities should have equal access to educational, social, medical, and therapeutic services in order to live a healthy and happy life, the trust seeks applications from organizations that are providing the following support services and programs for children under the age of 21 and their families: early intervention — therapeutic and support services designed to meet the needs of infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or disability; parental support and education programs that educate, prepare, and assist parents in the care giving and support of their children; assistive technology programs that provide access to equipment or training on assistive technologies that help children learn, communicate, and thrive; and programs that support the development of social skills and/or independent living skills, including camp programs.

CVS Caremark is most interested in funding proposals where support can help an organization expand or enhance an existing program with proven success, enable organizations to support innovative new approaches that produce positive outcomes for targeted populations, or support one-time capital needs (excluding bricks and mortar).

Applications are invited from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in U.S. locations where CVS Caremark has a business presence (all states except Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming).

One-year grants will range from $10,000 to $50,000. Previous grantees are eligible to apply in the following year if they can demonstrate significant positive outcomes.

For complete program guidelines and the application form, visit the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust website.

Augcomm New Jersey: A Forum on AAC Devices for Parents and Professionals

Augcomm New Jersey: A Forum on Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Parents and Professionals will be held on Monday, September 26, 2011 from 5:30 PM – 8:45 PM in Somerset, NJ.

Learn how parents, teachers, speech therapists and case managers can work together to allow kids with autism and others who cannot communicate verbally to tell us what they want and need. This event will offer a process-oriented overview of the steps necessary to create a person-first strategy for the use of AAC tools.

Speakers and panelists will provide participants with practical advice and perspectives on:
-The effective use of AAC in the provision of a free and appropriate public education
-Evaluating high-tech and low-tech AAC tools based on an individual’s needs
-Selecting vocabulary goals to support appropriate and meaningful communication
-Parent/professional collaboration to enhance a child’s communication ability at home, in school and in the community
-Funding of AAC devices

For more information and to register see: Augcomm NJ

Hearing Aid Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (HAAAD)

Hearing Aid Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (HAAAD)
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
P. O. Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Phone: (609) 292-7837
Toll-free in NJ: (800) 367-6543

Web site:  http://www.state.nj.us/health/seniorbenefits/haaaddetail.shtml
Note: Provides a $100 credit towards the cost of a hearing aid for individuals who are eligible for the PAAD prescription-drug assistance program.
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Columbia Offers Free AT Support Program for Families

Columbia University and JCC Manhattan are providing an Assistive Technology Support Program for children with special needs. This support program will consist of a series of free informational sessions, funded through Time Warner Cable. The program will be made available to school-age children (early intervention to college bound) and their families. Sessions will address how assistive technologies can help students address learning, communication, vision, hearing, and physical access needs in the classroom. This program provides information to help parents become informed advocates and consumers.

Sessions will be held on Sundays from May 1 through August 28 at a variety of times throughout the morning and afternoon.

For more information and/or to schedule a free appointment, contact Mark Surabian at ATHelp@me.com or call 917-586-8000. Please be sure to indicate that you are interested in scheduling a consultation at the JCC in Manhattan.

The JCC Manhattan is located at:
334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street
New York, NY 10023
Multimedia Center (computing center), Lower Level Two Basement

For more information: AT Support Program for Families

ATAC of DRNJ Provides Funding For Nine Innovative Assistive Technology Projects

The Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) recently announced grant awards for short-term projects to expand assistive technology services in New Jersey. ATAC received over twenty applications for this opportunity from which the following nine applicants have been awarded funding for their assistive technology projects:

Adam Krass Consulting, L.L.C. (AKC): AKC is based in Bergen County and provides assistive technology services to children and adults in New Jersey. AKC will conduct training and device demonstrations in centers for independent living (CILs) across New Jersey, introducing staff and members of the CILs to assistive technology devices that support activities of daily living, control the environment, increase mobility and communications, and provide access to computers.

Advancing Opportunities (AO): AO is a non-profit organization in Mercer County that provides assistive technology loan and demonstration services on a statewide basis. AO will partner with three New Jersey CILs to enhance their capacity to perform device demonstrations, resulting in greater availability of assistive technology on a statewide basis.

Anshe Emeth Community Development Corporation (AECDD): AECDD provides health-related and social services to individuals in the Greater Middlesex County community who are not eligible for most free or subsidized services. AECDD provides access to durable medical equipment or other medical services that people with disabilities need to live as fully and independently as possible. Through the grant award, AECDD will expand the number of assistive technology devices available through their loan program.

Gloucester County Special Services School District (GCSSD): GCSSD provides a variety of specialized services to meet new or emerging needs in response to the increasingly diverse student population being educated by today’s schools. GCSSD will provide training to educators, trainers, and parents in assistive technology and will also provide augmentative communication devices for demonstration and loan to other school districts in the county.

New Jersey Institute of Disabilities (NJID): NJID is a non-profit organization in Middlesex County that provides a unique continuum of services for more than 1,000 children and adults with disabilities. NJID will work with the American Red Cross and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management to provide emergency shelters with communication devices for people with limited speech capacities, as well as training on how to use the devices. This will serve as a model program for other counties seeking to make emergency services more effective for people with disabilities.

New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center (TBBC): TBBC is the public library for New Jersey’s residents with print disabilities, and provides library service throughout the state. TBBC will partner with the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey to provide portable, handheld digital book players for loan to persons with traumatic brain injuries.

Progressive Center for Independent Living (PCIL): PCIL is based in Mercer and Hunterdon Counties and advocates for the rights of people with disabilities to achieve and maintain independent lifestyles. PCIL will establish a statewide assistive technology training project for state emergency management officials who will in turn train their local emergency responders in the mechanics of evacuation of people who use durable medical equipment, such as wheelchairs and other adaptive devices.

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ): TCNJ operates an Assistive Technology Lending Program and an Alternate Format Production Center available to a network of state and community colleges in New Jersey, and provides training and technical assistance related to use of assistive technology devices. TCNJ will equip and enhance their lending program to provide more New Jersey students with instructional materials in alternate formats.

Your ReSource, Inc. (YR): Your ReSource is a Mercer County non-profit organization that operates an equipment reutilization program to enhance access to affordable home medical equipment. YR will expand their service area in south and central New Jersey through outreach activities.

“This is the second year we’ve provided this funding for new projects,” said Curtis Edmonds, ATAC program manager. “We’re hopeful that this year’s grantees will be as successful as last year’s were, and that these funds will benefit New Jersey residents with disabilities who use assistive technology.”

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in New Jersey. DRNJ is a non-profit corporation whose governing board consists of a majority of persons with disabilities or family members of persons with disabilities. DRNJ provides legal and non-legal advocacy, information and referral, outreach, training and technical assistance to advance the human, civil, and legal rights of persons with disabilities.

The 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.

8 Online Employment Resources for Persons with Disabilities

Below are several examples of online employment resources designed to assist people with disabilities in the workforce.

1. Our Ability (http://www.ourability.com)
View and listen to success stories or post a job or resume. Read about and interact with successful people with disabilities in the education and business world.

2. Accessible Technology for All (http://www.accessibletech.org)
AccessibleTech.org is a project of the ADA National Network geared for the business community. The site provides resources on accessible technology and AT.

3. Workrave (http://www.workrave.org)
Free ergonomics software download to prevent Repetive Strain injury while working on your computer.

4. Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (http://askjan.org/soar/index.htm)
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN)’s Web page for exploring various accommodation options for people with disabilities in work and educational settings.

5. Employer’s Practical Guide to Reasonable Accommodations (http://askjan.org/Erguide/One.htm)
Covers Americans with Disabilities Act basics and info on reasonable accommodations for applicants, interviewees, current and former employees, and employees on leave.

6. Workplace Accommodation Examples (http://www.workrerc.org/accommodations.php)
Read case studies about successful workplace accommodations and add your own.

7. Punch-In.org (http://www.punch-in.org)
A new self-directed Employment Assistant that is geared for young adults with disabilities seeking to enter the workforce.

8. Solving the Employment Puzzle for Youth with Disabilities (http://www.pacer.org/tatra/empPuzzle/1.htm)
Customizable, free parent training curriculum that focuses on providing specific
information on various employment systems for persons with disabilities.

(Taken from: http://www.atprogramnews.com/2011/03/8-great-online-employment-resources-for-persons-with-disabilities.html)

Note-Taking Made Easy For Students with Visual Impairments

For many students with visual impairments, and particularly those who are legally blind, it is difficult to switch focus between the notebook and the board. A team of students from the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing created a device to help low-vision students take notes and watch the lecture at the same time, a feat that has won the top prize in the U.S. finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup.

Team leader David Hayden, legally blind himself, is the inventor and team captain for the Team Note-Taker at Arizona State University in Tempe. The Team Note-Taker is a portable device about the size of a milk carton with a camera on it. The user of this device can adjust where the camera looks and plug it into a laptop computer, which will display a split-screen interface. On half of the screen, there is a digital notepad for taking handwritten or typed notes, and in the other half is live video of the board. To control where the camera is zoomed in or where it’s pointing, just use the basic controls and tap any point on the image and it’ll center on that or drag and click on any feature in the image.

The Note-Taker simultaneously records the video and the audio on the computer. As a result, this records the time taken for every keystroke or pen stroke. Most importantly, it allows the storage of the notes written on the notepad and the audio and video files to be all together.

A video of the Note-Taker can be viewed at: Science Friday

For the full article or to listen to the story on NPR: Note-Taking Made Easy

National Park Service Adds Assistive Technology System

Softeq Development Corporation announces the completion of the Durateq® Assistive Technology System offering assistive listening and audio description at the New River Gorge National River (U.S. National Park Service) Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing, West Virginia. The New River Gorge team wanted to make their visitor center experience accessible to all guests and partnered with Design & Integration, Inc. and Softeq for their solution.

Originally developed for the Walt Disney World theme park, the Durateq Assistive Technology Version (ATV) handheld devices with its ALiCE (Assistive Listening and Captioning Engine) software makes the visitor center experience accessible to anyone requiring audio or visual assistance. The system provides audio description (AD) for visitors who are blind or have low vision, and assistive listening (ALS) for visitors with hearing loss. The audio content is triggered automatically, synchronized with the videos in the visitor center’s theatre, and even provides some navigational assistance.

The Durateq ATV is the most advanced assistive handheld solution available today that helps public venues meet Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

Softeq Development Corporation is headquartered in Houston, TX. Softeq specializes in software services, system integration, product development, and assistive technology for Fortune 500 companies worldwide. For more information, visit www.softeq.com.

For the entire article:  National Park Service Adds AT

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Becomes Learning Ally

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), a 63-year old nonprofit organization serving over 300,000 individuals across the U.S. with learning differences and reading disabilities, announced that it has officially changed its name to Learning Ally.

The new name is accompanied by a tagline – “Making reading accessible for all” – and was selected after months of research and focus groups were conducted with hundreds of RFB&D student members, parents, volunteers, education professionals and other stakeholders.

“Changing the name of a long-established national institution such as RFB&D is not something we entered into lightly,” says Andrew Friedman, Learning Ally’s President and CEO. “Our members themselves were the key driver of this transformation. For one thing, our mix of users today includes individuals with diverse learning differences that are outside the scope of our former name.

In 2010, RFB&D embraced the latest mainstream technology, making its content accessible for users at home or in school. And in February 2011, a new application was released enabling its entire library of downloadable audiobooks to be played on Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad, and iPad Touch. All of this is good news for the widening base of students, parents, teachers and schools that Learning Ally serves.

Founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind, Learning Ally serves more than 300,000 K-12, college and graduate students, as well as veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. Learning Ally’s collection of more than 65,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – delivered through internet downloads and various assistive technology devices – is the largest of its kind in the world. More than 6,000 volunteers across the U.S. help to record and process the educational materials, which students rely on to achieve academic and professional success. Learning Ally, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, state and local education programs, and the generous contributions of individuals, foundations and corporations.

For more information, call (866) 732-3585 or visit: www.LearningAlly.org.

National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program Connects Low-Income Individuals With Communications Services

On April 6, 2011, the FCC issued an order to set up the first ever National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) to enable low-income individuals who are deaf-blind to access 21st century communications services. Established as a pilot program, the NDBEDP will help ensure that deaf-blind individuals have access to the Internet, and advanced communications, including interexchange services and advanced telecommunications and information services. The Order is the first of several we are expecting this year to implement the provisions of the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (“21st CVAA”).

Funded with $10 million allocated from the Interstate Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund each year, the FCC said that the best approach is to establish a two-year pilot program with the option of extending this for a third year. The FCC will assess the program then to see what is most efficient and effective for administering the NDBEDP on a permanent basis. Under the NDBEDP pilot program, the Commission will certify and provide funding to one entity in each state to distribute equipment to low-income individuals who are deaf-blind. Here are some of the NDBEDP details:

  • Of the $10 million, up to $500,000 is set aside for national outreach efforts.
  • Each state will initially receive a minimum initial funding allocation of $50,000, with the balance of the available funds allocated in proportion to each state’s population.
  • Certified programs must submit documentation to support claims for reimbursement for NDBEDP equipment and related services, up to each state’s funding allocation.
  • Certified programs must submit reports on their activities and expenses every six months, disclose potential conflicts of interest, and conduct annual independent audits.
  • To be certified, entities must apply for certification to receive funding support under the NDBEDP pilot program within 60 days of the effective date of the rules. The Commission will certify only one entity for each state.
  • Consumer eligibility is limited to individuals who are deaf-blind as defined in the Helen Keller National Center Act.
  • Because of the unusually high medical and disability-related costs incurred by people who are deaf-blind, the low-income eligibility threshold is set at 400% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Equipment for distribution includes specialized and off-the-shelf equipment, separately or in combination, as long as it meets the needs of the deaf-blind individual and makes communications services covered under the CVAA accessible.
  • Costs of the equipment distributed, warranties, maintenance, repairs, and refurbishing will also be covered, if reasonable.
  • Also covered are related services, if reasonable, such as state and local outreach efforts, individual assessments of a deaf-blind person’s communications equipment needs, equipment installation, and individualized training of consumers on how to use the equipment.

For the entire article, see:  www.coataccess.org/node/9986 or go to the FCC website at: www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/headlines.html

University of Buffalo Researchers Develop “The Talker” for Vets with TBI

Researchers at the University at Buffalo (UB) and Applied Sciences Group (ASG), a high-tech firm, hope that an improved version of The Talker can help disabled veterans reconnect to the world. In 2003, one of the first projects at UB’s Center for Socially Relevant Computing was the development of The Talker, a program that “speaks” for people who no longer can.

For veterans suffering serious physical or cognitive wounds, assistive technology makes it easier for them to remember appointments, keep in touch with loved ones and use their computers. Veterans hospitals are starting to turn to assistive technology — everything from iPads to Livescribe smart pens — to try to give their disabled patients more control over their lives.

UB researchers and their partners at began testing this Talker and related equipment in March at a veterans hospital in Tampa, Florida. David Jauch was its first user. The brain stem stroke he suffered at 24 robbed him of his speech and left him with only limited use of his left arm. To communicate, he pointed to words on a sheet of paper. With the Talker program, Jauch holds a stylus in his left hand and carefully taps letters on a touch-sensitive screen on a laptop computer to spell his words. A voice reads each letter out loud and, at the end, speaks the sentence for Jauch.

A second UB team worked with ASG to develop an enhanced version of the Talker to assist veterans who can’t speak and who can’t use their hands. This Talker also is being tested in Tampa. If the testing goes well, all of this technology could be introduced to a wider pool of users.

For the entire article: Through Technology, Disabled Vets Reconnect

“Wreckers and Jabberers:” a Documentary About Autism and Augmentative Communication Devices

Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette share their stories about life with Autism and how they communicate with Augmentative Communication Devices in the documentary, Wretches and Jabberers.  This film is about spreading the message that people of all abilities have ideas to share, thoughts to discuss and the desire to participate fully in life.  Tracy and Larry are on a mission to change people’s attitudes about disability, intelligence and communication.

For the trailer to the film, see: Wreckers & Jabberers
For more information, visit the website for the film here and read an article about the film here.

April is Autism Awareness month.  For more information, see: National Autism Society

FamilyConnect Launches Social Networking Feature

FamilyConnect, a resource website designed for parents of children with visual impairments, has launched a new social networking feature called Family Friends.  FamilyConnect is designed to help parents of children with visual impairments reach out to other parents for advice and support and to share ideas, solutions, and parenting tips.  The new Family Friends feature allows members to create their own personal profile, upload a photo, share news, and become friends with other parents. 

If you are already a registered user of FamilyConnect, here’s how to get started:

As more FamilyConnect users opt into the service, you will see friend suggestions in the upper right-hand area of the page. Your friend recommendations will be based on the state where you live, as well as your child’s age and eye conditions.

For the full article see: Family Connect Launches Social Networking

To access the FamilyConnect website:  www.familyconnect.org

Federal Complaint Accuses NYU and Northwestern of Discriminating Against Students With Visual Impairments

A complaint filed Tuesday with the federal government accuses New York University and Northwestern University of discriminating against blind students by adopting Google e-mail and other programs that aren’t fully compatible with technology that translates written words into speech.

The National Federation of the Blind has requested a Justice Department investigation into the schools’ use of Gmail and other Google programs, saying that requiring students to use them violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Baltimore-based group is also asking other colleges not to adopt the software until it’s accessible to all students and faculty.

The federation said that some Google products are partially accessible to blind users, but are difficult to use without assistance from a person who can see the screen. With Gmail, for example, the process of creating an account is the biggest problem, with other glitches in navigating while relying on screen readers, said Chris Danielsen, a spokesman for the blind federation. The group said there are also problems with Google Calendar, Google Groups and other programs.

Northwestern and NYU recently adopted the free suite of Google Apps for Education for campus e-mail and other classroom services used by students to collaborate on assignments. The blind federation says that a significant number of U.S. colleges are outsourcing their e-mail to Google. In such cases, Google often provides hosting services for campus e-mail. Schools are covered by the federal law protecting rights of the disabled, while Google may not have the same obligations with products it creates.

Last June, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education issued a letter to college presidents requiring schools that use Kindles and other e-book readers in the classroom to make sure the gadgets have accommodations for blind and vision-impaired students. The federal government examined the campus e-reader technology after a blind student sued Arizona State University over use of the Kindle and was joined by the National Federation of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind. Amazon.com Inc. announced changes last year to the Kindle to make it more accessible for blind and vision-impaired users.

For the entire article: NYU and Northwestern Discriminate Against Students
For the Google Apps Demonstration: www.nfb.org/nfb/googleaccessibilityvideos.asp

Virginia Transition Forum Showcases AT for Students with Disabilities

Adam Amick has a Bluetooth-enabled microphone to help with his hearing loss and an iPad that can store many of his heavy textbooks so he doesn’t have to carry them around. Amick is a 19-year-old sophomore at Virginia Wesleyan College who has cerebral palsy. On Tuesday, he attended an adaptive technology fair at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott as part of the Virginia Transition Forum.

The forum, put on by the state rehabilitation services and education departments, is designed to help students with disabilities prepare for life beyond high school. More than 1,000 people across the state registered for the event.

The technology fair showed off low- and high-tech devices, including the iPad, iPad2 and iPod Touch. “Smartpens” record audio while a student takes notes. A click of the pen on the page takes the note-taker back to the accompanying audio. That’s helpful for kids who may have a hard time taking notes. ECO2 and ECOpoint track a person’s eye movements and type the corresponding word or picture they focus on.

The fair also included the NewWell Fund, which provides low-interest loans to help residents with disabilities pay for assistive technology.

The main goal of the forum, he said, is “trying to come up with a way for disabled people to be mainstreamed into society. We want to be treated like everybody else. We’re trying to make society better at accepting disabled people.”

 For the full article, see: New Tech Gadgets Aid Students

ATAC Announces 2011 Request for Proposal

Disability Rights New Jersey/Assistive Technology Advocacy Center

Request For Proposal (RFP)

One-Time Grant for Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey 

Introduction and Description

 

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the federally-funded, independent non-profit designated as New Jersey’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities.  It provides legal and non-legal advocacy, information and referral, technical assistance and training, outreach and education in support of the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities. 

The Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ is the designated state program authorized by the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (AT Act) to  provide enhanced access to assistive technology products and services on a comprehensive, statewide basis through a system of device loan, demonstration, equipment reuse, training and technical assistance, and public awareness activities. 

The grant(s) are available under the following activities:

State-Level Activities:

 

  • Device reutilization programs – provide for the exchange, repair, recycling, or other reutilization of assistive technology devices, which may include redistribution through device sales, loans, rentals, or donations.\

 

  • Device loan programs – provide short-term loans of assistive technology devices to individuals, employers, public agencies, or others seeking to meet the needs of targeted individuals and entities.

 

  • Device demonstration programs – demonstrate a variety of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services (including assisting individuals in making informed choices regarding, and providing experiences with, the devices and  services), using personnel who are familiar with such devices and services and their applications.

 


State Leadership Activities

  • Training and technical assistance – develop and disseminate training materials, conduct training, and provide technical assistance, for individuals from local settings statewide, including representatives of State and local educational agencies, other State and local agencies, early intervention programs, adult service programs, hospitals and other health care facilities, institutions of higher education, and businesses.

 

  • Public-awareness activities – conduct public-awareness activities designed to provide information to targeted individuals and entities relating to the availability, benefits, appropriateness, and costs of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services.

 

  • Coordination and collaboration – coordinate activities among public and private entities that are responsible for policies, procedures, or funding for the provision of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services to individuals with disabilities, service providers, and others to improve access to assistive technology devices and assistive technology services for individuals with disabilities of all ages in the State.

 

Background

ATAC is providing one-time funding to enhance the scope of existing assistive technology services available to people with disabilities in New Jersey. 

The total amount under this RFP is $155,000.  This funding is contingent on availability of funds. 

ATAC intends to award grants ranging in size from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $20,000. 

In compliance with the provisions of the AT Act, ATAC expects that the majority of funding will be provided to projects that focus on the three state-level activities (device loan, device demonstration, device reutilization) rather than on the three state leadership activities (training, public awareness, and coordination and collaboration).

Scope of Work

The successful applicants will, under these one-time grants, develop and implement a plan for expanding existing assistive technology activities currently operating in New Jersey, in one or more of the six areas of device loan, device demonstration, device reutilization, training, public awareness, and coordination and collaboration.  Such activities must be consistent with the ATAC state plan, which is available on the ATAC website, or by request.   

Examples

Examples of possible activities that ATAC may fund through this RFP include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing joint enterprises between agencies, organizations, or centers;
  • Expanding services to groups that are underserved;
  • Updating and purchasing state-of-the-art equipment for loan and/or demonstration;
  • Expanding services to include specialized populations, particularly those that are not being served, and;
  • Developing collaborations with centers for independent living related to assistive technology training or public awareness.

Qualifications of Applicant

Individuals or organizations in New Jersey with recognized expertise in the field of assistive technology, or those demonstrating an understanding of assistive technology devices and services.  Organizations that serve individuals with disabilities, including centers for independent living, are specifically invited to apply.  Familiarity with currently existing services within New Jersey is a definite plus.  The applicant must be able to communicate well in writing and work well with DRNJ staff in order to meet the goals of the RFP.

Requirements

The application is limited to five pages, single-spaced, plus a one-page budget.  The application must be delivered in an accessible, electronic format such as Microsoft Word.  The application must include:

  • Relevant information about the applicant, including contact name, organization name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail;
  • Description of the applicant or organization and the relevant personnel, experience, expertise, and technical abilities that make it possible to carry out the research activity;
  • Description of the work plan, rationale, and means to accomplish the plan.
  • Details of specific sub-tasks and schedules to accomplish the tasks, and
  • Detailed proposed budget, as described below.

 

Budget

The applicant will include a proposed one-page budget appropriate for meeting the goals of the proposal.  All requests for specific AT devices or equipment should be itemized where possible. 

Assurances

The applicant will include assurances of compliance with all federal mandates and requirements applicable to recipients of federal funding and assurances that the applicant has no conflict of interest that bars the applicant from completing the proposal.

Evaluation Criteria

DRNJ staff, in collaboration with the ATAC Advisory Council, will evaluate all applicants based on their expertise, knowledge, familiarity with New Jersey service providers, and ability to complete the activity in the given amount of time.  Criteria include:

  • Contribution to expansion of AT network in New Jersey
  • Ability to successfully execute the activity on time
  • Relevant experience in the assistive technology field
  • Expertise and ability of the applicant
  • Quality of services provided
  • Budget
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Application Due Date

The deadline for submitting applications under this RFP is April 1, 2011.  DRNJ prefers e-mail submissions, sent to cedmonds@drnj.org.  DRNJ will accept mail and overnight mail submissions provided that an accessible electronic copy is submitted as well.

Date of Award

The contract for this RFP will be submitted to the winning applicants on or before April 15, 2011, with work to begin immediately. 

Date of Completion of Project

The project will end on September 30, 2011.

Speak4Use

Speak4Use
338 High Street
Hampton, NH 03842
Voice: (603) 682-9801
Voice: (850) 381-4321
Website: http://www.speak4use.com/
E-mail: graham@speak4use.com
Note: Provides wireless voice control of environmental, communications, entertainment and computer applications.
AT Devices

AT Services

National Record-A-Thon to Raise Awareness for Accessible Audiobooks

Record-A-Thon is an annual fundraising and awareness campaign running from February 28th to March 5th that will take place in Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) studios across the United States.  Thousands of volunteers, including authors and celebrities, will lend their voices to a unique initiative making books accessible for students, veterans and other individuals with disabilities.  Record-A-Thon runs concurrent with the National Education Association’s “Read Across America” campaign.

At each of RFB&D’s 19 recording studios throughout the country, volunteer readers will help transform printed textbooks into easy-to-navigate audiobooks – enabling hundreds of thousands of people with visual and learning disabilities to access the content of these books to help them achieve educational success.

RFB&D launched the Record-A-Thon in New York City last week with the help of Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, and Sherri Shepherd, co-hosts of ABC’s “The View,” who recorded texts to add to the world’s largest library of accessible audiobooks. RFB&D has a studio in Princeton, where local volunteers and celebrities are invited to participate in this week’s events.

The national Record-A-Thon campaign is sponsored by PLEXTALK, a manufacturer of assistive technology devices for people with print disabilities like blindness and dyslexia.

For the full article: www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2011/2/prweb8167211.htm

For participating RFB&D studios: www.rfbd.org/Locations/393/

Total Living Center, Inc.

Total Living Center, Inc.
Washington Square West
6712 Washington Ave., Ste. 106
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Telephone: (609) 645-9547
TTY: (609) 645-9593
Fax: (609) 813-2318
E-mail: info@tlcenter.org
Website: http://www.tlcenter.org/
County: Atlantic
Area Covered: County Only
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
AT Devices

AT Services

CIL Of South Jersey, Inc.

CIL Of South Jersey, Inc.
1150 Delsea Drive
Suite 1
Westville NJ 08093
(856) 853-6490 VOICE
(856) 853-7602 TDD
(856) 853-1466 FAX
Email: cilsj@aol.com County: Gloucester
Area Covered: County Only
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
AT Devices

AT Services

CIL For Mercer & Hunterdon County

CIL For Mercer & Hunterdon County
223 Hutchinson Road
Robbinsville NJ 08691
(609) 448-2998 VOICE
(609) 448-5821 TDD
(609) 448-7293 FAX
County: Mercer & Hunterdon
Area Covered: County Only
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
AT Devices

AT Services

Camden City Independent Living Center

Camden City Independent Living Center
Virtua Camden
1000 Atlantic Avenue
Camden NJ 08104
(856) 966-0800 VOICE
(856) 966-0830 TDD
(856) 966-0832 FAX
Email: vedasmith@camdencityilc.org
Website: www.camdencityilc.org County: Camden
Area Covered: County Only
Type of Supplier: Non-Profit Organization
AT Devices

AT Services

Two New Mobile Devices To Use Video Relay Services

Two new products will allow people who are hard of hearing or deaf to have the same mobile options as their hearing counterparts. On Monday January 31, 2011, at a news conference conducted in American Sign Language at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, technology company Sorenson Communications announced ntouch PC and ntouch Mobile. They turn laptops and cellphones into videophones with the same Video Relay Service technology now used by deaf individuals to place calls.

Sorenson is the largest provider of Video Relay Service, which allows deaf individuals to place calls using a videophone device called the VP-200. The VP-200 sits on top of a television set, and an interpreter appears on the TV screen to speak English to the hearing party, then relays their answers through sign language to the deaf individual.

With ntouch PC, a computer or laptop can be turned into a videophone. The software is free and works with any Internet or wi-fi connection. Ntouch Mobile is compatible with the HTC EVO phone on the Sprint network. It turns the cellphone into a videophone with features such as SignMail and e911. It even lets users set special vibration and flash patterns for different callers with the myRumble feature, essentially the equivalent of the ringtones hearing people use to identify callers.

The Americans with Disabilities Act mandates that individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing have access to products that are functionally equivalent to what the hearing community enjoys. Because it is a federal mandate, Sorenson is reimbursed by the Federal Communications Commission, allowing the company to provide services free of charge for deaf individuals.

For the entire article see: Devices Allow Mobility for Deaf Users

Video: Intro To Text-To-Speech

Assistive Technology for Persons with Low Vision

Over 150,000 individuals in New Jersey, including senior citizens, experience visual impairments or low vision. Individuals with low vision can have difficulties in reading normal sized print, problems in distinguishing one color from another, or experience limited central or peripheral vision.

There are a wide range of AT devices and services for individuals with vision difficulties to help with reading, writing, using a computer, or engaging in activities in their homes, including recreational activities. . Certain low vision devices may require a prescription from an optometrist to ensure the device’s optimum use.

Devices for Reading

  • Many books and magazines are available in large print through publishers. E-readers can display the text of electronic books in large print, and digital talking books can play audio versions.
  • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems can show an enlarged video display of most documents. Flatbed or handheld scanners can also scan and display documents at greater magnification.
  • Magnifiers are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and specifications, from thin plastic sheets to powerful lenses.
  • Book stands can help individuals with low vision get a closer look at books and documents without experiencing fatigue from holding a book up to his or her face for extended periods.
  • Variable lamps allow a reader with low vision to adjust the lighting to maximize readability of a document.
  • A light box provides illumination from below and can be helpful for some individuals with low vision.
  • For some individuals with low vision who need higher contrast, colored transparent overlays can help make documents more readable.

Devices for Writing

  • An illuminating pen has a light attached that lights up the writing surface. Writers with low vision that have a better view of the writing service can write more legibly.
  • Bold line paper makes the lines on ruled paper larger and easier to see, resulting in more readable handwriting.
  • Large print check registers can help people with low vision manage their finances more successfully.
  • Bold permanent ink markers can help make handwriting more legible.
  • Plastic signature guides are available in a variety of sizes to help with writing on checks or envelopes.

Devices for Using a Computer

  • Most operating systems for computers allow users to customize the way that backgrounds, menus, and other control features are displayed. Users can make the fonts on operating systems larger, utilize high contrast between backgrounds and controls, and display more readable colors.
  • Most computer monitors support different resolutions that can make the display more readable and text appear larger. Computer monitors also come in a wide array of sizes; a larger monitor may help some individuals with low vision read more easily.
  • Computer keyboards with large print can help make typing or writing e-mails easier.
  • Most internet browsers allow a user to adjust the size of text displayed on websites. However, this technique may not work on websites that have a fixed font size. Additionally, users can create a customized cascading style sheet (CSS) that they can use to display websites in a consistent font size and custom color format.
  • Magnifying software can help individuals with low vision get a closer look at their screens. Some operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, have magnifying software built in.
  • The American Printing House for the Blind offers a specialized font called APHont, which was specifically designed to be more readable for users with low vision. The font is available for free download at the APH website at http://www.aph.org/products/aphont.html.

Devices for Daily Living

  • Various clocks and watches are available with large faces to be more readable. For individuals with more serious vision loss, a tactile watch or a talking watch may be more helpful.
  • Telephones with large buttons can make phone calls easier. Some cell phones also have larger buttons or lighted displays.
  • TV remote controls are also available with large buttons for easier use.
  • A digital scale with a large readout can help a person with low vision better manage their health.
  • Large print playing cards, and other recreational items like dominoes and board games can help people with low vision socialize with others.
  • An audio labeler uses adhesive stickers to save audio messages on items around the house. Touching a specially-designed pen to the sticker plays back the message, enabling the user to identify the item easily.
  • Barcode readers can also identify items that have a UPC bar code on them and read back information that identifies the item.
  • Sunglasses may block out certain colors or types of light.
  • Magnifying desk lamps combine a magnifier with a powerful lamp to make manual tasks easier to perform. Additionally, magnifying mirrors can help with grooming and other self-care tasks.
  • Several devices are available for people with low vision who also have diabetes, including syringe magnifiers, talking glucose meters, and insulin syringe filling devices.
  • Talking blood pressure devices and thermometers can help individuals with low vision monitor their health.

Resources

  • The New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) can provide access to information and demonstrations of
    assistive technology. Contact CBVI at http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/cbvi/home/index.html or call (973) 648-2324.
  • The New Jersey Foundation for the Blind (NJFB) provides programs to specifically address recent vision loss. Contact NJFB at http://www.njffb.org/ or call (973) 627-0055.

For additional information contact:

The Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ

210 South Broad Street, Third Floor, Trenton, NJ 08608

For voice assistance and information, please call 1-800-922-7233.

TTY users may dial (609) 633-7106 or use the NJ Relay, 711 to reach the 800# above.

Visit us on the web at www.drnj.org/atac.

The 58 statewide Assistive Technology (AT) Programs form a national network of statewide assistive technology programs. Information contained in this brochure represents the accumulation of knowledge of this national network. This publication was made possible by Grant Number 90AG0050-01-00 from the Administration for Community Living. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Administration for Community Living.

Livestrong.com Features AT for Fitness

Livestrong.com offers some examples of assistive technology for fitness and specialized equipment to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, stroke, or spinal cord injuries.  Below are the recommendations for adapted fitness equipment.

AT for Aerobic Fitness
For aerobic fitness, adapted stationary bikes offer motor-assisted pedaling for individuals with neurological impairments. If you prefer a treadmill, you can attach handrails to assist with balance. There are also products similar to a mini-trampoline that provide partial support of your body weight through a sling seat and back strap.

AT for Resistance Training
Individuals with disabilities can often participate in upper-body exercises using standard weights and resistance machines. If you have difficulty grasping, you can get an exercise glove or a holding mitt that uses a hook-and-loop strap to help you hold the weight or bar. Specific machines exist for people with spinal cord injury and wheelchair users to improve upper body strength. For lower-body resistance training, there are resistance band systems, equipment for aquatic exercise, and products that provide functional electrical stimulation.

Other AT Devices
If you use a wheelchair, you may be interested in participating in wheelchair sports, such as basketball, tennis or cycling. A variety of sport-specific chairs are available. You can also get wheelchair gloves to assist with grasp and to reduce wear-and-tear on your skin. For water exercise, AT is available in the form of aquatic lifts to help you in and out of the pool, special flotation devices and even water wheelchairs.

Read more at:  www.livestrong.com/article/338968-assistive-technology-for-fitness/#ixzz1A0Nmx4Hl

Researchers Look to Make Kinect a Useful ASL Tool

Researchers at Georgia Tech are working to move Kinect to integrate “hand shape features” rather than just gestural movements, so that they can expand the vocabulary and create a useful ASL tool. The focus of their development is the CopyCat software, which is to teach deaf children how to communicate with ASL.

Originally achieved by pairing Kinect hardware with a set of knitted gloves that contained accelerometers, the researchers have now managed to ditch the gloves and focus directly on movements. By measuring the distances and changes between various body parts, the group has managed to achieve results of no lower than 98.8% accuracy based on tests of increasing difficulty.

This is only the first of many possible medical, academic and accessibility uses of the gaming device. The required hand shape features may need a higher resolution image than is currently provided, but it is rumored that Microsoft would only have to push out a firmware update for this to be possible.

For the entire article: ASL Is Making Its Way to Kinect

“Tools of the Trade” Blogger Offers Insight Into Augmentative Communication

“Tools of the Trade,” an online blog written by Advancing Opportunities’ Assistive Technology Department, offers an ongoing web-based, discussion of assistive technology topics. Jeanette Van Houten recently wrote, “My Personal Experience Living Life Silently,” which chronicles her own experiences in struggling to communicate when a short-term illness impairs her ability to speak. This blog entry offers insight into the world of many individuals with disabilities that affect their abilities to communicate verbally. Ms. Van Houten also provides an account of her experience in using forms of alternative communication and the impact of technology on communication.

For the entire blog entry: “My Personal Experience Living Life Silently”

For more information on Advancing Opportunities: www.assistivetechnologycenter.org/

ATAC Featured in NJ Foundation for Aging Publication

An article written by ATAC Program Director, Curtis Edmonds, was recently featured in Renaissance, the magazine for the New Jersey Foundation for Aging. This article is entitled, “Assistive Technology Helps,” and appears on page 20 of Volume 17, Issue 3 of the NJ Foundation for Aging’s publication. “Assistive Technology Helps” offers readers examples of low-tech AT, as well as helpful resources for locating AT.

For the PDF version of Vol. 17 Issue 3 of Renaissance, see: http://www.njfoundationforaging.org/Ren_NOVDEC2010web.pdf

YouTube Tutorial on Accessible Features of Windows 7

The Assistive Technology Advocacy Center and Jamie Arasz Prioli, RESNA ATP, present a brief tutorial demonstrating the onscreen keyboard feature built within the Windows7 operating system. This video takes the viewer step by step through the process of accessing the tool and customizing the keyboard to include features, such as text prediction and settings for scanning and hovering over the keys.

To view the video and learn more about the Windows7 onscreen keyboard, go to: Accessibility in Windows7

National Alliance for Caregiving Announces Survey on Technology and its Impact on Family Caregivers

The National Alliance for Caregiving is conducting a survey on technology and its impact on family caregivers.

The objectives of this survey include:
• Understanding the frequency of both Internet and device technology being used by caregivers;
• Understanding the impact of technology on both the caregiver and the care recipient; and
• Determining the unmet technological needs of the caregiver

If you are a family caregiver or know of one, please visit: www.caregiving.org

The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving. The Alliance was created to conduct research, do policy analysis, develop national programs, increase public awareness of family caregiving issues, work to strengthen state and local caregiving coalitions, and represent the US caregiving community internationally. Recognizing that family caregivers provide important societal and financial contributions toward maintaining the well-being of those they care for, the Alliance’s mission is to be the objective national resource on family caregiving with the goal of improving the quality of life for families and care recipients.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic’s Entire Audio Collection Now Accessible on Mac and Windows

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), the nation’s largest provider of educational audio textbooks, announced that its entire collection is now accessible on Mac as well as Windows operating systems through the introduction of RFB&D ReadHear.

Through funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education, RFB&D will license the player to individual members for free (one copy per member, renewable after one year.) A new dual-platform software player enables users to access the entire library of RFB&D DAISY-formatted content on both Mac and Windows systems. The new technology will also support RFB&D’s developing generation of content containing digital text and audio.

A brief video product demonstration of the new RFB&D ReadHear solution is posted at: www.rfbd.org/readhear. The page is a one-stop info hub for Mac OS and Windows users, featuring technical specifications, “How To” and “Quick Start” documents; and an FAQ.

About Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

Founded in 1948, RFB&D serves more than 270,000 K-12, college and graduate students, as well as veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other disability. RFB&D’s collection of more than 63,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – delivered through internet downloads, various assistive technology devices, and CD – is the largest of its kind in the world. RFB&D, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, state and local education programs, and the generous contributions of individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information, call (866) 732-3585 or visit www.rfbd.org .

For the full article: Audio Books Now Available to MAC Users

MetLife’s Aging In Place Workbook Offers Free Guidance on Home Modifications and AT

More people are choosing to “age in place,” and remain in their homes, often creating issues related to maintaining mobility, promoting home safety and creating an environment to meet care needs are becoming increasingly important to both caregivers and care recipients. To address these issues, many people plan to modify their homes, employ assistive technology and identify family and community resources to help them age in place.

To assist individuals and their families who wish to remain in their homes as they age, the MetLife Mature Market Institute has introduced the “MetLife Aging in Place Workbook: Your Home As a Care Setting,” a free, step-by-step guide to help assess care needs, determine whether home modification and/or assistive devices are needed, identify potential care resources and understand the associated costs. It also provides a listing of organizations and government agencies that may serve as additional resources.

The workbook is a companion piece to the “MetLife Report on Aging in Place 2.0: Rethinking Solutions to the Home Care Challenge” released earlier this year. That report estimates that substantial, but basic, design and structural modifications can cost $9,000–$12,000 or more per one-story residence, depending on the type of home and its locality. The guide features cost approximations for common modifications, which vary in different parts of the country. For instance, it estimates that ramps can cost between $1,600 and $3,200 for a length of 16 feet. Two grab bars are generally $250 including installation. A typical stair glide can cost up to $12,000. And, it can cost from $800 to $1,200 to adjust a door opening.

The “MetLife Aging in Place Workbook” provides individuals with a model to assess whether their home can serve as a care setting. It poses a series of questions whose answers will help families decide if changes to the home are required to meet care needs. The guide addresses the need for equipment like walkers, shower seats, grab rails, medication reminder systems and Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS). It also focuses on developing a care plan that includes family caregivers as well as paid care services based on identified needs. It looks at costs in each of these important areas and identifies potential funding sources.

The “MetLife Aging in Place Workbook: Your Home As a Care Setting,” and the the “MetLife Report on Aging in Place 2.0: Rethinking Solutions to the Home Care Challenge” can be downloaded from: www.MatureMarketInstitute.com

These guides may also be ordered by writing to:
MetLife Mature Market Institute
57 Greens Farms Road
Westport, CT 06880

For the entire press release, please visit: MetLife Releases Free Guide

Massachusetts Program Uses Adapted Vehicle for Driver Evaluation and Training

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) unveiled a state-of-the-art motor vehicle equipped with adaptive evaluation and training devices that will help promote independence and employment for people with disabilities. As part of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act’s (ARRA) Vocational Rehabilitation Grant to the MRC, the Commission received $155,000 in federal funding for the van.

The MRC’s Driver Evaluation and Training Program will use the van to determine the type of adaptive driving equipment needed by individuals with significant disabilities so that they can operate a vehicle safely. Individuals evaluated using technology in the new MRC van will also receive training on how to operate the vehicle and its adaptive equipment and technology. Previously, Massachusetts consumers had to travel out of state for driving evaluations or purchase a vehicle independently and wait for it to be modified before taking driving lessons. The state’s new vehicle will help consumers who need adaptive equipment determine their unique needs in order to live and work as independently as possible.

“After receiving my learner’s permit over a year ago, I have been anxiously waiting for the chance to get my license,” said Andrew Ivanov, an MRC client. “I’m overjoyed that there is a vehicle within Massachusetts that can give me the ability to drive and get my license. I would like to thank everyone involved for giving me the opportunity to start driving — I hope that after I get my license, I will have become a more independent and outgoing member of society.”

About the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)
The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission assists individuals with disabilities to live and work independently. The MRC is responsible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Community Services, and eligibility determination for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) federal benefits programs for Massachusetts citizens with disabilities. The MRC serves people with all types of disabilities except those who are blind, who are served through the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. To learn more about MRC, please visit: www.mass.gov/mrc.

For the entire press release, see: MRC Unveils State-Of-The Art Vehicle

Assistive Technology Helps Troops Gain Independence

Assistive technology helps service members, like Walter Reed Army Medical Center wounded warrior Staff Sgt. Drew McComber, return to “normal” daily living.  “It seems like small things you take for granted,” explained McComber, who counts on assistive devices such as a battery-operated magnifier to read text and a personal data assistant (PDA) to keep track of daily appointments at the hospital.

Occupational therapists with the Warrior Transition Brigade’s Occupational Therapy Work Education Program at Walter Reed, assess barriers service members may have and partner with assistive technology specialists to select appropriate accomodations to meet the desired goals. Together, they train Warriors in Transition (WIT) at Walter Reed in how to use the selected tools. The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP), a Department of Defense program, provides service members with the devices that are theirs to keep.

The technology ranges from special keyboards with interchangeable overlays, to software that enlarges text up to 32 times the size of regular font. CAP also provides equipment such as a smartpen that records everything the user hears, writes and draws. With CAP, service members receive special joy sticks, touch pads and a series of switches, mounting devices and other accommodations to increase access for individuals who have dexterity disabilities, blind/low vision, deaf, hard of hearing, or have cognitive or communication disabilities.

 “Our role is to get the Warriors in Transition involved in internships and educational opportunities while they’re healing here at Walter Reed,” explained Sara Meisinger, chief of the WTB’s Occupational Therapy Work Education Program.  Meisinger explained a detailed assessment of needs and training is crucial for the complex patient population at Walter Reed, who face multiple challenges such as memory loss, decreased vision and dexterity limitations as a result of traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder and amputations.

McComber said assistive technology, “helped [him] get back and feel less like a patient, and more like a regular person.”

For the entire article, see: AT Helps Troops

The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
1850 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608-1298
Voice/TTY: (312) 997-3651
Voice/TTY: (888) 825-0080
Contact: Ray Campbell, Help Desk Technician
E-mail: ray.campbell@chicagolighthouse.org
Website: http://chicagolighthouse.org/programs-and-services/adaptive-technology-center/national-helpdesk
Note: The National HelpDesk is an assistive technology support line that helps visually impaired people successfully resolve computer problems.
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Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities to Offer Course on Web-based, Low-Cost Assistive Technology

On November 22, 2010, Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities will host a mini course/lecture on web-based tools that are free or low cost. This course will focus on AT tools that can be used to support the three basic constructs of Universal Design for Learning–engagement, representation and expression.

Participants will learn about:
– Flexible, interactive tools such as Glogster, TarHeel Reader, Flickr, and VoiceThread
– Integrating multimedia resources, including those from Discovery Education, into a variety of online tools for student use
– How to use these tools to support students with a wide range of needs and abilities

Presenting this course will be Beth Poss, a Speech/Language Pathologist who specializes in Assistive and Instructional Technology and Chris Bugaj, a founding member of the assistive technology team at Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia and an adjunct professor at George Mason University.

The course will be offered on:
Monday, November 22, 2010
Time: 9 a.m. to noon (8:30 a.m. registration)
Location: Temple University Main Campus
1755 N. 13th Street
Student Center, Room 200A
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Registration Deadline is November 18, 2010.

Registration for this event is FREE, but registration is required in advance.
Register online or call 215-204-1356 (voice/TTY).

For more information contact:
215-204-1356 (voice/TTY)
iod@temple.edu
http://disabilities.temple.edu/

Gerontechnology- Assistive Technology for Aging Populations

The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community has published an article on, “gerontechnology” (also referred to as “gerotechnology” or assistive technology for the aging). The following provides several resources and examples of devices that may also ease the burden on caregivers of aging adults.

According to the National Alliance of Caregivers and AARP (2009), 67% of caregivers are women and 33% are men. In the U.S., nearly 50 million individuals provide care for adult family members or friends. This is where gerontechnology comes to the rescue.

From simple tools, such as a handheld magnifier, to more complex systems, like the Essence VG for higher-level communication needs, gerontechnology can help caregivers bring a better quality of life to the older adults they care for.

Below are a few examples of how gerontechnology can help caregivers and aging adults. (This is not an endorsement, rather a few examples of numerous products on the market.)

Personal Emergency Response Systems:
Mobile Alert, LifeFone, Amber Select

Fall Detection:
Lifeline with Auto Alert, Wellcore’s MPERS device

Lifting/Transferring:
The Swivel Patent Transfer, Lateral Patient Transfer Device, EZ Go Patient Transfer Slide , Other Patient Lift systems

Hearing:
Relay Indiana and Captel, Sound Bytes, Harris Communications

Vision:
LS&S, Enhanced Vision, Indpendent Living Aids

Communication:
Tobii AT, Dynavox, PRC, ZYGO

Other Gerontechnology Resources:
Fact Sheet: Highlights from the Assistive Technologies for Functional Improvement Technology Review

NPR: various articles on Aging and Technology

Leading Age

American Senior Housing Association

Abledata

For this entire article see: Center for Aging & Community

Using the iPad as a ‘Therapeutic Tool’ for Persons With Disabilities

Since its debut in April 2010, the iPad has become a popular therapeutic tool for people with disabilities of all kinds, though no one keeps track of how many are used this way, and studies are just getting under way to test its effectiveness, which varies widely depending on diagnosis.

A speech pathologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center uses text-to-speech applications to give patients a voice. Christopher Bulger, a 16-year-old in Chicago who injured his spine in a car accident, used an iPad to surf the Internet during the early stages of his rehabilitation, when his hands were clenched into fists. “It was nice because you progressed from the knuckle to the finger to using more than one knuckle on the screen,” he said.

Parents of autistic children are using applications to teach them basic skills, like brushing teeth and communicating better.

For a mainstream technological device like the iPad to have been instantly embraced by the disabled is unusual. It is far more common for items designed for disabled people to be adapted for general use, like closed-captioning on televisions in gyms or GPS devices in cars that announce directions. Also, most mainstream devices do not come with built-ins like the iPad’s closed-captioning, magnification and audible readout functions — which were intended to keep it simple for all users, but also help disabled people.

The iPad is also, generally speaking, less expensive than computers and other gadgets specifically designed to help disabled people speak, read or write. While insurers usually do not cover the cost of mobile devices like the iPad because they are not medical equipment, in some cases they will pay for the applications that run on them.

Glenda Watson Hyatt, a blogger from British Columbia and woman with cerebral palsy, said that when she was having trouble chatting with friends at a bar recently, she pulled out her iPad to help communicate and felt normal. “People were drawn to it because it was a ‘recognized’ or ‘known’ piece of technology,” she wrote in a blog post reviewing the device.

For Owen Cain, whose disease is physical, not mental, the iPad has limitations, too. Moving his finger all the way across the keypad remains a challenge, and makes writing difficult. He has been experimenting with a variety of applications — Proloquo2Go, which allows him to touch an icon that prompts the device to speak things like, “I need to go to the bathroom”; Math Magic, which helps him practice arithmetic; and Animal Match, a memory game.

When Owen was about 8 weeks old, his mother noticed his right arm drooping. It led to a crushing diagnosis: the motor-neuron disease known as spinal muscular atrophy Type 1. A 2003 New York Times article about spinal muscular atrophy said his parents had been told Owen would be “paralyzed for his life, which doctors predicted would last no more than about two years.”

Owen will turn 8 on Nov. 11. While his condition is not expected to worsen, he is extremely sensitive to infection and once nearly died of pneumonia; three specialized therapists and a nurse help keep him alive.

Though he cannot speak, his parents have taught him to read, write and do math. He has an impish sense of humor and a love of “Star Wars.” “He’s a normal child trapped in a not normal body,” said his father, Hamilton Cain, 45, a book editor.

Since he received the iPad, Owen has been trying to read books, and playing around with apps like Air Guitar. And, one day, he typed out on the keypad, “I want to be Han Solo for Halloween.”

For the full article from the NY Times, see: iPad Opens World

FRA To Be Designated Charity for Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Kick-Off

Family Resource Associates (FRA) of Shrewsbury has been named as the designated charity for the 2010-Kick-Off Party, “Top Jersey Shore Chefs, Great Wines Under $25.” This event is set to mark the beginning of the Jersey Shore Restaurant Week to be held from November 5-14, 2010.
Description:  A Celebration of Food and Affordable Wine
Top Jersey Shore chefs prepare signature dishes and pair them with wines from the top wine regions of the world.Cost: $35 in advance (until November 4, 2010); $45 at the door
Location: Spring Lake Manor
Rt. 71, Spring Lake Heights
Time: 6-10 pm
   

For more information, see: http://jerseyshorerestaurantweek.com/

In Remembrance of Ron Costanzo

The staff at Disability Rights New Jersey and the Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) would like to express their condolences for the family and friends of Ron Costanzo, a former member of the ATAC Advisory. Ron died unexpectedly on Thursday, September 30, 2010 in a car accident that claimed the lives of three people. Ron had worked as consultant for Allies Inc. in Hamilton and also served as a member of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities. We remember Ron for his passion for helping others, his humor, and his contributions to the ATAC Advisory.

New Video for YourResource

New “Assistive Technology in the Kitchen” Video from ATAC

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“The Case Against AT” – Web Video Challenges Educators and Resistance to AT

Don Johnston, software developer and advocate for children with special needs, released a video “The Case Against Assistive Technology.” The video addresses the history of resistance to assistive technology in schools and compels school leaders to consider AT accommodations not just for students with disabilities in a resource room, but to seamlessly integrate technology accommodations in everyday classrooms to benefit students who need more structured learning supports.

Ben Johnston, (the founder’s son) developed the four-minute video as a presentation resource to help practitioners build a case for ‘why’ assistive technology tools should be used throughout the learning day. Only a few percent of students with disabilities ever get to use technology beyond a simple word processor. This video comes at a time when administrators are looking for new ways to create 21st century digital learning environments.

“It’s hard to imagine not using technology every day in the real world,” said Ben Johnston, for the family-owned special education company now celebrating 30 years. “Being tech-savvy in business is considered a strength, yet in some schools assistive technologies are perceived as tools that give an unfair advantage to students. It’s disheartening when non-verbal students struggle to communicate despite the advances in augmentative devices. For students with dysgraphia, a writing disorder, a simple word prediction writing tool can make all the difference to demonstrate what they know. I hope my video plays at least a minor role to help people think differently about the uses and benefits of these tools.”

The Johnston family encourages educators, parents and AT advocates to share the video with colleagues and to consider alternative instruction methods to increase student achievement. Viewers can write a video review online and join a blog discussion to share public opinion. In the coming weeks, guest bloggers and national AT experts will also write responses to “The Case Against Assistive Technology.”

For the video, see: The Case Against AT

For the entire article, see: Video Challenges Educators

To join in on the AT blog discussion, see: Don’s Blog

“The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology and Devices” by Suzanne Robitaille is Ranked Bestseller

“The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology and Devices” by Suzanne Robitaille is a self-help tool for people with disabilities that enables readers to live more independently and enhance the quality of their lives. Amazon.com has recently rated this publication as the bestselling book on assistive technology.

The Guide is organized according to disability and easily explains the best type of device for a multiple situations, home, work, on the road, or at school.

Suzanne Robitaille, the founder and editor of Abledbody.com, is a writer, blogger and disability advocate who has real experience with disability. She lost her hearing at age four and grew up profoundly deaf. Through her company, abledbody, she also provides editorial and communications services, with a specialty in workplace disability issues. Abledbody was recently certified as a disability-owned business enterprise by the U.S. Business Leadership Network.

The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology and Devices is available in quality trade paperback for a list price of $19.95. It is published by Demos Health, distributed by Publishers Group West and is also available through Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and all major bookstores and outlets.

For the entire press release see: The Illustrated Guide to AT Reaches #1

American Foundation for the Blind Announces the Helen Project for Web Accessibility

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has launched a free, fully accessible, website rating application called the Helen Toolbar, which will enable users to provide feedback on the accessibility of websites. AFB hopes to promote the collective voice of the online community by giving a voice to those who have experienced both success and failure in accessing websites. The Helen Toolbar allows users to rate both web pages and entire domain sites based upon ease and accessibility.

To become a part of The Helen Project, click here to register.

To download the toolbar or for more information, see: Helen Toolbar Application

New Processes May Change How Prosthetics Are Designed

The New York Times recently reported on a new manufacturing process called 3-D printing that may revolutionize how customized prosthetics are made – resulting, as the article claims, in artificial limbs that are dishwasher-safe.

Scott Summit, a co-founder of Bespoke, and his partner, an orthopedic surgeon, are set to open a studio this fall where they will sell the limb coverings and experiment with printing entire customized limbs that could cost a tenth of comparable artificial limbs made using traditional methods. And they will be dishwasher-safe, too.

“I wanted to create a leg that had a level of humanity,” Mr. Summit said. “It’s unfortunate that people have had a product that’s such a major part of their lives that was so underdesigned.”

USA Tech Guide: An Online Directory For Assistive Technology

USA Tech, a program of the United Spinal Association, offers an online state by state directory for all things related to Assistive Technology. The directory covers AT lending and financing, guides and vendors for various types of medical and adaptive equipment, as well as accessible vans. The guide also offers consumer-rated wheelchair, cushion, scooter, and stander reviews. In additon, an accessible travel guide is also availble from USA Tech.

For the complete guide, visit: www.usatechguide.org/techguide.php

AT To Make Reading and Writing Easier for Individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Elsa M. Orellano, Ph.D., OTR/L, ATP of Puerto Rico’s AT Program (PRATP) compiled the following Assistive Technology resources and strategies to help increase independence and minimize the joint stress and degeneration associated with writing and reading activities for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis.

1. Writing
Angular Surfaces provide arm and forearm support while writing and help to keep a proper head and neck position. Pencil grips made of rubber or plastic provide a stable grip, increase writing coordination and precision, achieve a better pencil grip posture, and decrease the strength needed to manipulate writing tools. Foam, such as air conditioning pipe insulation or Styrofoam spheres, is effective for providing a better grip, and works better than wrapping a pencil with tape. On the market these items are available in different forms, so the student should have the opportunity to experiment with different types of pencil grips.

Carbon Paper allows the student to have a copy of the notes taken by other students in his or her class. This strategy helps compensate for writing difficulties.

Voice Recorders compensate for writing challenges, preventing joint stress on the hands. They can be used to record classes, document information, or task instructions. After class, the student can copy the recorded information without time pressure and with needed breaks to avoid hand pain and fatigue.
Portable Word Processor: Battery-based portable keyboards working as notepads. It has a limited information storage capability. The stored information can be downloaded onto a computer or it can be printed directly to a printer. Light weight and compact, these portable devices can substitute for the use of pencil and paper.

2. Computer Use
Abbreviation Text Expander Software: Type an abbreviation or series of abbreviations and the software expands it to the full word, phrase or sentence. Its constant use improves keyboard efficiency and helps to decrease the joint stress related to the constant use of a keyboard.

Word Prediction Software can be used with any application, but is commonly used with word processors. Type the first letters of a word and the software provides suggestions for your most frequently used words to complete it. The user then selects the desired word by its corresponding number or use of a function key. Word prediction software offers a menu with words already written, instead of words based on the first letters. The programs are useful to those who can type with precision the first letters of a word, can pay attention to two stimuli at the same time, and frequently write long words. Scientific evidence indicates that these programs significantly decrease repetitions while writing at the computer. They also have the potential to decrease joint stress, secondary to excessive repetitions using a keyboard.

Voice Recognition Software help users control some or all of a computer’s functions by voice command alone. Using the voice, the user can dictate documents or execute commands usually performed through the mouse or keyboard. To achieve efficient voice recognition, the user should receive training. Users need to supply a consistent pronunciation and be in a minimum noise location. These programs help to minimize the joint stress caused by the repetitive keyboard use.

Dwell Clicking Software automatically performs mouse click operations without physically putting pressure on the mouse buttons. This is useful for those who can use a mouse, trackball or any mouse alternative but get tired with continuous mouse clicks. This software helps to minimize fatigue caused by a continue use of a keyboard.

Touch pads are a mouse alternative that allow for mouse movements by dragging a fingertip across the pad’s surface. A quick tap is the same as a mouse click or double tap acts as a double click. These actions require minimum arm and finger movements, and eliminate extensive holding of a regular mouse. It also prevents static work of the arm and minimizes joint stress due to excessive use of a standard mouse.

Trackballs are a mouse alternative that allow for mouse movement by rotating a sphere with the fingers or hand. These actions require minimum arm and finger movements, and eliminate extensive holding of a regular mouse. They also prevent static work of the arm and minimize joint stress due to excessive use of a standard mouse.

2. Reading

Book and Document Holders prevent extensive holding of books and minimize muscles, tendons, and joint stress. An angular position of the book facilitates a proper neck and head posture. It also facilitates visual access to the material.

For more information and links to vendors, see: AT Progam News Blog

Assistive Technology for Older Persons

There are approximately 40 million people over the age of 65 in the United States. Common problems for this group include decreased vision and hearing, and decreased mobility and motor skills. Many older persons may benefit greatly from the use of assistive technologies that have traditionally been marketed to and used by people with disabilities. These assistive technologies are gaining mainstream recognition as they aid older persons in the areas of safety and independent functioning.

Assistive technology items, or devices, vary widely, from very low-tech and low cost devices such as jar openers, to high-tech devices that aid in communication. These devices can assist in all areas of living, including eating, cooking and meal preparation, dressing, bathing and toileting, walking using stairs, using the telephone, engaging in recreational activities and managing both medication and finances. In essence, an assistive technology device is an item that can help an older person accomplish a task that he or she would be otherwise unable to do, or to do safely and/or easily. Related to assistive technology devices are assistive technology services, which include evaluations, to ensure that the device is the right one for the particular user, and training on proper use of the device.

Eating, Cooking and Meal Preparation

  • Reachers, or grabbers, have trigger handles and jaws that allow people to access items that are in hard to reach places.
  • Faucet extenders are reachers that allow for easy use of the faucet.
  • T-turners are devices that can be placed on a stove or other appliance knob to make it easier to turn.
  • Eating utensils with built up handles require less strength to hold and use.
  • Jar openers with handles allow greater leverage in opening jars.
  • Microwave ovens allow for safe, quick and easy meal preparations.
  • Power peelers for peeling fruits and vegetables decrease the strain of repetitive motion.

Telephone Use

  • Telephones are available with large buttons, speed dial, amplification, and hands-free voice recognition, as helpful alternatives to traditional telephones.
  • Talking caller ID announces aloud the telephone number and/or name of the caller to allow screening of calls.
  • Telephone extension arms hold the receiver for hands-free telephone use.
  • Telephone dialer sticks fit into the finger holes of a rotary, or press the buttons on touch-tone telephones to assist in the motion of dialing.

Reading and Recreational Activities

  • Lamp magnifiers enlarge and illuminate printed materials or anything of interest for ease of vision.
  • Narrated books on tape are available through libraries or for purchase as an alternative to reading.
  • Book holders or reading stands offer hands-free reading.
  • Cardholders hold playing cards securely and provide a clear view of them
  • Enlarged playing cards enhance the numbers for easier vision.
  • Battery powered scissors allow easy cutting of both paper and thin material.

Medication Management

  • Pill crushers and splitters cut pills easily.
  • Pill boxes compartmentalize and label pills to organize them for each day of the week.
  • Pill box timers remind the user to take medications at the proper time.

Memory Aids

  • Tape recorders can help in remembering a sequence of tasks.
  • Time Pad Memos and Sycom Total Recall are advanced clock and alarm devices that can be programmed to make specific announcements at certain times as a reminder to the user.

Bathing and Toileting

  • Grab bars provide safety and stability in showers and near toilets.
  • Bath and shower seats allow easier access to and stability in the shower or bathtub.
  • Long-handled bath brushes help in bathing difficult to reach areas.
  • Raised toilet seats decrease bending.

Dressing and Grooming

  • Bedrails prevent falls out of bed and aid in rising from and getting out of bed.
  • Velcro on clothes and shoes allows easier closure.
  • Button loops with handles allow easier fastening.
  • Zipper pulls with handles hook into zipper for ease of up and down motion.
  • Extended shoehorns prevent extreme bending.
  • Stocking aids or sock pulls minimize bending.

Walking and Using Stairs

  • Canes, crutches, walkers, scooters and wheelchairs aid with mobility in and outside the home.
  • Seat assists are cushions that lift to aid in rising from chairs and sofas.
  • Stair lifts or glides with seats can be installed on most staircases as an alternative to stair use.
  • Ramps, either temporary or permanent, can be installed to avoid stair use outside the home.
  • Residential elevators and platform lifts can be installed inside the home to avoid stairs.

Where can I get assistance in obtaining information about assistive technology for older persons?

The Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC), a program of Disability Rights New Jersey, provides information and referral, outreach and education, technical assistance and legal and non-legal advocacy in the area of assistive technology. Call 1-800-922-7233 in state, or access our website at http://www.drnj.org/atac.

Proloquo2Go – Apple’s Newest App for Augmentative Communication

Augmentative and alternative communication, or AAC, devices can supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional to improve social interaction or school performance. Electronic AAC aids use picture symbols, letters, and/or words and phrases to create messages. Equipped with an AAC device, an individual whose speech is limited suddenly has a way to express himself/herself.

Proloque2Go is just one of a growing number of AAC apps quickly gaining ground in the special-needs community. Before these apps came along, AAC devices could cost upward of $10,000–a cost many insurance companies would not cover. And for that hefty price, you got a heavy, clunky device.

Children aren’t the only ones benefiting from these apps, of course–stroke and accident victims, as well as adults with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and other progressive degenerative diseases are also tapping into this growing market.

Part of the reason Proloquo2Go and other similar apps work so well is that they offer Apple’s familiar iOS interface, relatively reasonable pricing, and the ease, portability, and cool factor of an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad: tap items in a grid or list view to insert them into the Message window, then tap to speak. Tap and hold to access conjugations, plurals, or possessives. Edit standard items, add custom words or sentences, or customize settings such as icon size or background and text colors.

In addition to Proloquo2Go, there are several alternative apps for communication. Adastrasoft’s Expressionist ($9.99) holds 120 “common expressions” and uses a composite image system that’s completely different from traditional AAC style. For example, a photograph of a shopping bag and a receipt are followed by a clip art arrow pointing to a photograph of money. Underneath that is a line art drawing of a person holding out his hands. That represents the common expression of “please refund.”

MyTalk, an app by the company of the same name, costs $39.99. Users can create and edit unlimited message cells and boards with photos and images. You can download a free Lite version (with limited cells)–and explore the online workspace for free for 30 days–so you can give it a try to see if it’s right for your child.

To read more about Proloquo2Go and find out where you can test out the app on a device at one of the 140 resource centers, see: “Tapping This App Gives Special-Needs Users a Voice”

ATIA Announces “Microsoft Windows 7 Was My Idea” Video Contest

Microsoft and the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) invite users to create a short video presenting their story about how using Windows 7 has made new things possible or simplified everyday tasks.

ATIA encourages applicants to use music, humor, or other formats to share new and innovative ideas.

CONTEST DATES:
ATIA 2010 Chicago Conference Contest is open from August 19, 2010 – October 21, 2010

ATIA 2011 Orlando Conference Contest is open from November 18, 2010 – January 20, 2011

PRIZES:
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

ATIA 2010 Chicago Conference Attendees’ Choice Prize

ATIA 2011 Orlando Conference Attendees’ Choice’ Prize

One Grand Prize Winner will be announced at the Orlando 2011 Conference.

CRITERIA:
The (2) Conference Attendees’ Choice Prizes will be awarded to the individual with the highest number of votes received onsite for each conference. The votes will be made via ballots
provided onsite during the conference.

A Grand Prize Winner will be chosen from all contest submissions received over the course of both contests. The Grand prize winner will be chosen by a contest committee, with members selected by Microsoft.

LENGTH:
Videos should be anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length.

ELIGIBILITY:
No conference admission purchase necessary to be eligible for Attendees’ Choice and Grand Prizes. All attendees including conference exhibitors and speakers are eligible to vote for best video.

MULTIPLE ENTRIES:
Individuals may enter both contests and enter multiple entries per contest.

VIDEO GUIDELINES:
If the video is of an individual other than you, please obtain permission before posting.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Once you have uploaded your video/s to the ATIA Facebook page please complete a contest Application Form with details of your videos and your contact information.

For more information and to submit an application, go to:
www.atia.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3893

Sniff-activated Systems Drive Wheelchairs and Improve Communication

A new sniff-sensing controller developed at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel may enable those individuals with severe paralysis to navigate wheelchairs, surf the Net, and communicate in writing via controlled inhalations and exhalations.

This system employs a sensor that fits in a nostril’s opening and measures changes in air pressure. A pressure transducer translates this information into electrical signals, which are transmitted to a computer, and its specialized software, via USB connection. Patients on respirators use a passive version of the device that diverts airflow to their nostrils.

Researchers tested the system on 96 healthy volunteers and 10 quadriplegics, with promising results. Some users, the team says, were able to navigate an electric wheelchair around a complex path or play a computer game with nearly the speed and accuracy of a mouse or joystick.

The scientists were particularly encouraged by tests conducted on three patients with Locked-In-Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder in which cognitive function remains unimpaired, but all voluntary muscles are paralyzed, except for those that control eye movement. Using the sniffing system to control a computer cursor, the Locked-In testers were–after considerable practice–able to communicate with family members. Pressure changes picked up by the sniff-controlled writing software allow the user to choose letters and words.

The standalone sniff controller for a wheelchair was developed at a cost of $358, which is much less than the average eye-tracking setup. Weizmann researchers estimate that if produced at scale, its controller would cost only a fraction of that amount. Sniff detection, however, would not make eye tracking obsolete. In cases where eye movements would work and sniffs wouldn’t, so both technologies could be combined for maximum effect.

For the full article and videos demonstrating how the sniff-activated system works, see:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20011860-1.html

Department of Justice Seeks Public Comment on Proposed ADA Regulations

The Justice Department has announced four new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) proposals addressing the accessibility of websites, the provision of captioning and video description in movies shown in theaters, accessible equipment and furniture, and the ability of 9-1-1 centers to take text and video calls from individuals with disabilities. The proposals are in the form of advance notices of proposed rulemaking, or ANPRMs, which provide information on these ADA issues and ask questions seeking comments and information from the public. The four ANPRMs were published in the Federal Register on July 26, 2010.

Web Accessibility
State and local governments, businesses, educators, and other organizations covered by the ADA are increasingly using the web to provide information, goods, and services to the public. In the web accessibility ANPRM, the department presents for public comment a series of questions seeking input regarding how the department can develop a workable framework for website access that provides individuals with disabilities access to the critical information, programs, and services provided on the web, while respecting the unique characteristics of the internet and its transformative impact on everyday life.

Next Generation (NG) 9-1-1
9-1-1 centers are moving towards an Internet-enabled network to allow the general public to make a 9-1-1 “call” via voice, text, or video over the Internet and directly communicate with personnel at the centers. The NG 9-1-1 ANPRM seeks information on how the centers may be able to provide direct access to 9-1-1 for individuals with disabilities as they implement new communication technologies.

Captioning and Video Description in Movies Shown in Movie Theaters
Recent technologies have been developed to provide closed captions and video description in movies being shown at movie theaters. Movie studios have begun to produce and distribute movies with captioning and video description. However, these features are not generally made available at movie theaters. In the captioning and video description ANPRM, the department asks for suggestions regarding the kind of accessibility requirements for captioning and video description it should consider as proposed rules for public comments, particularly in light of the industry’s conversion to digital technology.

Equipment and Furniture
Full use of the nation’s built environment can only be fully achieved by the use of accessible equipment. There is now improved availability of many different types of accessible equipment and furniture, ranging from accessible medical exam tables, chairs, scales, and radiological equipment and furniture to “talking” ATMs and interactive kiosks. In the equipment and furniture ANPRM, the department poses questions and seeks comments from the public, covered entities, equipment manufacturers, advocacy and trade groups about the nature of accessibility issues and proposed solutions for making equipment and furniture accessible to persons with disabilities.

The four ANPRMs are available for review at: http://ada.gov/anprm2010.htm

ATAC of DRNJ Launches Social Networking Initiative

The Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of Disability Rights New Jersey recently began efforts to communicate with the interested public through two social networking platforms.

ATAC recently launched a site on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/atacofdrnj) which contains new information and links about assistive technology events and products that are making a difference in New Jersey and elsewhere.  The Facebook site is designed to help anyone find the latest information about AT developments.  If you are a Facebook user, you can “like” the page, or just share information on the site with others.

ATAC also started a group on LinkedIn for assistive technology professionals in New Jersey to share information, request technical assistance, and develop collaborative efforts.  This group is designed for people who work on AT issues in New Jersey, although we welcome other visitors.

Thousands of New Jersey residents with disabilities depend on assistive technology to help make daily tasks easier, to make their workplaces more effective, and to make their transportation options safer.  Millions more use social networking to stay in touch with friends and communicate important information.  ATAC’s goal is to help both communities stay in touch with the latest news and information about AT devices, services and research.

Making Summer Vacation More Accessible

Disaboom’s guide to accessible family vacations can help make summertime more accessible to anyone.  The article covers choosing appropriate vacation destinations, packing (including assistive technology devices) and emergency planning.

Keeping Cool With A Cooling Vest

A website focusing on mitochondiral disease recently published a guide to cooling vests.  Keeping cool in the summertime can be critical to many individuals with disabilities, including people with multiple sclerosis.  One way assistive technology can help is by providing vests filled with water or ice to help keep core temperature down.  The article also includes information about vendors and resources.

Infinitec’s Resource Guide for Adaptive Water Sports and Recreation

Infinitec, in part with the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago and the United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc., Washington D.C., has created an online guide to adaptive water sports and recreation. Infinitec’s website offers information on assistive technology products and services for swimming, sailing, scuba diving, fishing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, and waterskiing. This online resource guide also offers tips on water safety and how to find sites that offer accessible recreation.

For the complete online guide on adaptive water sports and recreation, go to: www.infinitec.org/play/water/adaptivewatersports.htm

Adaptive Creations Creates Power Caster for Hands-Free Fishing

Adaptive Creations announces the Ken’s Power Caster as the world’s first and only fully-automated, push-button controlled fishing machine.

Adaptive Creations is a new company dedicated to producing a line of adaptive equipment that will allow persons with disabilities to be active in fun and challenging pursuits. The company’s initial product is Ken’s Power Caster, an innovation that allows for the hands-free casting and retrieval of a fishing line.

For more information on this item or any new innovation from Adaptive Creations, visit the website:
Adaptive Creations

Or contact:
Adaptive Creations LLC
P.O Box 131
Waltersburg, PA 15488
Phone: 724-438-1336

Freedom Amcar Motors

Freedom Amcar Motors
951 Armstrong Blvd, Suite C
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: (866) 861-3178
Phone: (407) 935-9292
Contact: Joseph Miller
Website: http://www.amcarmotors.com/
E-mail: joe@amcarmotors.com
Type of Supplier: Private Business
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Augmentative Communication Consulting, LLC

Augmentative Communication Consulting, LLC
2435 Hwy 34 B #118
Manasquan, NJ 08736
County: Monmouth
Contact Name: Amy Dougherty
Phone: 732-722-7570
Fax: 732-612-1046
E-mail: amyaac@optonline.net
Website: http://www.aacevaluationsnj.com
Accepts Private Insurance
Type of Supplier: Individual Practicioner
Area Served: Statewide
Note: Providing augmentative communication evaluation and training services for children and adults.
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Prentke Romich Company

Prentke Romich Company
1585 Norman Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone: 800-262-1984 ext. 1440 (voice mail)
Cell: 203-864-5602
Fax: 330-263-4829
Contact: Andy Dubois-White
Website: http://www.prentrom.com
E-mail: andy.dubois-white@prentrom.com
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: Covers Northern NJ, NYC and Long Island

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Prentke Romich Company

Prentke Romich Company
67 Dogwood Lane
Hamburg, PA 19526
Contact: Dan Mills, M.Ed.
Phone: 800-262-1984 ext. 1438 (voice mail)
Cell: 610-349-0983
Fax: 330-263-4829
Website: http://www.prentrom.com
E-mail: dan.mills@prentrom.com
Type of Supplier: Business
Note: Represents Prentke Romich Company in eastern PA and southern NJ.
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Adam Krass Consulting, LLC

Adam Krass Consulting, LLC
25 Montross Avenue
Rutherford, New Jersey 07070
County: Bergen
Contact Name: Adam Krass, MS, ATP
Phone: 201-618-2315
Fax: 201-939-1143
E-mail: adam@adamkrassconsulting.com
Website: http://www.adamkrassconsulting.com
Type of Supplier: Individual Practicioner
Area Served: Local Region
Note: Specializing in computer-based supports for children and adults with disabilities, and professional development for school teams.

NJCART Member

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NJID To Distribute AT Devices for Emergency Preparedness

New Jersey Institute of Disabilities (NJID) announces two upcoming events designed to promote awareness about emergency preparedness for people with disabilities. NJID will be distributing free low-tech communication devices to families, specifically designed for use during emergency situations. NJID will also distribute emergency GO Bags and other useful emergency items.

There is no income qualification for this program. To be eligible for the free communication device, a child (age 8 years and older) and at least one caregiver must attend an informational session. Sessions will be held on:

Wednesday July 28, 2010
The Lakeview School- Roosevelt Park
10 Oak Drive
Edison, NJ
6:30 – 8:30pm

OR

Saturday July 31, 2010
Alianza at the Raritan Bay YMCA
365 New Brunswick Avenue
Perth Amboy, NJ
11:00am – 1:00pm

You must pre-register to attend. Spanish language interpreters will be available at both sessions.

For registration, call:
Marisa Ramos at (732) 442-8393
or email: Marisa.Ramos@cpamc.org

NJID is a non-profit organization that provides a unique continuum of services for more than 1000 children and adults with disabilities. NJID received funding to provide long-term loans of communication devices for people with limited speech capacities from the Assistive Technology Advocacy Center of Disability Rights New Jersey.

For more information, visit NJID’s website: www.cpamc.org/

Words+, Inc.

Words+, Inc.
42505 10th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534-7059
Phone: 800-869-8521 (Toll-free U.S. & Canada)
661-723-6523 (International)
Fax: 661.723.2114
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Vision Technology

Vision Technology
8501 Delport Drive
Saint Louis MO 63114-5905
Tel: 314-890-8300
Fax: 314-890-8383

email:clientservices@vti1.com

Web: http://www.visiontechnology.com/

AT Devices

 

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ViewPlus Technologies

ViewPlus Technologies
Phone: 541.754.4002
Fax: 541.738.6505
1853 SW Airport Ave.
Corvallis OR 97333

Web: http://www.viewplus.com/

AT Devices

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Vision Cue

 

Vision Cue

4858-A S.W. Scholls Ferry Road
Portland, OR 97225

Phone 888-318-2582 and 503-297-1510
Fax 503-459-4003

Web: http://www.visioncue.com

 
AT Devices

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Turning Point Therapy & Technology, Inc.

Turning Point Therapy & Technology, Inc.
PO Box 310945
New Braunfels, TX  78131-0945
Phone: 877-608-9812
Email: sales@turningpointtechnology.com
Web: http://www.turningpointtechnology.com/
AT Devices

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Tobii ATI

Tobii ATI

707 Alexander Road
Suite 208 – Office #22
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609-462-2548
Fax: 781-461-8213
Email: david.goldberg@tobiiati.com Web: www.tobiiati.com
Note: Specializes in Eye Tracking access to Speech Generating Devices and Computers; has full line of touch screen AAC devices and static display devices; Lightwriter
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Texthelp Systems Inc

Texthelp Systems Inc.
100 Unicorn Park Drive
Woburn, MA 01801
www.texthelp.com

Toll free phone: 888-248-0652
Toll free fax: 866-248-0652

Email: u.s.info@texthelp.com

Web: http://www.texthelp.com/

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JanTech Educational Services

JanTech Educational Services
9 White Birch Lane
Sparta, NJ 07871
Janet DeSenzo
Phone: 973 726-0883
Fax: 973 729-0664
E-mail: info@jantechedserv.com
Website: http://jantechedserv.com
County: Atlantic
Type:  Individual Practicioner
Note: JanTech provides computer access devices as well as software to assist with literacy and math skills. We support all products with training and tech support.
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Switch In Time

Switch In Time
172 Harvard Rd.
Littleton, MA 01460
Phone: 978.486.9433
Fax: 978.952.6687
E-mail: info@switchintime.com
Web Site: www.switchintime.com
AT Devices

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SoftTouch, Inc.

SoftTouch, Inc.
17117 Oak Dr Ste C
Omaha, NE 68130
877-763-8868
AT Devices

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Slater Software, Inc

Slater Software, Inc.
351 Badger Circle  Guffey, CO 80820     toll-free (877) 306-6968  phone (719) 479-2255  fax (719) 479-2254 info@slatersoftware.com
AT Devices

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Sensory Software International Ltd

Sensory Software International Ltd
Smart House
4a Court Road
Malvern
Worcestershire
WR14 3BL

 Phone: 01684 578868 
 Email: info@sensorysoftware.com 

Web: http://www.sensorysoftware.com/software.html

AT Devices

AT Services

Saltillo Corporation

Saltillo Corporation  2143 Township Rd #112             Millersburg, OH 44654
1-800-382-8622  Email: aac@saltillo.com

Web: http://saltillo.com

AT Devices

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Quillsoft Ltd.

Quillsoft Ltd.
2416 Queen Street East.
Toronto, Ontario M1N 1A2
CANADA
1-866-62WORDQ
1-866-629-6737
Tel: (416) 698-0111
Fax: (416) 698-1555
admin@quillsoft.ca

http://www.wordq.com/

AT Devices 

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Your ReSource Named Top 10 Nominee for Green America’s “2010 Green Grants”

The national nonprofit Green America has opened voting for its annual Green Grants awards. Based on hundreds of nominations of projects across the country, Green America staff selected 10 top projects that benefit people and the planet in local communities and is asking people to vote for their favorites. Green America will then award four Green Grants to local projects in the United States that support its mission of creating a socially just and environmentally sustainable economy. Green America will provide one Grand Prize of $2,500 and three First Prizes of $1,000 in late July.

Your ReSource, a local organization in Ewing that reutilizes gently used durable medical equipment (DME), has been selected as one of the ten national finalists. Your ReSource is the ONLY GROUP IN NJ among the ten under final consideration.

Deadline for voting is July 19th.

PLEASE VOTE TODAY.

To vote, go to: www.greenamericatoday.org/greengrants/index_voting.cfm

For more information on Your ReSource:
www.yourresourcenj.org

TECH Connection Announces Free AT Expo for Seniors

TECH Connection of Family Resource Associates announces an upcoming AT expo for seniors. This event is free and will be held on August 30, 2010 from 10AM to 1PM at 35 Haddon Avenue in Shrewsbury. The expo will focus on seniors and the use of computer-related assistive technology. TECH Connection staff will demonstrate devices such as screen readers, screen magnification, or track balls and other alternatives to computer navigation.

This expo will also show how a computer can help seniors find new ways to re-engage with the world, such as connecting with grand-children, playing games to help with memory, finding childhood friends, ordering groceries online, medical research, and finding “how to” videos on You Tube.

The event is free but registration is required.

To register or for more information, call or email:
Joanne Castellano, Director
Phone: 732-747-5310, ext 14
Email: tecconn@aol.com

TECHConnection @ FRA
35 Haddon Avenue
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
www.techconnection.org

OSERS Announces Funding for Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) has announced new funding for Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTC) to increase employment outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. RRTC’s improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act through advanced research, training and technical assistance. These activities benefit rehabilitation service providers, persons with disabilities and their family members.

Application deadline is August 20, 2010.

For more information visit:
www.disability.gov/employment

National Center for Law and Economic Justice Publishes Report on Web Accessibility

The National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) has published the report, “The Closed Digital Door: State Public Benefits Agencies’ Failure to Make Websites Accessible to People with Disabilities and Usable for Everyone.” This report discusses the findings from web accessibility research of state and some local public benefits agency web sites in California, Florida, Michigan, New York, and Texas. The report describes the problems that make it difficult or impossible for people with disabilities to apply for benefits online, request an application, search the website, or contact the agency by email. The research, which was conducted for NCLEJ by students at Northeastern University School of Law, also found that basic information on how to apply for benefits was difficult to find on websites. NCLEJ has called upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Nutrition Service at USDA to require the states included in the study to fix the problems identified, to issue guidance to states on web accessibility, to convene an interagency workgroup to develop materials to assist states, and to provide technical assistance to state agencies on the issue.

NCLEJ’s entire report may be found at: The Closed Digital Door

WebAnywhere: A Free Screen Reader On the Go

WebAnywhere is a free, web-based screen reader that requires no special software to be installed. While other screen readers synthesize speech from text locally, WebAnywhere fetches speech from a central server and sends the audio to the user’s computer. WebAnywhere cannot provide access to desktop applications like word processors or spreadsheets. However, users can access simple keyboard commands to navigate to any webpage.

Visit wa.cs.washington.edu to directly access WebAnywhere.

For more information on this service, see: Free Services for Web Accessibility

Handi-Ramp Foundation

Handi-Ramp Foundation
510 North Avenue
Libertyville, Illinois 60048
Phone: (847) 996-6299
Fax: (847) 816-8866
Email: jgraybosch@handiramp.com
Website: http://www.handirampfoundation.org/
Note: Provides grant funding for home modifications.
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Pass it on Center

Pass It On Center
c/o Ga Department of Labor, Tools for Life
1700 Century Circle, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30345-3020

Metro Atlanta 404-638-0390
Toll Free 1-800-497-8665
Email: info@passitoncenter.org

Web: http://passitoncenter.org/

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Origin Instruments Corporation

Origin Instruments Corporation         854 Greenview Drive
Grand Prairie, Texas 75050-2438
USA
Voice: 972-606-8740
FAX: 972-606-8741

email: marketing@orin.com or support@orin.com

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Optelec

 

Optelec
3030 Enterprise Court
STE C
Vista, CA 92081-8358
Tel: 800 826 4200
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Marblesoft-Simtech

Marblesoft-Simtech
12301 Central Ave NE
Suite 205
Blaine, MN 55434   Toll Free: 888-755-1402                      Sales: 763-755-1402

email: sales@marblesoft.com

web: http://marblesoft.com/

 

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WYNG Products

WYNG Products
240 Stony Creek Way
Millerstown, PA 17062
Phone: (888) 438-9964
Fax: (717) 920-1332
Email: info@wyngproducts.com
Website: http://www.wyngproducts.com/
Note: Provides customized shower rails and modified toilets.
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Free Segways For Veterans with Disabilities

Veterans who are disabled, and served on active duty before or after September 11, 2001, may be able to receive a free Segway that is custom designed for their needs.

In order to qualify for a free Segway, a Veteran must have incurred an illness or injury resulting in permanent disability and difficulty walking as a result of one of the following:

– Armed Conflict
– Hazardous Service
– Conditions Simulating War
– Instrumentality of War
– Combat Operation
– Combat Zone

This program is sponsored by the Disability Rights Advocates for Technology, (DRAFT), which is made up of individuals with disabilities that refuse to be defined by their disability and have a passion for participating in life’s activities. They provide advocacy as well as education services as an advocate for the adoption of Universally Designed Technology Solutions. As part of their mission, they provide Segways for disabled Veterans at no charge.

To date, Segs4Vets has awarded more than 250 Segways to Veterans who were severely injured while serving our nation in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Please visit: www.segs4vets.com for more information and an application.

Disney Reveals Audio Technology for Guests with Visual Impairments

On June 27, 2010, Walt Disney World Resort will reveal updates to its handheld Assistive Technology Device (ATD) for Orlando guests with visual impairments. The device offers detailed descriptions for outdoor areas in the theme parks and will be available for Walt Disney World guests for a $25 deposit through Guest Relations.

The handheld device, which uses wireless technology, combines multiple functions – assistive listening, handheld captioning, and audio description – with a portable, easy-to-use platform.

The ADT allows guests to access desired information from an interactive audio menu. For example, guests may use the device to receive additional information on an attraction or get directions thanks to signals picked up from GPS, radio and infrared transmitters located at various points in the parks.
The device currently offers information on more than 50 attractions, and is equipped with audio enhancements for guests with mild to moderate hearing impairments. Handheld captioning is available for specific rides, as well closed captioning for pre-show areas with television displays.

For the full article and samples of Disney’s new audio descriptions, click here: Sample Disney’s New Theme Park Audio

Participants Needed for Survey on Use of Alternative Augmentation Communication Devices

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) announces a new survey and a chance to earn up to $300. Participants are needed to complete a survey about their use of Alternative Augmentation Communication (AAC) Technologies.

The Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT), has partnered with the Western New York Independent Living Center. Together they are conducting research on knowledge translation strategies for people with speech and related disabilities. Their current research is seeking the best ways of communicating research knowledge to AAC stakeholders. This includes consumers, clinicians, brokers, policy makers, manufacturers and researchers. In the past, this Center has been able to get over 50 products for people with disabilities into the market place. The Center is seeking input from consumers over the age of 18 who use AAC equipment, and who will participate in our study.

For any consumer who participates in the study he / she will receive $100
for each one of the 3 questionnaires we will ask them to complete.

For each participant an organization is able to offer us, a chance will be
put into a drawing for $1000. This means if your organization can help the
center find one consumer your organization will get one chance at the
drawing. If your organization assists the center in finding 10 consumers you
will get 10 chances in the drawing. They are only seeking 60 participants
so you can see the chance of winning the drawing is greatly enhanced with
more referrals.

To find out more about the study or to participate, contact Douglas Usiak at Tel (716) 204-8606 ext. 205, or email: djusiak@buffalo.edu

**** Be Sure to mention AAPD as the referring agency ***

Department of Labor Calls For Accessible Job Recruiting Websites

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is sending employers an important message on accessible employment for all applicants, including those individuals with disabilities. DOL’s message is the 2010 theme for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month. According to April 2010 figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than a quarter of the potential labor force of Americans with disabilities are employed (22%), compared with more than two-thirds of the labor force without disabilities (70%).

Federal contractors and subcontractors are required by law to take affirmative action to hire, retain and promote qualified individuals with disabilities. However, many contractors have moved toward using an online system as their primary, if not exclusive, method of accepting applications for employment. While some of these systems might be accessible, others are completely inaccessible or only partially accessible.

The OFCCP [Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs] has indicated they will conduct on-site audits to ensure accessibility. In anticipation of such an audit, federal contractors should provide applicants with instructions on another way to apply if they cannot access the online system.

Private employers covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must avoid discrimination against people with disabilities throughout the recruitment, application and interview process. That’s why these employers can face a challenge if their sites are inaccessible.

Employers can find a collection of resources on accessibility through Earnworks, a free disability employment consulting service funded by the DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). One such resource, the Accessible Systems Racing League (ASRL), is an easy-to-use tool that highlights barriers job seekers and employees with disabilities might face when trying to access a company’s career site or other online HR recruiting and hiring tools and systems.

To read the entire article: Making Recruiting Sites Accessible

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Magnifying America
2129 SW HWY 484
Ocala, FL 34473
800 364-1610
  
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Madentec Limited
4664 – 99 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada
T6E 5H5  

Phone: 780-450-8926

Fax: 780-988-6182

Toll Free: 877-623-3682

Email: customerservice@ablenetinc.com

Web: http://madentec.com/

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LVI Low Vision International

LVI Low Vision International
LVI Low Vision International AB
Verkstadsgatan 5
352 46 Växjö
SWEDEN
Phone: +46 470-727700
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LevelStar
685 S. Arthur Ave. Unit 1A
Louisville
CO
80027
800-315-2305
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LC Technologies, Inc.

LC Technologies, Inc.
3919 Old Lee Highway, Suite 81B
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Voice: 1-703-385-7133 or 1-800-EYEGAZE (800-393-4293)
Fax: 1-703-385-7137

Email: info0309@eyegaze.com

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Laureate Learning Systems, Inc.

Laureate Learning Systems, Inc.
110 East Spring Street
Winooski, VT
05404-1898
1 800 562 6801 (US & Canada) or +1 802 655 4755
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LAB Resources

LAB Resources
706 Kopmeier Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Local: 262-691-3476
Toll Free: 800-691-3476

Fax: 262-695-2504
Labresources@wi.rr.com
http://www.labresources-assistivetechnology.com/

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K–NFB Reading Technology, Inc.

K–NFB Reading Technology, Inc.
P.O. Box 620128
Newton Lower Falls, MA
02462-0128
(877) 547-1500

Lisa Galloni
Director of Inside Sales
Lisa@knfbReader.com
Telephone: (928) 634-1036
Toll Free: (888) 634-1036

Web: http://www.knfbreader.com/

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Judy Lynn Software, Inc.

Judy Lynn Software, Inc.
P.O. Box 373
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
Telephone/Fax: (732) 390-8845

http://www.judylynn.com/
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Jabbla
213 Bay St E
Lakeland, Fl 33803
T 863-603-7827
F 863-603-0255

www.jabbla.com
info@jabbla.com

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Infogrip Inc.

Infogrip Inc.
1899 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

Phone: 800-397-0921

Email: info@infogrip.com

Web: http://www.infogrip.com/

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Disability Rights Advocates for Technology (DRAFT)
500 Fox Ridge Road
St. Louis, MO 63131
Telephone: 800-401-7940
Fax: 314-965-4956
E-mail: info@draft.org
Websites: http://www.draft.org/
http://www.segs4vets.com/
Note: Provides funding for Segway scooters for veterans with mobility disabilities.
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Inclusive TLC
2206 Legacy Oak Drive
Waxhaw, NC 28173

Toll Free: 1-800-462-0930

1-704-243-3622

Email: 

info@inclusiveTLC.com

Web: http://inclusivetlc.com/

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HumanWare
1 UPS Way
PO Box 800
Champlain
NY 12919

Toll-free phone (US only) 1 800 722-3393
Fax +1 888 871 4828
E-mail: us.info@humanware.com

Web:http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/home

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GW Micro, Inc.
725 Airport North Office Park • Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Ph: 260-489-3671 • Fax: 260-489-2608
sales@gwmicro.com
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Guerilla Technologies, Inc.
4203 S.W. High Meadows Ave., Palm City, FL 34990
Contact : 1-772-283-0500
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The Great Talking Box Company
2528 Qume Dr., Suite 14
San Jose, CA 95131

Phone: 408.573-7800
Fax: 408.573.8600
Toll Free: 1.877.ASK.4GTB (1.877.275.4482)
Email: info@greattalkingbox.com

Web:http://www.greattalkingbox.com/

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