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Assistive Technology: Your Questions Answered

July 12, 2017

You may have heard the term “Assistive Technology” before, but what does it actually mean? Assistive Technology (AT) refers to any technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. You can find both high and low tech options in just about any category of AT. Adaptations that make life easier don’t have to be costly. In fact, some solutions can be created with inexpensive materials you already have at home. Read more below to learn about Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Center and how to find the right devices for you or someone you care about.

 

Q: What kinds of Assistive Technology can be found at Easter Seals Iowa?

A: Easter Seals Iowa has over 1,000 Assistive Technology devices available for demonstration or loan. The items are categorized by their purpose. Some examples of categories include: Adapted Toys, Communication Devices, Memory Loss, Exercise Equipment and Recreation, and Vehicle Accessories. There are devices that can assist in eating independently, using a computer, and even devices that you can take fishing.

 

Q: What services are provided to help people access AT at Easter Seals Iowa?

A: Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Center provides Iowans statewide with opportunities to explore and decide what AT options are right for them. This is accomplished through the Lending Library and Demonstration Center. Individuals with disabilities or their representative can borrow up to 5 items at a time for a 30 day trial period. During this time, individuals can implement these items in their everyday lives and determine if they will be a good fit for long term use. In addition to the Lending Library, the Demonstration Center provides examples of modifications that can enhance accessibility. A dropped countertop kitchen, barrier-free shower, and the Amazon Alexa are just some of the items in the demonstration center. There is no charge to use the Lending Library or visit the Demonstration Center.

 

Q: Why check out loan items from Easter Seals Iowa AT Center?

A: Try before you buy! Using the Lending Library is a great way for individuals to try AT without committing to purchasing an item that may not be the best fit. After finding a product that works for them, an individual can make a worry-free purchase from the vendor of their choice.  

 

Q: How does someone go about accessing AT through Easter Seals Iowa?

A: To get connected to the Assistive Technology Center at Easter Seals Iowa, contact us by phone: 515-289-4069, TTY: (515) 289-4069, or email: atinfo@eastersealsia.org. Check out our inventory at www.eastersealsiowa.at4all.com. The Assistive Technology Center is located at Camp Sunnyside in Des Moines, 401 NE 66th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313.

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