Links to Assistive Technology Resources

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is pleased to provide this collection of links to websites that offer trainings, videos, blogs, and more about assistive technology. The links were compiled as part of a grant with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) that surveyed the availability of assistive technology lending programs in Ohio. Do you have a website that you would like to suggest to add to our list? Click here to submit your suggestion.

We have organized the links by the way the information is offered, as follows:

The Ohio DD Council provides this information as a public service to visitors of our website. However, please note that we do not endorse these websites and are not held liable for any mis-information provided on a website. 


Ohio-based Organizations

The following are organizations located in Ohio that provide information and resources about assistive technology services in Ohio.

  • AT&AEM Center powered by OCALI: The Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials Center (AT&AEM) is a centralized, responsive resource center that empowers individuals with disabilities by providing accessible educational materials, access to assistive technologies and highly specialized technical assistance and professional development support.
  • Assistive Technology of Ohio: Assistive Technology of Ohio (AT Ohio) is a federally funded nonprofit organization that is part of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. AT Ohio is the officially designated Tech Act program for Ohio. They offer many services to Ohioans with disabilities, including adaptive toy and device lending libraries, refurbished computers, and more.
  • Disability Cocoon: A supportive technology resource where people come to learn, connect, explore, collaborate, and more.
  • May We Help: This Ohio-based organization has volunteers who design and create unique custom solutions for individuals with disabilities.
  • Supportive Technology: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities provides information on remote supports which combines technology and direct care to support people with developmental disabilities.
  • The Arc of Ohio - Assistive Technology Program: The Arc of Ohio is a certified provider of assistive technology through the Individual Options (IO) and Level 1 waivers.

Smart Technology Applications (APPs)

Applications (APPs) are available for smart devices, such as phones, tablets and computers. The following are websites that provide information about APPs that may be useful to people with disabilities.

  • AppleVis: A website where you can find, share and recommend accessible iOS, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV Apps for people with vision loss.
  • BridgingApps: Reviews of over 3,000 apps for people with disabilities.
  • Currency Identification Mobile Apps: Information about the EyeNote app which provides a way for people with vision loss to read bills of money.
  • RJ Cooper & Associates: iPad mountings, cases, accessories, and apps. 

Training Modules and Webinars

The following links are for online trainings, such as education modules and webinars. Many are geared toward both people with disabilities and professionals.

In-person Trainings
  • AT&AEM Center powered by OCALI: The Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials Center (AT&AEM) is a centralized, responsive resource center that empowers individuals with disabilities by providing accessible educational materials, access to assistive technologies and highly specialized technical assistance and professional development support. The following are events held by the OCALI every year:
    • AT Conference and Vendor Fair: Regional fairs held annually by the Ohio State Support Teams and OCALI that provide hands-on interaction with AT vendors and products.
    • OCALICON: Annual conference held by OCALI that includes various AT vendors and AT sessions during the 3-day conference.
    • Accessible Technologies Lab: OCALI runs this lab during the annual Ohio Educational Technology Conference.
  • Assistive Technology of Ohio: Assistive Technology of Ohio (AT Ohio) is a federally funded nonprofit organization that is part of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. AT Ohio is the officially designated Tech Act program for Ohio. They offer many services to Ohioans with disabilities, including in-person trainings, webinars and more.
  • Assistive Technology Coalition (ATC): Provides a list of webinars, videos and conferences throughout the United States.
  • Westminster Technologies: Offers professional development courses that can be customized to your needs.
Online Training
  • Assistive Technology Internet Modules (ATIM) by OCALI: ATIM is designed to provide high-quality information and professional development on assistive technology (AT) for educators, professionals, families, persons with disabilities, and others. Each module guides you through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, a glossary, and much more. ATIM modules are available at no cost. Fee-based professional development certificates and graduate credit hours are now available and continuing education credits are coming soon.
  • CONNECT Module - Assistive Technology: An assistive technology assessment module created by The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge.
  • IRIS Center - Assistive Technology Module: This module offers an overview of assistive technology and explores ways to expand students' access to it in the classroom.
Webinars

Websites and Blogs

There are many websites that provide information about assistive technology. The information ranges from articles, blogs, newsletters, and more. 

  • AbleData: Searchable database of assistive technology solutions.
  • Accessible Technology Coalition (ATC): Information and resources about assistive technology, including a blog.
  • AT3 Center: News and tips blog.
  • AT&AEM Center powered by OCALI: The Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials Center (AT&AEM) is a centralized, responsive resource center that empowers individuals with disabilities by providing accessible educational materials, access to assistive technologies and highly specialized technical assistance and professional development support.
  • AbleData: An online database of unbiased, comprehensive information on products, solutions and resources, including assistive technology.
  • Assistive Technology of Ohio: Assistive Technology of Ohio (AT Ohio) is a federally funded nonprofit organization that is part of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. AT Ohio is the officially designated Tech Act program for Ohio. They offer many services to Ohioans with disabilities, including adaptive toy and device lending libraries, refurbished computers, and more.
  • Assistive Technology - Resource Roundup: Collection of assistive technology resources, including videos.
  • AT Makers: Provides information, including useful guides, for makers of assistive technology and for people who use assistive technology.
  • Best Buy: Assitive Technology devices available for purchase at Best Buy. Be sure to check with your Medicaid waiver case manager or SSA if you are eligible to have funding for purchasing these devices.
  • Coleman Institute: A project of the Coleman Institute involves a coalition of disability organizations and individuals that assert the right of people with cognitive disabilities to technology and information access.
  • Disability Cocoon: A supportive technology resource where people come to learn, connect, explore, collaborate, and more. 
  • May We Help: This Ohio-based organization has volunteers who design and create unique custom solutions for individuals with disabilities. 
  • Jane Farrall Consulting: Blog.
  • Luis Perex: Blog.
  • My Technology Handbook (PDF version): An introduction to technology and how to use the Internet from Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).
  • My Technology Handbook (Word version): An introduction to technology and how to use the Internet from Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).
  • National Center on Accessible Educational Materials: Information about the importance of creating educational materials so that they are compatible with assistive technology.
  • Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT): PEAT works to help employers, IT companies, and others to understand why it pays to build and buy accessible technology, and how to do so.
  • Perkins School for the Blind eLearning: Website includes a blog, online courses, webinars and resources for individuals with visual impairments.
  • Spectronics: Information, including a blog, geared toward inclusive learning technologies for school-age children.
  • Supportive Technology: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities provides information on remote supports which combines technology and direct care to support people with developmental disabilities.
  • TechMatrix: Searchable database of assistive technology solutions.
  • Technology Resources for College Students with Disabilities: CollegeStats.org
  • Technology Resources for People with Vision Loss: The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) offers this comprehensive list of technology resources that can assist people with vision loss. The list includes AFB's apps, guides on user computers and other technology, and much more.
  • The Arc of Ohio - Assistive Technology Program: The Arc of Ohio is a certified provider of assistive technology through the Individual Options (IO) and Level 1 waivers.
  • The Human Voicebank: A service where people can provide their recorded voices that will be used as a choice for people who use augmentative communication devices can choose a unique voice.
  • Understood: Assistive technology information and resources for children 3-20 years old.
  • United States Access Board: The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology.
  • VoiceCorps: News and information in broadcast format for people who are blind or visually impaired or have other disabilities that prevent them from reading.
  • Where It's AT: Blog focusing on assistive technology for school-age children.

YouTube Channels

YouTube is a good place to find demonstration videos of how to use a variety of assistive technology products. There also many video blogs about assistive technology on YouTube.