Assistive & Supportive Technology Resources

This page provides links to assistive and supportive technology resources. The links are organized by the following topic areas.

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Organizations & Resources

  • Assistive Technologies for the Hard of Hearing: A resource from Verizon on hearing assistive technologies (HATs) that are used to assist people with hearing disabilities in their day-to-day tasks and needs.
  • Assistive Technology Information Card: The Assistive Technology Information Card was produced jointly by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council. The intent of the card is to provide basic information on how to obtain assistive technology devices and services if you have a DODD waiver. 
  • 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.
  • AT 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.
  • AT&AEM Center: 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.
  • AT3 Center: News and tips blog.
  • Atvisor.ai: A one-stop website to get advice and discover assistive technology solutions.
  • Best Mobility Aids: Impartial advice on selecting the best mobility aids including mobility scooters, rollators, walking frames, wheelchairs and home aids to keep you active and help you lead a fulfilling and independent life.
  • BridgingApps: Reviews of over 3,000 apps for people with disabilities.
  • 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. 
  • Getting Familiar with Accessibility Tools: A guide from Syracuse University.
  • itaalk Autism Foundation: Provides information about interactive devices so that all children with an ASD can access technology to learn and thrive.
  • LifeZest: A comprehensive source of information on assistive technology and related topics.
  • May We Help: This Ohio-based organization has volunteers who design and create unique custom solutions for individuals with disabilities.
  • Morphic: A free program that makes it easier for anyone to find and operate the usability and accessibility features built into Windows and Mac operating systems.
  • National Center on Accessible Educational Materials: Information about the importance of creating educational materials so that they are compatible with assistive technology.
  • Ohio Tech Ambassadors: The Southern Ohio Council of Governments (SOCOG) coordinates the Ohio Tech Ambassador Network, a program promoting how adaptive technology use enhances lives and independence for people with developmental disabilities. 
  • Ohio Tech Day: A day to raise awareness for the role tech and innovation play in Ohio’s economy and to inspire our next generation of tech leaders.
  • Ohio Technology First: The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities provides information on remote supports which combines technology and direct care to support people with developmental disabilities.
  • 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.
  • RJ Cooper & Associates: Assistive technology solutions. 
  • TechMatrix: Searchable database of assistive technology solutions.
  • Technology Lending Programs/Libraries Guide: A list compiled in 2018 of assistive technology lending libraries found throughout Ohio.
  • Technology Resources for College Students with Disabilities: Resource listing from 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 Assistive Technology & Employment Toolkit: A resource for supporting individuals with disabilities to utilize technology to pursue and sustain competitive integrated employment.
  • 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.

Remote Support Services and Supports in Ohio

Broadband and Internet Connectivity

Techology Trainings

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • CONNECT Module - Assistive Technology: An assistive technology assessment module created by The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge.
  • Digital Accessibility: Driving Disability Inclusion in the Workplace: Resources from an EARN webinar. The discussion focused on information and technological challenges that have impacted people with disabilities and steps employers can take to evaluate and enhance their communication systems and training platforms to create workplaces where everyone has the tools needed for success.
  • Guiding Ohio Online: A State Library administered competitive Library Services and Technology Act grant which has a purpose to allow libraries in rural Ohio to hire a dedicated technology trainer for their library.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • SIFTS: SIFTS is a web-based tool designed by OCALI to assist assistive technology (AT) decision-making teams in matching a person’s needs with AT features. SIFTS is also helpful for children through adults and can be used by parents, students, consumers, and professionals serving people with disabilities.
  • TechSummit: An annual event held in Ohio by the Nisonger Center through itsTechnology Project.
  • Westminster Technologies: Offers professional development courses that can be customized to your needs.