When it comes to independent living and employment, assistive technology is often the exact tool that allows a person with a disability able to do their job. Persons who are blind or visually impaired, Deaf or Hard of Hearing or have physical, cognitive or speech challenges can equally access employment opportunities and be invaluable employees with the proper AT tools and skills to make them work. Arizona offers numerous resources for assistive technology which include but are not limited to listings below.
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AzTAP: Arizona Technology Access Program
AzTAP provides statewide training, supports a demonstration/loan project, consultation and low interest/flexible financial loans to support the purchase of assistive technology. They also have an assistive technology exchange program to post or buy used assistive technology. AT categories include but are not limited to: mobility equipment, computer access technologies, daily living aids and other vision, hearing, physical access, cognition and speech supports.
ATAZ: Assistive Technology in Arizona
ATAZ provides statewide training for state employees and employers about assistive technology utilized by persons in the workforce. They support a database of assistive technologies located in the Arizona@Work sites including WIOA Comprehensive One Stops and DES Multi-Service Centers.
ACDHH: Arizona Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
ACDHH supports a demo center in Central Phoenix, provides statewide training as requested and has a robust searchable database of resources for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or blind. ACDHH also provides listings of ALS interpreters and a specialized Support Service Provider (SSP) program to match SSP providers with persons who are DeafBlind.
FBC: Foundation for Blind Children
FBC offers services to children and adults in areas including mobility training, independent living, assistive technology and employment services. They also support an in-house Clinical Low Vision Evaluations, and assistive technology store and advanced trainings for vision teachers. They also have transcription services to produce Braille and other alternative formats.
ACBVI: Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Despite what the name implies, ACBVI provides assistive technology training, assessment and support services for persons with a wide range of disabilities including high tech physical access.
SAAVI: Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired
SAAVI provides assistive technology assessment, training and support as well as mobility and independent living services. Their focus population is persons who are blind or visually impaired. SAAVI has a number of locations including Tucson, Phoenix and Yuma.