Eastern CT Assistive Technology Center

Due to COVID-19, Eastern CT Technology center has postponed in-person demonstrations, However, some services may be conducted remotely. Contact us to learn more.

WRCC Partners with the Connecticut Tech Act Project (CTTAP) to help individuals with disabilities of all ages to have access to Assistive Technology devices and services to lead full and enriched lives.

Assistive technology (AT) is a term for assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities or the elderly population. Assistive technology can range from no and low-tech solutions to high-tech solutions.  

The following technologies help people use computers to access the web:

  • Screen readers: Software used by blind or visually impaired people to read the content of the computer screen. Examples include JAWS for Windows, NVDA, or Voiceover for Mac.
  • Screen magnification software: Allow users to control the size of text and or graphics on the screen. Unlike using a zoom feature, these applications allow the user to have the ability to see the enlarged text in relation to the rest of the screen. This is done by emulating a handheld magnifier over the screen.
  • Text readers: Software used by people with various forms of learning disabilities that affect their ability to read text. This software will read text with a synthesized voice and may have a highlighter to emphasize the word being spoken. These applications do not read things such as menus or types of elements – they only read the text.
  • Speech input software: Provides people with difficulty in typing an alternate way to type text and also control the computer. Users can give the system some limited commands to perform mouse actions. Users can tell the system to click a link or a button or use a menu item. Examples would be Dragon Naturally Speaking for Windows or Mac. Please note both Windows and Mac have some speech recognition utilities, but they cannot be used to browse the web.
  • Alternative input devices: Some users may not be able to use a mouse or keyboard to work on a computer. These people can use various forms of devices, such as:
    • Head pointers: A stick or object mounted directly on the user’s head that can be used to push keys on the keyboard. This device is used by individuals who have no use of their hands.
    • Motion tracking or eye tracking: This can include devices that watch a target or even the eyes of the user to interpret where the user wants to place the mouse pointer and moves it for the user.
    • Single switch entry devices: These kinds of devices can be used with other alternative input devices or by themselves. These are typically used with on-screen keyboards. The on-screen keyboard has a cursor move across the keys, and when the key the user wants is in focus, the user will click the switch. This can also work on a webpage: the cursor can move through the webpage, and if the user wants a to click on a link or button when that link or button is in focus, the user can activate the switch.

Products designed to increase access to homes, businesses, and other buildings by people with disabilities and include systems to open/lock doors, control lighting, temperature and other environmental needs. Examples include: 

  • door openers, 
  • lifts, 
  • ramps, 
  • systems designed to remotely control appliances, 
  • electronics, and 
  • other products using a switch, voice or other method of activation. 

 

Everyday items that most people use regularly  adapted to accommodate individuals with disabilities such as :

  • Clothes fastener. A button hook at one end makes it easier to fasten small buttons on blouses and sweaters. A hook on the other end helps open and close zippers.
  • Long-handled shoe horn. The long handle makes it easier to put on shoes when bending is hard. A small notch on the end helps remove socks.
  • Seating and Positioning – to provide body stability, more functional positioning, reduce pressure on skin surfaces Cushions Contour seats Lumbar supports Halter

 

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