Assistive technology is any device or service that supports individuals with disabilities, enabling them to participate more independently in life. This technology can range from simple adaptations of existing products to highly sophisticated and specialized devices. Assistive technology helps individuals with disabilities learn, live independently, feel included in their communities, and succeed at home, school, and in the workplace.
Choosing the right technology for you or a loved one can be challenging and daunting, which is why we launched the Assistive Technology Lending Library at the Center for Linking Lives. Visitors to the space can test out and borrow some of the newest smart home and disability-specific applications and devices on the market.
There are more than 30 items currently available at the library, including:
- Text-to-speech software for reading accessibility
- Universally designed independent accessibility and inclusion items
- Communication devices
- iPads pre-loaded with apps specifically designed to help individuals with disabilities
- Kitchen products
- Smart home speakers and assistants
The library will be open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Visitors can drop in and browse our selection at any time during those hours. You can also contact our staff in order to schedule a time to visit the library so you can select and check out materials.
Northeast Arc’s Assistive Technology Coordinator Jeff Boucher provides an overview of the library and its products, in this YouTube series.
See a selection of items available at the Assistive Technology Lending Library below, and click here to view the full inventory of products.