Utah Assistive Technology Lab, Roosevelt Branch - Reeve Foundation

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Underserved individuals with disabilities living in rural areas of Duchesne and Uintah Counties will be the population targeted. Other groups will be those with a newly acquired disability, older adult caregivers, and Native Americans. Volunteer opportunities will be provided for anyone in the community that has an interest in working with people with disabilities and assistive technology (AT) equipment. This opportunity will train individuals in use, maintenance, and fabrication of assistive technology. Volunteers will be trained and shadowed by AT Lab staff. Training will be ongoing to maintain current knowledge of industry innovations and standards. Necessary tools, safety equipment, and materials will be provided. Much of their training will be hands on with constant supervision at the beginning of the volunteer service. The AT Lab staff will be available during duty hours so that the volunteers can receive answers to questions or help resolving technical issues that may arise with an AT device.
Disability awareness and resources will be available to a larger population making it easier for individuals to get the assistance they require through referrals, advocacy, and local governments. People First Language, recognizing the person before the disability and giving proper respect to the individual, while interacting with and providing services to people with disabilities will be taught and incorporated in daily activities.
Objectives: 1) Provide services related to assistive technology to approximately 100 children and adults with disabilities many of which will be individuals living in rural areas, a person that has newly acquired a disability, older adult caregivers and Native Americans. 2) Provide in-person assistive technology demonstrations and trainings to 25 professionals, people with disabilities and their families. 3) Disseminate 50 AT devices on loan. 4) Provide reutilized assistive technology to persons with disabilities who cannot afford the AT, have no insurance, or are unable to locate the equipment they need. 5) Recruit volunteer AT mentors. 6) Increase disability awareness and resource availability.
Provide assistive technology to persons with disabilities who cannot afford them, have no insurance, or are unable to locate the equipment they need. Collaborate with professionals and agencies to locate the required assistive technology and assist in acquiring, assembly, and installation of these devices. Occasionally modifications and/or fabrication of equipment are required, providing personalized equipment that enables products to be more user friendly and task efficient. These services will enable individuals to have more independence in daily life activities, increased employment opportunity, educational prospects, and an increased quality of life.
Provide assistive technology education to persons with disabilities, their family members, caregivers, the community, schools and professionals working with individuals with a disability. Examples of educational information provided are mobility device maintenance, augmentative communication, communication technology for the hearing impaired, education and employment assistive technology for the blind or visually impaired, and low tech equipment providing affordable solutions to daily living barriers. This information will help individuals be more effective with resources when obtaining needed assistive technology and provide more and new options for individuals that may be better suited for their needs.