Assistive Technology (AT) often plays a vital role in the lives of people with disabilities. AT is any item, piece of equipment, or product that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities
Technology can be big--an automated lift for van or bath or small--a Velcro-attached grip for a fork or a pen. It can be new-age interactive voice activated software for speech therapy or a wheelchair. It can be high-tech--a computer screen operated by eye movement-or low-tech--a specially-designed door handle for people with muscle strength or dexterity problems.
Technology can be a substitute such as an alternative augmentative communication device that provides vocal output for a child who cannot communicate with her voice. This means that a child who cannot speak can push a button and ask her mom for an apple. Or tell her sister her new dress is pretty. It means a child in school can ask questions of his teacher or talk with her friends. It means a worker can converse with others in his office.
We are pleased to offer the Bellows Fund which helps provide AT equipment to individuals with disabilities. This program is available only through UCP affiliates. Please contact your local UCP for information on how to apply. To determine your local affiliate, go to the Find Local Resources page. Select your state and then click on Find UCP Affiliates to view the location and telephone of the affiliate nearest to you. Call and ask for the person in charge of the Bellows Program.
Each state has a federally-mandated AT program. These programs were set up to provide technology related assistance to people with disabilities. They will have information about low cost computers, loan programs, AT evaluations and more.
Find your State AT Program and your State Assistive Technology and Telework Financial Loan Programs.