Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

The vision of The Arc’s Assistive Technology (AT) Services is to enhance opportunities for people to improve their lives through the use of technology with increased awareness, access, and support. AT Services collaborates with staff from all divisions to support individuals in the acquisition and use of AT when appropriate. AT means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of participants which may also support increased community inclusion.

An individual and their support team consider AT when an individual is seeking greater independence in any area, including but not limited to:
  • Communication (ex. speech generating devices)
  • Computer Access (ex. speech to text software, large print keyboard)
  • Eating (ex. big grip spoon, suction base plate)
  • Environmental Control (ex. switches)
  • Hearing (ex. assistive listening device, bed shaking alarm clock, flashing doorbell)
  • Home Safety (ex. stove shutoff device, bed shaking smoke detector)
  • Memory/Cognition (ex. task prompting apps, reminder systems)
  • Phone (ex. picture phone, big button phone)
  • Recreation (ex. talking book player, big button iPod remote)
  • Vision (ex. magnifiers, talking watch)

Available Services

AT services are available to both adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. An interested individual can access:

  • Assessments
  • Setup / Training

Submit Online AT Referral
Printable Assistive Technology Referral Form

Questions: Contact our Director of Assistive Technology Daphni Steffin at 410-296-2272 x 5206.
AT Community Resources: AT Vendor List
Speak With AT Vendors at our  AT Fair


AT Department Statistics

Number of AT Devices Used (By Division)

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Types of AT used in FY16

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