Tuesday, April 23, 2013

AT Solutions for students with Learning Disabilities

There's a common misconception by many that assistive technology doesn't apply to cognitive disabilities like a learning disability. Nothing is further from the truth. With the advent of high-tech AT, solutions for students have never been better.

A great compilation of such tools has been made available by the Adaptive Technology Center for New Jersey Colleges, "AT Solutions for students with learning disabilities."

Writing and reading tools such as electronic text readers to portable notetakers are a few of the ideas in this pdf.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Help us help you!

The goal of UATP is to help Utahn's with disabilities get and use assistive technology. That also means providing training and resources to professionals who work with people with disabilities.
To accomplish this goal, UATP provides free online webinars about a variety of assistive technology topics every fall and spring. Also, UATP is starting an e-newsletter in May to provide updates and AT news to the Utah community.What topics would you like to see covered? Know of new AT we should know about? Send us your ideas to utahatp@gmail.com. Help us serve you better by letting us know what you need help with.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Foundation helps Utahns get assistive technology

Assistive technology can be expensive, and isn't always covered by insurance. That's what the Utah Assistive Technology Foundation helps Utahn's with - affording AT through loans and small grants.

Over the last quarter, from December to March, UATF approved 27 loans for Utahn's with disabilities to purchase assistive technology. Most loans went to hearing aids and adpated vans, though any AT device is eligible. Loans are through Zion's bank with interest rates half of prime - around 1.63%.

UATF also gives small grants - up to $250 - to help with the purchase of AT. Eight small grants were given last quarter to buy devices such as iPads for communication needs. Grants for iPads require an evaluation by a professional. All grants are given to those below poverty level.

UATF loans can help a child with a disability 
get a communication device like an iPad.
Small business loans are another aspect of UATF. Utahns with disabilities who need AT to help them work or who need to have unique work conditions. One October loan request was approved for $10,000 to help an individual start “Enjoy Amplification” - a music speaker/amplification sales store.

Do you know someone who could benefit from help of the UATF? Find applications and more information online at http://www.uatf.org/.

Monday, April 8, 2013

New accessible housing available in Brigham City

Utah's Neighborhood Non-Profit Housing Corporation has new accessible and affordable housing available in Brigham City. Discovery Place is now accepting applications for people with phycial or developmental disabilities for one and two bedroom apartments. Also available are six-unit group-home for people with developmental disabilities that provides 24-hour care and case management.

Discovery Place accessible housing in Brigham City.

Property features include:

  • Rents are 30% of Adjusted Gross Income
  • Free Basic Utilities
  • Smoke-Free
  • Small Pets Welcome
  • Limited Access Entry
  • Mobility Accessible
  • Roll-In Showers Available in Some Units
  • Beautiful Community Room with Fireplace & Kitchen
  • Handrails throughout Building
  • Elevator
  • Library/TV Room
  • Located Near Bus Lines
  • Directly Across from a Planned Community Park
  • Near Medical Centers
  • Accessible kitchen in Discovery Place housing.
  • Close to Shopping & Restaurants
Commons area at Discovery Place housing.
The property is professionally managed by Danville Development Corp. Learn more at www.danvilledevelopment.com, or call 435-723-0831, or discovery.place@danvilledevelopment.com.