Assistive Technology

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The Assistive Technology Center provides assistive technology, equipment and services to individuals with disabilities. While many of the solutions we implement are high-tech in nature, there are also a great many low-tech or no-tech solutions that greatly increase the employment opportunities of individuals with disabilities. Since our inception in 1979, we have helped thousands of individuals successfully utilize assistive or adaptive technology to become more independent on the job, in the home or at school.

Services Available

Our qualified staff provide evaluation, training and technical support.

Evaluation

We meet with you to help determine what type of adaptive technology will help you reach your goals, which might include computer access, job accommodation, home office or school use. We can then direct you to sources for that adaptive equipment.

Training

We make certain that you know how to use your adaptive equipment. Our staff will provide training on our equipment or yours, man using assistive technology to keyboardat one of our locations or at your location. We offer small group and one-on-one sessions in short, manageable time frames to ensure that you learn just what you need to know at your own pace.

Technical Support

We offer a 24-hour technical support telephone line where we answer technical questions free of charge. Any assistive technology user can call 317.466.2013 or 888.466.1314 and ask for the 24-hour help line.

Microsoft Accessibility Resource Center

Because we were selected by Microsoft to be Indiana’s first MARC Center, we offer quarterly educational opportunities to the community regarding assistive technology. Specifically, we educate on the features built into Microsoft products to increase accessibility.

Custom Solution Development

For individuals with various disabilities returning to work, often there is a need for custom software development and associated training. Our technologists are capable of providing screenreader scripting and other custom software development and training statewide.

Assistive Technology Loan Program

When our staff members make recommendations for assistive technology, we can often loan selective technology devices for up to three months. By allowing individuals to try equipment prior to purchase, we are confident that the adaptive technology suits a person’s specific needs.

Team Approach

Our Assistive Technology staff members have the skill and expertise needed to partner with other service areas, and together we deliver a solid team approach in finding help and resources. We offer our clients assistance with augmentative communication, low vision, home modification, driver training, autism support and Deaf services. Our Technology Team approach allows us to deliver comprehensive, cost-efficient services to each individual.

Locations

We provide services to people in the workplace, at home, at school and at various locations throughout Indiana. In addition to our central Indiana location, we have partnered with other community organizations and opened several Regional Assistive Technology Centers to better serve our consumers. Call us for more information about our hours and locations, or visit the web portal for our Regional Assistive Technology Centers at eastersealstech.com.


INDATA Project – Indiana Assistive Technology Act

Easterseals Crossroads has been providing assistive technology solutions in Indiana since 1979. In 2007, Easterseals Crossroads partnered with the State of Indiana, Bureau of Rehabilitative Services to establish the Indiana Assistive Technology Act (INDATA) Project. The INDATA Project is one of 56 similar, federally-funded projects designed to increase access and awareness of assistive technology.

INDATA core services include: Information and referral, funding assistance, public awareness and education, device demonstration, device loan, reutilized computers, and equipment reutilization.

“The term ‘assistive technology device’ means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”
– Assistive Technology Act of 1998

For more information about Assistive Technology or the INDATA Project, please contact us or visit their website at eastersealstech.com.