(fees and availability vary) Overview
Since 1979, Easterseals Crossroads has been Indiana’s premier provider of Assistive Technology Services. These clinical services are the hallmark of our program and have been available for almost 45 years.
A qualified Assistive Technology professional meets with an individual or organization to evaluate their specific accommodation or assistive technology needs. This service typically takes 4-6 hours and results in a detailed and structured report that includes recommended equipment, training or other services.
Like an evaluation, but typically shorter in nature and less comprehensive, this service allows for brief interventions by a qualified Assistive Technology professional. Reports typically take the form of a memorandum and focus on a single aspect of an individual or organization’s needs.
Our staff provides a wide variety of individual and small class trainings designed to teach the user how to use their assistive technology on the job, at home or in school. In 2012 we expanded our training services by offering comprehensive on-line instruction as well.
We provide proctored digital literacy assessments to vocational rehabilitation clients, evaluating their current computer and software skills as well as their ability to use technology in daily life. Based on assessment results, we offer tailored training to address any skill gaps identified.
Web and Document Accessibility We offer web and document accessibility services to ensure everyone, regardless of ability, has access to information. Our team is well-versed on Web Accessibility Content Guidelines (WCAG), Section 508, and other accessibility standards.
Home Modification Services
We offer home modification evaluations performed by a qualified healthcare professional independent from the contractor to ensure individuals receive appropriate modifications to maximize function in their home.
Potential Funding Sources for Clinical Assitive Technology
Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver, Medicare, Choice
Social Security Work Incentive programs (PASS, IRWI, BWE)
Schools (K-12 or Higher Ed)
Individuals or organizations often private pay for services and technology
In October 2007, Easterseals Crossroads was awarded the Assistive Technology grant, which consists of state and federal funding targeted to increasing the availability of Assistive Technology to Hoosiers with disabilities. There are 56 programs of this type in the United States and US territories. These services are available statewide at no charge.
Information and Referral
Anyone with questions about assistive technology may call our Information & Referral/Funding Specialist to learn more about available services and funding options.
Alternative Financing Program
Although there are several available funding sources for Assistive Technology equipment and services, there are times when an individual does not qualify for a traditional funding source. INDATA works with a lending partner to offer low interest and extended term bank loans as an alternative funding source for assistive technology equipment and services.
Device Demonstration Many individuals benefit from experiencing a basic Assistive Technology equipment demonstration. These demonstrations are available statewide and typically allow an individual to spend 10-20 minutes with an Assistive Technology Specialist who demonstrates the basic features of the Assistive Technology Device or software. (Does not result in recommendations.)
INDATA has a growing library of Assistive Technology Devices that can be loaned for 30 days. The library has over 2500 items at this time and continues to grow.
INDATA operates an equipment reutilization program in which we accept video magnifiers and other assistive technology devices. These items are sanitized, repaired and given to individuals with disabilities in Indiana for free.
Recycled Computer Program
Donated computers are picked up from a donor, wiped of all previous data, refurbished and provided, at no charge, to individuals with disabilities who live in Indiana and have no other means of obtaining a computer.
Full Day Trainings
INDATA hosts free trainings on various aspects of assistive technology. These trainings are held at our Indianapolis facility and streamed via the Internet. Continuing Educations Units (CEU’s) are also offered. CEU’s are only available to those who attend the training in person.
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