Assistive Technology Resources

Family Caregiving, Military Families March 23, 2017 Print Friendly and PDF

Military Specific

  • Limb loss – An article in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development provides examples of the resources available to service members including what each organization provides along with contact information.
  • Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) – Provides assistive technology and accommodations to individuals with disabilities and wounded service members so they can be employed in the federal government.
  • Brainline Military – Provides military-specific information and assistive technology resources on traumatic brain injury (TBI) for service members.
  • National Resource Directory – Provides a searchable database of government, national, and state assistive technologies and devices. In the box labeled “search for resources,” type in assistive technology or the name of a specific technology, device, or disability, and a list of possible resources will be generated.
  • Military In-Step – Detailed information for service members who have a military amputation on the unique characteristics of war injuries requiring an amputation, what to expect during surgery and rehabilitation, care after surgery, and the prosthesis.

National/State Specific

  • AbleData – A searchable database of over 40,000 assistive technology products including objective descriptions plus educational fact sheets on assistive technologies and products by state.
  • Alliance for Technology Access (http://www.ataccess.org/) – A national and international network of technology resource centers, community-based organizations, agencies, individuals, and companies with a mission of increasing the use of technology by children and adults with disabilities and functional limitations so they can participate fully in their communities.
  • Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) – A professional organization of agencies that provide assistive technologies. It provides links to resources and partners that can provide specific information on different types of technology or devices.
  • Brain Injury Association of America – A national organization that promotes awareness, education, treatment, research, and advocacy for individuals and their families who have some type of brain injury.
  • DisabilityInfo.gov – A government website that links to federal, state, and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations with disability programs and services in communities nationwide.
  • National AgrAbility Project – Provides direct support to farmers and ranchers with disabilities or long-term health conditions that make it difficult to work in production agriculture. The project also has a searchable database of assistive technology solution for producers with disabilities.
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) – A professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. The organization provides a listing of state contacts at http://www.findatnow.org.
  • Technology for Long-Term Care – A helpful site to explore and compare various adaptive products. It was designed for older adults but has helpful information regardless of the individual’s age.

Educational

  • LiveAbility House – A demonstration home in the Second Life® environment that shows individuals with disabilities how different design principles and assistive technology devices can enable them to live independently in their own homes.
  • eXtension – A website with many educational resources designed for family caregivers; provides a link to a military-specific caregiver page.
  • Assistive Technology and You – An article that provides a brief discussion of what assistive technologies are, where to find them, and how to pay for them.
  • Assistive Technology fact sheet by the Family Caregiver Alliance – Written for older adults but provides ideas on low cost assistive devices that can be helpful for everyday tasks.

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