Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Donate, Borrow, and Reuse AT in California

Assistive technology (AT) can be costly and, as most of you know, is not often covered in full or even partially by insurances.  Furthermore, it can be frustrating to spend a lot of money on a device that one believes will work for them or a loved one, only to find out that it is not the right fit. That is why the AT Network is dedicated to connecting consumers to our AT Reuse Programs, Device Lending Libraries, and our AT Advocates and other services throughout the state.

California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition
Do you have any AT (assistive technology) devices that you no longer need? Examples of AT include communication devices, reachers, talking alarm clocks, dressing aids, scooters, screen magnification software and digital organizers. Also included at many sites are durable medical equipment donations (DME). DME encompasses a wide range of items and includes wheelchairs, shower chairs, walkers, hospital beds, nebulizers and portable ramps.

Did you know that there are dozens of places in California that accept gently used AT items to redistribute to those in need?  

To learn more about the California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition (CATRC) or to get involved in your local center, visit:  http://californiareuse.org/

Device Lending Libraries
The AT Network also operates a Device Lending Library program throughout California. The following agencies contract with the AT Network to provide short term loans of assistive devices and gadgets that can help you live independently. Whether your need is temporary or you would just like to try out some devices before you buy them, the AT Network’s Device Lending Libraries can help by providing free short-term loans for up to 30 days.  Devices that are available for loan include computers and software, ACC devices, magnifiers, walkers, ramps and much more. 

AT Advocates and AT Services Directory
Do you have questions about an AT device or need some further guidance before making decisions about AT?  Our AT advocates can help show you what different types of AT and/or funding for AT that is available, or refer you to other agencies that assist with AT assessments and advice.

Do you want to check out service providers and vendors that are available in your area?  Visit our AT Services Directory by clicking here.  All you have to do is type in your zip code and select an AT category (examples include home modification, vehicle modification, blind and low vision, mobility aids) to see what organizations are available in your area.

To see a complete list of items available from the AT Network throughout California, visit the AT Exchange

Also, if you have any AT questions or AT resources to share, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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