About AT Ohio
GOVERNOR AND LT. GOVERNOR PROCLAIMED APRIL 14, 2021 OHIO ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS DAY
“Assistive technology for people with disabilities is such an important and growing field,” said Dr. William Darling, Director of Assistive Technology of Ohio. “Technology gives people with disabilities the chance to compete in the classroom, succeed in the world of work, and live more independent and inter-connected lives.”
“I want to thank the Governor and Lt. Governor for bringing needed awareness to Assistive Technology,” continued Dr. Darling. “Ohio is one of the leading states in the country in using remote supports and improving AT access for individuals with disabilities in independence, employment, education and community living.”
DD Council Blog on AT Awareness Day
Computer Refurbishing COVID Update: The pick-up option of $30 is currently suspended until COVID is over. All computers will be shipped and cost $60 until further notice.
NEW -- Device Lending Library COVID Update: In-person pick-up and return option is now open only on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. until further notice.
We are back on campus on a very limited basis, to hopefully be gradually increased over time.
Our Assistive Technology Device Lending Library is open for limited office hours, so it may take a little longer to get devices out to you. We are still accepting new requests for AT devices out of our library.
We are not yet working on computers, but hope to have that up and running very soon. We are also not having any visitors (individuals or groups) for the time being, so our Demonstration Lab remains closed. We will keep you updated on when it might re-open.
We are not available for presentations or tours just yet. We are open within limited hours, and still doing work from home. However, and we are striving to be available to you to answer your questions and address your concerns regarding assistive technology.
Days we are available on campus:
Monday and Wednesday: Eric Rathburn -- Phone: 614-688-3222 / 866-801-7306
Tuesday and Thursday: Gaye Spetka -- Phone: 614-292-2390 / 800-784-3425
Friday and floating days: Bill Darling -- Phone: 614-292-7721 / 800-784-3425
Virtual Office Hours
With schools back in session and disability professionals returning to the workplace, Assistive Technology of Ohio will be discontinuing our virtual office hours starting September 28. We are still available for virtual consultations for disability professionals across the state via Zoom.
To schedule a virtual consultation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 1-800-784-3425.
Assistive Technology of Ohio is Ohio's A.T. Act Program.
AT Ohio's mission is to help Ohioans with disabilities learn about or acquire assistive technology. Assistive Technology refers to devices, equipment or services that assist individuals with disabilities to function independently in the areas of work, home or school. We offer several programs and services to achieve that goal. We also keep up with current legislative activity that affects persons with disabilities, and educate legislators about the needs and concerns of citizens with disabilities.
Assistive Technology of Ohio (AT Ohio) is a federally funded nonprofit organization that is part of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. AT Ohio is the officially designated Tech Act program for Ohio.
The federal agency of Health and Human Services provides funding for all tech act programs. Each state and U.S. territory provide appropriate services under the guidelines of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended in 2004.
Please note: We are NOT a grants-giving or funding organization. We do not assist in financing the purchase of adapted vans or any assistive technology.. If you need funding for a device, we might be able to direct you to resources that may provide funding, but we do not fund for finance vehicles or devices.
To learn more about assistive technology programs in other states, please visit the Association for Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) the national web site for state-designated Assistive Technology Programs.
Thank you to everyone who was a part of our weekly Webinar Wednesdays! Throughout this Covid19 pandemic, AT Ohio offered free one-hour webinars on a variety of assistive technology topics. Our primary presenter was Heather Koren, an assistive technology expert from Westminster Technologies. We have put a temporary pause on the webinars – for two reasons. The first is that schools are back in session, and so many of our educators would not be able to attend on the normal 10:00 AM schedule. But we are also revamping our online video presence by launching the Assistive Technology of Ohio Training Center, focused on bringing the best information to Ohio’s disability professionals.
Starting January 1, 2021 the Center will provide webinars, product demonstrations, product training, and other educational programming surrounding assistive technology products for people with disabilities. Heather’s webinars will continue – but they will be offered through the Training Center, with a slightly different look to them. We will have more information soon about all of the services to be offered in this new endeavor. In the meantime, please be on the lookout in your inboxes for our periodic Ohio Disability Tech Update features, featuring short videos highlighting interesting and important topics in the field of assistive technology.
Meanwhile, you can find handouts and links to recorded webinars on ATOhio's Webinars page.
If you have questions, email Bill Darling at email@example.com.
Take a look at a video under Assistive Technology Videos on this page to view brief Youtube video about the importance of completing the US Census.
Take a Virtual Tour
Now you can sign up for a telepresence tour of Assistive Technology of Ohio! We have telepresence robots at our west campus location and would love to show you around. We will take you on a quick tour of our library and demonstration program as you control the robot from your iPad, phone, computer or tablet. See the latest in assistive technology without leaving your home or office. Please contact Bill Darling at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time. Hope to see you soon!
Read about our telepresence robot program in the article "Tech Support" in the Spring 2020 Columbus Parent
How are we doing?
Give us your feedback -- user surveys
If you have participated in any of Assistive Technology of Ohio's programs, have borrowed a device from our lending library, or have borrowed a toy from any of the libraries participating in our Adaptive Toy Lending Program, or if you were a recipient of a refurbished computer from our Computer Refurbish program, we want your input! Please complete the appropriate user survey from the list below. Completion of a survey takes only a few minutes, and you will be helping us improve our programs. If you use assistive technology to access your computer, but cannot access our surveys, please contact us at email@example.com and we will gladly furnish you with an alternate format.
Assistive Technology Device Loan Customer Survey 2019-2020
Assistive Technology Lease (CCTV or Telepresence Robot)
Computer Refurbish and Redistribution
Adaptive Toy Libraries
Assistive Technology Device Training
What are you doing with your old computer?
Why not donate it to Assistive Technology of Ohio's Computer Refurbish program? (Your donation may be tax-deductible.) Please note: we do NOT accept printers. Contact Eric Rathburn at 866-801-7306, 614-688-3222 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email list: To get on our Constant Contact email list, send your email to email@example.com. Please include your name, company and job title. You will receive Constant Contact email notification about webinars, updates on AT Ohio programs and services, and assistive technology in our device lending library.