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Assistive Technology of Ohio is back on campus

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. 

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 atohio@osu.edu, or call us at 1-800-784-3425.

 

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Assistive Technology of Ohio demonstration van

 

Assistive Technology of Ohio is Ohio's A.T. Act Program. 

Our Mission

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 UniversityAT 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.
 

Webinar Announcements

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 darling.12@osu.edu

New Video

Take a look at our 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 darling.12@osu.edu 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?

Read our 2019 Annual Report

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 atohio@osu.edu and we will gladly furnish you with an alternate format.

User surveys:

Assistive Technology Device Loan Customer Survey 2019-2020
Assistive Technology Lease (CCTV or Telepresence Robot)

Computer Refurbish and Redistribution
Adaptive Toy Libraries
Device Demonstration
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 rathburn.17@osu.edu.

Email list: To get on our Constant Contact email list, send your email to "> atohio@osu.edu. 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.

AT Ohio Blog

Many Anniversaries to Remember, Learn and Grow
 

As many folks know, July 26th was the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). October is the 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. June 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the national Vocational Rehabilitation program.

In Ohio, 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (housing our state’s vocational rehabilitation program) and by legislation in 2016, the month of October is designated as "Disability History and Awareness Month." During this month, schools in Ohio are encouraged to provide instruction and events focused on disability history, people with disabilities, and the disability rights movement.

Many states designate either the first two weeks or the entire month of October as Disability History and Awareness Month.

Given the intersection of all these observances, let’s ponder a few questions.

Many times when you meet someone their first question is “What do you do?” Employment seems to be the first measure by which we assign identification or even value to a new acquaintance. Next, might come where do you go to school, where do you live, who are your parents, what else do you do or where do you volunteer?

Employment and access to opportunities are a strong part of everyone’s ongoing growth, learning, and progress. As a state and a nation, we are continuing to recognize that people with disabilities, like all citizens, learn and contribute and should have equal access to growth and value in their communities.

People with disabilities have pushed, advocated, and even changed laws to achieve “nothing about us without us” so that we can make our own choices, join the organizations we choose, work in our communities, and look to leaders that are people with disabilities themselves – or perhaps be a leader yourself.

We still have a long, long way yet to wheel, walk, and crutch to real equality. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2019, 19.3 percent of persons with a disability were employed. In contrast, the employment-population ratio for persons without a disability was 66.3 percent. While we have strengthened Home and Community-Based Services, many do not have the informed choice to live where they wish.

Knowing our history helps to inform our future. As we focus on disability history, the history of another movement reminds us too. 2020 is the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. Remember women who simply picketed the White House for the right to vote were jailed for 6-7 months, some on multiple occasions, and were force fed through tubes down the nose and throat to stop hunger strikes.

Read the National Council on Disability 1986 report – Toward Independence: An Assessment of Federal Laws and Programs Affecting Persons with Disabilities - With Legislative Recommendations – that lead to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Remember and read about Justin Dart – many call him the father of the ADA – as he traveled across the county gathering stories and data supporting the need for and passage of ADA as well.

Learn about the sit-ins in federal buildings by people with disabilities & the disability community to push the issuance of long-delayed regulations on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Capitol Crawl up the U.S. Capitol steps where many left their crutches and wheelchairs to show the lack of access to the U.S. Capitol and the immediate need for the ADA. Remember and review the demonstrations at Gallaudet University to appoint the first University President who is a person who is deaf.

Remember how hard we have worked for equal access to technology in the workplace and how technology has improved access to reasonable accommodations – and the Assistive Technology Act. In this time of COVID-19, it is technology that has kept us connected and increased access as many with underlying conditions have sheltered in place.

October this year is both a time to learn from new pressures and opportunities, to care for ourselves & others, and learn of our anniversaries. As we move forward, Assistive Technology of Ohio will continue to bring you news & interviews via technology, transcripts, and articles as we continue to learn current ideas, issues, and happenings.

My hope is Ohio’s Disability History and Awareness Month gives future generations the opportunity to learn from our past too

 

-- Mark Seifarth, AT Ohio consultant

Where to find us

Assistive Technology of Ohio
Area 200
1314 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH   43212

Phone: 800-784-3425
Local: 614-292-2390
email: atohio@osu.edu

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