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Adaptive technology refers to products, devices or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that are used to maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. These websites feature useful programs like adaptive driving classes and specially designed equipment and products. Also included are the latest technological advancements, as well as advice on how to select the right adaptive technology for you.

  • AbleData

    Sponsored by the US Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), AbleData provides an extensive list of assistive devices. Product listings contain a short description and information on price, manufacturer and where to find it. This resource can assist you in learning about new developments in assistive technology and do-it-yourself ideas.

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  • AblePlay

    AblePlay is a consumer website for families and professionals with ratings and reviews of toys for children with disabilities. The website features comprehensive evaluations by Lekotek's special education and therapy experts and provides star ratings (1 - 5 stars) in four disability categories: physical, sensory, comunicatitve, cognitive, and social/emotional.

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  • "Adapting Motor Vehicles for People With Disabilities" (National Highway Safety Adminstration)

    This is a brochure can be downloaded from the National Highway Safety Administration. It gives tips on adaptive technology for driving. Along with information on requirements, training, and adaptation costs, this publication contains advice on evaluating your need and choosing and maintaining a vehicle.

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  • Adaptive Driving Alliance

    The Adaptive Driving Alliance is a nationwide group of vehicle-modification dealers who provide adaptive equipment for disabled drivers and passengers. This website provides a database of dealers who meet the Quality Assurance standards for business practices and equipment as defined by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.

     

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  • American Ramp Systems (Amramp)

    A national manufacturer and supplier of wheelchair ramps and showers, Amramp offers home modification services. They provide a free property evaluation and consultation on adding a ramp to your home before building, as well as the option to rent ramps for special events. The website gives detailed advice on how to determine the best type of ramp for your lifestyle, a listing of various funding sources, and a blog that often sites ideas on how to find additional funding for home modifications.

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  • AssistiveTech.net: National Public Website on Assistive Technology

    This website, sponsored by the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access at the Georgia Institute of Technology, offers a catalogue of assistive technology products along with updates on the latest technological advances. Here you'll find products with user comments that you are able to compare by using the site's product comparison tool. There's also a helpful encyclopedia of assistive technology terms and facts called ATWiki that's accessible through this site.

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  • Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists

    The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) was established in 1977 to support professionals working in the field of driver education / driver training and transportation equipment modifications for persons with disabilities through education and information dissemination.  ADED is the primary professional organization in this specialized area, and stands ready to meet the professional needs of its members through educational conferences and research support as well as encouraging equipment development to maximize the transportation options for persons with disabilities. Select  Directory & Services in the main toolbar, and then select Member Directory & Search to find Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, Mobility Equipement Dealers, and Mobility Equipment Manufacturers in your state of residence. 

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  • Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs

    Funded by the federal Assistive Technology Act (AT Act), this organization offers programs in every state which feature information about assistive technology and are dedicated to making it available to people with disabilities. Here you can learn what support your state offers for acquiring assistive technology. The website also contains updates on federal legislation dealing with disability and adaptive technology. Select AT Programs on the right to get contact information and the website of your state program.

     

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  • Center for Assistive Technology

    The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) provides information and referral services on assistive technology to people in the Western New York Region including a topy and equipement lending center for families in early intervention programs, child care centers, family child care homes, and early intervention service providers. It was established within the School of Health Related Professions in 1988. CAT conducts research, education and service programs in assistive technology for persons with disabilities and the elderly, in four related areas: research, development, and commercialization, education programs, client assessment and training services and dissemination.

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  • Center for Universal Design

    Part of the College of Design at North Carolina State University, CUD strives to provide research, education and services related to accessible design across all environments including housing, buildings, and outdoors. Here you'll find information on the most useful design solutions, as well as technical assistance in constructing accessibility improvements to your home. You'll also learn about universal design, the core principle of which lies in constructing environments in a way that is accessible to all people without standing out as altered or customized for people with disabilities. From the menu on the left, select Publications. This gives you a list of helpful fact sheets about universal design, construction, legal accessibility standards, and housing.

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  • disABILITY Information and Resources

    This website was created by Jim Lubin, a man with transverse myelitis who is dependant on a ventilator. He uses a sip-and-puff device to enter Morse-Code patterns that translate to keyboard and mouse functions to operate his computer. Aside from the impressive personal story behind it, Lubin's site offers an extensive catalogue of online resources on disability. Here you'll find links to information on spinal cord injury, assistive technology, medical newsgroups, disability organizations etc.

     

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  • Driving Following an Injury or Disability

    For many people, being able to drive provides a sense of independence and freedom. This consumer education sheet from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago will help you and your family understand how a disability or injury can affect driving and the process for participating in a driver's rehabilitation program.

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  • EasyStand

    Designed by a C6-7 quadriplegic, the EasyStand standing frame enables people with mobility related disabilities to sit and stand.   Standing and weight bearing are associated with many health benefits.   With this in mind, EasyStand's goal is to improve the quality of life for children and adults using wheelchairs worldwide. Explore their Funding Guide to identify opportunities to support the cost of an easy stand.

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  • Friends of Disabled Adults & Children

    FODAC’s mission is to provide durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs and hospital beds at little or no cost to the disabled and their families. We seek to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages who have any type of illness or physical disability. Since 1986, FODAC has collected and distributed more than 25,000 wheelchairs and other durable equipment to create a better quality of life for adults and children. Services include durable medical equipment, home modifications, vehicle modifications, and medical supplies.

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  • HandiHelp.net

    Handihelp.net is a website that contains simple ideas and tools that are either inexpensive to purchase or cost little to make. Hopefully, these suggestions will help persons with physical challenges in overcoming some of the frustrations they face and enable them to live a more active life. Explore Handi Products for a select group of commercially available products that may be of help to you.

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  • Infinitec: Infinite Potential through Technology

    Infinitec provides information about assistive technology as well as training, equipment, and access to specialists and resources. The program leverages the power of technology to advance independence and promote inclusion opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. Explore this website to discover  how technology can support individuals at play and work.

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  • "Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Moving Ahead with Your Life," The Mayo Clinic (Demos Health, 2009)

    This book was developed by leading Mayo Clinic experts, and covers a wide variety of spinal cord injury related topics such as emotional adjustments, sexuality, skin care, and adaptive equipment . This independence-granting book encourages readers to resume their favorite hobbies, participate in athletic activities, and return to the workplace quickly and safely.

     

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  • Mobility-Advisor.com

    This website offers some of the most extensive information on wheelchairs. There are detailed descriptions of different types of wheelchairs and accessories so you are able to learn what types of equipment you require for your situation, right down to the attributes to look for in a wheelchair cushion.

     

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  • National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association

    This website was developed by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. It offers useful information on available adaptive vehicles, adaptive features, such as hand controls as well as funding options for purchasing vehicles. You also can find a local dealer, learn about the nationally recognized accreditation program for dealers, called the "Quality Assurance Program," and find manufacturers that offer rebates and discounts.

     

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  • Neurotech Network

    Founded in 2005, Neurotech Network of The Society to Increase Mobility, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focusing to improve the education of and the advocacy to access neurotechnology devices, therapies and treatments for persons with impairments. Educational Sessions, webinars, and presentations can be viewed in the Education for Consumers & Caregivers section.

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  • NUPRODX INC

    The shower / commode chairs and tub  slider systems from NUPRODX are concepted and designed by the company's founder, a C6-7 quadriplegic. All products are built for durability and portability, with a modular design that allows for adaptability to nearly any living situation, be it at home or on the road. NUPRODX is dedicated to creating innovative products to improve the lives of people who face new challenges. Click on Store Locator on the top toolbar to identify a list of product companies across the United States of America. 

     
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  • Pass It On Center

    This national organization is working to create reuse programs to provide second-hand assistive technology to persons with disabilities. The website has an extensive list of exchange centers where assistive technology can be donated, bought, and sold so that unused technology can be passed on to someone else who needs it. This program also offers online seminars (or webinars) on various topics related to the reutilization of AT.

     

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  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)

    RESNA promotes research and advocacy for assistive technology through membership and programs focused on the exchange of ideas and information about technological advancements for individuals with disabilities. The Consumer and Public Information section of this professional websites provides a catalogue of state programs designed to assist you as well as conferences and assistive technology news. Some of the most useful tools on this website are the lists of state programs which can help you find financial help for assistive technology.

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  • Spinal Cord Injury Pilot

    Spinal Cord Injury PILOT’s main purpose is to document consumer experiences acquiring and using assistive devices of all kinds following spinal cord injury.  This site is the result of a collaboration between a group of spinal cord injury stakeholders, including consumers, researchers, therapists, rehabilitation engineers, technology consultants and community activists. Work on Spinal Cord Injury PILOT began in 1998, with the idea that consumers are under-represented in discussions about assistive technology designed for individuals with a spinal cord injury. The website includes personal stories about life with assistive devices, articles on what works, product reviews on particular produces, and an idea exchange to provide an open discussion on assistive technology.

     
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  • Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Project - Denver, Colorado

    Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Project is an exercise and integrative recovery center, based in Denver, Colorado. The center specializes in providing exercise based recovery programs for individuals who have had a spinal cord injury, stroke, or similar trauma.  Customized adaptive exercise programs are designed to help clients maintain health and wellness while providing optimal functional return.  The program’s therapies include: neuromuscular reeducation, weight bearing activities, Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) with the RTI 300 bike, strength training, flexibility, and gait training. In addition, our facility provides client and family support and networking. In addition to fee based adaptive exercise training, functional electrical stimulation, and home training programs, the Center provides Open Gym memberships enable  access adaptive exercise equipment at their own pace.

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  • "Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide for Living," Kriegsman, Kay Harris PhD, Jeffrey B. Palmer MD and Sara Palmer PhD (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)

    "Spinal Cord Injury: a Guide for Living" is the definitive guide for people with a spinal cord injury and their families. Combining first-person accounts with up-to-date medical information, the book addresses all aspects of spinal cord injury--recovery and coping, sex and family matters, transportation and housing, employment and leisure--and reviews the challenges encountered by people with spinal cord injury throughout their lives.

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  • The Wheelchair Series: What the Spinal Cord Injury Consumer Needs to Know

    The wheelchair is a complex piece of equipment that has been extensively engineered and studied. Becoming a wheelchair expert increases your ability to get a wheelchair that truly meets your needs. While it is not possible or a single handout to teach all there is to know, topics covered by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center on Getting the Right Wheelchair, The Manual Wheelchair and The Power Wheelchair include key information that can support your ongoing development of wheelchair knowledge.

     

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  • The Woody Pack

    The Woody Pack was created by The Woody Foundation, founded in 2011 to raise funds for the recovery of people with spinal cord injuries. The namesake of the Foundation, James “Woody” Beckham, came up with the Woody Pack after discovering the confidence adaptive technology gave him. The backpack contains a collection of assistive devices for people with limited hand function and is free of charge. 
     
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  • Trace Research & Development Center

    From the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Engineering, the Trace Center focuses on the latest technological developments geared toward helping the disabled community. The website provides updates on ongoing developments, programs and current research regarding adaptive technology. This site is an excellent source for finding new ways to communicate, such as the experimental system that uses a brain-computer interface to allow individuals with severe disabilities, such as high spinal-cord injury, to communicate online.

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  • Travis Roy Foundation

    The Travis Roy Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families. The foundation provides grants to purchase adaptive equipment and funds research to discover therapies and methods for treating spinal cord injuries.

     
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  • United States Access Board

    The Access Board is an independent federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is a leading source of information on accessible design. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for buildings, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, electronic and information technology, recreation facilities, and healthcare diagnostic equipment. It also provides technical assistance and training on those requirements and on accessible design and continues to enforce accessibility standards for federally-funded facilities.

     

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  • Wheelchair Foundation

    The Wheelchair Foundation is a nonprofit organization leading an international effort to create awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities, to promote the joy of giving, create global friendship, and to deliver a wheelchair to every child, teen and adult in the world who needs one, but cannot afford one. For these people, the Wheelchair Foundation delivers Hope, Mobility and Independence. The Country Distribution List illustrates the scope of this remarkable project and lives touched. For more information about bulk requests for wheelchairs, contact the the Wheelchair Foundation World Headquarters.

     
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  • Wheelchair Site

    The Wheelchair Site is an independent website designed to help you understand the challenges faced by people with physical limitations. It also includes helpful information for people who rely on mobility aids - including tips on choosing the right wheelchair. We also discuss the different product options - including manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, motorized wheelchairs, pediatric wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, wheelchair lifts, wheelchair vans and various wheelchair accessories

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  • Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

    The Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities is database of professional contacts for people looking for support or information on any type of childhood disability. Search by state for resources on your child's disability on topics such as legal advice, healthcare and educational resources, government aid, doctors and specialists. Click you location under Select a State. This will lead you to a list of professionals, programs and resources in your state. A specific listing of Nation-wide Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers is also provided on this website.

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  • "Yes, You Can!: Guide to Self-Care for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury, 4th ed.," Ed. Burns, Stephen P., M.D and Margaret C., M.D. Hammond. (Paralyzed Veterans of America, 2009)

    Published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 'Yes, You Can!," is designed for both the newly injured patient, and their family members. Written by experts in the field of spinal-cord injury, it is an extremely popular guide to subjects such as: self-care, sexuality, pain management, substance abuse, exercise, alternative medicine, adaptive equipment, and staying healthy.

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