Assistive Technology Breaks Down Barriers & Promotes Participation
Questions? Contact us at AT@EasterSeals-SEPA.org or call 267-292-6009
Any device or adaptation that helps a person with a disability improve or maintain his or her functional capabilities. It can be as simple as a pencil gripper or as complex as a computer that is activated by eye gaze.
Services that help a person with a disability and his family and team select, acquire and use a device.
·Speech/Language Therapist who is an Augmentative Communication Specialist, Joy McGowan
Occupational Therapists, Pam Zeitlin & Sandy Masayko
Special Educator & Reading Specialist, Sandy Masayko, Director of Department
Assistive Technology Specialist & Educator, Laurie McGowan
Assistive Technology Assistant, George Russo
Physical Therapist, as needed, from Easter Seals staff
We are committed to helping each client participate in his or her home, school and community activities by developing functional, practical and individualized strategies.
Our Clients: We work with people of all ages to develop spoken & written communication, computer access, play and leisure skills, functional positioning and environmental access. We support our clients’ families and teams as well. See below* for some of our success stories!
·Consultations, evaluations and training in AT at Easter Seals sites, in schools and work places or in the community of our clients by collaborating with families and teams.
Loans of equipment for AT trials or help in borrowing equipment from Pennsylvania Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) or vendors. Check out out some resources.
Assistance in acquiring funding through insurers, loan programs such as the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation or other funders.
Educational workshops and presentations related to Assistive Technology.
Children in Easter Seals Approved Private Schools may be referred by their team members including parents.
Children in Early Intervention Programs in the counties surrounding Philadelphia may be referred by their teams through the child’s service coordinator.
Children in Elwyn Preschool Programs may be referred by their team through the child’s service coordinator.
Children in Public or Charter Schools may be referred by their district IEP teams.
Adults needing adaptations for employment or education may be referred by Office of Vocational Rehabilitation counselors.
Families, adults or insurers may contract with us privately for fee for service evaluations, consultations or trainings.
Comcast NBC Universal: provided substantial support for our iPad program, which has enabled children with complex communication needs and special education needs to develop their skills.
Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design: donated Macintosh computers for use in our classrooms.
Seed the Dream Foundation: funded purchase of eye gaze technology for the AT Library for trials to determine which device best meets the needs of people who will use eye gaze technology for communication and computer access.
TD Charitable Foundation: funded interactive whiteboards to provide large screened interactive computer programs to enhance participation in our classrooms at our Bucks County school.
The Clemens Family Corporation: provided both financial and in-kind support to help the Bucks County division of Easter seals acquire interactive whiteboards for evaluation, adapted instruction, motor therapy and professional development.
The Provident Bank Foundation: funded interactive whiteboards to provide a large screen interactive format to promote inclusive activities for all children at the Bucks County school.
University of Florida Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: Students and Professors from these departments assisted us with implementing GoBabyGo by providing technical assistance and logistical support.
Volunteers: have provided help with our GoBabyGo project and with repair of our electronic toys. We are looking for volunteers who like to construct and repair toys and kiddie cars for our projects.
Assistive Technology Specialist Laurie G. McGowan recently led a group of Easter Seals teachers and therapists in workshop to learn how to use adapted computers, peripherals & software in our classrooms. The computers were donated by Drexel University.
Assistive Technology Definitions and Legal Requirements
PATF--Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
Provides loans for acquiring AT.
PaTTAN--Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network
Provides training and loans of equipment to Pennsylvania educators and local education agencies.
Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
PIAT--Pennsylvania Initiative on Assistive Technology
Provides training and loans of equipment to all Pennsylvanians.
Questions? Contact us at (267)292-6009 or email AT@easterseals-sepa.org