The Easterseals Iowa Assistive Technology Program helps Iowans learn about and access the assistive technology (AT) they need as part of their daily lives to learn, work, play, and participate in community life safely and independently. Visit www.iowaat.org for more information and additional resources. Read our client success stories. Learn more in our resource Assistive Technology for People with Brain Injury.
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology (AT) is defined as any piece of equipment, product system or service used to increase, maintain, and/or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities or limitations (ATIA, 2017). This term can refer to any type of assistive, adaptive, or rehabilitative device, along with the process of using these devices. Assistive technology can range from low tech to high tech devices depending on the individual's needs and their given environment. Check out demonstrations of assistive technology on our YouTube channel.
When can I use Assistive Technology?
The use of assistive technology is appropriate when there is a barrier to accomplishing an activity of daily living. This may be caused by an array of chronic conditions and/or diagnoses. Assistive technology offers a possible solution that may help provide individuals with more independence and prevent additional harm or injury. For example, an individual who has low vision or paralysis may install Dragon Dictation software to their computer which would allow that individual to communicate and use their computer without having to type or read the screen. The usage of assistive technology is individualized to each person given their specific abilities, needs, and environment.
Where can I find Assistive Technology?
Since assistive technology is such a broad term and has many variations, the best way to explore these options is to call; Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program at 1-866-866-8782 (toll-free) or 515-289-4069 (TTY). A team member will support you in identifying possible solutions that may assist a specific need. A team member can also provide demonstrations so the individual will be able to learn how to use the device(s). The Lending Library allows an individual to try devices free for 30 days allowing the individual to decide if a particular device will work well for them before they decide to purchase it. If applicable, the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) program has available recycled and refurbished devices for a loan as well. If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact us.
Easter Seals loans durable medical equipment such as electric hospital beds, power, and manual wheelchairs, and adaptive bathroom devices to those in need. Equipment is provided at a nominal fee and can be used for an unlimited length of time. Easter Seals seeks donations of used medical equipment for use in this program. Download the Equipment Loan Application.
The Demonstration Center, located at Easterseals Iowa Camp Sunnyside, is open for demonstrations of various types of Assistive Technology devices to support individuals with disabilities and special needs by appointment only. The Demonstration Center is a valuable resource for Iowans to trial devices that may support recreation, access to daily living activities, computer and related devices, sensory and learning, and much more before the devices are brought to their homes.
The Lending Library inventory is available to use on our Easter Seals Iowa AT4All website. Equipment and resources are available for families, individuals, counselors, and schools. Up to 5 pieces of equipment can be checked out for 30 days to determine if it will work for them before deciding to purchase from vendors. These include small devices and gadgets to support daily activities. A physician, physical therapist, or medical professional’s signature is required for weighted items; please complete the Weighted Item Approval Form. Download the Lending Library Application.
The Used Equipment Referral Service (UERS) is now known as the Iowa Assistive Technology Exchange Program (Exchange). This “classified ads” feature connects Iowans with the Assistive Technology they are in need of statewide. Iowans with Assistive Technology equipment that they no longer use are eligible to create an account and post these items for sale on this Exchange Program. Iowans in need of Assistive Technology may view the listings and contact the seller directly. This service can be found at www.eastersealsia.at4all.com. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org (email), 1-866-866-8782 (Phone), 515-289-4069 (TTY).
No two students learn exactly the same way. Assistive technology can help. If you have questions about including assistive technology in a student’s IEP or would like help in requesting an assistive technology evaluation, please refer to the this resource. It is also available in the following languages: Arabic, Burmese, Hakha, Karen, Somali, Spanish, Swahili.
Easterseals Iowa can help you guarantee that your documents, PowerPoints, other printed materials, websites, and physical location are as inclusive as possible to ensure you are providing the best customer service to persons of all abilities. There are easy steps that you can implement to provide equal access! These services are available to individuals, groups or businesses in the state of Iowa. Download the Creating Inclusion Document
This will be a three-day opportunity for campers age 12 to 17, who utilize an Augmentative and/or Alternative Communication device to support their communication during the C7 Superhero Camp Week (July 27, 2020 - July 31, 2020)!
During these three days, coaches will guide the camper’s specific goals and needs.
Attend the full week, at a cost of $600, or attend the three-day AAC portion only (Tuesday - Thursday), at a cost of $300. The coaches will be supervised graduate students majoring in
Speech-Language Pathology will guide expressive language and critical thinking skills in an exciting camp environment!
Campers will get to experience being a crime-fighting superhero in this fun-filled week (Week C7), so campers should bring their superhero costumes! Campers will spend their days having fun swimming, horseback riding, doing arts and crafts and much, much more.
This opportunity is made possible through a collaborative effort with Easterseals Iowa, The University of Iowa Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Northern Iowa Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Iowa Area Educational Agencies.
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The Assistive Technology Center is located at Easter Seals Iowa Camp Sunnyside, 401 NE 66th Ave. in Des Moines, Iowa 50313. To make an appointment to pick-up or donate medical equipment, tour the Demonstration Center or visit the Lending Library, please call 1-866-866-8782 or 515-289-4069 (TTY) or email email@example.com.
The Easterseals Iowa Assistive Technology Program is made possible through funding from the Center for Disabilities and Development at the University of Iowa Health Care supported by the State AT Program grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Administration for Community Living or HHS.