21 & Change provides knowledge and information to parents about Assistive Technology, so they are aware of its benefits and how the resources may be acquired. Assistive Technology helps children and adults with developmental disabilities become more independent and productive. This technology can be high tech, low tech, or no tech. These devices improve quality of life, help people communicate more effectively, reduce dependence on family members and caregivers, and reduce their need for personal assistance.
We will focus on Assistive Technology that helps children and adults with speech and communication, and other technology that supports children learning in the classroom. Where children are enrolled in a private school setting and insurance or income becomes an issue for members of our local community, our intent is to develop a program that either deeply discounts or provides this technology free of charge to those who need it but cannot afford it.
In the future, 21 & Change plans to solicit Corporations and Foundations in the technology sector for their support to this program. Through partnerships, 21 & Change will link this effort to local Speech Therapy Centers and Speech Language Pathologists who can identify clients most in need for this type of technology.
Stay tuned for more information as we develop this important and much needed program.
Additional Resources and Information
For additional information regarding assistive technology, you may use the following links:
PBS Parents at PBS.org
PBS Parents at PBS.org provides information on assistive technology, types of devices, communication strategies, and augmentative and alternative communication.
Understood.org Assistive Technology Articles
Technology That’s Built Into Mobile Device
Who Pays For Assistive Technology? Parents or Schools?
Text-to-Speech Technology: What It Is and How It Works
The AAC Resources Network
The AAC Resources Network is an innovative alliance of companies and organizations offering you the industry’s most comprehensive range of products, services, and solutions for assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
The AAC Language Lab
The AAC Language Lab offers real-life solutions in support of language development. Explore language stages and interactive materials specifically designed for Speech Language Pathologists (SLP), Educators, and Parents. An annual subscription provides full access to all materials including lesson plans, the “Let’s Talk AAC” blog, Can-Do Activity cards, implementation tips, and more.
Speech and Language Kids
Speech and Language Kids is an online resource for parents, speech therapists, and other professionals.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) maintains a List of Resources for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
Tobii Dynavox provides augmentative and alternative communication devices, software, accessories, support and training to consumers and professionals.
The Saltillo Corporation strives to provide the most effective assistive technology products along with comprehensive support and service. “Our mission is simple: Allow people with disabilities to participate in-and enjoy-life to the fullest.”
AssistiveWare is a leading pioneer in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology software for iOS and macOS, with over 300,000 customers worldwide.
DISCLAIMER – 21 & Change, Inc. does not endorse any particular vendor of AAC hardware, software, accessories, or other materiel, nor does it endorse any particular product belonging to these vendors. We provide information and resource links to educate and inform parents on what assistive technology is available. For advice on what is best for your child, speak with a certified professional.