Assistive Technology or “AT” is any piece of equipment or device that enables a person with a disability to have greater independence, productivity and confidence in their home, at work, at school or in the community.
Vermont Assistive Technology Program (VATP) is funded by the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, (as amended), to increase statewide access of assistive technology to people of all ages and abilities.
- Children and adults, with disabilities and their families
- Older adults experiencing difficulty with daily activities
- Professionals in disability related fields such as health care, social services, education, or
- other human services
- Awareness activities about Assistive Technology and its uses
- Advocacy for individuals & their families on their rights to AT services
- Funding resource information based on the person’s needs
- Technical assistance in selecting the appropriate AT devices
- Short term loan of AT equipment to try out at work, home, school, etc.
- Training on specific devices /software
- Specialized workshops and seminars, group training, and technical presentations
- Hands-on demonstration of AT for computer access, activities of daily living, listening, communication, telecommunication, mobility, education, learning, leisure, play, alarm/emergency systems, and environmental controls
- AT resource information & referral to other programs
- Reutilization/Recycling of medical equipment by managing the AT equipment exchange, GetAtStuff, which brings together people with unneeded AT devices and people who need AT. There is also a new program which assists schools in recycling AT equipment called AtSchoolSwap.