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Listing: Assistive Technology and Aids for Daily Living

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Assistive technology or ADL [aid for daily living] is any tool, aid,  device, software or equipment that can help a person adapt to living a better experience in life. 


What are some types of assistive devices and how are they used? | NICHD - Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (nih.gov)

  • Mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, crutches1, prosthetic devices, and orthotic devices.2
  • Hearing aids to help people hear or hear more clearly.
  • Cognitive aids, including computer or electrical assistive devices, to help people with memory, attention, or other challenges in their thinking skills.3
  • Computer software and hardware, such as voice recognition programs, screen readers, and screen enlargement applications, to help people with mobility and sensory impairments use computers and mobile devices

RESNA - assistive technology standards for rehabilitation Home (resna.org)
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology society of North America
An organization devoted to the standards and promoting research and education.
202-367-1121

WHO - Assistive Technology Fact Sheets
Assistive technology (who.int)

Assistive Technology | Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (sralab.org)
1-312-238-2988
https://www.sralab.org/services/assistive-technology

Assistive Technology Chicago (chicagolighthouse.org)
The Chicago Lighthouse is the leading provider of low vision services for the Chicagoland area. Contact us today to learn more by calling (312) 666-1331.

Closing The Gap
Closing The Gap provides information on assistive technology products, procedures, and best practices
507-248-3294
https://www.closingthegap.com/

myInfinitec - HOME
The assistive technology program of UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago. The program leverages the power of technology to advance independence and promote inclusive opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.
7550 West 183rd Street
Tinley Park, Illinois 60477
(708) 444-8460
https://www.myinfinitec.org/login

IATP - Independent Living Through Technology (iltech.org)
IATP's assistive technology demonstration center is located at our main office in Springfield, Illinois.  The Demonstration Center includes eight rooms filled with assistive devices.  Visit IATP’s Demonstration Center for a guided tour of each room or try out devices in an area of interest. You can also contact them to loan equipment, or get financial assistance with other equipment.
Address: 1020 South Spring Street Springfield, IL 62704     
(217) 522-7985

Idaho Assistive Technology Project (idahoat.org)
provides support for individuals with disabilities and older persons in their personal selection of assistive technology to live, work, and play in their communities.
1-800-432-8324

AT3 Center
To maintain and enhance a strong, effective, and efficient national network of Statewide Assistive Technology Programs, which enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology (AT) needed for education, employment, and community living.
No Phone # listed  https://www.at3center.net/stateprogram

 

Devices to Aid Daily Living ADL- for Purchase

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Assistive Technologies (broadened.com)
Broadened Horizons provides a variety of products for wheelchair users with upper extremity limitations. Products have been tested by Mark Felling, President, a C5 quadriplegic paralyzed from the armpits down. The products include clothing, power interfaces for wheelchairs and scooters, voice and switch controlled phone systems, systems for transferring a person between locations, computer accessibility, and environmental control switches.
USA Toll-free 1-855-BROADEN 855-276-2336

Disability At Home
This website documents the ingenuity and creativity that caregivers and disabled people, including those with chronic illnesses, use every day to make home accessible. 

loop+ Activity Tracker for wheelchair users | https://www.loopplus.com/
Designed for wheelchair users so they can identify and track workout routines and unique risk factors. Tracks with a sensor under the cushion of your wheelchair and is calibrated to your body type synced with a downloaded App on your smartphone. 

Infogrip | Infogrip
Assistive technology, ergonomic and special education products
866-606-8551
https://www.infogrip.com/

Kiddy Kaddy - Assistive Pet Tools 
tools to help you take care of your furry friends.
call 800-995-6327 http://www.kittykaddy.com/

ModularHose.com | Modular Hose for industrial applications, assistive technology
Mounting systems for phones, tablets, and beyond.
630-922-5005
httpS://www.modularhose.com/

Mounting Assistive Technology | Rehadapt
Mounting Systems for Wheelchair, floor, and tables
No phone number listed
https://rehadapt.com/

Assistive Technology for Disabled – RJ Cooper & Associates, Inc.
I-pad mountings, cases, accessories, and Apps.
800-RJCooper
https://store.rjcooper.com/

Ableware
Personal and household aids for adaptive living.
973-628-7800
https://shop.maddak.com/

AliMed
Clinical and personal, rehab, ADLs, PT, OT, orthotics, braces.
800-225-2610
https://www.alimed.com/

North Coast Medical and Rehabilitation Products
Suppliers for clinical and personal use, PT, OT, Rehab, massage therapy, chiropractic
800-821-9319
https://www.ncmedical.com/

 

SOFTWARE & COMMUNICATION

Smartbox - Assistive technology for everyone (thinksmartbox.com)
Hardware and software for Communication, environmental, computer, and interactive learning devices.
844-341-7386

Assistive technology for communication (tobiidynavox.com)
Assistive technology for AAC (augmentative & alternative communication) including communication apps and software, SGD (speech generating devices) and eye gaze/eye tracking/eye tracker computer access for people with disabilities and special needs.
800-344-1778

AbleNet, Inc. (ablenetinc.com) for Students
Visit to learn more about solutions for communication, switch access, iPad and computer access, curriculum designed for students with disabilities, and iPad-based communication device funding
1-800 322-0956

Adaptivation: assistive technology switches and devices, Sioux Fall
Producer of electronic communication aids, environmental controls, switches and other assistive technology for individuals with special needs.
1-800-723-2783

Origin Instruments Corporation (orin.com)
Assistive Technology for Computer and Mobile Devices
972-606-8740

PRC-Saltillo
Augmentative and alternative communication devices
800-262-1984
https://www.prc-saltillo.com/

InclusiveTLC | Igniting The Hidden Potential
Major educational supplier of assistive technology products
704-243-3622
https://www.inclusivetlc.com/ 

Augmentative Alternative Communications | Forbes AAC | United States
Augmentative Communication Devices
419-589-7688
https://www.forbesaac.com/

 

LOW VISION & HEARING 

Humanware - Home - Low Vision Aids for Macular Degeneration
Low vision aids for macular degeneration
800-722-3393
https://www.humanware.com/en-usa/home

Independent Living Aids | Low Vision Aids | Hard of Hearing
Healthcare, mobility, hearing, vision, and daily living aids, as well as assistive technology products for sale to help you live a better life. https://www.independentliving.com/ 1 (800) 537-2118

MaxiAids | Independent Living, Low Vision, Blind, Mobility
your one source for thousands of products specifically designed to assist the 
BLIND, VISUALLY IMPAIRED, DEAF, HARD-OF HEARING, SENIORS,MOBILITY CHALLENGED & HOME HEALTH CARE while promoting a healthy, active and independent lifestyle.
800-522-6294
https://www.maxiaids.com/ 

APH Home | American Printing House Low Vision
A nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired
1-800-223-1839
https://www.aph.org/

For Wheelchairs and scooter sales see: Listing: Wheelchair & Scooter Sales
For disposable medical equipment see: Listing: Durable Medical Equipment
For ADLS see: Listing: Aids for Assistive Technology and ADLS
For funding grant sources: Listing: Grants for Adaptive Sports Equip, Automotive, Home Needs.

This content is for informational purposes only and may not be comprehensive. Information contained does not imply an endorsement from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and does not replace the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.  See here  for further details.
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