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Utah Resources for Assistive Technology

  • Access Utah Network: Access Utah provides information on equipment that is for sale as well as other resources regarding accessibility.
  • Centers for Independent Living: The staff of each center provides information and services to potential clients and their caregivers, including AT.
  • Utah Center for Assistive Technology (UCAT): UCAT is the center point of assistive technology services statewide. They help people with disabilities and families choose, buy, try out, and learn to use AT devices that can help them with their disabilities.
  • Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP): Provides AT devices and services, and train university students, parents, children with disabilities and professional service providers about AT. We coordinate our services with community organizations and others who provide independence-related support to individuals with disabilities.
  • UAAACT, Utah Augmentative Alternative Assistive Communication and Technology Teams: UAAACT is a resource for assessment and development of communication and technology systems. For students who are nonspeaking or severely limited in their quality of speech or written language. UAAACT teams have been established for the purpose of assessing student communication needs and for providing consultation to IEP (Individualized Education Plan) teams for ongoing programming.
  • Utah Assistive Technology Foundation: UATF is a private, non-profit organization that works with Zion's Bank of Utah to provide low-interest loans to purchase assistive technology and telework devices. UATF also offers small grants of $250 or less on a limited basis through non-federal funding to families who meet federal poverty guidelines.
  • Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled: The Program for the Blind and Disabled provides the kinds of materials found in public libraries in formats accessible to the blind and disabled. Books and magazines are available in Braille, in large print, and on audio cassettes. Services are provided by the Utah State Library Division in cooperation with the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

National Resources for Assistive Technology

  • AbleData: Abledata provides general information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources. Although ABLEDATA does not sell any products, we can help you locate the companies that do.
  • Accessible Book Collection: The Accessible Book Collection is a nonprofit organization that makes print books available in audio formats. There is an annual subscription fee.
  • Alliance for Technology Access: The ATA is a national network of community-based resource centers, product developers, vendors, service providers, and individuals. We provide information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and work to increase their use of technology.
  • AT508.com: To provide the public with a single point to find solutions to Section 508 compliance, and to showcase the companies responsible for the technological breakthroughs necessary to enable true Section 508 compliance.
  • Books without Barriers: Bookshare provides access to audio version of books. Books are donated and are available through a free membership, if you qualify.
  • Business Week Assistive Technology Column: Dated publications on assistive technology.
  • Center for Applied Special Technologies: CAST is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning.
  • Closing the Gap: Closing the Gap strives to provide parents and educators alike, the information and training necessary to locate, compare, and implement assistive technology. There is a charge for a subscription.
  • CompuAccess.com: ACT has specialized in consulting, products, systems integration and the instruction in the use of computer assisted devices.
  • Family Center on Technology and Disability: The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. We offer a range of information and services on the subject of assistive and instructional technologies. Whether you're an organization, a parent, an educator, or an interested friend, we hope you'll find information that supports you in your efforts to bring the highest quality education to children with disabilities.
  • Leveling the Playing Field – Technology as an Equalizer in Education, Transition to Careers and Daily Life (doc) (pdf): This publication emphasizes the national movement toward universal design of precuts and the benefit for all persons. IT promotes greater awareness of some of the efforts to enhance the lives of youth with disabilities.
  • Microsoft Accessibility - Technology for Everyone: Microsoft's web page provides information about the accessibility features built into its software programs.
  • National Center on Secondary Education & Transition (NCSET): Explores accommodations, which are changes made to classroom and testing materials and procedures to help students with disabilities learn and participate in tests on a level playing field with students without disabilities.
  • National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities: Connect you with the Research, Offer Publications in English and Spanish, Connect You with Others, Respond to Your Questions, and Provide You with Information Tailored to Your Needs.
  • Participation and Accommodations Manual (PDF): The Utah assessment accommodations policy.
  • Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT): The QIAT Consortium is a nationwide grassroots group that includes hundreds of individuals who provide input into the ongoing process of identifying, disseminating, and implementing a set of widely-applicable Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services in School Settings.
  • Trace Center: The Trace Center provides information about AT, as well as links to adaptive freeware and shareware for computer access.
  • Universal Design for Living - Ohio State University: This web site provides information for the use of Universal Design. UD allows the student to control the method of accessing information while the teacher monitors the learning process and initiates any beneficial methods.
  • WebText Reader: Provide audio access to reading materials for anyone with a reading access barrier. Volunteers record magazine articles and other short works which are then available for download or in our podcast.
  • World Class Assistive Technology: "High-tech assistive, adaptive and accessibility aids for children and adults with disabilities and special needs..."