The Assistive Technology Independent Living Program (AT-IL) is a program of MRC’s Community Living Division.  Our goal is to improve the ability of individuals with significant disabilities to live independently through the use of assistive technology.

What is the Assistive Technology Program?

The Assistive Technology Program was created in 1999 to enable individuals with severe disabilities the ability to access assistive technology devices and training.  Assistive technology (AT) devices and services help to maximize an individual with a disability to have control over their environment and achieve self-determined goals.  The ability to use AT to perform such tasks as check or letter writing, money management, shopping, controlling the home environment and communication improvement are anticipated outcomes.  Individuals served under this program are those with independent living goals.  Those with vocational or work goals are provided services through the agency’s vocational rehabilitation program.

MRC contracts with three organizations for the provision of AT assessments, purchase and set-up of equipment, training and follow-up.  These providers; MA Easter Seals, United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County and the University of  MA-Dartmouth Center for Rehabilitation Engineering provide services on a regional basis and have on-site AT devices to be used for evaluation and training.  

Who is Eligible?

Any individual who:

  • Has a severe physical or mental impairment whose ability to function independently in the family or community is substantially limited, and
  • The delivery of AT services and training will improve the ability to function, continue functioning or more towards functioning independently in family and community
  • Meets financial eligibility requirements (earnings under $53,315 for a single person in 2012)

Individuals with vocational goals shall be referred to the local MRC-VR office.  Individuals with disabilities who are eligible to receive services from other EOHHS agencies should be referred to those agencies for AT services.  There are no age restrictions although school age children with disabilities eligible for Chap. 766 services shall apply through the local LEA for school related AT equipment needs.

How to Apply

Individuals may apply for AT services and assessments by contacting their regional AT provider who will conduct an intake assessment.  Because of funding limitations and the high demand for services, there may be a waiting list for services.  Should this be the case, individuals are placed on the waiting list according to regional basis on a first come first served basis after determination of financial eligibility and assignment of priority category.

 

Regional AT Providers
Western MA AreaUCP-Berkshire County
Dawn Matthews, Director of Assistive Technology
208 West Street, Pittsfield, MA  01201
Tel. 413-442-1562
dmatthews@ucpberkshire.org
Central MA Area
Greater Boston Area
Northeast/No. Shore Area

MA Easter Seals
484 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Jeff McAuslin, Asst. Director, Assistive Technology
Tel. 800-244-2756 or 508-751-6448
JMcAuslin@eastersealsma.org

 

Southeast/Cape Area

UMass Dartmouth Center for Rehab Engineering
Beverly Thorn, Client Services Coordinator
285 Old Westport Rd, No. Dartmouth, MA 02747
Tel. 508-999-8482 
bthorn@umassd.edu

For More Information

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission 
Phone: (617) 204-3752 (voice) (617) 204-3815 (TDD) 
Fax: (617) 204-3877                         
Angela.Doucette@massmail.state.ma.us.

 

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment and public services provided by government agencies. If consumers or employees of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission believe that they have been discriminated against on the basis of disability, they should contact the Diversity Director,

Mary F. Connelly, Esquire
Director of Diversity, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
600 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts  02111
617-204-3736 or 617-727-1354 (fax)
Mary.Connelly@MassMail.state.ma.us

Rev. 2/13



This information is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.