What is the Assistive Technology Program?
Our goal is to improve the ability of people with significant disabilities to live independently through the use of assistive technology. Assistive technology can help a person with a disability have control over their environment and achieve personal goals. AT makes check or letter writing, money management, shopping, controlling the home environment and communication easier. Individuals served under this program are those with independent living goals. Those with vocational or work goals receive services through the MRC’s vocational rehabilitation program.
MRC contracts with three organizations to provide AT assessments, buy and set-up equipment, train 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 for evaluation and training.
Who is Eligible?
Any person who:
- Has a severe physical or mental impairment whose ability to function independently in the family or community is greatly limited, and
- The delivery of AT services and training will improve the ability to function, keep functioning or more towards functioning independently in the family and community
- Meets financial eligibility requirements
Individuals with vocational goals will 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 will apply through the local LEA for school related AT equipment needs.
How to Apply
Individuals can 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. 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 Area||UCP-Berkshire County
Dawn Matthews, Director of Assistive Technology
208 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
|Central MA Area
Greater Boston Area
Northeast/No. Shore Area
MA Easter Seals
UMass Dartmouth Center for Rehab Engineering
For more information contact the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Phone: (617) 204-3602
Fax: (617) 204-3877