Assistive Technology Services
Ability 1st Utah offers two different types of services for assistive technology. The first is the evaluation and assessment for the need of equipment for consumers and the equipment loan bank. The Assistive Technology Coordinator can assist with the process of obtaining resources for the purchase or repair of equipment. They also work to help people with disabilities to understand how to use equipment and devices, such as ramps, wheelchairs, and computers. Assistive Technology (AT) includes devices, products, and services which allow people with disabilities to move freely in their home and community environments, obtain jobs and maintain their independence. AT devices include wheelchairs, scooters, ramps, communication devices, hearing aids, bathing devices, to name a few.
Who is the program for?
This program was designed for anyone with any disability who is in need of different ways to accommodate their needs through technology. This can include low or high tech AT items. All ages are included in this program.
What do services include?
The program’s services include formal and informal assessments, advocacy, information and referral, and equipment trails. Assistive technology evaluation serves to assist individuals with disabilities in making informed choices about adaptive equipment, and also helps to find the most cost effective ways to meet their adaptive equipment needs. We help identify useful adaptive equipment, as well as vendor and funding resources. We also provide follow-up training services to assist individuals with disabilities in effectively maintaining their AT devices.
Program applicant must be a person with a disability who meets income eligibility guidelines for paid AT services.
How much does it cost?
Program assessment is free of charge.
Assistive Technology Success Story
I was contacted by V.T. who needed some equipment to be able to stay in her home. I met with V.T. at her apartment in Sanpete County. During the intake process I found out that V.T. had worked for many years for the Utah Department of Transportation. She was the first woman to be put in a supervisory role in a rural county. V.T. had a wealth of experience as a snow plow driver, heavy equipment operator, etc. When she retired from UDOT she worked briefly for the Six County Association of Governments seasonally with the HEAT program.
V.T. was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis. VT relocated to Sanpete County to live closer to family members. During the winter of 2011 V.T. fell in her apartment. Due to the pain and discomfort in her leg V.T. was not able to rise without assistance. She lay in her apartment for over 12 hours before a neighbor heard her calling for help and came to assist V.T. She was admitted to the hospital and her primary care physician recommended that she either live in assisted living or skilled nursing facility. V.T. was and continues to be very committed to her right to live as she chooses and where she wants to live.
V.T. needed some equipment that would allow her to remain living in her chosen living environment. After undertaking extensive options counseling, addressing long term care concerns, health care issues, likes and dislikes, wants and realities; Ability 1st Utah provided V.T. with equipment that will allow her to remain in the community. Most of the equipment provided was purchased through loan bank resources. After a three month diagnostic period to determine the equipment’s usefulness, it was placed permanently with V.T. Our agencies efforts helped V.T. to avoid long term care placement.
Ability 1st continues to provide core services and transportation services to V.T. V.T. has been a tremendous advocate for Ability 1st and other consumers she has referred to our agency.
For more information, contact:
Assistive Technology Coordinators
Shelly Pitchforth e-mail:
Shelly@ability1stutah.org or 801-373-5044 ext#212
Bryce R. Harper e-mail:
Bryce@ability1stutah.org or 801-373-5044 ext#213
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