2835 W St. Germain #300
P.O. Box 7729
St. Cloud, MN 56301-7729
Phone: (320) 259-4151
Toll Free: (888) 404-7768
Fax: (320) 259-5707
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SPOT Rehabilitation Assistive Technology Services:
How is SPOT involved in assistive technology?
- SPOT Rehabilitation has a strong commitment to facilitating Assistive Technology for people with disabilities.
- SPOT provides leadership for the Mid-MN Assistive Technology Network in Region IV (13 counties in central and northern MN).
- SPOT Rehabilitation has therapists on staff with advanced training in assistive technology to meet the needs of the community.
- SPOT hosts ACT (Advanced Care Team) Clinics 6 times per year.
What is assistive technology?
"Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities" I.D.E.A. 20 U.S.C. Chapter 30 Sec. 1401 (1)(2)
What are some examples of assistive technology?
- Switches - allow person with physical limitations to access kitchen appliances, lights, fans, toys, computers, etc.
- Communication devices - allow individuals with impaired speech or no speech to interact with other people as well as meet personal needs such as choosing activities, shopping, etc.
- Computer adaptations - allow wide variety of people to access computers through software or hardware adaptations including alternate input devices, screen magnification, voice recognition, screen reader, word prediction, etc.
What is an Assistive Technology Service?
Any service that directly assists an individual in the selection, acquisition, or use of an AT device including funding, customization, repair, therapy, or training.
What assistive technology services are offered through SPOT?
Through the use of assistive technology, people can independently accomplish tasks and work in careers otherwise not available to the individual with a disability. For example, an individual with blindness can work as a medical transcriptionist by using a talking computer or refreshable Braille and foot switch to operate a tape recorder. A person without speech can work as a greeter with pre-programmed messages or create new messages based on the conversation.
- Computer access evaluation, training, & ongoing support
- Ergonomic computer workstation recommendations
- Augmentative Communication evaluation, training, & ongoing support
- Wheelchair seating and positioning evaluation, recommendation, ongoing needs
- Other equipment needs: standers, canes, walkers, etc.
- Switch placement and type evaluation & training
- Adaptive equipment for activities of daily living and home / work environment