Assistive Technology

 

 

 

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive technology is any piece of equipment or any device that can be used to increase independence by making everyday living easier and more convenient for a person with a disability or limited functioning. They are "tools" which people with disabilities use for living, learning, working and playing. These tools can be wheelchairs, augmentative communication devices, prostheses, computers, visual aids, adapted toys, sports equipment, etc.

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Assistive technology is important because it can allow a person with a disability to function better in society and to be as independent as possible. Assistive technology also makes simple everyday tasks - tasks that most of us take for granted - easier for the disabled person. As a caregiver, the more independent you can help your family member to become, the less stressful and burdensome your caregiving responsibilities will be.

 

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North Carolina's Assistive Technology Program

The North Carolina Assistive Technology Program is a federally funded grant through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education, and is administered by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

The Program provides a statewide system that works to coordinate assistive technology services. The program's activities impact children and adults with disabilities across all aspects of their lives - education, employment, recreation and independent living.

They operate centers statewide that offer personalized assistance and hands-on demonstrations of assistive technology to the disabled and their families.

Services include:

  • hands-on demonstrations of assistive technology for:
    • computer use
    • activities of daily living
    • listening
    • communication
    • telecommunication
    • mobility
    • education
    • learning
    • leisure
    • play
    • alarm/emergency systems
    • environmental control
  • short-term loans of equipment to try it out
  • information on options
  • funding assistance
  • referrals
  • advocacy on rights to assistive technology services

They also offer arts, recreation, and an equipment finding service well as other programs specially designed to benefit the disabled.

Statewide centers:

There are centers where individuals can receive hands-on assistance, which cover the entire state.

South Central Region
(Triangle area & southern NC)

Navaho Center
1110 Navaho Drive, Suite 101
Raleigh, NC 27609
1-919-850-2787

Counties Served:
Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, Warren

North Central Region
(Winston Salem, Greensboro, & north central NC)

Silas Creek Center
3333 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
1-336-718-1660

Miller Center
131 Miller Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
1-336-716-8030

Mendenhall Center
501 S. Mendenhall Street
Greensboro, NC 27403
1-336-275-9044
*Speech/Language Pathologist Available

Counties Served:
Alleghaney, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Surrey, Wilkes, Yadkin

Mountain Region
(Asheville & far western NC)

Bonnie Center
Harris Regional Hospital
68 Hospital Road
Sylva, NC 28779
1-828-631-9461
* AT Specialist Available

Counties Served:
Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Haywood, Henderson, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Swain, Transylvania

Northwest Region
(Morganton area)

Enola Center
200 Enola Road
Morganton, NC 28655
1-828-433-2431

Counties Served:
Alexander, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, McDonell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Watauga, Yancey

Western Region
(Charlotte & western NC)

Executive Center
5501 Executive Center Drive, Suite 105
Charlotte, NC 28212
1-704-566-2899
* AT Specialist Available

Counties Served:
Alleghaney, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Surrey, Wilkes, Yadkin

Eastern Region
(Eastern coastal NC)

Executive Park Center
2313-A Executive Park Circle
Greenville, NC 27834
1-252-830-8575

Station Square Center
Station Square Suite 163
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
1-252-446-4330
* AT Specialist Available

Counties Served:
Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimmans, Pitt, Washington, Wayne, Wilson

Southeastern Region
(Southeastern coastal NC)

Jaeckle Center
3340 Jaeckle Drive, Suite 201
Wilmington, NC 28403
1-910-251-7078

Griffin Center
401 S. Griffin Street, Suite 75
Elizabeth City, NC
1-252-338-5507

Counties Served:
Bladen, Brunswich, Carteret, Columbia, Duplin, Johes, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson

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Assistive Technology Specialists

In North Carolina, there are trained Assistive Technology Specialists available to provide hands-on demonstrations of the types of devices available to help and to help you find and arrange for assistance.

 

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Eastern North Carolina
(Triangle and east of the Triangle)
Station Square Center
Station Square Suite 163
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
1-252-446-4330
Western North Carolina
(Charlotte and west of the Triangle)
Executive Center
5501 Executive Center Drive, Suite 105
Charlotte, NC 28212
1-704-566-2899

Mountain Region
(Asheville & far western NC)
Bonnie Center
Harris Regional Hospital
68 Hospital Road
Sylva, NC 28779
1-828-631-9461

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Adults Accessing Augmentative Communication Technology

This program, provided by the NC Assistive Technology Program, provides information, referral, and advocacy services for adults with speech impairments resulting from degenerative neurological conditions (such as Lou Gehrig's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, and Muscular Dystrophy) and helps them to obtain needed augmentative communication services and devices. Examples of these types of devices are communication boards and computerized equipment with voice output. The devices will be custom-made if appropriate.

Special Equipment

Individuals are served wherever they reside - either at home or within a long-term care facility. The program also works with the family and caregivers to help them understand how the devices work and how their family member can be helped. They provide loan of equipment so that the individual and family can try out a device before purchase and they work with the caregiver and family to secure funding for the devices.

There are no fees for this service. They primarily serve the counties around Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Silas Creek Center
3333 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
1-336-718-1660

 

 

 

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