What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology is any tool that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals who experience disability.
Examples range from adaptive pencil grips, to iPads, to Augmentative & Alternative Communication Devices (AAC), to wheelchairs.
Assistive Technology Lab
Each day, new technologies are developed that provide people with necessary tools to live, work, and thrive. In Oregon alone, there are 80,000+ adults and 75,000 students experiencing a disability.
The Assistive Technology Lab will be the first comprehensive public space in Portland where users can see and experience the positive impact technology can have on their lives. It will provide access to technologies that will enable many individuals with disabilities to freely move, effectively communicate, and live more independently.
The Lab will promote tools and strategies that increase inclusion in community, workplace, and school. The AT Lab is a place where all are welcome!
AT Lab Features
- Universal Design & Fully Accessible Space.
- AT Test Area
- Small Lending Library
- Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs)
- User Groups
- Resource and Referral guidance
- Augmentative & Alternative Communication Devices (AAC)
- Adaptive Learning & Writing Tools
- Capability Switches
- Computer/iPad access
- Alternative Seating
The AT Lab will educate and/or equip up to 300 individuals and families in Oregon/SW Washington annually. Adults and children experiencing disability will be able to explore effective tools for communication and adapted activities to increase participation within their communities including home, work, and school. The Lab aims to increase community and professional knowledge around inclusive practices.
Learn about our inspiration: Judith Snow
Judith Snow was a leader and a change-agent in the disability community. Her impact is worldwide and her name will remain a legacy to inspire more people experiencing disability to dream big dreams.
“We all have gifts…And some of those gifts appear to be empty, in the sense that they’re not about doing things, they are more about opening spaces, and asking questions, and asking people, inviting, inviting people in to be part of community and part of relationship…and those gifts, are in many ways, the most powerful, although still often not recognized for their power.” – The Writings of Judith Snow