What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology is any tool or technology used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities. Examples range from adaptive pencil grips to iPads to Augmentative & Alternative Communication Devices (AAC).
Assistive Technology Discovery 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 Discovery Lab will be the first place 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 individuals with disabilities to freely move, effectively communicate, and live independently.
The Assistive Technology Discovery Lab will provide space where families will enjoy the following experience:
- Fully Accessible Space
- Device Test Area
- Lending Device Library
- Assistive Technology Professionals
- User and Family Training
Devices Available Include
- Augmentative & Alternative Communication Devices (AAC)
- Adaptive Learning Tools
- Writing Utensils and Name Stamps
- Capability Switches
- Alternative Seating
The Lab will educate and equip 300 individuals annually, allowing adults with disabilities currently employed in the workplace to discover effective tools for communication with employers and co-workers. Children with disabilities will increase their educational opportunities by accessing tools providing them with new avenues to learn and grow
Judith Snow Technology Collective
In honor of Judith Snow, Community Vision will be naming the Assistive Technology Lab the Judith Snow Technology Collective. Judith 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.”