skip to content
Primary navigation

Assistive Technology Services

Finding the right assistive technology is just the start. You may also need help learning how to use it. These services can help.

It is important to remember that productive use of assistive technology requires more than just having access to devices. Without assistive technology services, including information, evaluation and training provided by professionals, assistive technology devices can be virtually useless.

There are seven assistive technology service categories. The professionals who provide these services fall into many categories, from rehabilitation engineers to speech-language pathologists to physical and occupational therapists. You can use the Minnesota STAR Program's AT Resources Directory to find these services. Simply search for the services you need, selecting the desired options under "Types of Assistive Technology (AT) assistance available." 

If you have a need but do not know what assistive technology can help, you may need the following services:

Consultation and Observation

A preliminary service that gathers information about the range of potential assistive technology that may be of value to a person with a disability.

Assessment and Evaluation

A formal analysis performed by a skilled practitioner or a team of practitioners in the field of assistive technology. The evaluation will incorporate multiple techniques and include recommendations for technology products or systems that will enhance an individual’s life in defined areas.

A formal analysis performed by a skilled practitioner or a team of practitioners in the field of assistive technology. The evaluation will incorporate multiple techniques and include recommendations for technology products or systems that will enhance an individual’s life in defined areas.

Once you have identified the assistive technology you need, these services might help:

Ordering

Help in obtaining commercially available technology or components.

Fitting

Installation and modifications to optimize the consumer’s ability to use the technology.

Fabrication (custom)

Making or modifying devices/equipment when those commercially available do not meet consumer’s specific needs.

Training

Help in acquiring skills, knowledge and attitudes that maximizes the use of the device.

Maintenance and Repair

A systematic set of procedures aimed at keeping the device in working order; an action taken to correct a problem in a device or system.

When you no longer need assistive technology, consider these opportunities for reuse

There are three methods of passing along assistive technology:

Recycle

Disposing of devices that have reached the end of their life cycle.

More information on recycling options for unwanted consumer electronics.

Refurbish

Repairing and cleaning used AT to contribute to use the device or pass it on to someone else.

Resale

The process of buying, selling, or donating equipment to another individual.

You can use the Minnesota STAR Program's Technology Exchange (STARTE) to explore resale opportunities.

back to top