Southern Minnesota Assistive Technology Center provides assistive technology services to individuals with disabilities of all ages, their caregivers, and the professionals who work with them. In addition, this program provides training for participants within the Mayo Clinic Return to Work program.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
People Achieving Change Through Technology (PACTT), started under ARC of Southeastern MN and became an Ability Building Center program in 1996. In order to better highlight the program initiatives and the regional nature of our services, PACTT came to be known as the Southern Minnesota Assistive Technology Center (SMATC) in June of 2012. This program provides assistive technology services to individuals with disabilities of all ages, their caregivers, and the professionals who work with them. It guides individuals to achieve independence in their employment, at home and in the classroom. Over the years, SMATC continued to develop its reputation as the regional assistive technology center. Currently, the program is funded in part by the Minnesota STAR Program (A System of Technology to Achieve Results) and the United Way of Olmsted County.
Our program maintains an extensive library of assistive technology (AT) devices available for either 30-day loan or demonstration, both of which are offered free of charge. SMATC is dedicated to making the benefits of technology more accessible to children and adults with disabilities. Using a team approach involving parents and professionals, SMATC can provide numerous AT services, as well as information and resources to help secure appropriate technology.
Individuals seeking SMATC services must have a disability and have a funding source to pay for fee-related services requested.
SMATC provides the following services relating to assistive technology:
- Assistive technology and iPad assessments
- Individualized/Group Training
- Assistive Technology Device Loans
- Device Demonstrations
- Reuse, recycle and refurbish assistive technology
Services are provided in the program office, home, school, work, etc.
LOAN PROGRAM GUIDELINES
Rules and guidelines are available from the main SMATC site here.
- Fees are $110.00/hr. + travel for assessments.
- Individual training services are $68.00/hr. + travel.
- Group trainings/workshops are $35.00/person per training session + travel for training.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To learn more about the program and its services please contact our Program Manager at (507) 281-6262.
WHAT IS ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
The federal government and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) defines assistive technology as:
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. [20 U.S.C., Chapter 33, Section 1401 (25)]
An assistive technology service is defined as:
Any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. [20 U.S.C., Chapter 33, Section 1401 (26)]
Southern Minnesota Assistive Technology Center services include:
- Provide assistive technology assessments, including iPad assessments.
- Provide computers skills assessments, as well as basic computer skills training.
- Training for individuals or groups regarding recommended assistive technology.
- Training for individuals or groups regarding computer and Internet skills, as well as training on a multitude of software titles.
- Customized workshops and presentations on assistive technology. Topics may include adaptive computer technology, switch access, educational or vocational assistive technology options and funding alternatives.
- Equipment loan library provides access to assistive technology devices for the purpose of evaluation.
- Southern Minnesota Assistive Technology Center provides referral services when necessary to other assistive technology resources.
A portion of this program is funded through the STAR Program by the Rehabilitation Services Administration under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended in 2004 (P.L. 108-364). Content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the STAR Program or the Minnesota Department of Administration or Rehabilitation Services Administration.