Accessibility Tools & Technology

 
Photo/ Image Courtesy of: MaxiAids

Photo/ Image Courtesy of: MaxiAids

MaxiAids specializes in product solutions for the Blind, Visually Impaired, those with Low Vision, the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Disabled, Seniors (Elderly), Children, and the Special Needs of those with Medical Conditions. Our goal is to bring you the best products available, including the latest innovations to help you live every day to the fullest! From handheld, stand and electronic magnifiers for those with low vision to talking watches for the blind… from amplified telephones for the hard of hearing to vibrating alarms for the deaf… from blood glucose monitors for diabetics to wheelchairs and walkers for those with mobility challenges… whatever you need, MaxiAids has you covered.


Photo/ Image Courtesy of: AbleData

Photo/ Image Courtesy of: AbleData

AbleData is the premier source for impartial, comprehensive information on products, solutions and resources to improve productivity and ease with life’s tasks. We provide a wealth of information to assist domestic and international customers and their family members, vendors, distributors, organizations, professionals and caregivers in understanding assistive technology (AT) options and programs available. AbleData does not sell products and we do not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.


Photo/ Image Courtesy of: Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS)

Photo/ Image Courtesy of: Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS)

The Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS) is a statewide program authorized and funded by the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, as amended and administered by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). VATS was established in 1990 with commitment to increasing awareness, accessibility and acquisition of assistive technology. The program is guided by an Advisory Council composed of individuals with disabilities, family members and representatives from Virginia's disability service agencies.

VATS has three Regional Sites that provide an array of services, but also specialize in certain services:

  1. VATS contracts with the Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment (F.R.E.E.) to provide Durable Medical Equipment (DME) collection and re-assignment programs in all four regions of the Commonwealth served by DARS. F.R.E.E. is located in southwest

  2. Virginia. VATS Southeast Site at Old Dominion University (ODU) has focus on youth in transition and community activities.

  3. VATS North Site at George Mason University (GMU) helps coordinate data collection, information and assistance, and youth in transition activities. 


Photo/ Image Courtesy of: DC Public Library

Photo/ Image Courtesy of: DC Public Library

Through its Center for Accessibility, also known as Adaptive Services the District of Columbia (DC) Public Library helps District residents with disabilities more easily access programs, services, and collections at all branches of the library. The Center for Accessibility offers audio and braille books for qualified District residents, computers with a variety of assistive technologies, assistance with obtaining sign language interpreters and other accommodations for DC Public Library events, and library service for people who are home-bound. Center for Accessibility staff also provide outreach throughout the District about our services.


Photo/ Image Courtesy of: Assistive Technology Program for DC (ATPDC)

Photo/ Image Courtesy of: Assistive Technology Program for DC (ATPDC)

The Assistive Technology Program for DC (ATPDC) is a city-wide program whose goal is to enhance independence, productivity and inclusion for all District residents with disabilities.  

We accomplish this goal by providing education, experience and empowerment in the selection, procurement and use of assistive technology devices and services, not only to individuals but to service providers, government agencies and community organizations as well. 


Photo/ Image Courtesy of: Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority (ATLFA)

Photo/ Image Courtesy of: Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority (ATLFA)

The Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority (ATLFA) is a Commonwealth of Virginia State Authority created with public funds to help Virginians with disabilities obtain assistive technology. The ATLFA provides affordable financing alternatives (loans with below-market interest rates, no down payments, longer repayment terms, etc.) to help make adaptive equipment a possibility for individuals who might not otherwise be eligible for borrowing. Any type of equipment can be financed as long as it relates to an individual’s disability; examples include recreational equipment, vision aids, communication and hearing devices, and vehicles with modifications.