What is Assistive Technology (AT)?

Assistive Technology (AT) is any item, software, equipment, or product that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.

Why is AT important?
AT is important because it helps people who may have difficulty with remembering, speaking, writing, pointing, reaching, walking, and many other things. AT helps people gain independence!

What is an AT Service?

An AT service is any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.

What is considered an AT service?
AT services include evaluation for an AT device, adaptation of an AT device, training in the use of an AT device, and maintenance and repair of an AT device.

Common Questions

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AT Resources

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC)

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition is a 37-year-old statewide nonprofit collaborative of people with disabilities including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), individuals without disabilities, and groups committed to building inclusive communities. They offer the following AT programs

MATP

The Michigan Assistive Technology Program is a program that helps people with disabilities learn about AT. MATP can answer questions, provide demonstrations and more.

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AT Xchange

The AT Xchange is designed to facilitate transactions between residents of Michigan exchanging, donating, or selling used assistive technology (AT).

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MI-UCP

  • Mini Loan Program: With a loan closing fee of 1%, and no interest, assistive technology up to $2,500 is available through MI-UCP. This pilot program offers 24 payments.
  • Michigan Assistive Technology Fund: The MATL supports the purchase of needed technology through low interest rates and loan guarantees. It is supported through Michigan’s Assistive Technology Program.
  • Bellows Fund: The Elsie S. Bellows Fund was established in 1995 to help increase the independence of people with disabilities through assistive technology (AT). The goal is to provide specific assistive products to low-income people with disabilities.

MI-UCP

Children with Special Needs Fund

Mission: The Children with Special Needs Fund exists to provide family-centered support for children with special health care needs by assisting families to purchase equipment that enhances quality of life and promotes health and mobility.
Call 517.241.7420 or 1.800.859.3722
Children with Special Needs Fund

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Do you have a disability related to your military service that prevents you from driving? If you do, you may be able to get disability compensation or benefits.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Ramps.org

List of charitable organizations in Michigan that build wheelchair ramps for people in desperate need of a ramp, but do not have a source of funding.
Ramps.org

Great Lakes Loan Closets

Great Lakes Loan Closets help you find organizations that lend medical equipment for minimal or no cost.
Great Lakes Loan Closets

Michigan Alliance for Families

Michigan Alliance for Families provides information, support, and education for families who have children and young adults (birth to 26 years of age) who receive (or may be eligible to receive) special education services.
Michigan Alliance for Families_AT

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)

Mission: Develop customized workforce solutions for businesses and individuals with disabilities.
MRS Website

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP)

Mission: The mission of the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons is to provide opportunities to individuals who are blind or visually impaired to achieve employment, and/or achieve maximum and meaningful independence in life through comprehensive rehabilitative services.
BSBP Website

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

JAN provides free information and consulting services for individuals with all types of medical conditions. Services include information dissemination or one-on-one consultation on job accommodation solutions, the accommodation process, assistive technology and equipment product vendors, referral to other resources, and ADA compliance assistance.
Michigan Alliance for JAN Website

Disability Network Michigan

DNM is dedicated to helping persons with disabilities achieve full participation in their community and life and remain self-sufficient.
Disability Network Michigan Website

AT Advocacy Tips

If you have additional questions or concerns about Assistive Technology, contact DRM.

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  1. Consider AT if you are looking to increase or maintain independence
  2. Get documentation supporting your need for AT (evaluations, prescriptions, letter of medical necessity)
  3. Put your request for AT in writing
  4. Know your appeal rights
  5. You may need to use more than one funding source to get what you need

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