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Assistive Technology & Equipment

Aaron W. Perlman Center

In partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of Cincinnati, they meet the needs of children with physical disabilities and chronic physical conditions. They provide assistive technology evaluations for children and adults. They have a helpful program where kids can try out wheelchairs and other equipment for free before making a purchase.
3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229
(513) 636-4601 or (800) 344-2462
cincinnatichildrens.org/service/a/aaron-perlman-center

Able Data

Provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment. They provide product lists by intended function and lists of manufacturers and distributors of assistive technology in Ohio.
103 West Broad Street, Falls Church, Virginia 22046
(800) 227-0216 or (301) 608-8912 TTY
abledata.com

Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials Center (AT & AEM)

Provides accessible educational materials, access to assistive technologies and highly specialized technical assistance and professional development support. On their website they have BrowseAloud, which reads website content out loud, highlighting each word as it is spoken in a high quality, human-sounding voice.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 410-1042
ataem.org

Assistive Technology of Ohio (AT Ohio)

Provides an adaptive toy lending program that gives children access to adaptive toys. Parents can checkout toys at participating local libraries.  They also provide a device lending library to search for and borrow equipment that is specifically designed to assist a particular special need (i.e., speech communication devices, walkers, wheelchairs, computer access aids).
1314 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(800) 784-3425 or (614) 292-2390
atohio.engineering.osu.edu

Center for Assistive Technology & Environmental Access (CATEA) Assistive Tech

As the national public website on assistive technology, they offer a comprehensive searchable database of assistive technology resources where families can find costs and vendors for products they need. They also list local equipment exchange and reuse centers where people can find affordable technology.
512 Means Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30332
(404) 894-4960
assistivetech.net

Center on Technology & Disability (CTD)

Has extensive assistive technology resources of interest to families of children with disabilities. The website offers access to monthly newsletters, online discussions moderated by nationally recognized experts, a resource review database with hundreds of reviews of assistive technology resources and more. Their website Learning Center, Online Cafe’ and Resource Library provides information about assistive technology, financial help and tips for parents.
1825 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 884-8588
ctdinstitute.org

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Provides comprehensive programs for children and adults, including speech and occupational therapy, career and job training, sign language classes, hearing evaluations, hearing aid services, assistive devices and more. Offers screening, evaluation and treatment of children with speech and language delays and autism. They accept many insurances, including Caresource, Molina and Medicaid.
510 East North Broadway, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 263-5151 or (614) 263-2299 TTY or (614) 429-1382 VP
columbusspeech.org

Deaf Services Center (DSC)

Refers people to appropriate providers throughout central Ohio. Offer programs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, including interpreting, case management, sign language classes, deaf equipment modifications, youth programs, summer camps (OYO Camp) and tutoring. Their deaf equipment modification program provides funding to help people buy equipment that makes their home more accessible.
5830 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 841-1991 Voice and TTY or (614) 515-6065 VP
dsc.org

Different Needz

Allows the special needs community to buy and sell gently used and new medical equipment, therapy devices, adaptive toys and more online. The foundation also awards some grants to people in need.
2077 East Fourth Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
(888) 343-3639
differentneedz.com

Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Services)

Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio for people who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have other physical and mental disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, voting, community integration, and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-9181 or TTY (800) 858-3542
disabilityrightsohio.org

First Hand Foundation

Provides funding for children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. Applications must be submitted online, and they cover expenses such as wheelchairs, assistive technology, vehicle modifications and clinical procedures.
2800 Rockcreek Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64117
(816) 201-1569
firsthandfoundation.org

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV) Assistive Technology Services

Offers assistive communication devices.
660 South Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
(937) 528-6323
gesmv.org

Great Schools

Parents turn to this website to find the right schools for their children, to get practical advice and information that will help them raise successful, college-ready kids and to support the schools in their communities. There is a lot of information on special education programs. “E-ssential Guide to Assistive Technology” provides an overview of current technologies to help parents select the right tools for their children.
1999 Harrison Street, San Francisco, California 94612
(415) 977-0700
greatschools.org

Infinitec

Provides information about assistive technology and lists resources for youth with disabilities, focused on 4 categories. It is the assistive program of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago (UCP Chicago).

  • living: wheelchair selection, home modification, safety, animals, parenting, citizenship, cooking, driving, telephones, shopping, health
  • playing: outdoor recreation, gardening, travel, entertainment, adaptive sports
  • learning: schools, adaptive art, funding
  • working: adaptive technology in the workplace, job searches, careers, taxes

7550 West 183rd Street, Tinley Park, Illinois 60477
(708) 444-8460, ext. 228
infinitec.org

International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP)

Offers a lot of information about selecting a wheelchair, finding funding and assistive technology devices and services.
6425 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206
(412) 624-6279
wheelchairnet.org

Medical and Special Needs Equipment Lending

The following agencies offer assistance with medical and special needs equipment and should be contacted directly for further details.  Please remember to research consumer information about any piece of furniture to ensure the item has not been placed on any product recall list.

Andrews Center
151 Woodgate Drive, Johnstown, OH 43031
(740) 967-3809
johnstownascension.org

MOBILE: Center for Independent Living (Equipment Loan Program)
690 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 443-5936
mobileonline.org

Newark Central Christian Church (The Medical Loan Closet)
587 Mount Vernon Road, Newark, Ohio  43055
(740) 366-7438
newarkcentralchristian.com

Peace United Methodist Church (Helping Hands)
235 Diley Road, Pickerington, Ohio  43147
(614) 837-3732, ext. 150
peaceumc.org

National Association of the Deaf Described & Captioned Media Program (DCMP)

Provides free loans of media to students who are deaf, blind, hard of hearing, visually impaired or deaf-blind. They also have information and internet resources related to accessibility.
1447 East Main Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29307
(800) 237-6213 or (800) 237-6819 TTY
dcmp.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Seating Clinic

Helps parents and children evaluate assistive technology and equipment.
555 South Eighteenth Street, Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-5050
nationwidechildrens.org/physical-medicine-rehabilitation-clinics

Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University (OSU)

Offers comprehensive services for children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, including an autism clinic, behavior support services, dental care for children with developmental disabilities, psychiatric services and more. They also have a Toy and Technology Library and early intervention programs. Their website has an extensive list of resources for families as well.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 685-3192
nisonger.osu.edu

Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence (OCALI)

Serves families and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments and traumatic brain injuries. Their website has an extensive services and supports database (Nexus) of helpful community resources, as well as a free lending library of books, DVDs and assistive technology. They publish a parent guide that discusses topics such as screening and diagnosis, accessing educational services, future planning and more.
470 Glenmount Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(866) 886-2254 or (614) 262-5989 TTY
ocali.org

Sprint Relay

Offers several relay and captioning service options. Their website has helpful information about making 911 emergency calls and relay services in Ohio.
PO Box 29230, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66201
(800) 676-3777 Voice and TTY or (800) 676-4290 Spanish
sprintrelay.com/services

State Library of Ohio Talking Book Program

Provides free recorded books, magazines and playback equipment to approximately 15,000 eligible blind, visually impaired, physically disabled, and reading disabled Ohio residents.
17121 Lake Shore Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44110
(800) 686-1531 or (800) 362-1262
library.ohio.gov/using-the-library/services-for-the-blind

U.S. General Service Administration (GSA) Section 508 Accessibility Program

This site provides information and links to guidance, resources, tools and blog articles focusing on helping the government implement the requirements of Section 508. Using this web site, the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508 as they apply to the development, procurement, maintenance, or use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and services.
1800 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20405
(202) 501-4906 or (202) 501-2010 TTY
section508.gov

United Cerebral Palsy

Their website has helpful basic information about what assistive technology is, who can qualify and how to obtain funding.
1825 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006
(800) 872-5827
ucp.org

VOICEcorps Reading Service

It is a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year radio station that serves people who cannot read the printed word. VOICEcorps features newspapers, magazines, various periodicals/journals and books. Some of their most popular offerings include grocery/retail ads, obituaries and live programs. Broadcasts may be heard within Columbus, central and southern Ohio.
2955 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 274-7650
voicecorps.org

YMCA Early Childhood Resource Network (ECRN)

Provides developmental screenings for children from six weeks of age through 5 years of age who have special needs (developmental delays, disabilities and special health care needs) as well as a free toy and equipment lending program for children.  ECRN staff perform on-site child observations at child care sites and preschools. They also provide ongoing service coordination.
6555 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio  43229
(614) 543-9000
ymcacolumbus.org/ecrn