We are committed to seeing that every person with a disability has the opportunity to live life to the fullest. Often times relying on assistive devices is one large step in realizing that goal.
There are many options available across a wide range of needs. Your SSA, RSS or Developmental Specialist can help you determine the type of device that can best fit your needs. For instance,
- Mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers and prosthetics help people with disabilities be more independent.
- Cognitive devices such as computer and electrical devices can help people function and interact with others. Similarly, computer software and hardware like voice recognition programs, screen enlargement applications and readers can help people communicate and use technology.
- Adaptive switches on toys and games can help children with limited motor skills to play.
- Home modifications and adaptive equipment help those who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility live independently or with some assistance.
Contact your SSA, RSS or Developmental Specialist to begin your search for the best resources available. Likewise we encourage you to seek options available through a variety of programs and non-profit organizations.
The NEAR Foundation helps families who have children with special needs find the proper Networking, Education, Advocacy, and Resources they need. The NEAR Foundation also hosts Special Needs Equipment Exchanges for families in need.
Interactive Map of Ohio Assistive Technology Lending Libraries
The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council has published an interactive online map of the dozens of assistive technology lending libraries across the state. Through a grant with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence, the council’s new Google map helps people with developmental disabilities find where they can try out new technology before they buy it to discover if it’s the right fit.
Matthews Lending Library
A non-profit and publicly-supported children’s charity founded in memory of Matthew James McCarthy. The organization offers resources for free or lends therapy equipment and capability switch-operated toys on an individual basis and works to establish a network of families who as their children grow, will be able to exchange adaptive therapy equipment in use for equipment that meets their growing needs.
Assistive Technology of Ohio
Assistive Technology of Ohio is a federally-funded nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Ohioans with disabilities learn about or acquire assistive technology and thereby function independently in work, home or school. Their extensive resource guide includes information on accessible housing, assistive technology for sale, employment, online distance learning, transportation and sports and leisure outlets.
Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)
OCALI serves families, educators, and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, and traumatic brain injuries.
Crytico is an online resource for consumers to learn about reviews of mobility products as well as the dealers that sell these products. Users can search the site with their zip code and mileage radius to determine both brick and mortar and online dealers they can work with.
RePlay for Kids
RePlay for Kids is a non-profit organization of volunteers who repair and adapt toys and assistive devices for children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio. RePlay for Kids provides these services at no cost for non-profit organizations that provide medical, educational, or recreational resources for children with disabilities in the Northeast Ohio area. See their calendar for upcoming workshops.
The Inclusioneers offer inclusive, engineered solutions that provide independence and mobility to individuals with developmental disabilities. They work closely with various local businesses, service organizations, and the University of Akron School of Engineering to design inclusive solutions within Northeast Ohio.
Family Engagement Program
Summit DD’s Family Engagement Program allows families to access funding to promote community inclusion for the youngest members of our community. Families eligible for Summit DD services with children from birth to age 22 that are living at home and do not have waiver funding can apply for the program. The maximum potential amount available per child is $1800 or a family cap of $2500. This program is funded by local tax levy dollars.