Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Alliance for Technology Access

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Alliance for Technology Access

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THE ALLIANCE FOR TECHNOLOGY ACCESS (ATA) is a national network of technology resource centers, community-based organizations, technology vendors, and individuals who are committed to increasing the use of technology by children and adults with disabilities and functional limitations.

The mission of the ATA is to increase the use of technology by children and adults with disabilities and functional limitations. ATA encourages and facilitates the empowerment of people with disabilities to participate fully in their communities. Through public education, information and referral, capacity building in community organizations, and advocacy/ policy efforts, the ATA enables millions of people to live, learn, work, define their futures, and achieve their dreams. ATA was conceived in 1983 by a group of parents and professionals in northern California in response to the needs of a five-year-old child with cerebral palsy who, it was believed, would benefit from the coming technology revolution. From this small group of parents, consumers, and professionals, the ATA has grown into one of the nation's largest resources to help children and adults who have disabilities and functional limitations gain access to the benefits of assistive technology.

In 1987, the group was joined by a major technology company to form the Alliance for Technology Access, with 11 charter member resource centers in 10 states. In 1989, ATA was established as an independent nonprofit organization. All 41 nonprofit ATA Technology Resource Centers are operated through a collaboration of people with disabilities, family members, and professionals in related fields. All are barrier-free in architecture as well as in attitude, and are committed to providing services, information, and referrals for everyone who contacts them. ATA's vendor members include companies who manufacture both mainstream and assistive technology. Associate members include a wide range of individuals and organizations who work in their own communities and seek ways to support ATA's mission. Join ATA now and become part of this vital nationwide network with the most up-to-date information about assistive technology. Your membership will include a subscription to ATA's listserv where you can read and participate in discussions about assistive technology. You can post questions yourself or help others who are looking for information. You also will be eligible for significant discounts on major assistive technology conferences and save up to 50% on registration fees. Most importantly, you will be connected to a network of valuable resources and people committed to increasing access to assistive technology for people with disabilities and functional limitations.

Visit ATA's website, http://www.ATAccess.org, to find a wealth of assistive technology resources and information. There, you will find the HUB, a searchable and interactive database of companies who manufacture and sell assistive technology. Also you can read about ATA's book, Computer Resources for People with Disabilities, a valuable guide to exploring assistive technology.

To speak with a representative of the ATA, contact their national office: 1.800.914.3017 (phone), atainfo@ataccess.org (email), or by TTY at 731.554.5284.

This listing was provided by the ATA. When available, Web sites and email addresses have been included. (Unless otherwise indicated, all telephone numbers are for voice only.)

This directory is current as of November 2010.

Alabama

TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE

FOR SPECIAL CONSUMERS

1856 Keats Drive

Huntsville, AL 35810

(256) 852-5600 Ext. 103

[mail] tasc@ucphuntsville.org

www.tasc.ataccess.org

Arkansas

ARKANSAS EASTER SEALS

SOCIETY TECHNOLOGY

RESOURCE CENTER

3920 Woodland Heights Road

Little Rock, AR 72212-2495

(501) 227-3600

[mail] crctech@ar. …

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