Assistive Technology Projects
Anything that makes a task easier to complete is assistive technology (AT). CDS currently is involved in several projects to bring AT to people of all ages to give them access to the tools they need to live life more fully.
The Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI) connects Delawareans who have disabilities with the tools they need in order to learn, work, play and participate in community life safely and independently. DATI coordinates a used equipment recycling program, operates equipment distribution programs and provides funding information. In addition, DATI operates three Assistive Technology Resource Centers that offer training, consultation, no-cost equipment demonstration and short-term loans of equipment ranging from ramps to communication devices. Visit the DATI website for more information.
Delaware AIM Center
The Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Center helps Delaware meet its obligations to students with print disabilities through provision of accessible instructional materials. Through a partnership with the Delaware Department of Education and the Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired, CDS provides information about the value of AIM, as well as training and consultation for students, families, educators and administrators about how to use AIM to maximize academic success. The centralized AIM Center fulfills requests for AIM on behalf of public school students statewide and maintains a repository of accessible materials. For more information, visit the Delaware AIM website.
Customizing Language Representations
Many children have intellectual, language and/or sensory difficulties that interfere with their effective understanding and use of pictures. Using an image manipulation tool called Chauvet, pictures can be tailored to children's preferences and abilities. Images captured from the environment in photographic form can be manipulated to align with each child's intellectual, visual and language profile. With financial support from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the research team is investigating the impact of customized graphics on language learning and use among students with autism spectrum disorder and other related developmental disorders.
Delaware Early Childhood Assistive Technology Demonstration
The Delaware Early Childhood Assistive Technology Demonstration (DECATD) is one of three federally funded demonstration projects throughout the nation that promote AT use for young children with disabilities. The project's primary goal is to implement and evaluate systemic changes that facilitate access to AT for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities. These include strategies that enhance knowledge and skills of providers and families, mechanisms promoting efficient access to devices, and policies and practices ensuring the development and implementation of child-specific AT plans.
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