Fostering Greater Independence Through Technology
LifeStream’s Assistive Technology (AT) Program was launched to provide greater access and knowledge of technology for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or autism. The primary goals of the AT program are to increase self-sufficiency, technological equity and enhance abilities for people with disabilities to participate in all aspects of life.
Assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities. Our goal is to assist adults and children with disabilities to participate more fully in all aspects of life (home, work, and community) and increase their opportunities for education, social interactions, and potential for meaningful employment. It also creates greater independence and leads to personal satisfaction.
AT Services include assessment, acquiring, training and follow-up of use of devices that assist with everyday tasks such as activities of daily living, communication, meal preparation, self-medication, environmental control, and safety as well as access to devices such as affordable Wi-Fi, computers, tablets, and smart phones.
AT resource information includes available assistive technology services and product demonstrations on how to use the devices for the utmost benefit as well as training videos. A lending library allows for the temporary loan of equipment for the user to determine if it meets their needs before making a commitment to purchase and avoid technology abandonment.
Referrals to AT services can be requested by the Service Coordinator of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.