Many pieces of adaptive technology may be obtained without an assessment or evaluation. For these items, it is the consumer’s choice as to what type of device, manufacturer, model and options will be purchased. However, the more complicated a device is, the greater the need for a professional or group of professionals to be involved the process of device selection. Obviously, some equipment, such as hearing aids, prosthetic devices, or low-vision bioptic lenses can only be obtained after an appropriate licensed professional makes a recommendation or prescription.
Many insurance programs, including Medicaid and Medicare, will pay for an assessment of assistive technology even if their policies may prohibit the use of those funds for purchase of a device. There are a number of local sources of assessments, depending on the type of equipment needed. Some of our partners that may be very helpful to ATLFA consumers include:
The Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center (WWRC), Fishersville, Virginia
The Assistive Technology Services Division at WWRC provides comprehensive interdisciplinary technology assessments and customized technology services, which may include special and individualized computer technology, customized rehabilitation engineering and fabrication, augmentative alternative communication, mobility enhancement, and adaptive devices for daily living and recreation, in order to improve employment potential, foster independence, and promote full inclusion in society through the use of assistive technology.
For additional information on WWRC, call (800) 345-9972 or visit their website at www.wwrc.net.
Children’s Hospital, Richmond, Virginia
The vision of the Assistive Technology Department at Children’s Hospital is for all children, adolescents and adults who can benefit from Assistive Technology to have access to evaluations, equipment and training. We serve people with a wide array of neuromuscular and developmental disabilities, including brain and spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. Evaluations and training services are available for the following Assistive Technology:
- Assistive Daily Living Aids
- Augmentative Communication
- Classroom, Home, or Work Site Modifications
- Computer Access and Adaptations
- Electronic Aids to Daily Living
- Independent Living Evaluations
- Orthotics and Customized Head pointers
- Multiple Positioning Aids (standers, walkers, adapted chairs, etc)
- Wheelchair and Customized Seating
For additional information on Children’s Hospital, call (804) 321-7474 or visit their website at www.chrichmond.org/