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How can the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program help?

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Evelyn Evans, Director
South Carolina Assistive Technology Program
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Center for Disability Resources
University Center for Excellence

Located at

Midlands Center
8301 Farrow Road
Columbia, South Carolina 29203

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Text of video with Evelyn Evans.

As you know, Assistive Technology is a term that refers to any piece of equipment or device that helps a person function better, whether it be at school, at work, at play, or in any daily living activity. Technology is becoming an integral part of our society and everyday lives. It is up to the SC Assistive Technology Program to provide access to information through technology to as many people as possible in our state, but certainly no place is that more evident than in our schools.

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The staff of the SC Assistive Technology Program (SCATP) provides various services and resources in assistive technology to the people of SC of all ages and disabilities.  SCATP staff also offers individual phone consultation and technical support. 

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Our role is to serve as a hub for the state to provide access to information and training about electronic information and assistive technology, what it is, what is available, and how to go about getting it.

Our Assistive Technology Resource, Demonstration, and Loan Center is available by appointment to anyone who may need to come in to see and try a piece of equipment before a purchase is made. We also offer equipment loans on a short-term basis.

Caption for picture: Dr. Carol O’Day, speech language pathologist with SCATP, helps a student in the Resource Center.

Caption for still picture: Mary Alice Bechtler helps someone with an alternative keyboard.

In the Education section of our Assistive Technology Resource Center, we provide resources for early intervention, middle school, high school, and transition needs. We have both low tech and high tech augmentative communication devices and visual supports. We exhibit software that uses word prediction, software for students with learning disabilities, and support for developing and progressing in reading skills.

Caption for picture: High and low tech augmentative communication devices in the AT Resource Center

In our Computer Access and Work Accommodation area, we show multiple means for accessing the computer including joysticks, track balls, alternative keyboards, software with onscreen keyboards, screen magnifiers, touch screens, and mouse emulators such as the headmouse, and adjustable work stations. We also have voice recognition software (such as Dragon Naturally speaking), and voice output including various screen readers.

Caption for picture: Bob Dempsey uses a head pointer to access the computer.

In our Recreation Section we exhibit resources for sensory impairment, many toys and educational items accessed by switches.

Caption for picture: Assistive technology for recreation.

In our Independent Living Section, we exhibit various electronic aids for daily living, closed circuit TV (CCTV), large key remote controls for those with low vision, and many other low tech items used around the home, an automatic page turner, adaptive telephones, TTY’s and other examples of accessible telecommunication equipment.

Caption for picture: Electronic aids for daily living.

We offer our Assistive Technology Center to physical, speech, and occupational therapists by appointment for conducting assessment for their clients. We also offer many continuing education units in our trainings, vendor demonstrations, and special conferences with guest speakers on assistive technology and related subjects, including a yearly symposium co-sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Education.

Caption for picture: Jill Ellison trains on augmentative communication devices.

Caption for picture: Melanie Nordwall trains on assistive technology for employment.

Our annual assistive technology Expo is the only one of its kind in the state. It is free to the public and showcases what is available in electronic and assistive technology, as well as the newest and latest developments in software and assistive technology devices and equipment.

Caption for picture: Expo exhibits feature adapted vans.

SCATP collaborates with state agencies, including those in the educational arena, to assist them in developing accessible web pages which provide easier access to educational information for both students with and without disabilities.  SCATP also raises public awareness about accessibility through assistive technology through our trainings, fact sheets, newsletter, the AT on-line network and list serve, the SCATP web page.

Caption for picture: Janet Jendron works on the SCATP Web Page.

We provide technical support and consultation to school assistive technology teams at our Assistive Technology Center and within individual school districts upon request. This includes trainings, consultations, and visits to schools if necessary.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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