Assistive Technology Hub
Assistive Technology (AT) refers to technology that aids people with disabilities or their caregivers in living, learning and working.
The CPAS Assistive Technology Hub provides the following services:
- Capability building of CPAS clients through the provision of assistive technology suited to their needs
- Staff training on incorporating suitable assistive technologies in the classroom setting to enhance clients’ learning
- Creating inclusive and barrier-free learning and living spaces by modifying the physical environment at the centre or at clients’ homes.
AT HUB SERVICE STREAMS:
1. CPAS Client/student (By Referral)
The team conducts functional assessments for referred CPAS clients (children and adults) diagnosed with cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities and assess the challenges they experience due to their impairments.
Following the assessment, suitable assistive devices are identified by the team. Devices are trialled and prescribed to meet the specific needs of the client with an aim to increase or improve the functional capabilities of the client.
The team sets up and maintains the AT equipment and works closely with family members and significant others in the person’s life, to facilitate consistent and functional use of the system for greater independence and integration.
The process takes approximately six months for delivery.
2. Staff Training needs
The team works closely with the students using AT devices and provides information and training to CPAS staff on operating and incorporating these devices in classroom teaching for the students.
3. Learning space
In accordance with the act, AT Hub works to create a barrier free and easily accessible environment for CPAS clients within center or at their homes.
AT HUB TEAM
- Occupational Therapist
- Special Educator
Assistive Technology (AT) refers to any item, piece of equipment, or system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. They include the following:
- Wheeled Mobility Devices and Walking Aids
- Activities of Daily Living (ADL) equipment
- Electronic aids for daily living
- Sensory and vision aids
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices
- Classroom and architectural modifications
- Alternative computer access
- Home and workplace modifications
- Seating and positioning aids
- Consultation and follow-up sessions at the Hub are free-of-charge for CPAS clients
- The team may recommend a purchase following successful trials of prescribed AT equipment/device(s)
- The cost for AT devices varies according to the type of the equipment prescribed by the team
- The AT Hub team along with respective Trans-D team members will provide the necessary quotations for the prescribed AT equipment/device
- Families in need of financial support may approach the Social Work Department for assistance
- Following payment, equipment will usually be delivered in approximately 8-10 weeks