U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Assistive Devices


AbleData provides information on assistive products and rehabilitation equipment for people with disabilities. AbleData's most significant resource is the AbleData database of assistive technology, which contains objective information on over 40,000 assistive products. Each product listing provides a detailed description of the product's functions and features, price information (when available), and contact information for the product's manufacturer and distributors. AbleData also offers information on non-commercial prototypes, customized and one-of-a-kind products, and do-it-yourself designs. All of AbleData’s information resources are available for free at www.abledata.com. Staff are available to respond to telephone, email or written requests, 8:30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. AbleData is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education.

Review Date: Thursday, December 23, 2010

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Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is responsible for regulating firms who manufacture, repackage, relabel, and/or import medical devices sold in the United States. In addition, CDRH regulates radiation-emitting electronic products (medical and non-medical) such as lasers, x-ray systems, ultrasound equipment, microwave ovens and color televisions.

Review Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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AARP is the nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older. It serves their needs and interests through information and education, advocacy, and community services provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. The organization also offers members a wide range of special benefits and services, including Modern Maturity Magazine and the monthly Bulletin.

Review Date: Friday, October 24, 2014

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Adaptive Technology Resource Centre

The ATRC is involved in research and development to find innovative solutions to accessibility challenges. We also provide training, consultation, and information to help both educators and users to effectively use adaptive technology. Adaptive technology describes the use of hardware and software to assist individuals who have difficulty accessing information systems using conventional methods. For example, mini keyboards can be used by people with a small range of hand movement, and screen readers can be used by people who are blind.

Review Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014

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Alliance for Technology Access (ATA)

The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is a growing national network of technology resource centers, organizations, individuals, and companies. ATA encourages and facilitates the empowerment of people with disabilities to participate fully in their communities. ATA accomplishes this through public education, information and referral, capacity building in community organizations and advocacy/policy efforts. The mission of the ATA is to increase the use of technology by children and adults with disabilities and functional limitations.

Review Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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American Foundation for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for the more than 25 million people with vision loss in the U.S. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB's work in these areas is supported by its strong presence in Washington, DC, ensuring the rights and interests of Americans with vision loss are represented in our nation's public policies. AFB is based in New York, and maintains the Public Policy Center in Washington, DC; the AFB Center on Vision Loss in Dallas, TX; AFB TECH in Huntington, WV; and offices in Atlanta and San Francisco. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than forty years that Helen Keller dedicated to working with AFB.

Review Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Better Hearing Institute

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is a not-for-profit corporation that educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it. Founded in 1973, BHI is working to (1) erase the stigma and end the embarrassment that prevents millions of people from seeking help for hearing loss (2) show the negative consequences of untreated hearing loss for millions of Americans (3) promote treatment and demonstrate that this is a national problem that can be solved. BHI uses the media, the web site and other communications forums to give the facts about hearing loss and promote better hearing; produces and disseminates educational materials; conducts authoritative research on the incidence of hearing loss, the benefits of treatment, the consequences of ignoring it and related topics; operates a call center for consumers who have questions about hearing loss. (Call 1-800-EARWELL.)

Review Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011

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National Lekotek Center

The National Lekotek Center is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization based in Chicago, Illinois, and is the administrative and training center for a nationwide network of Lekotek centers housing family play facilities, toy lending libraries and computer play resources. Clinical evidence affirms that early intervention using strategic play techniques profoundly affects a child's learning capacity. Lekotek uses interactive play experiences, and the learning that results, to promote the inclusion of children with special needs into family and community life.

Review Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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The Waisman Center

The Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin – Madison conducts research and provides information, services, and activities to children with developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases and their families.

Review Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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