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Arc Announces Assistive Technology Program

January 13th, 2015

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Enhance and improve quality of life through technology.

The Arc’s new Assistive Technology Program can fund, or partially fund, the purchase of assistive technology for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Technology devices can help with communication, education, employment, and independence. One example of assistive technology is an iPad. Each family is eligible for up to $500 in funding.

To apply for the program, families must first get an evaluation from a qualified provider. Possible evaluation resources:

  • For children who receive therapy services in school or through early intervention, check with current providers for assistance with an evaluation/assessment.
  • Adults receiving agency-based services, check with your Service Facilitator at the agency or Case Manager at your Independent Service Coordination agency.
  • Check with your primary care physician for recommendations or assistance with the request.
  • Check with local providers of disability and therapy services.
  • Check with local hospitals and medical centers. Many have therapy services and departments.
  • Check with local universities to determine whether they offer these services.
  • The UIC Department of Disability and Human Development Assistive Technology Unit provides free Assistive Technology Assessments.  More information and contact details are available at Referrals can be made via an e-mail to or faxed to (312) 413-3709.
  • If you are enrolled in either the Integrated Care Program (ICP) or the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) Program, you may check with the care coordinator at your managed care company. Start by calling the toll free customer service number.
  • The Illinois Life Span website at lists service providers by Service Type, Provider Type and by County.  Please check for providers or call (800) 588-7002 for assistance.

For more information, or to apply, view the Arc’s Technology Assistance Application.