Funded by the Administration on Community Living, the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI) helps Delawareans find and try tools that support learning, communication, personal care, employment and leisure pursuits. DATI raises awareness of assistive technology (AT) through community events, such as health fairs and exhibits, and offers training to people with disabilities, families and professionals. DATI also operates several programs that help people acquire the tools they need.
Every county in Delaware has an ATRC that houses a vast inventory of equipment, software and toys, from communication devices and items that support people with vision and hearing loss to modified eating utensils and textured playthings. Visitors to DATI don’t need to know exactly what product they are looking for—they just need to describe what they’d like to be able to do more quickly, safely or independently, and DATI specialists will help them explore a variety of solutions. The centers are open to the public and services are free to all Delaware residents.
Click on the appropriate hyperlink to make an appointment at DATI’s ATRCs located in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties, or call 1.800.870.DATI. To learn more about the resource centers, read this UDaily article. To visit them, click here.
DATI’s AT Exchange is an easily-accessed system that connects people wanting to acquire AT at wholesale prices to people wishing to give up AT they own but no longer need. The Exchange features an array of inventory categories, including wheelchairs and walkers, vision and hearing equipment, adapted vehicles and lifts, communication devices, computers, environmental adaptations, specialized beds, and aids for daily living. Many items featured on the AT Exchange are also listed at no cost.
The AT Exchange is for the exclusive use of people with disabilities and their families; listings from vendors are not accepted. People can submit listings on line or can contact Sandy Walls at 302.856.7946 with listings or inquiries. Click here to see current listings.
DATI specialists offer one-on-one demonstrations of any of the more than 1,900 unique items of AT in DATI’s resource centers. Once visitors locate tools in the centers that might meet their needs, they’re welcome to borrow them to try at home, work, school or in the community. Many funding sources look more favorably on requests for funding when the person requesting it has already tried it out, and DATI makes that possible. DATI specialists also inform visitors about financial aid options should they wish to buy the AT they sample.