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How to find assistive technology loans in your state
Let’s be honest–finding assistive technology that works with any of our students with more involved needs can be intimidating, let alone pricey! Communication devices can come with astronomical price tags. What’s more nerve-wrecking than hoping that you’ve selected JUST the right technology for a child?! What about a child who needs adaptive switches, or switch-operated toys?! Those things just don’t grow on trees!
I’ve probably said almost every one of those phrases, and so have a lot of my colleagues. Fear not. Each of the 50 states offer assistive technology loan programs, and some even offer trial runs of products that are very much like a “try for awhile before you buy” system. (Can we have that system set up with shoes? Just a thought. Someone make that happen!) Psstt–assistive technology includes communication devices!
Here’s a list of assistive technology loaner/trial programs I’ve found for each of the 50 states. I use this system quite often in my outpatient/early intervention positions, and it’s been an absolute life-saver. I’ve used it to just try a device, grab a piece of tech that I didn’t have access to, or use it as a hands-on demonstration to improve parent buy-in. If you’re school-based only, you can still use these resources. Just remember–state laws can be really finicky about suggesting parents rent/trial assistive technology, so know your state and district’s policy. And if you rent/loan/trial a piece of equipment yourself, you’re financially responsible!
Simply find your state listed below and copy/paste the link into a new browser to start perusing what your state has to offer! [This is list is current as of 4/19/2016]
Have a resource or website you love in your state that I didn’t list? Leave it in the comments or e-mail me and I’ll add it to the list right away!
If you’re looking for helpful handouts to use with teachers/parents to help reinforce AAC-related information, be sure to check out these resource handouts in my Teachers Pay Teachers store! (click the picture/text to download)
Target Dollar Spot 🎯 stickers +popsicle sticks=endless possibilities! ... These pacing sticks/MLU tracker/tactile cue visuals are really reinforcing for my students & took approximately 30 seconds to assemble (which is all the prep time I feel like I have these days 😳) Win-win! 🙌🏼 ... See MoreSee Less
Back by popular demand! 🎉 Nicole and I are so excited to re-release this graphic tee that has meant so much to so many of you! ❤️ ... The tee is unisex cut, so.very.soft., and fits true to size. The hoodie & slouchy sweatshirt options are NEW and perfect for cooler weather! (swipe to see) Each is available in several color options. ... You only have until Nov. 9th to purchase, so don’t wait! Use the link in the comments to shop! ... See MoreSee Less
If you give a school-based SLP a great children’s lit series, chances are she’s going to make Halloween costumes out of them! 🎃 📚 Here are my easy costumes from the past three years! ... See MoreSee Less
Pumpkins+spatial concepts+low-prep=😍😍😍 you can grab this book, and a whole series more, in my TPT shop! ..... (Also, anyone else feel like their ENTIRE CASELOAD CANNOT DO SPATIAL CONCEPTS? 😫 🙋🏻🤷🏻♀️) ... See MoreSee Less
Sorting through a container full of parts is just too much for so many of my students-- separating & bagging my Potato Head pieces not only has saved us lots of therapy time digging for a needed piece, but creates for great communication temptation and visual motivation! 👍🏼 (Also it just makes the visual type A in me so happy 😍) ... See MoreSee Less