EASTCONN's Assistive Technology provides Adult Services through a partnership with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and the Connecticut Tech Act Project.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Digital Accessibility
EASTCONN has partnered with The Connecticut Tech Act Project to provide Digital Accessibility training throughout the State of Connecticut. Training focuses on creating accessible Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents that are shared electronically or via the web.
There are several goals participants will walk away with as a result of this training:
- Know how to use the built-in accessibility checkers and program tools to remediate documents.
- Learn how to create new documents using digital accessibility strategies.
- Gain an understanding of how to ensure better digital accessibility practices within their department.
The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) notes that they, “give individuals with significant physical and/or mental disabilities the tools, information and support they need to find a job.” As part of this support, the BRS Counselor may request Assistive Technology services, including assessment, consultation and training. It is important to note that these supports, and the scope of what the services encompass, can only be requested through the BRS counselor, NOT directly by the consumer. The counselor and consumer jointly also selects what the AT provider or agency that will be requested to provide these services. EASTCONN is just one of the agencies that can provide these services on request to BRS consumers. Assessment may encompass areas including what does a consumer need in order to manage their morning routine and prepare to get themselves ready to go to work as well as what is AT devices and/or accommodations are needed on the job site in order to perform the essential functions of the job. Training may be provided to the consumer, family members, caregivers, employers and their staff.
Access Through Technology
The Connecticut Tech Act project has been selected by the FCC to provide telecommunications equipment to low-income persons who are deaf/ blind. Criteria related to eligibility to participate in this program can be found at http://cttechact.com/att. As part of the services provided through this program, the CT Tech Act can request Assistive Technology services, including assessment, consultation and training. It is important to note that these supports, and the scope of what the services encompass, can only be requested through the Tech Act project coordinator, NOT directly by the consumer. The Project Coordinator also selects what provider or agency will be requested to provide these services. EASTCONN is just one of the agencies that can provide these services on request to eligible consumers. Assessment encompasses determination of what devices the consumer needs in order to access telecommunications, such as specialized amplified phones, smartphones, tablets, computers, screen magnification software and so on. Services may also include training for the consumer, family and caregivers. All services and devices provided through the Access Through Technology program are done so at no cost to eligible consumers.