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Accessible Technologies Used In Emergency Planning & Disaster Recovery

Discover how AzTAP provides access to assistive technology for disaster recovery planning, empowering individuals with disabilities to improve their quality of life. Learn about low, mid, and high-tech assistive devices and the benefits they bring to users in various settings. Find out about AzTAP's services, including short-term loans, demonstrations, and equipment reutilization programs, aimed at enhancing functional abilities and promoting inclusion. Explore AzTAP's mission to create awareness and accessibility in emergency planning and recovery through innovative assistive technologies.

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Accessible Technologies Used In Emergency Planning & Disaster Recovery

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  1. Accessible Technologies Used In Emergency Planning & Disaster Recovery Clayton Guffey MSW, CRC, ATP With The Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP)

  2. AzTAP’s Mission or Purpose: To promote awareness of, access to and acquisition of assistive technology for persons with disabilities of all types and ages

  3. What is AzTAP? • Federally Funded by the AT Act of 2004 as Amended • Arizona’s “Tech Act” Project • Program of NAU – via the Institute for Human Development • Phoenix Based- Main Office Near Central & Thomas Road • 5 Staff Members in Phoenix & 1.5 In Flagstaff • We Serve the Whole State

  4. What is Assistive Technology or AT? …Any item, piece of equipment or product system that is used to increase, maintain or improve the capabilities of individuals with disabilities

  5. What Are Some Examples of AT? • AT can classified as low, Mid or high Tech • Examples: • Low: Drinking Straw with a Flexible Tip (No Power) • Mid: Big Button Low Vision Talking Calculator (Batteries) • High Tech: Eye Gaze Communication System (AC Power & Lots of Programming/Attention)

  6. Providing AT – Guidelines… • Consider Low Tech Before High Tech (High Tech AT changes at the speed of light – low tech AT does not) • Always Involve the Person or PWD’s in the Decision making process • Consumer, customer or “end user” has ultimate decision making authority • Go in knowing selecting, providing and implementing AT is a Journey not a Destination

  7. What Are The Benefits of AT? • Most AT = Improve Quality of Life for user (Home, Work, School or Community) • Reduces Dependence • Promotes “inclusion” as opposed to “exclusion” • Improves Health & Functional Abilities

  8. What Are AzTAP Services? • Short Term AT Loans • Short Term AT Demonstrations • Alternative Financing – AzLAT Program • Equipment/AT Reutilization – ATEX Program • MARC Center • I & A On AT its Selection, Acquisition & Implementation • Coordination & Collaboration • Training & Technical Assistance on AT

  9. Questions or Need More Info…? Please visit our table in the lobby Website: www.aztap.org.

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