On this page you will find a descriptive listing of organizations* in Arizona that provide assistive technology (AT) related services. If our topic-oriented list does not lead you to the information you are looking for, please call or email us for individualized assistance:  602-728-9534, askAzTAP@nau.edu.

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Adapted Driving Evaluation & Training Programs

The following organizations are all Quality Assurance Program (QAP) certified from the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA):

Banner Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Institute-Adapted Driving Program – Banner Good Samaritan’s Occupational Therapy Department offers its Adapted Driving Program to disabled clients who want to drive. Learn more about Banner’s Adapted Driving Program.

DriveAble Solutions – This organization teaches people with disabilities to drive or to drive again. Learn more about DriveAble Solutions.

Driving to Independence, LLC- Facilitates mobility and independence in the community through safe driver skills. To meet this goal we provide comprehensive Driver Evaluation, Training, Vehicle Assessment and Recommendations specific to each driver’s needs. Learn more about Driving to Independence.

Adapted Sports & Recreation

Adapted Park and Recreation Programs by City – Arizona’s larger cities often have adapted recreation programs for their residents with disabilities.  By clicking on the names of the cities listed below, the link will take you to that city’s Adapted Recreation Program:

Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe, Tucson, Yuma

Foundation for Blind Children- SHARP Program – The Sports, Habilitation, Arts and Recreation Program (SHARP) is a multi-faceted, year-round program that provides training in daily living skills, adaptive sports, assistive technology, computers, social skills and career exploration. Learn more about SHARP.

Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center (SpoFit ) – Located on the Campus of the Disability Empowerment Center in Phoenix, SpoFit’s mission is to provide exceptional adaptive sports, recreation, aquatic and fitness programs that promote the independence, health and overall well-being of people with disabilities and their family members. Learn more about the SpoFit Center.

Aging / Seniors

The Area Agency on Aging, Region One (Maricopa County) – AAA is part of a national network of organizations established to respond to the needs of older adults. As a private non-profit corporation, the Area Agency on Aging, Region One, plans, coordinates, develops and delivers services for seniors (60 years and older), persons of any age who are HIV positive, adults (18-59 years) with disabilities and long-term care needs, and family caregivers of older adults. Learn more about AAA.

Foundation for Senior Living – For more than 30 years, the Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) has worked to improve the quality of life for seniors, adults with disability and their family caregivers. FSL’s Home Improvements Program offers a wide range of services, including emergency and minor home repairs, medical or safety accessibility modifications, and major renovations. Learn more about FSL.

Arizona AT Evaluation & Training Providers

Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired – The mission of the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ACBVI) is to “enhance the quality of life for people who are blind or otherwise visually impaired.” In keeping with this mission, the Assistive Technology Center was established in January of 1996. Individuals who are blind or visually impaired, as well as others with mobility impairments can increase the quality of their lives with the help of various technologies and computers.  Learn more about ACBVI.

Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) – FBC provides resources to more than 2,000 Arizona children, including hundreds of rural children who do not have access to advanced assistive vision technology. The center will provide state-of-the-art vision technology, training on use of smartphone devices (iPhone, BlackBerry, etc.) as well as special Braille note takers, laptops, closed circuit television, magnifiers and translation software, evaluations and assessments of blind and visually-impaired students. Learn more about FBC.

IHD Assistive Technology Center – The Assistive Technology (AT) Center is a resource to the communities of Northern Arizona. Located on the Northern Arizona University campus, the Center is a program of the Institute for Human Development (IHD). Services include assistive technology evaluations, product demonstrations, short term device loans, device use instruction and Interdisciplinary Training including the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology.  Learn more about the IHD AT Center.

Kratu, Inc.  Kratu Specializes in Occupational Therapy and Assistive Technology Services that are customized to each individual.  Learn more about Kratu.

Southwest Human Development (SWHD) – At SWHD, the “One Family, One Team” approach ensures that the assistive technology team regularly collaborates with families and professionals to assure that each assessment and plan is coordinated. The team focuses on understanding the individual’s current needs & abilities, and connecting them with technology tools that give them increased independence to access to their world. Learn more about SWHD.

Technology Access Center of Tucson, Inc. (TACT) – TACT is a non-profit organization that provides individuals with disabilities opportunites to explore technology that may enhance their independence, productivity, recreation, and social opportunities according to their individual needs and interests. Learn more about TACT.

Blind / Low Vision

Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ACBVI) – ACBVI has been providing services for individuals since 1947. ACBVI is committed to “enhancing the quality of life for people who are blind or otherwise visually impaired.” Our services are available to adults who are legally blind or visually impaired as well as those who have a degenerative eye condition which may eventually become a visual impairment. These services are offered separately or concurrently according to the individual needs of the qualifying client.  Learn more about ACBVI.

Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB) – Provides students with the technology they need to access the general education curriculum. Students benefit from a variety of tools to enhance coursework and classroom access. Experienced and skilled staff assess individualized student technology needs. Technology can be a combination of both low and high technology devices and software; and contribute to literacy, skill-building and job readiness. Learn more about ASDB.

Foundation for Blind Children – Founded in 1952, the Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) is a national leader that creates opportunities for anyone with vision loss. The Foundation for Blind Children provides a comprehensive system of services, which optimizes the blind or visually-impaired child’s development and offers many opportunities to lead a meaningful and productive life–starting with infancy, through preschool, elementary and secondary education throughout college and adulthood. Our mission is to provide education, tools and services that enable all persons with vision loss to achieve greater independence. Learn more about the Foundation for Blind Children.

Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired (SAAVI) – Providing a comprehensive rehabilitation program for blind and visually impaired people throughout Arizona to include counseling and support groups to help you with adjustment to your vision loss; home management training; access technology training; orientation and mobility training; career exploration; job readiness, placement and retention; health and wellness and adaptive sports; Diabetes management; college support; remedial education, GED preparation and English as a Second Language. Learn more about SAAVI.

Sun Sounds of Arizona – Sun Sounds bridges the information gap between current print media and people who cannot use it because of a disability by providing audio access to information to people in the Southwest who cannot read print because they have a disability. Learn more about Sun Sounds.

Deaf / Hard Of Hearing
Adult Loss of Hearing Association (ALHOA) – ALHOA, based in Tucson, is a nonprofit support and advocacy organization that provides hearing loss services, and hearing help for hard of hearing or deaf adults including peer support, advocacy, information and training to individuals with hearing loss, enabling them to improve their quality of life. Learn more about ALHOA.

Community Outreach Program for the Deaf (COPD) – Tucson-based COPD provides services throughout Arizona to persons with a hearing loss. COPD is considered a grassroots organization partnering with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind persons and organizations in establishing services and providing a “one-stop” center for persons with a hearing loss.Learn More about COPD.

Ear Foundation of Arizona – Provides a broad range of competent educational, informational, research, prevention, intervention and advocacy services for the benefit of persons of all ages and backgrounds who have a hearing loss, who are deaf, who may be at risk for hearing loss or deafness, who have tinnitus, or who have a balance disorder. Learn more about the Ear Foundation.

Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program – The Arizona Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (AzTEDP) is a free service that provides telephone equipment such as volume control telephones, TTY’s and signaling/flashing devices to Arizona residents who are also legal residents of the United States of America who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-blind or Speech-impaired. This is not an income-based program. The program is operated by the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.   Learn more about AzTEDP.

Valley Center of the Deaf (VCD) – Located in Phoenix, VCD is a community-based organization that empowers Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to live independently and achieve their personal goals. VCD seeks to “fill the gaps” in the community by providing services which are not available. Learn more about VCD.

Education – K-12
Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS) –Assistive Technology Services at ADE/ESS assists local public education agencies, parents, and other government entities in building their capacity to consider and implement assistive technology for students with disabilities in order to improve access to the general education curriculum. Learn more about ADE AT services.

Education – Post Secondary Disability Resource Centers

Listed below are links to Disability Resource Services at Arizona’s state-supported universities and community colleges. For private universities, colleges and technical schools, go to the school’s website and type in the search term “disability resources”.

State Universities:  Arizona State University-ASU, Northern Arizona University-NAU, University of Arizona-UofA

Community Colleges: Cochise County/Cochise College, Coconino County Community College, Gila County Community College/Eastern Arizona College, Maricopa County Community Colleges, Mohave County Community College, Navajo County/ Northland Pioneer College, Pima County Community College, Pinal Community Colleges/Central Arizona College, Santa Cruz County Provisional Community College, Yavapai County Community College, Yuma County /Arizona Western College

General AT Resources

AT Arizona - Discover an accessible internet-based resource that can be used by individuals with a disability, professionals, or anyone with an interest in assistive technology to locate services and explore the assistive technology and accommodations that make attending school, being employed and having a career possible. Learn more about AT Arizona.

Phoenix Public Library: Special Needs Center – The Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix has four dedicated assistive computer workstations located on the second floor for customers with disabilities. Customers may use the assistive computer stations on a first come, first served basis by presenting their library card at the Second Floor computer assistance desk during all open hours. Customers may have one two-hour session each day. Learn more about the Phoenix Public Library.

Home / Commercial Accessibility & Environmental Modifications

Before hiring any contractor to do home or commercial accessibility/environmental modifications, please check them out with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. AzTAP recommends consumers use licensed, bonded and insured contractors.

ADL Solutions – ADL Solutions is a home modifications company dedicated to helping our clients achieve a barrier-free environment. Innovative products, complete installation, and home modifications converge to create “total solutions” resulting in improved accessibility, independence, and safety for both the institutional and home care setting. Learn more about ADL Solutions.

Arizona Housing for the Disabled – The Mission of Arizona Housing for the Disabled is to promote greater personal independence and enhance the lives of persons with disabilities by creating a more accessible and safer living environment. Learn more about Arizona Housing for the Disabled.

Legal Issues
Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) – ACDL is a federally-designated Protection and Advocacy System for the State of Arizona.  Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&As) throughout the United States assure that the human and civil rights of persons with disabilities are protected. Learn more about ACDL.

Vehicle Modification & High Tech Driving System Providers

Ability Center – The Ability Center of California, Arizona, and Nevada features name-brand wheelchair accessible vehicles, mobility vans, and mobility products. Our goal is to help the physically challenged and disabled elevate their quality of life through increased mobility. Learn more about the Ability Center.

Dignified Motors – This company provides accessible vehicle conversions and mobility products.  Learn more about Dignified Motors.

Handicap Vehicle Specialists – Handicap Vehicle Specialists, Inc. (HVS) has been proudly serving our customers with quality mobility solutions since 1990. Our team has over 50 years’ experience in vehicle modifications, and installation of adaptive driving equipment. Learn more about Handicapped Vehicle Specialists..

Vantage Mobility International (VMI)- VMI offers a full complement of handicap driving aids, mobility lifts, and mobility vehicles to make your wheelchair van a totally accessible vehicle. Learn more about VMI.

 

*DISCLAIMER: The Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP) does not endorse the above resources or service providers. The information on this webpage is provided solely as a starting place for individuals, their families and/or service providers looking for assistive technology information and providers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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