ATHelp @ The JCC in Manhattan
Free assistive technology training & support is available on select Tuesdays & Sundays of each month for anyone. Please note that it is by appointment only to be fair to all attendees. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Mark Surabian at or at 917-586-8000.
ADAPT Network’s Regional TRAID Center/TechWorks Demonstration Centers/Lending Library
This program includes the Share Lending Library and has a goal to inform, evaluate and assist individuals with any disabilities, of all ages to lead a more productive and independent life. They provide information and referrals on assistive technology, a lending library of adaptive toys and switches, and assistive technology trainings in all boroughs. 718-436-7979, ext. 711
Arnold Goldman Center for Assistive Technology, The Helen Hayes Hospital Center for Rehabilitation Technology (CRT)
This facility offers a spacious, centralized location exhibiting the latest in augmentative communication, seating and wheeled mobility, computer access and environmental aids for daily living. The Arnold Goldman Center for Assistive Technology serves multiple purposes, acting as an evaluation and demonstration site, as a therapeutic area for clinicians and patients, and also as a training and educational venue for healthcare professionals. Having all of this assistive technology in one spot, along with the specialized expertise of the CRT staff, the initiative is a valuable asset to the rehabilitation and disability communities.
New York City Department of Education Assistive Technology Services
The Department of Education’s goal is to ensure that all students have meaningful access to the curriculum. Depending upon the impact of a disability, your child may require Assistive Technology (AT) or Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) in order to participate in his or her educational program and achieve his or her academic goals. These Links are also valuable for self-advocacy & child rights:
NYC DOE Parent’s Guide to the Student’s Right to AT
New York City Student Rights for AT:
The Chancellor’s Continuum of Services for Students with Disabilities Appendix B details a student’s rights to A.T. equipment and services. Draw your attention to the following statement which insures that A.T. be considered for students with both high and low incidence disabilities: “The need for assistive technology devices is not limited to students with physical needs. For example, a dyslexic student may benefit from a scanner or book reader.”
The ARISE Coalition Resources on AT and Family Rights in NYC
NYU Langone Medical Center, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
Our occupational therapists work together with patients and their families to recommend individualized assistive technology solutions that will improve each patient’ independence and quality of life.
The Shield Institute Augmentative Communication and Technology Center (Click on “Clinic Specialty Programs)
It was established to meet the complex communicative needs of children and adults. Specialized diagnostic and therapeutic services are available using state of the art low and high tech communication systems for individuals whose communication is unintelligible or ineffective. Particular attention is given to each individual’s physical, cognitive and linguistic capabilities.  Assistance in obtaining recommended augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems and adaptive equipment is provided. Medicaid/Medicare funding for AAC systems can be pursued. Therapeutic intervention for the AAC user is highly suggested and is readily available.
The Westchester Institute for Human Development
The Assistive Technology Program at WIHD consists of a number of services conducted by our multi-disciplinary team of professionals: occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, educators, and other specialists. Our team collaborates with individuals and their families, caregivers, teachers, and/or related service providers to identify assistive technology devices, adaptations, and strategies to improve mobility, communication, computer access, access to the school curriculum, or control over the environment.
YAI-Center for Specialty Therapy
The YAI AAC Center provides comprehensive evaluations for people with complex communication needs. Follow-up training, therapy, and programming is available for new device users, as well as those who have previously acquired a device. The AAC Center has extensive experience with the use of the most highly acclaimed speech applications. Ongoing support and training is offered for educators, related service providers, and the families of the AAC user to ensure functional use of the device in the school, home, and community.