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The Alliance for Technology Access; parent-run resource centers.


The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is extending th benefits and services of resource centers to large numbers of low-income and minority people with disabilities who face not one, but a number of disadvantages in their pursuit of equal opportunities.

Working with the ATA resource centers, the national organization is building a vigorous nationwide outreach campaign focused on such activities as:

* Joint projects between ATA centers and local community organizations which serve minority or low-income members with disabilities.

* Developing satellite technology access programs in rural communities with otherwise restricted access to services.

* Establishing loan programs at ATA centers.

* Offering training seminars for parents and consumers at the offices of other local organizations which serve low-income people with disabilities.


Recently the Public Welfare Foundation has awarded the Alliance a grant earmarked to increase outreach efforts at Alliance resource centers. This grant funds an innovative outreach project at the Special Technology Center (STC) located in Mountain View, California, near the heart of the Silicon Valley.

STC has discovered that, despite the overall technological sophistication of the area, there are many individuals with disabilities who live in Silicon Valley who are not aware of the potential that adaptive technology holds for them.

STC has also found that the majority of people who come to their center on a regular basis do so because they have no other access to technology. These members are often unable to purchase appropriate systems on their own and, therefore, look to STC as their alternative.

Staff and visitors alike deal daily with the frustration of knowing that the tools are available, but the mechanism for distributing them is not.

STC has developed a way to deal with this problem. They have started a computer loan/assistance program with used and surplus equipment donated by technology companies. In STC's hands, Silicon Valley's castoffs are being turned into products which will dramatically affect people's lives.

Computer systems are refurbished by a team of volunteer engineers, programmers and technicians. Each system is customized for a particular user with appropriate adaptive devices and software. Those individuals borrow the equipment, receive training, and are later provided with fundraising assistance in order to eventually purchase their own systems. At that point, their borrowed equipment can be refurbished once again for someone else.

The Alliance's outreach efforts have only just begun. In the coming years, we hope to build on these early successes. By stimulating major initiatives on the part of Alliance centers, we will attempt to redress the balance of services that now so obviously works against people from low-income backgrounds.

The Special Technology Center is using local technological talents and computers saved from "hightech" junkyards to help underserved individuals.


* ATA centers respond to requests for information about how technology can be used to enhance the capacities, gifts, talents and potentials of individuals with disabilities.

* ATA centers are available to users of technology, families of individuals with disabilities, educators, therapists, and other professionals as sources of training and support for technology applications.

* ATA centers provide information about using technology to enhance opportunities for inclusion in learning activities and total school environment.

* ATA centers provide information about the whole range of assistive technology, from low-level technology solutions to state-of-the art, highlevel technology applications.

* ATA centers facilitate collaboration among family members, school personnel, and other professionals in planning effective school programs for children with disabilities.

* ATA centers promote and demonstrate the use of technology as a means of access to communication skills, school curriculum, functional skills, leisure activities, mobility skills and other activities related to the education of children and adults.

* ATA centers assist individuals and families in developing options to help solve specific school-related problems through the use of problem-solving strategies and technology applications

* ATA centers are committed to assisting students, parents and professionals in finding individualized, practical solutions to problems.

* ATA centers respect the right of individuals and families to make their own choices about technology-based solutions.

ALLIANCE FOR TECHNOLOGY ACCESS (formerly National Special Education Alliance)


1307 Solano Avenue

Albany, Calif 94706-1888

(415) 528-0747, Fax 528-0746

217 Massachusetts Avenue

Lexington, Mass. 02173

(617) 863-9966, Fax 863-9932
Independent Living Center
3421 5th Avenue, South
Birmingham, Ala. 35222
(205) 251-2223
Judy Roy
AppleLink: BILC
Technology Assistance for Special Consumers
2939 Johnson Road S.W.
Huntsville, Ala. 35805
(205) 880-0671
Pamela Harnden
AppleLink: TASC
Alaska Center for Adaptive Technology
Sheffield Hotel
104 Katlian, P.O. Box 6069
Sitka, Alaska 99835
(907) 747-6960
Roger Brobst
AppleLink: ACAT
Technology Resource Center
c/o Arkansas Easter Seal Society
2801 Lee Avenue
Little Rock, Ark. 72205
(501) 663-8331
Giny Heiple
AppleLink: TRC
Special Awareness Computer Center
Rehabilitation Center
2975 North Sycamore Drive
Simi Valley, Calif. 93065
(805) 582-1881
Suzanne Feit
AppleLink: SACC
Team of Advocates for Special Kids
100 W. Cerritos
Anaheim, Calif. 92805
(714) 533-TASK
Lane Cole
AppleLink: TASK
Disabled Children's Computer Group
2095 Rose St., 1st Fl., Berkeley, Calif. 94709
(415) 841-3224
Lisa Wahl
AppleLink: DCCG
Special Technology Center
590 Castro Street
Mountain View, Calif. 94041
(415) 961-6789
Lisa Cohn
AppleLink: STC
Computer Access Center
2425 16th Street, Room 23
Santa Monica, Calif. 90405
(213) 450-8827
Donna Dutton
AppleLink: CAC.SM
Access Ability Resource Center
1056 East 19th Avenue, B-410
Denver, Colo. 80218-1088
(303) 861-6250
Ann Grady
AppleLink: AARC
Computer CITE
214 E. New Hampshire Street
Orlando, Fla. 32804
(407) 299-5000 x3291; (407) 896-3177
Carol Adams
AppleLink: CITE
1040 Irwin Bridge Road
Conyers, Ga. 30207
(404) 922-6768
Lynn S. Chiu
Aloha Special Technology Access Center
1750 Kalakaua Avenue #1008
P.O. Box 27741
Honolulu, Hawaii 96827
(808) 955-4464
Ruth Akiona
Northern Illinois Center for
Adaptive Technology
3615 Louisiana Road
Rockford, Ill. 61108
(815) 229-2163
David Grass
AppleLink: ILCAT
Technical Aids & Assistance for
the Disabled Center
1950 West Roosevelt
Chicago, 111. 60608
(312) 421-3373
Margaret Pfrommer
AppleLink: MCP
136 36th Street Drive
Suite A2
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403
(319) 365-2683
Phil White
AppleLink: READI
Technology Resources for Special People
3023 Canterbury
Salina, Kan. 67401
(913) 827-0301
Marjorie Hargis-Delker
AppleLink: TRSP
Blue Grass Technology Center
for People with Disabilities
894 Georgetown Street
Lexington, Ky. 40511
(606) 255-9951
jean Isaacs
36 W 5th Street
Covington, Ky. 41011
(606) 491-2464
Walter & Elaine Hackett
Disabled Citizens Computer Center
Louisville Free Public Library
4th and York streets
Louisville, Ky. 40203
(502) 561-8637
Mary Ellen Harned
AppleLink: DCCC
CATER-Center for Adaptive Technology and
Educational Resources
1636 Toledano Street, Suite 311
New Orleans, La. 70115-4598
(504) 899-8375
Kay Hickey
AppleLink: CATER
Massachusetts Special Technology Access Ctr.
Town Center, Mudge Way
Bedford, Mass. 01730
(617) 275-2446
Paul Giguere
AppleLink: MASTAC
Living & Learning Resource Centre
Physically Impaired Association, Inc.
of Michigan
601 W. Maple Street
Lansing, Mich. 48906
(517) 487-0883; (800) 833-1996 ( in Mich.)
Donna Heiner
PACER Center, Inc.
4826 Chicago Avenue, South
Minneapolis, Minn. 55417-1055
(612)827-2966 (Voice/TDD)
Judy Simon
AppleLink: PACER.CTR
Computer Resource Center
St. Louis Easter Seal Society
5025 Northrup
St. Louis, Mo. 63110
(314) 776-1996
Nancy Lacey
AppleLink: CRC
Parents, Let's Unite for Kids
1500 N. 30th Street
Billings, Mont. 59101-0298
(406) 657-2055
Katharin Kelker
AppleLink: PLUK
Nevada Technology Center
2880 East Flamingo Road, Ste. A
Las Vegas, Nev. 89121
(702) 735-2922
Bruce McAnnany
AppleLink: NTC
Computer Center for People with Disabilities
c/o Family Resource Associates
35 Haddon Avenue
Shrewsbury, N.J. 07702
(201) 747-5310
Joanne Castellano
AppleLink: CCDA
Resource Center for Independent Living
401 Columbia Street
Utica, N.Y. 13502
(315) 797-4642 (Voice/TDD)
Russ Holland
Carolina Computer Access Center
Metro School
700 East Second Street
Charlotte, N.C. 28202
(704) 342-3004
Judy Timms
AppleLink: CCAC
Pathfinder Parent Training and
Information Center
ATA Computer Resource Center
1600 2nd Avenue, S.W.
Minot, N.D. 58701
(701) 852-9426; (701) 852 -9436
Kathryn Erickson
AppleLink: Pathfinder
Communication Assistance Resource Service
2140 Arbor Boulevard
Dayton, Ohio 45439
(513) 294-8086
Pat Cashdollar /Terry Trzaska
AppleLink: CARS
Developmental Disabilities Resources, Inc.
4641 S. Braden, Suite 113
Tulsa, Okla. 74135
(918) 664-5257
Dennis Harms
AppleLink: DDR
Oregon Outback Technology Access Center
P.O. Box 2916, La Grade, Ore. 97850
(503) 962-7101
George Lederer
AppleLink: OUTBACK
Computer and Technology Services
3241 N.E. 21st Avenue
Portland, Ore. 97212
(503) 281-6121
Dave Soyster
AppleLink: CATS.OR
Tech. Resources for People with Disabilities
One Plymouth Meeting Mall, Rm. 600
Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 19462
(215) 825-9351
David Landsman
AppleLink: TRPD
W Tenn.Special Technology Resource Ctr.
Carney Johnston Hall
401 Maple Street, P.O. Box 3683
Jackson, Tenn. 38303
(901) 424-9089
Margaret Doumitt
AppleLink: WESTTN
E. Tenn. Special Technology Access Ctr., Inc.
UT, Room 106-A, CA
Knoxville, Tenn. 37996-3400
(615) 584-4465
Louis Symington
AppleLink: EASTTN
Technology Access Center
Fountain Square, Suite 110
2222 Metro Center Boulevard
Nashville, Tenn. 37228
(615) 248-6733
Bob Kibler
AppleLink: TAC
University United Methodist Church
5084 DeZavala Road
San Antonio, Texas 78249
(512) 696-1033
Dee Dee Sedgewick
AppleLink: SHIP
Computer Ctr. for Citizens with Disabilities
410 Twelfth Avenue, Suite 114
Salt Lake City, Utah 84103
(801) 321-5770
Craig Boogaard
AppleLink: CCCD
Seattle Technology Alliance
for Resources and Training
257 100th Avenue, N.E.
Bellevue, Wash. 98004
(206) 637-9848
Grant Lord
AppleLink: START
Project G.L.U.E.
c/o Children's Therapy Clinic
2345 Chesterfield Avenue
Charleston, W.Va. 25304
(304) 340-3546
Margaret McGarrity
AppleLink: GLUE
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Title Annotation:8th Annual Computer Technology Directory, 1991
Publication:The Exceptional Parent
Article Type:directory
Date:Nov 1, 1990
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