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Supportive Technology

Supportive Technology is a group of tools we use to increase communication, learning and independence for people with developmental disabilities. Technology can give them access to learning opportunities that they previously did not have.

With the simple touch of a tablet screen, a person can now share a photo from their day or make a dinner request. E-readers help people turn book pages without needing to apply dexterity. Voice adaptive software can help individuals answer questions without needing to write. Assistive Technology products are used daily by people with disabilities who have difficulty speaking, writing, seeing, hearing, and learning so they can perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.

These new tools help people with disabilities connect to the world around them in new and meaningful ways. As this field continues to develop, especially through the use of electronic technologies, it has become more portable, more affordable and more user-friendly.  Our Supportive Technology program is ultimately about reaching the goal of independence for people with disabilities.

"For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things POSSIBLE."



Examples of Supportive Technologies:

  • Computers
  • Tablets
  • Smart Phones
  • Apps & Computer Software
  • Visual Aid Tools
  • Educational Toys & Games
  • Mobility Devices
and many, many more!

Examples of "Low-Tech" Supportive Technologies:

In addition to "high-tech" tools such as computers, there are also many "low-tech" options.  Low-Tech Supportive Technologies are devices or equipment that don't require much training, may be less expensive and do not have complex or mechanical features.

  • Adapted pens and styluses
  • Reachers/grabbers
  • Canes/walkers
  • Handheld magnifiers
  • Slant Boards
  • Communication boards/flip books
 and many, many more!

How do I know what Supportive Technology is right for me or my child?

Choosing the “right” supportive technology may sound overwhelming at first, but don't worry!  It is a decision that is made with the help of a team of professionals and consultants.  Each team is trained to match available technologies to the specific needs of a person so they can function more independently.


Please contact Connie Hartman, Assistive Technology Specialist, if you have questions or would like to know more about your Assistive Technology options.

330-725-7751 ext. 243


About Tech Connect

Tech Connect is a community program that brings senior citizens and individuals with disabilities together so they can learn from each other how to use new technologies to communicate. 

The series of classes is a fun way for seniors and people with disabilities to help each learn to use text, email, social media, and iPads.  Classes are held at the Soprema Senior Center in Wadsworth on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Tech Connect is a partnership between the MCBDD and the Soprema Senior Center.

Tech Connect Flyer

Watch Tech Connect Video (YouTube)


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