ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY
Assistive Technology Resources
The official, legislated definition of assistive technology is "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities." This includes devices like wheelchairs, laptop computers, and even a grip on a pencil or a special can-opener.
Search for over 20,000 specially designed tools for people with disabilities. Search by word, type of product, company name or product name.
Assistive Technology Fund
The Association of Blind Citizens operates the Assistive Technology Fund. The Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) will provide funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. The ABC board of directors believes that this program will allow blind and visually impaired individuals access to technology products that will have a significant impact on improving employment opportunities, increase the level of independence and enhance their overall quality of life.
Closing The Gap, Inc.
An organization that focuses on computer technology for people with special needs through its bi-monthly newspaper, annual international conference and extensive website.
disABILITY Information and Resources
A very comprehensive list of disability-related links.
Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)
IATP is a not-for-profit agency that promotes the availability of assistive technology services and programs for people with disabilities. IATP serves all people with disabilities in the state of Illinois, their families, service providers, state agencies, private industry, educators, and other interested individuals, regardless of age or income.
Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living
The Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, the statewide association representing the 23 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in Illinois. INCIL is an authoritative source of information about the accomplishments and needs of Illinois CILs and about issues most critical to promote independent living for all persons with disabilities.
Infinite Potential Through Technology (Infinitec)
Infinitec brings assistive technology to people with disabilities of all types, in the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake and Kane.
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
The purpose of RESNA is to contribute to the public welfare through scientific, literary, professional and educational activities by supporting the development,dissemination, and utilization of knowledge and practice of rehabilitation and assistivetechnology in order to achieve the highest quality of life for all citizens.
Synapse Adaptive Free Downloads
Synapse develops integrated turn-key access solutions for individuals with disabilities. This page provides timed evaluation versions of various assistive techology software, including Window-Eyes and ZoomText Magnifier/Screen Reader.