Services and consultation that supports the use and implementation of AT devices
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology (AT) includes any product, device or service used to maintain, increase or improve the daily living and functioning capabilities of individuals with disabilities (Assistive Technology Act of 2008).
AT at Gompers
At Gompers, AT is embedded into daily routines to provide our students and members with access to various assistive or adaptive products, devices and equipment. This enables everyone to accomplish daily living tasks, facilitate communication, and increase their ability to learn. Assistive technology also supports and enhances employment opportunities.
How we serve our students, members, families and the community
- We incorporate AT into our daily programs to increase participation and interaction
- We educate families/guardians about AT and how they can advocate and procure the technology and services necessary to foster independence for individuals with disabilities
- We provide community education on AT and related services
- We collaborate to select, design, customize, adapt, maintain or repair necessary tools for a member to be successful in achieving his/her goals through social means, in the home, community and the workplace
- We monitor and assess members using assistive technology devices to ensure the best fit for greater autonomy and efficacy
- We are actively engaged in community partnerships to secure equipment for assessment and trial in the member’s naturalistic environment
Gompers BHHS Legacy Foundation AT Lab
In 2015, the BHHS Legacy Foundation provided grant funding to allow Gompers to increase collaboration with other nonprofits serving individuals with disabilities, and establish the BHHS Legacy Foundation AT Lab on our Phoenix campus. This important resource includes
- Alternative Computer Access (alternative mice, keyboards, switches, etc.)
- iDevices with apps for assistive technology and communication
- Various types of low- and high-tech products utilized to meet student and member needs
- Adjustable tables and chairs
Gompers partners with the Arizona Technology Access Program Loan Library AzTAP and to secure equipment for assessment in naturalistic settings for the individuals we serve.
Community built and sustained
Gompers’ Assistive Technology initiative is possible because of the generous funding from grants, foundations, corporations and individuals. We would like to acknowledge and thank the following community partners for their generous support
- BHHS Legacy Foundation
- Enterprise Holdings Foundation
- Kiwanis Club of North Phoenix
- Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
- Pioneer Distributing Co.
- St. Helen Catholic Church Holy Name Society
- St. Helen Catholic Church Knights of Columbus
- Sundt Foundation
- Thunderbirds Charities
Community Outreach Initiative
Thunderbirds Charities is generously supporting our efforts to expand our community’s knowledge about the impact assistive technology can make in the lives of people with disabilities. We know that by building more collaborative relationships with other professionals – sharing resources and knowledge – we will build a stronger community of support for the people we serve. Join us at our monthly chAT and Chew lunch, professional in-service trainings or a member led AT group discussion.