Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology?

Technically Speaking

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.

Examples of AT

  • No-Tech

    Services and consultation that supports the use and implementation of AT devices

  • Low-Tech

    Pencil grips, raised lined paper, colored overlays, slant boards, word banks, math formula sheets

  • Mid-Tech

    Portable word processors, audiobooks, handheld spell-checkers, talking calculators

  • High-Tech

    Scan and read software, touchscreen computers, dynamic speech output devices, word prediction software, voice recognition, dedicated mobile devices

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

Our Assistive Technology Team

Candice M. Steel B.S., SLT, ATP

Candice M. Steel B.S., SLT, ATP

Assistive Technology Specialist
Krista Howard

Krista Howard

AT/AAC Technician

Our Supporters

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 the Arizona Department of Education AT Short Term Loan Library Az-TECH 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.