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Attention: Makers!

IATP is excited to announce a newly funded program: 

The Illinois Creative Assistive Technology (ICAT) Project

The project will work to build a statewide maker network for the fabrication of assistive technologies.

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Welcome to IATP

We provide expertise in assistive technology and accessible information technology to:

  • All Illinois residents of all ages with disabilities and/or health conditions including family members, friends, and caregivers

  • Professional service providers in aging, community living, early childhood, education, employment, health care, veteran’s services, and other social services

  • Community, Social, and Youth Organizations

  • Large and small businesses

  • State Agencies and local governments

Please explore our website to learn more about what we do and how we can help with your assistive technology related questions and needs. Use the quick links below for quick navigation to some of our most popular services.

Highlights

Using AT to Help Support A New Career Path

Teresa sitting on couch using her iPad

Teresa sitting on couch using her iPad

Teresa Fabre is a customer receiving services from IATP as part of a state contract with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS). She graduated in 2013 with a degree in culinary arts and had planned to make that her life long career. Upon entering the work force, she was employed at a recreational cooking school. Just five months after marrying her husband in 2019, Teresa suddenly lost her vision due to glaucoma and detached retinas. She knew after spending a month flat in bed and undergoing seven surgeries in a single year that her vision was not going to return.

Having the desire to serve and believing she could use her personal experience to empathize with and make a difference in the lives of others, Teresa is now planning to take a completely different career path. In the fall of 2021, she began attending Northern Illinois University to obtain a Master’s degree in Visual Rehabilitation Therapy.

In order to prepare for her studies, Teresa sought assistance from DRS and IATP to obtain the tools and skills she would need to be successful in her studies and career. She participated in an AT assessment with an IATP Assistive Technology Specialist to determine the appropriate technology she would need. As a result of the assessment, she was provided with a laptop computer and iPad with screen reading software from IATP’s Open-Ended Loan Program. She is currently receiving training in the use of her assistive technology in conjunction with software and applications she will need to use to complete her class work.

Teresa says that she believes deeply that life is too short and you need to live it and do something with it. She says she has always wanted to help people since she was young and give back to society. Through her own hard work and infectious positive attitude along with the appropriate tools and support from IATP made possible by IDHS/DRS, Teresa will no doubt be successful at reaching her goals and be a tremendous asset as a professional in the field of blindness rehabilitation.

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News

Changes Due to COVID-19

October 27th, 2021|

The office is OPEN. Face Masks are required. In order for IATP to best serve you, appointments are highly recommended. IATP is following the Governor's Executive Orders related to COVID-19  currently in effect and adheres to

Amplifying AAC Voices

October 6th, 2021|

USSAAC (United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) has a new campaign called "Amplifying AAC Voices," designed to provide people who rely on AAC more opportunities to be heard. The initial initiative involves the

Illinois CARE Connections

September 16th, 2021|

Illinois CARE Connections (ICC) was a collaborative program with the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) and Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) that provided technology devices for socially isolated seniors and persons with disabilities in Illinois.

Visit IATP at the State Fair

August 15th, 2021|

IATP is exhibiting at the 2021 Illinois State Fair on August 15th for Veteran's Day and August 16th for Senior Day. You can find us in the air-conditioned Illinois Building. Stop by to see a