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    Oregon Assistive Technology Statewide Program
    Oregon’s Statewide Assistive Technology Program was established in 1990, and is a part of a national network of technology-related assistance programs to increase access to assistive technology (AT) devices and services for individuals with disabilities and their families, and to facilitate the development of a consumer-responsive AT service delivery system. Program staff work with consumers, service providers, state agencies, private industry, legislators, and other interested individuals to facilitate the development of a statewide system to provide AT services.

    FreeGeek accepts donations of old computers and other electronics, then rebuilds them to sell for a discounted price. They also have free technology classes and opportunities to learn how to build your own computer (if you volunteer for them, you can even build a computer for yourself for free!)

    Accessible Apps

    A free iPad app that helps people with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other disabilities successfully do math. It has been updated so that it will works for exponents, square roots, complex algebraic equations, and other forms of math.

    Near Sighted VR Augmented Aid for Android
    Are you legally blind? Do you have low vision or can only see things up close? Then this app might be for you. NearSight is an application that works with your phone and the OpenDive VR display or any DIY VR displays such as Google Cardboard. It uses the camera on your phone and displays the front image to the phone screen in stereoscopic. We feel that with time we can develop more devices and/or applications which will help people with visual or eye disabilities.

    Bridging Apps
    BridgingApps is a program of Easter Seals Greater Houston that provides access to educational and therapeutic tools—anywhere, anytime—allowing parents, teachers, and therapists to effectively use mobile devices and apps to target and improve individual skill development to help children and adults with disabilities reach their highest levels of physical and cognitive development.

    AppleVis strives to empower the blind and low-vision community by offering multiple pathways to access and share relevant and useful information. As a community, we seek to encourage and support people in exploring the many ways in which these mainstream products and related applications can offer opportunities to the vision-impaired for personal enrichment, independence and empowerment.

    Web Resources

    Project Gutenberg
    Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

    LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All our audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish.

    OpenDyslexic Font
    New open source font created to increase readability for readers with Dyslexia. It is completely free!

    Call Scotland
    CALL is a Research and Development center as well as a working Service unit. They offer resources and research into all kinds of ways to make life better.

    Easter Seals Crossroads Blog: 
    A nifty blog with a variety of services for people who need or are interested in Assistive Technology. Some of their services are only available to Indiana residents, but their blog and various podcasts are very informative.

    “ZYGO-USA designs, manufactures, distributes, and supports assistive technology solutions for individuals that need a variety of products that give those individuals independence, communication, and a higher quality of life.”

    Able Data Information Compendium
    “We are the premier database for unbiased, comprehensive information on products, solutions and resources to improve productivity and ease life’s tasks.”

    Able Gamers
    The AbleGamers Foundation, also known as AbleGamers Charity, is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit public charity that aims to improve the overall quality of life for those with disabilities through the power of video games.

    Accessible Products

    Stimtastic is affordable stim toys, chewable jewelry and fidgets for autistic adults and teens as well as individuals with SPD, ADHD/ADD, dyspraxia . . . everyone who stims! Run by an autistic person, Stimtastic celebrates stimming as a natural part of our lives.

    Fun and Function
    Therapist designed, kid-friendly sensory tools and toys. From speech therapy kits to mobile scoots, we have it all!

    Apple Accessible Accessories

    Apple Accessibility Third Party Apps
    Every Apple device not only has accessible features, but accessible principles, built right in, making them affordable assistive devices. In an effort to make sure everyone can get the most out of their devices Apple has made a place on their website where you can buy assistive technology that is made to work with Mac devices. They have also made a page where you can see some of their recommended third party apps for accessibility.

    Toys R Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids: 
    Accessible toys for all!

    Free Computer Programs for Reading and Writing

    Open Office
    Free office suite that reads Microsoft Office TM files. It is comparable to Microsoft Office in many ways. 

    EduApps has created a variety of toolbars that can be loaded onto a USB drive and connected to any windows computer. The toolbars have a variety of free apps that include everything from Text-to-speech programs to calendar and email help. They have a bit of everything.

    These resources are listed here as examples that maybe helpful for some. Please remember that MHCC does not provide technical support concerning the validity or usage of the above Web sites, programs, or other resources.
    For more information or to let me know about outdated or broken links contact me:

    Kelsie O’Dea 
    Assistive Technology Computer Specialist 
    Mt Hood Community College 
    26000 S.E. Stark Street 
    Gresham, Oregon 97030 
    E-mail: Kelsie.Odea@mhcc.edu 
    MHCC DSO Office