What is Assistive Technology? How can Assistive Technology help me? Assistive technology, or AT, is a term used to describe tools to assistive, adapt, as well as rehabilitative devices to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities to live more independently. The term also includes the process used in selecting, locating and using these devices.
ILCKC’s Assistive Technology program is available, free of charge, for qualified consumers from basic computer skills to computer software specific to an individual’s needs. AT and computer classes are held by appointment only. Call 661.325.1063 for an appointment.
Within ILCKC’s AT program is its Repair and ReUse program. The Repair and ReUse program provides pre-owned equipment such as wheelchairs, shower benches, crutches, walkers at no cost to people with disabilities.
Call 661.325.1063 and speak to the AT Department regarding ILCKC’s Repair and ReUse program to inquire about available equipment for your specific needs.
Araceli Gonzalez, a consumer of Kern County Homeless Collaborative member agency Independent Living Center of Kern County (ILCKC), is challenged with Cerebral Palsy. She was involved in a car accident last fall that left her electric wheelchair (her “legs with wings” as the fiercely independent mother of two calls her mobility device) completely destroyed.
While Medi-Cal works to replace Araceli’s wheelchair, Independent Living Center’s Repair and Re-Use Program was able to loan her an electric wheelchair indefinitely and at no cost. Araceli was so grateful to Independent Living Center, that her words of praise for the Repair and Re-Use Program were a part of the 2011 Christmas greeting she mailed to family and friends.