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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology, often referred to as “A.T.,” includes just about anything – that is, any physical material, object or software – that makes it easier for a person to perform a task and expand their abilities.

Assistive Technology could be helpful with:

Coming home from the hospital and I will need a ramp for a step at my door.

Staying connected with loved ones despite experiencing increasing blindness.

Having a device to speak for me in times when speaking is difficult.

Getting out on the hiking trails, even though walking is difficult.

Explore the world of A.T. with CIL’s Assistive Technology Program!
A CIL staff person looking after someone in their new powered wheelchair up a ramp.
A CIL staff person looking after someone in their new powered wheelchair up a ramp.

Consultations & Demonstrations

Engaging in one-on-one consultations with our Assistive Technology (AT) Coordinator is the first step in understanding which supports are best tailored to your needs. Whether your goals revolve around mobility, hearing, communication, vision devices, or cognitive challenges, we’re here to guide you through the myriad of options available.

The vast world of AT offers numerous devices and methods to acquire them. Starting with a conversation about your objectives is often the most effective way to navigate this landscape.

Beyond discussions, experiencing a device or software firsthand can provide invaluable insights into your needs and preferences. Our AT Coordinator is not only equipped to help you understand your options but can also connect you to opportunities to test out potential technologies.

Whether CIL has the device ready for a test run or if you need assistance connecting to Device Loan and Demonstration Centers, we’ve got you covered. We can even collaborate in reaching out to manufacturers for a test ride or demonstration of their products.

Fill out the form below to hear from us!

Our AT Coordinator is dedicated to understanding your unique needs and connecting you with the best possible options. Whether you’re exploring mobility aids, communication tools, or any other assistive device, we’re here to guide and support you every step of the way. Please take a few moments to provide us with the details below, ensuring a more personalized and effective consultation.

If you have any issues using this form please call us at 510-841-4776 or email us at info@thecil.org.

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Our AT Program Services

As part of our Advocacy Program, CIL offers trainings for community organizations and people with disabilities. Our trainings are available on a first come, first serve basis, based on Advocacy Program staff capacity.

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Do you have experience?

We're Looking For A.T. Volunteers

Do you have experience with any of the following and have time to donate your skills?
  • Device repair, such as wheelchairs, power chairs, scooters, rollators (4-wheeled walkers with brakes)
  • Sign painting
  • Rough carpentry
  • House painting
Do you enjoy comradery and learning while you work, plus have time and patience for tidying?

We’d also love help with any of these tasks:

  • Cleaning donated items
  • Sorting hardware like nuts and bolts
  • Taking devices apart for responsible recycling
  • Testing and charging batteries

Coming Soon

The Wheelhouse

The CIL houses multiple programs that involve devices and demonstrations at a workshop and storage location separate from our main office.

We are expanding! We will invite you to our new Wheelhouse location as soon as it is built out!

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