Using technology is a vital part of participating in the community in today’s plugged-in world. Technology is integrated with many aspects of daily life, including transportation, employment, recreation, and social interaction.
In order to fully participate in community life, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) must have access to devices, services, and training that enhance independence, mobility, communication, environmental control, and self-determination. Designers, manufacturers, service providers, educators, and people with I/DD and their families should be educated about the benefits of technology and trained in how to use it.
The Arc’s technology programs are designed to increase the effective adoption of technology by people with I/DD and support technology companies to create accessible and usable products for people with I/DD.
Opening Up the Online World to People with Disabilities
Tech Coaching Centers
Staff at Tech Coaching Centers provide in-person consultations to people with I/DD to identify their needs and train them to use technology to meet those needs. The Centers are housed in chapters of The Arc around the country. Interested in bringing one to you?