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Volume 14, No. 1, Winter 2006

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What's Inside . . . Volume 14, No. 1, Winter 2006

New Castle ATRC Moves to duPont Hospital for Children
The New Castle County Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) has moved to the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington. With its new office space in North Wilmington, the ATRC will continue to serve as the comprehensive AT resource center in New Castle County.

Handheld Devices Making Their Way into the Classroom
After presenting a session on assistive technology to a group of teachers studying for their master’s degrees, it became very clear to me that many of them really understood the importance of technology in the classroom. The teachers recognized how important technology can be to all students, and particularly those with special needs. However, many were frustrated with their school’s slow acceptance of some technological advances.

The AT Bargain Basement
Hello true believers, and welcome to the winter installment of the AT Bargain Basement. I am Marvin Williams, and I will be your guide through a wonderland of bargains! For those of you who are new to the Bargain Basement, I’ll explain the rules of the game… I find the best AT deals I can for $100 or less.

Disabilities Law Program Activities Outlined in AT Act
Robin is fourteen years old, born with Cerebral Palsy, and relies on a wheelchair for mobility. A treating orthopedist prescribes a therapeutic exercise device which will improve circulation, bone strength, and cardiovascular fitness. Citing the device’s cost of $10,000, Robin’s Managed Care Organization contends that the service is not a covered benefit, is not cost effective, and is essentially a home exercise device—and therefore not medically necessary.

Purchasing a New Adapted Van
DATI was so impressed with Carol and Steve’s management of a complex van purchase and modification that we asked Carol to share their experience with our readers. Thanks, Carol and Steve!

Tobin Foundation Partners with DATI
The Tobin Foundation for the Visually Impaired, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Wilmington, has made a donation of $10,000 to the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI) to be used to assist Delawareans with visual impairments.

DATI’s Website Serves as a Model for Other Programs
When Beth Mineo, DATI Director, provided a demonstration of DATI’s new website to representatives from AT Act Programs across the country in November 2004, she could not have predicted what happened next. “I mentioned that the site had been developed with funding from the Real Choice Systems Change Grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,” Mineo Mollica recounts. “I thought it only fair to offer the source code at no cost to other federally-funded programs that could benefit from it.” Since that time, more than a dozen states have begun the process of adopting one or more of the website’s modules for their own use.

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