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Volume 16, No. 4 • Fall 2008

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What's Inside . . . Volume 16, No. 4, Fall 2008

Picture of FotoDialer Telephone CompanionDATI Invests in Equipment for You
DATI is excited to announce the addition of over 100 items to the inventory in our Assistive Technology Resource Centers (ATRCs). These new items are organized by product category, and each product is followed by the associated manufacturer or vendor name. Although the product and company names may not describe the function of the item, you are encouraged to contact the ATRC in your county and schedule an appointment with your Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist.

Photo of Eddie JoryNew AT Specialist in Kent County
Eddie Jory recently joined the DATI team as the AT Specialist in the Kent County Assistive Technology Resource Center. Eddie worked for the Division for the Visually Impaired (DVI) for 17 years, where he began as a Senior Rehabilitation Instructor and then moved into the role of Trainer Educator II. In his tenure at DVI, he assisted numerous individuals in identifying AT appropriate for their needs.

Research Participants with Cerebral Palsy Needed
Researchers in The Motor Development Lab in the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences at the University of Delaware are looking for volunteers to help improve their understanding of Cerebral Palsy (CP).

Homegrown in Delaware logoHomegrown in Delaware
This is a regular column that features products, projects, or services created right here in the First State. In this issue we feature

New Services Available to Delawareans with Acquired Brain Injury
Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) has begun to provide services for persons with acquired brain injury (ABI) under a new Medicaid home and community-based waiver.

Students’ Right to Printed Materials
The United States’ legacy of educating children with disabilities is a sordid one. Traditionally, children with disabilities were excluded from “regular” schools and were frequently institutionalized or segregated in “special” schools that suffered from inadequate funding, inferior educational curricula, and deplorable conditions. In 1975, Congress attempted to change that by passing the Education for all Handicapped Children Act, which became the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1991.

Photo of the Personal Assistance Voice DialerThe AT Bargain Basement
Hello, True Believers, and welcome to another heart-warming edition of the AT Bargain Basement. I’m Marvin Williams, your host through this world of assistive technology bargains. If you are a regular visitor to the Basement, welcome back! If this is your first time joining us, welcome and what took you so long? In this column, we take a look at a variety of assistive technology bargains that often go unnoticed!

Delaware Association for the Blind
Delaware Association for the Blind LogoThe Delaware Association for the Blind (DAB)has been in existencesince 1948. The agency’s mission is to improve the quality of life for blind and visually impaired children and adults in Delaware. We offer a wide range of recreational programs, including trips with door-to-door transportation, classes such as music appreciation and arts and crafts, bingo, a children’s day camp and an adult residential camp.