Assistive technology

Disability Rights Oregon provides information, referral, and advocacy services for Oregonians who are having a legal problem related to assistive technology, including acquisition or maintenance. Assistive Technology (AT) is an umbrella term for any piece of equipment or product system that helps to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a person with a disability.

 

AT may include:

  • wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, or canes
  • Braille and Braille displays, magnifiers, or text-to-voice and voice-to-text software
  • augmentative communication devices including modified keyboards
  • shower chairs or therapeutic beds
  • any  equipment or product system that a medical provider has recommended to overcome limitations experienced by a person with a disability

 

DRO receives funding from the PAAT program (29 U.S.C. § 3001, 3011, 3012, P.L. 105-394). It is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.

 

Publications

 

Assistive Device Lemon Laws – First Edition

 

 

 Brochures 

 

AT brochure

AT brochure – Large Print

 

 


 

Our latest stories about AT:

 

Niko in front of a U.N. banner about including people with disabilities in UN development goals.

A bigger movement, by Niko Boskovic

Sixteen-year old Niko Boskovic won first place in a prestigious essay contest, and was selected as a delegate to an annual educational program.  But, the program sponsor, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, withdrew his prize after learning Niko experiences autism and uses a letter board to communicate. Our attorneys worked with Niko and his family to… Continue Reading A bigger movement, by Niko Boskovic

Ted Wenk wearing a blue shirt.

27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Today marks the 27th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. Managing Attorney Ted Wenk is speaking at a celebration in Salem organized by the Oregon Commission on Disabilities. This statement is adapted from his remarks. Statement from Ted Wenk, Managing Attorney: Today we celebrate a landmark civil rights… Continue Reading 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Bonnie camping at Crane Prairie Area

Bring the light of day to the AHCA bill before next week’s Senate vote

Like many seventh-grade students, I’m obsessed with Minecraft. I enjoy camping, skateboarding, and riding my bike. My dream is to be an astrophysicist. I also happen to experience arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. My joints were contracted when I was born. I have weak muscles and am unable to swallow. I’m fed through a tube. Like my classmates, I’m focused on school. But… Continue Reading Bring the light of day to the AHCA bill before next week’s Senate vote

Enhancing self-determination through alternatives to guardianship

This article originally appeared in the Oregon State Bar Elder Law Newsletter, April 2017 edition. Enhancing self-determination in less-restrictive alternatives to guardianship By Jan E. Friedman, Disability Rights Oregon Attorney, and Stephen Peters, Disability Rights Oregon Rights Advocate Jan E. Friedman has been an attorney with Disability Rights Oregon since 1999; she currently heads up… Continue Reading Enhancing self-determination through alternatives to guardianship