Adult Services

Services Available at TechACCESS

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TechACCESS offers a variety of services for adults, including Evaluations (Augmentative Communication, Assistive Technology, Workplace Accommodations, Computer Access and Evaluations for individuals with Blindness/Low Vision); Consultations; Training; Therapy (Speech and OT); and Tech Support.  Services can occur in the individual’s home or workplace or here at our Center.

 

Funding sources for adult services are varied.  Options include:
Office of Rehabilitation Services: 

Who is eligible for vocational rehabilitation services?

To be eligible for ORS services, you must —

  1. have a physical, intellectual, or emotional impairment which is a substantial barrier to employment, and
  2. require vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment, and
  3. be able to benefit from vocational rehabilitation services in terms of an employment outcome.

For additional information and an application, visit : http://www.ors.ri.gov/VR.html

Private Pay

TechACCESS offers services for individuals who wish to or need to pay privately.  To receive services, please contact TechACCESS for a Payment Authorization Form, which will provide a quote for services.

Insurance Reimbursement

Some private insurance carriers will provide funding for assistive technology services.  In order to obtain services at TechACCESS that will be paid for with private insurance, the following must occur:

  1. You must contact your carrier for pre-approval/prior authorization.  The insurance carrier will indicate what portion of services they will pay for.
  2. Most insurance carriers will require that you have a prescription from your Primary Care Physician indicating a need for the service (along with a diagnosis code).
  3. Individuals who will be seeking insurance reimbursement will be required to sign a Payment Authorization Form, which acknowledges that they will be responsible for payment of services “up front” and seek reimbursement directly through their insurance company.  TechACCESS will provide invoices with all of the necessary information and support the individual in any way we can to facilitate their reimbursement.

Medicare Reimbursement

For services we provide through Medicare, individuals must have prior approval.  Often, they will be required to obtain a prescription from their doctor indicating the need for for service (along with a diagnosis code).  Individuals who will be seeking Medicare reimbursement will be required to sign a Payment Authorization Form, which acknowledges that they will be responsible for payment of services “up front” and seek reimbursement directly through their insurance company.  TechACCESS will provide invoices with all of the necessary information and support the individual in any way we can to facilitate their reimbursement.

ATAP Technology Demonstrations

These demonstrations are intended for adults and offer attendees an opportunity to preview technology in our adapted computer lab.  Equipment available for demonstration includes: tablets, reading accommodations, communication and alternate access.  These sessions are designed for demonstration and trial use only and are not individual evaluation sessions. TechACCESS staff will not make formal recommendations.

All demonstrations take place at TechACCESS.  Please call to request an appointment

Funding for these sessions is provided by the Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP) under grant #H224A060039 from the Department of Education.  However, content does not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal government.

 

ATAP Technology and Communication Strategies for Persons with Hearing Loss

This demonstration is presented at TechACCESS of RI by Denise Corson, ATEL Program Coordinator, and James Litvack, a life long user of hearing loss technology

These sessions demonstrate technology that can improve access at home, work and in social settings. The following equipment will be demonstrated:

Adaptive Telephone Equipment Loan (ATEL) Program equipment, which includes amplified phones and the CapTel. The CapTel is fairly new technology that allows you to view word-for-word captions of your telephone conversations.

  • Signaling devices such as alarm clocks, telephone ringers, doorbells and baby monitors.
  • Personal amplification for conversations, meetings, social events and television.

Attendees can loan out equipment, on a first come first service basis, to see if the equipment is appropriate for their needs.

When: 6:00 to 7:00 PM, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Registration: This workshops are free and no registration is required. However, please call ahead in the event of  inclement weather.

 

Other RI Agencies that Provide Adult Services

The Rhode Island Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP) is designed as a statewide partnership of organizations, each with a targeted assistive technology focus, working together to improve access to and acquisition of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities.

Office of Rehabilitation Services is the ATAP Lead Agency coordinates the overall activities and funds for the project.

Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL), the ATAP Resource Center for Elders and Individuals with Sensory Impairments provides a key linkage to the Independent Living system in Rhode Island. Through this resource, the elderly can learn about inexpensive assistive technology devices that will assist them in their daily lives.

Adaptive Telephone Equipment Loan Program (ATEL) provides equipment to qualified individuals who have hearing and/or speech impairments, or who suffer from neuromuscular damage or disease, to enable them to use the telephone.