Our Assistive Technology Clinic is one of few comprehensive AT programs in Central Virginia. The program provides AT evaluations, equipment and training to people of all ages, enabling children and adults with disabilities to function more independently.
AT equipment can range from lite tech options such as picture schedules or low tech switches to high tech communication and wheelchair systems. This specialized technology enables people to function independently in areas where they would otherwise have difficulty, need assistance, or be unable to participate. AT equipment can be used at home, school, work, or in community settings. AT equipment is beneficial to patients with neuromuscular and developmental disabilities including apraxia, autism, brain and spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and stroke.
The AT lab offers evaluations and training services for:
- Alternative drive controls
- Assistive daily living aids
- Augmentative communication
- Computer access and adaptations
- Computer software evaluations
- Electronic aids to daily living
- Environmental controls
- Positioning aids
- Wheelchairs and customized seating
Evaluations are conducted by an interdisciplinary team based on a patient's specific needs. The team includes AT experts from speech language pathology, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Evaluations focus on identifying a patient's strengths and impairments so that a wide range of AT equipment can be introduced and equipment that provides the greatest increase in independence can be identified and obtained. The team works with families and caregivers during evaluation and follow-up sessions to develop individualized plans for integrating equipment into home, school, work and community settings. Our team members have extensive training in AT related topics and have presented locally, state-wide and nationally. The AT team received the 2017 McLean Yoder Award for Professional Excellence.
Referrals and Location
AT referrals can be made by physicians, school systems, families, employers and through self referral.
Call (804) 228-5985 to register and receive an intake packet. Important information including medical and educational history, environments (e.g. work, school, home) and an AT history are collected before the evaluation is scheduled.
The Assistive Technology Clinic is located at the Brook Road Campus.
Assistive technology treatment is also available at CHoR's therapy centers.
- Assistive Technology Industry Association
- Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America
- American Occupational Therapy Association
This program is accredited by The Joint Commission as part of an ambulatory survey process.