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Assistive technology

  • Whether you are interested in computer access, a memory aide or an adapted toy for your child, we can help.

    At Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, we believe that technology maximizes independence for people with disabilities. Assistive Technology includes all types of accommodations including:

    • “no tech” (e.g., memory books, planners for simple medications)
    • “low tech” (e.g, splints, writing aids, reachers)
    • “high tech” (e.g., voice recognition, eye gaze, smartpens) 

    Assistive technology assessment and training

    Assistive technology is offered throughout the Institute; however, specialized services may require a visit to the Golden Valley campus for an assessment.

    Areas of assessment:

    • vocational and academic
    • independent living skills
    • ergonomics
    • computers/tablets/iPads/smartphones
    • cognitive adaptations
    • environmental controls and electronic aids to
      daily living (EADLS)
    • mounts and switches
    • augmentative and alternative communications
    • telephone access
    • low vision

    Assistive technology consultation and training

    This includes expert consultation for computer set-up, technical support, environmental control units, telephones and other needs.

    If you don’t know what’s possible or how to obtain what you need, ask us. We are experts at designing special technology for people with disabilities.

    Computer user with assistive technologyWe can assess your skills and aptitudes to enter the workforce, attend college or live independently. The interests you identify help determine whether a computer or similar device is needed.

    Assistive technology training provides opportunities to maximize your independence in home, school and work life. 

    Augmentative and alternative communication

    Communication does not come easily for everyone. Communication options range from low-tech paper and pencil systems to state-of-the-art speech generating devices, all of which you can test prior to obtaining a chosen device. After acquiring a device, you receive training and programming to ensure that you get the maximum use from your device.

    Home environmental controls display

    We can demonstrate home environmental controls in our lab on the second floor at the Golden Valley campus. The adapted home display shows six different rooms: a bedroom, office, recreation room, kitchen, bathroom and universal home control room for appliances. It provides a real-life opportunity to try and evaluate options that may include scanning with a switch, touch control and voice activation.

    Assistive technology staff

    Our staff includes occupational therapists, speech therapists, assistive technology practitioners (ATP), and a certified registered ergonomist (CRE). 

    Funding

    A wide variety of payment options are available for many assistive technology services including State of Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Services, medical insurance, Medicaid waivers, school districts, self-pay, AXIS Healthcare, Workers’ Compensation and certain other insurance policies.

  • Contact us

    Vocational assessment:
    612-775-2569
    ckriat@allina.com

    General questions: call or email Matthew White, OTR\L
    612-775-2578
    Matthew.White@allina.com

    Location

  • 3915 Golden Valley Road
    Golden Valley, MN 55422

    763-588-0811

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    Courage Kenny assistive technology channel

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