If you have questions about referrals, assessments, training, or your specific assistive technology needs, our team is here to help.
Together we can find the technology you need to pursue your goals
Who are we?
The Assistive Technology Unit (ATU) is a collaborative team of architects, occupational therapists, physical therapists, rehabilitation engineers, special educators, and speech language pathologists. Our staff are certified by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) as Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs).
Who do we serve?
The ATU serves people with disabilities of all ages, from children to adults. Services for school-aged children are delivered in collaboration with the school-based special education team.
What do we do?
We help you find and acquire commercially available, modified, or custom-designed equipment to maximize your independence – anything from simple tools that make everyday living more efficient to 3D printed accessories for your wheelchair. We can also help make your home more accessible. Scroll through the chart below to learn about all the areas we cover.
Our assessments are completely individualized and focused on you. We gather information about your goals, needs and opportunities through interviews, observation, and assessments with input from family and/or team members.
As the largest mobile assistive technology program in the country, we use our fleet of nine mobile vans to bring our services directly to your home, school, worksite, or place of recreation. Try out devices where you use them while the people important to you take part and learn along with you.
We schedule appointments for a time and place that provides the best environment for natural opportunities and input from vital family and/or team members. Each appointment ranges from 1-2 hours in length.
What is assistive technology?
Assistive technologies are devices and strategies that allow you to maximize your independence. Below are some of the different types of tools we can help you explore, acquire, and learn to use. Choose any area to get started.
Activities of daily living
Identify equipment that will help you with activities like dressing, bathing, cooking and cleaning
Electronic aids to daily living
Explore handheld devices and smartphone apps to help with scheduling, task cueing, and travel in the community
Identify strategies and tools to improve communication, like books, boards and electronic devices
Examine alternative computer input hardware and adaptive software to enable you to pursue your educational or work goals
Get modifications of existing equipment or custom-designed devices through our well-equipped shop
Identify tools for independent control of phones, appliances, doors and other electronics within your environment
Work with our architects, rehabilitation engineers, occupational therapists, and physical therapists to help make your home more accessible
Specialized seating and mobility
Work with our physical therapists, occupational therapists and rehabilitation engineers to get customized seating and wheeled mobility devices
Work alongside your team with a rehabilitation engineer to determine new equipment—or changes to existing equipment—that will improve your work environment
AT for School-Aged Children
Get consultation and training to support the provision of AT services in public schools
On the frontlines of innovation
We’re part of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Department of Disability and Human Development (DHD) and Illinois‘ University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities—home to innovative research centers and renowned leaders in the field of disabilities.
This helps us bring you services that are based on the very latest in research and best practices.
Contact us today
Can you or someone you know benefit from an assistive technology evaluation?
We provide AT evaluations to around 400 individuals a year of all ages with a range of disabilities. Referrals can come from a variety of sources, including consumers, family members, social services agencies, school districts, physicians and other medical staff and advocates.
We're here for you
Contact Glenn Hedman at:
1640 W. Roosevelt Rd.
415 DHSP (MC 726)
Chicago, IL 60608