ABLEDATA and Assistive Technology

ABLEDATA is an excellent online resource which provides information on products for people with disabilities. ABLEDATA is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), part of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) of the U.S. Department of Education.

ABLEDATA offers several different types of resources including links to web sites that share information on assistive technology and other disability-related issues, a searchable “Assistive Technology Library”, product reviews, and news items on assistive technology and disability issues.

As examples of what ABLEDATA makes available: in the Caregiver section of the Resources menu there are 60 different resources for caregivers. In ABLEDATA’s long list of fact sheets and consumer guides, you’ll find the very helpful, “Informed Consumer’s Guide to Wheelchair Selection”. and the extensive (and practical), “Intensive Mobility Training for Disabled Drivers for the Safe Use of Power Wheelchairs, Scooters & Automobiles”.

Caregiver Tip: Take advantage of the information available on the ABLEDATA web site.

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