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Center for Assistive Rehabilitative Technology (CART)

In the CART department, highly trained specialists evaluate customers' abilities and match them with appropriate assistive technology to maximize independence in the home, school and/or work environments. Assistive technology assessment is provided in the areas of positioning and mobility, computer access, environmental controls, driver assessment and vehicle modification, devices for activities of daily living, devices for visual and/or auditory impairments, and home/school/work modifications specific to architectural barriers and ergonomics. Assessment, equipment recommendations, and training needs are addressed by CART staff.
 
CART also offers a customized program which provides more extensive assistive technology training for an individualized period of time, ranging from several days to several months, thus requiring a residential stay at HGAC. This program provides feedback on customers' abilities to function independently in a post-secondary school or work environment. The assistive technology needs required to achieve customers' individual goals are explored, modified and implemented in a variety of settings, such as CART training labs, work tryouts and job shadowing experiences. Outcomes of the customized program are intended to assist customers to transition to school or work in the most effective and efficient manner.

Disability Support Services

Support services are provided to assist students with accommodations that may be needed during their training program. Services may include providing materials in alternate formats, note-taking assistance, testing accommodations, strategies in using assistive technology and in time management. A peer counselor is also available.

Services for Students with Visual Impairments

Accommodations for students who are blind and visually impaired are provided. The Evaluation Unit has access to the Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation System (CVES) and, as in training programs, dorms, recreation and counseling, materials are provided in alternate formats such as Braille, large print, electronic and auditory. Assistive technology is also available. Orientation to the center is also provided.
 
For additional information, contact:
 
Stacie Andrews
Director of Student Life
814-254-0557
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