Welcome to the New York Alliance Technology Information Center

    The mission of our center is to provide resources on enabling technology and to be available for technical support if needed.  In this constantly changing world of technology it is important for members to share resources. 

    Please feel free forward resources, events and new products or Technical Support please contact Carol Napierski, Senior Director of Innovation for the New York Alliance at cnapierski@nyalliance.org or 518-407-5563.

    BIP GRANT DATA REPORT:

    In 2015 New York Alliance (formerly NYSACRA) received a grant from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) through the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) which includes funding for Person Centered Thinking & Planning, Housing Services and Enabling Technology (ET). The ET segment of the grant included the creation of a comprehensive enabling technology (ET) curriculum and pilot program to assist a person in transitioning to a least restrictive home environment with the support of AT.

    New York Alliance collaborated with SimplyHome on the ET portion of the grant. SimplyHome’s mission is to provide affordable and dignified options for the independent living and adding in place by developing assistive technology that is adapted as individuals needs change over time. SimplyHome designs and installs customizable systems and offers related client care for the aging and disabled populations. This report, NYSACRA BIP Grant Data Report, is a product of the ET pilot program segment of the New York Alliance BIP Grant.

    Webinars About Enabling Technology:

    April 18, 2017 - What Enabling Technology is and Why it is Important to Those We Support

    May 16, 2017 - Understanding the Types of Technology that are Most Commonly Used

    June 13, 2017 - Evolving Through the Use of Technology

    Resources:

    Technology Discovery Survey Tool: This tool was developed to provide a guided tour of technologies that are available to support independence.  You can browse the information or follow the needs of an individual. There are videos and examples to give you ideas about how technology can be used in relation to safety, wellness, independence, communication, work, and social development. Click Here to View

    Click Here for a list of New York State and National organizations providing various education, advancements, innovative ideas and initiatives on Enabling Technology.

    If you are a New York Alliance member with resources on Enabling Technology of your own, please send your information to Carol Napierski, Senior Director of Innovation at cnapierski@nyalliance.org and we will add you to the list!

    COMMON TERMS:

    Enabling Technology:
    ET device is an item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals. Enabling technology service means a service that directly assists an individual in selection, acquisition, or use of an enabling device.

    Mainstream Technology: 
    Technology devices such as tablets, SmartPhones, PDA and laptops, broadly categorized as mobile personal computing devices that be purchased in stores or on line. These devices should have hardware on the device that allows people to connect to the internet and install applications to customize the devices further for a particular need.

    Enabling Technology Vendor Equipment: 
    Specialized equipment that can only be purchased through an ET vendor. Equipment such as; medication dispensing devices and telehealth units to name a few.

    Enabling Technology In Action (Videos):

    Meet David   Meet Steve