What is (AT) Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology is equipment that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.
Examples: of assistive devices include wheelchairs, prostheses, hearings aids, visual aids, and specialized computer software and hardware.
Who is Assistive Technology Unlimited (ATU)?
Assistive technology Unlimited (ATU) is a Houston based company that provides information, technology, training, and resources about disabilities and accommodations. ATU is a team of like-minded, like-hearted individuals who are working together to promote disability awareness, the use of technology, adaptive devices, auxiliary aids and or services. ATU’s team strives to lessen the impact of barriers imposed by disabilities and limiting conditions.
Assistive Technology Unlimited (ATU) strives to be a vital resource for People with Disabilities (PWD), their companions and families, schools, government entities, healthcare facilities, and social service organizations who provide programs or services to their students, guests, clients, patients, and customers with disabilities or limiting conditions.
Assistive Technology Unlimited (ATU) provides free hearing screening, quality low cost cellular devices and services, resources, training, and workshops to the community.
ATU is a STAP—Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program provider. Thru STAP, ATU offers landline and cell phones, tablets, headsets, alerting devices, personal amplifiers, etc. at no cost to the consumer.
We invite People with Disabilities (PWD), parents, veterans, senior citizens and service providers to explore our website and learn how various types of assistive technology/auxiliary aids can help individuals live to their fullest potential and become more independent.
ATU team members work to empower individuals and organizations by providing information, resources, and auxiliary devices. We work to help businesses avoid, “I didn’t know,” a mistake which is costing millions for unprepared employers, businesses, and community organizations.
Our mission is to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by promoting awareness, providing support, training, and high quality, low cost assistive technology/programs, and services that will enhance the lives of people with disabilities.
Our Goal: To Transform Lives, one device at a time.
“Let’s Make Hearing Loss a Conversation”
Our ATU team’s interaction with senior citizens enlightened us to especially serve the conditions that go along with age, especially hearing loss. Hearing loss is often unrecognized and appears to impose great embarrassment to those affected. More importantly, hearing loss has significant social and emotional consequences for those affected. In communities where high blood pressure and diabetes are prevalent, so is hearing loss. Research indicates that individuals with mild hearing loss, if untreated, are five times more likely to be diagnosed with dementia.
Thus, the stigma associated with hearing loss often impedes the acknowledgement of the need to provide communication accommodations for persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), especially those who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, and deaf/blind or limited. Frequently they are misdiagnosed as mentally ill, or mentally retarded because practitioners misunderstand linguistic or cultural implications.
The 1990 enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act has been instrumental in promoting much more awareness and acknowledgment of the needs of people with disabilities. However, we still have a long way to go. If we see a person in a wheelchair or walking with a white cane, we become more conscious of their (dis)ability. We invite People with Disabilities (PWD), parents, veterans, senior citizens and service providers to explore our website and learn how assistive technology can help individuals live to the fullest potential and become more independent.
These compelling factors have prompted our ATU team to begin an awareness campaign to “Make hearing loss a conversation.”
ATU’s team strives to eradicate the I didn’t know excuse that is costing millions for government entities, organizations, and businesses regarding disabilities and accommodations.
WE encourage you, your family, and friends to join us. Let’s talk about hearing loss! ...the impact it has on people affected...and the various technologies that can help those individuals communicate more effectively.