Demonstration Centers for Assistive Technology
AT Demonstration Centers provide a place for people with disabilities and their family members/caregivers to see, learn about, and sometimes try out the latest AT. Most Demo Centers serve a wide range of disabilities, others showcase devices useful for a particular disability category (such as the Mass Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing's demonstration center).
- MassMATCH AT Regional Centers
- Carroll Center for the Blind Low Vision Clinic
- Collaborative Center for Assistive Technology and Training (CCATT)
- Dept. of Developmental Services (DDS) Adapted Activities Library
- Dept. of Developmental Services (DDS) Adaptive Technology Centers
- Easter Seals AT Services
- MCDHH Technology Demonstration Center
- New England Assistive Technology Marketplace
- Perkins Products: Adaptive Technology Demonstration Center
The Carroll Center for the Blind provides demonstrations of the latest low vision devices the first Friday of each month in their Low Vision Clinic in Newton. Hand-held, desktop and portable devices are shown. Individuals, family members, and professionals are welcome to attend. Demonstrations take approximately 30 minutes and are scheduled beginning at 2 pm. Reservations are required.
CCATT, a Northampton-based program, is part of the nonprofit and multi-service Collaborative for Educational Services. CCATT offers a range of AT services including product demonstration, evaluation, and training opportunities for students (pre K-age 22), families, and educators. Consulting services to schools are available, and an AT lending library will open in the spring of 2012.
Contact: CCATT Director
123 Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060
413-584-1664 ext. 108 Phone
The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) provides services to adults 18 years of age or older who have an intellectual disability, and children under 18 years of age with a developmental disability. AT services provided by the DDS range from assessments and evaluations to demonstration, design, fabrication, modification, and repair of equipment and devices. Services address mobility, environmental, vocational, leisure and communication needs. Equipment loan is available. Referrals to a DDS Adaptive Technology Center are necessary through an individual's DDS service coordinator.
The Fernald Therapeutic Equipment Center
Contact: Meliny King, PT, ATP-Director
200 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA 02452-6332
781-894-3600 x 2517
781-894-3600 x 2523
781-894-3600 x 2521
Kelley Assistive Technology Resource Center
Contact: Tom Mercier-Director AT Center
Hogan Regional Center, DDS Northeast Region
450 Maple Street
Hathorne, MA 01937
978-774-5000 x 505
Assistive Technology Resource Center
Contact: Dottie Rother-Director
Wrentham Development Center-DDS
Wrentham, MA 02093
508-3116 x 2434
Commonwealth Community Services
Adaptive Design Services
Contact: JoAnne Henry
195 Industrial Drive
Northampton, MA 01060
Fax: (413) 585-0881
TTY: (413) 585-8922
In addition to operating the MassMatch Boston AT Regional Center, Easter Seals runs two AT demonstration centers in Worcester and New Bedford (the New Bedford site is formerly Assets Inc). The centers provide AT demonstration as well as assessment, training and advocacy for persons with disabilities.
256 Union Street
New Bedford, MA
Contact: Cindy Aiken, AVP of Assistive Technology
484 Main Street
The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) operates a Boston-based Technology Demonstration Center focused on devices useful to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The center operates by appointment only.
Contact: Debra Lobsitz
600 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
617-740-1668 (Voice) or 617-740-1768 (TTY)
The New England Assistive Technology Marketplace (NEAT) provides 25,000 square feet of space for product demonstrations, expos, classes, computer use, research and equipment restoration. This is an ongoing public ‘open house' to view and try assistive technology that can change the lives of people of all ages, with all types of disabilities. NEAT operates under the auspices of The Connecticut Institute for the Blind/Oak Hill, a 109 year old non-profit organization located in Hartford, CT. NEAT serves all of New England.
The NEAT Marketplace
120 Holcomb St.
Hartford, CT 06112
Perkins Products recently bought Adaptive Technology Consulting. Perkins is at work on a larger demonstration center, but currently their Adaptive Technology Demo Center in Salisbury is the primary ongoing AT demo location. The center specializes in products for blind, low vision, and learning disabled clients. Magnifiers, video magnifiers, daily living aids, and toys and games that can be enjoyed by the whole family are available for demonstration. The Demo Center is open 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, but they strongly suggest making an appointment so that both the right staff member and the right equipment are available to you.