Equipment Loan Closet awarded $30,000 grant

By JACKIE HAUSLER

Published November 12, 2018

The Equipment Loan Closet in UB’s Center for Assistive Technology has received a $30,000 grant from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to continue its work loaning assistive technology devices to individuals with visual impairments.

The grant funding, which runs through June 30, 2019, will help ensure that equipment is available for loan to individuals in need, specific to the Western New York area. The assistive technology devices available through the loan program include iPads and laptop computers, talking digital recorders, adaptive keyboards, mice, magnification and screen-reading software, Pen Friends, braille displays and note-takers, handheld and desktop magnifiers.

“In my experience, it has been life-changing for clients, school-age to adults, for enhancement of educational, vocational, daily living and recreational access to the technological world,” says Kimberly Naus, project lead for the Equipment Loan Closet.

“This program is our tax dollars working to enhance our community’s quality of life in providing opportunities and independence,” says Naus, who also serves as director of client services for CAT, which is housed in UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions.

Established in 1988, CAT explores the functional utility of assistive technology devices and services in support of persons with disabilities.