Technology & Communication

Assistive track ballWhat we now call the digital divide actually began long before computers. Barriers have existed and still exist today with telephones, television, the internet and more. People with disabilities have a variety of accessibility needs and DAC NW can empower you to ensure these barriers are removed.

You may find yourself needing some way to help you perform a task or communicating with someone. Assistive technology (AT) includes just about anything that makes it easier for you to perform a task. These devices substitute for or enhance the function of some physical or mental ability. It can be homemade, commercially available, or modified to help an individual perform some task of daily living. AT encompasses a broad range of devices from “low tech” (e.g., pencil grips, splints, paper stabilizers) to “high tech” (e.g., computers, voice synthesizers, Braille readers)
You also have the right to a qualified interpreter when needed. DAC NW can help you understand your rights.

Common examples include:

  • Mobility aids such as walkers, canes, scooters, and wheelchairs
  • Visual aids such as screen readers, magnifiers and scanners
  • Listening aids such as TDDs, close caption TVs, and hearing aids
  • Access to ASL and other translations.
  • Household management aids such as environmental control switches and remote controls
  • Communication aids such as boards, and AAC devices (which produce digitized speech)
  • Goodwill Connect Program helps you find affordable internet service, training and tech support for devices, and if you qualify you may receive a Chromebook for free.

DAC AT Specialists can provide you with information, sort through what types of AT might be useful, where it can be found, and how to use it.

You have a right to have communication assistance provided so you can participate in services, activities, programs and other benefits. DAC can help you find effective interpretation,

Assistive Technology in Washington

Assistance in Acquiring Hearing Aids

This document can help you afford the listening devices you may need.

What is Effective Communication?

Understanding your rights in receiving effective communication is key. And a business or government entity looking to provide effective communication can benefit from this guide.

Effective communication Guide Government 8-13-17 2

How and When to use Closed Captioning

With more of us using Zoom and other internet services for meetings, it’s important to remember to keep these sessions accessible. Here is information to enable closed captioning for use on Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts and Skype.

How to apply closed captioning to your video conferences


Interested in being a HAM radio operator, but think a disability is a barrier? Think again! Here is a slide show with excellent resources so you, too, can be a HAM radio operator.

Help for Challenged Hams