CTTAP – who we are.

Our goal is to help individuals with disabilities of all ages and all disabilities, as well as family members, employers, educators and other professionals have access to Assistive Technology devices and services.

The CT Tech Act Project was established in CT in 1992! Our mission is to increase independence and improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through increased access to Assistive Technology for work, school and community living.

We offer a variety of Assistive Technology programs and services, directly and through our community AT Partner agencies [link to Partners page]. Our goal is to help CT residents have access to Assistive Technology devices and services and to be a resource for you.

If you don’t live in CT, did you know that every state and US territory has an Assistive Technology Act Program? Click here to find the program in your state. If you can’t find what you’re looking, reach out to us directly. We are happy to help and to answer your questions.

News and Events

Connecticut Assistive Technology Innovation Conference 2023

Location: Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, 9:00 am- 3:30 pm

Attend a variety of breakout sessions and visit the full Assistive Technology Expo Hall where you will have a chance for hands-on experience with AT devices, interact with exhibitors and service providers.

Visit the Conference Website for more information & to register: ($35 for attendance fee)

Exhibitors may register at this link:

This conference is a collaboration between the Developmental Disabilities Council, Department of Developmental Services and the CT Tech Act Project.


Bridging the Digital Divide Program

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Bridging the Digital Divide Program

A collaboration between the Department of Aging & Disability Services (ADS) State Unit on Aging & the CT Tech Act Project (CTTAP).

This 2 year pilot program allows us to have a Full Time Digital Divide Coordinators (DDC) at two of our community AT Partner agencies: the NEAT Center at Oak Hill & UCP of Eastern CT.

Our goal is to help bridge the digital divide by providing one on one or group services to adults with disabilities (18 and older) and aging adults (60 and older).

Services to individuals include:

  • Increase access to technology & technology use
  • Provide tech support, troubleshooting, & teach built in device accessibility features
  • Increase access to the community, virtual programming & telehealth to reduce social isolation
  • Connect Individuals to community resources for ongoing supports
  • Provide tablet technology (with or without hotspot) to individuals 60 & older, if eligible
Older woman sitting in her dining room, showcasing the iPad she received from the Bridging the Digital Divide program.
Digital Divide coordinator, Miriam from UCP, showing a woman with a disability how to use a tablet and trackball mouse

Why connect with a DDC?

If you or an individual you work with has technology but struggles to use it and would benefit from some training & support, such as

  • Connecting to their Wi Fi
  • Learning to use social media to connect to family and friends
  • Learning to use virtual platforms like Zoom, Teams or virtual community services
  • Learning how to use built in accessibility features in their devices – speech to text, magnification, text to speech, etc.
  • And more …

Services to Organizations:

Provide training to entities, such as staff at senior and community centers, libraries, and others who serve the same population, to help them provide access and tech support to their participants.

Why connect your agency to a DDC?

If your organization serves adults with disabilities or individuals 60 and older and you/your staff could benefit from training to be able to support your clients, such as:

  • Learn how to set up built in accessibility features on your technology or your clients’ technology
  • Learn how to set your client’s up with virtual platforms or your virtual services
  • Help your clients use social media or other internet activities (i.e..: online grocery shopping, accessing eBooks, connecting with friends & family etc.)
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Contact the CT Tech Act Project for more information by using the Contact Us feature on our website or calling 860-803-0588. You can contact a DDC directly at the following:

NEAT Center – serving Litchfield Hartford, Tolland & Windham Counties, Call (860) 286-3101 or email

UCP of Eastern CT – serving Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex & New London Counties. Call 860-288-9520 or email

The Connecticut Bridging the Digital Divide program is funded by the federal Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Expanding the Public Health Workforce within the Disability Network.


Access Through Technology (ATT)

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Access through Technology

We can provide a full assessment, a range of equipment and training to eligible individuals who have a combination of Deafness & Blindness (low vision and hearing loss)

and meet the income requirements. ​

The FCC has selected the CT Tech Act Project as the Certified Program the National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program to provide equipment needed to make telecommunications, advanced communications, and the Internet accessible to low-income individuals who have both significant vision loss and significant hearing loss.​ ​

There is no cost to eligible individuals to receive assessments, equipment and training.​

Significant vision loss is defined as having at least one of the following conditions:

  • Visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective lenses
  • A field defect such that the peripheral diameter of the visual field is no greater than 20 degrees
  • Progressive visual loss with a prognosis leading to one or both of above condition.
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Sisters showcasing their laptops and cellphones they received from the Access Through Technology program, sitting on a sofa smiling at the camera

Significant hearing loss is defined as having at least one of the following conditions:

  • Chronic hearing disabilities so severe that most speech cannot be understood with optimum amplification
  • Progressive hearing loss having a prognosis leading to above condition

Income guidelines:

  • Household income within 400 % of federal poverty level.
  • Income guidelines for the current year can be found on the National iCanConnect website. 


For More Information:

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AT Recycling

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AT Recycling

AT Recycling - Recycling or Reusing AT devices gives new life to gently used Assistive Technology equipment.

NEAT Center staff refurbishing a walker as part of their Equipment Recycling Program

You can donate devices that are no longer needed and find good, used equipment for much less than purchasing it brand new. ​ ​

Our AT Partner, the NEAT Center at Oakhill can accept your donations and they have an inventory of used Durable Medical Equipment, such as wheelchairs, scooters, and more. ​ ​

Contact the NEAT Adaptive Equipment Reuse Program directly at 860-243-2869 or visit their website:


AT Device Loans

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AT Device Loan

An AT Device Loan allows a person to borrow a device for a short period of time to help decide if the device will meet the person’s needs. CTTAP offers several AT Device Loan programs through various partner agencies. There may be some eligibility criteria for a device loan – contact each agency directly for more information on their AT Device Loan programs.

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Obtain a Loan From One of Our Partner Agencies

An AT Device Loan allows you to borrow a device for a short period of time to use it where you need it - at home, school, work, or the community. Borrowing an AT devices helps you decide if the device will meet your needs. Try it before you buy it! You can contact one of our AT partners listed below to see if they have the device you're looking for, to learn about any eligibility criteria or for a device loan and to learn more about their AT Device Loan programs.


CREC offers AT device loans to their consortium members. They have a wide variety of devices focusing primarily on education and communication. Contact CREC and visit the CREC Assistive Technology webpage for more details.

SCSU Center for Educational and Assistive Technology

SCSU Center for Educational and Assistive Technology offers AT device loans of laptops, tablets and smart pens, primarily to SCSU students with disabilities and to surrounding schools (K-12). Contact CEAT for more information or visit the CEAT webpage.


EASTCONN offers AT device loans to school districts who are members of the EASTCONN AT consortium. Contact EASTCONN and visit the EASTCONN’s Assistive Technology Lending Library webpage for more details.

SERC Library

SERC Library  offers AT device loans to individuals with disabilities and family members and educators. You can view their AT device lending library at the SERC website or contact SERC for more information.

Meriden ATECH

Meriden ATECH offers AT device loans with a robust inventory of items that can be viewed on the ATECH Lending Library webpage

NEAT Center at Oak Hill

NEAT Center at Oak Hill offers AT device loans to individuals with disabilities and others. They offer an array of AT devices. Contact NEAT or visit the NEAT website for more details.

UCP of Eastern CT

UCP of Eastern CT offers AT device loans to individuals with disabilities of any age, family members, and others. Contact UCP or visit the UCP AT Lending Library webpage for more details or to view their inventory.


AT Device Demo

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AT Device Demo

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Schedule a Device Demo to Make an informed Decision

An AT Device Demonstration gives you the chance to have a hands on (or virtual) experience with an AT device, learn about the different features and compare with other similar devices. An AT Device Demonstration allows you to make an informed decision about whether the device is the right one for you. If it's not the right one, that's okay! We want to help you make a good decision about a device and we can do several AT device demonstrations until you find what you are looking for. You can schedule a AT Device Demonstration by contacting one of the CTTAP partner agencies listed below.


CREC offers AT device demos to their consortium members. Contact CREC and visit the CREC Assistive Technology webpage for more details.

NEAT Center at Oak Hill

NEAT Center at Oak Hill offers AT device demos to individuals with disabilities, family members, and others. Contact NEAT or visit the NEAT website for more details.


EASTCONN offers AT device demos to their consortium members. Contact EASTCONN and visit the EASTCONN’s Assistive Technology webpage for more details.

SERC Library

SERC Library offers AT device demos to individuals with disabilities and family members and educators at their AT Corner located in the SERC library in Waterbury, CT. Contact SERC staff or visit the SERC website for more details.

Meriden ATECH

Meriden ATECH offers AT device demos to individuals with disabilities and family members as well as to providers and their staff. Visit the ATECH website for more details.

UCP of Eastern CT

UCP of Eastern CToffers AT device demos to individuals with disabilities, family members, and others. Contact UCP or visit the UCP AT website for more details.​​

You can also contact the CT Tech Act Project directly via the CT Tech Act Project Contact Us page for additional resources, information and device demonstrations.


AT Loan Program

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The Assistive Technology Loan Program (ATLP)

ATLP is a low-interest financial loan to help individuals with disabilities or their family members purchase Assistive Technology devices and services needed to enhance independence and/or functioning in the community, education and/or employment.

The Assistive Technology Loan Program (ATLP)

The Program is a low-interest financial loan to help individuals with disabilities or their family members purchase Assistive Technology devices and services needed to enhance independence and/or functioning in the community, education and/or employment.

Tips & Facts About the AT Loan Program

The Connecticut Tech Act Project’s Assistive Technology Loan Program assists Connecticut citizens with disabilities and older adults to obtain the assistive technology devices and services they need to enhance independence and productivity in the community, education and employment with an improved quality of life.

Who can apply for a loan?

An individual with a disability / older adult, parent, guardian, family member or legal representative of the person with the disability who:

* Has been a resident of Connecticut for at least 1 year
* And has a disability that permanently affects a major life activity

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A young woman sitting in her wheelchair at a desk with a young man reviewing a binder of papers.

What can I borrow money for?

A broad range of assistive technology devices and services, such as:

* Wheelchairs and scooters
* Braille note takers / equipment
* Assistive listening devices
* Augmentative communication devices
* Electronic aids to daily living
* Visual aids with voice output or magnifying features
* Computers and adaptive peripherals
* Home modifications for accessibility
* Motor vehicles that have/need modifications
* Assistance / Service Animals
* Training to learn how to use the AT device

How much can I borrow and for how long?

Loan amounts are generally from $500 to $30,000. Loan terms vary from one (1) year to (10) years – depending on the amount of the loan and the typical life of the AT being purchased through the loan. If you would like to use a Loan Calculator to get an idea of what your monthly payments might be you can visit the Northwest Access Fund to use their friendly Loan Calculator. Please note: numbers obtain from this Loan Calculator are for informational purposes only and are not a guarantee of loan approval or loan amounts.

Who appoves my loan?

The ATLP Program Manager reviewed the application for completeness and makes recommendation to CTTAP Program Director for decision. Once approval is made, the Program Manager will work with Berkshire Bank to process the loan and schedule the closing. Approval takes an average of two weeks to a month.

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how do i sign up?

For assistance filling out an application, to request an alternative format, or to check on the status of your application, call The Connecticut Tech Act Project at (860) 876-9595, toll free in CT at (800) 537-2549 or send an email via our website.

General News and Events

Don’t Ditch the Smartphone: A Care Giver’s Guide to their Loved One’s Phone

Written by By Jerilyn Fleck M.S Ed, Special Education

As your loved one is aging, they can still use their smartphone for multiple things besides phone calls and text messaging. In this article, I’m going to focus on two essential tasks to enhance cognitive engagement and mental sharpness: staying connected and playing thinking games. I’ve used some of these tools in my experiences as a caregiver and I’ve learned of others in my graduate work in assistive technology at Southern Connecticut State University. 

Staying Connected

  1. Stay connected to loved ones through Skype, Facetime, Google Meets, or Zoom.Older adult using the Birdsong touch screen tablet This is a great way to visually connect with loved ones near and far. Setting up weekly family meetings helps maintain a sense of normalcy and belonging. Should your loved one has memory difficulties, it also helps reinforce and identify family members. For those that have difficulty hearing or understanding what is being spoken, closed captions can be enabled on most platforms. 
  2. Virtual visits – With the use of technology your loved ones can go anywhere in the world, explore museums, and national parks just to name a few. For example, Google Arts & Culture, lets you explore different art collections from a variety of artists, time periods, and mediums. The Taste of Home website gives a short list of museums around the world and zoos in the United States that can be visited virtually. While visiting the virtual museums, you can take the opportunity to demonstrate how to navigate the site’s features (zoom, left-right keys, and maps). If they are an animal lover, many zoos have real-time cameras where you can watch particular animals. Air Pano allows the viewer to have a 360͒ view of different destinations and locations all around the world. From Maui, Hawaii to the Taj Mahal, their virtual vacations are endless. Google Earth will allow your loved one to visit their childhood home, honeymoon, or other memory spots, simply by entering the specific location’s address. Introducing these possibilities in the virtual world can foster new shared experiences and trigger past memories. 
  3. Digital Picture Frames –  There are many manufacturers that offer digital picture frames. These frames can sometimes hold up to 400 pictures (depending on the manufacturer). For example, Frameo gives each family member a unique passcode to add pictures. Once the app is downloaded and the passcode is entered, you are able to send pictures instantaneously to the recipient’s frame. Personally, I am able to send pictures of my children’s important moments instantaneously to my 82-year-old mom who has moved to Texas. Additionally, we are able to send other special moments like weddings, baby pictures, and long-distance family members. This picture-sharing avenue is another way to help your loved one stay connected.

Thinking Games

My final tip is to use technology to keep a loved one’s mind sharp. Motivating cognitive engagement is essential for mental sharpness through all stages of life. There are so many different options for them to explore, given their interest and abilities. Most can be easily downloaded to a tablet, laptop, or smartphone.

  1. GeoGuessr  takes you to different places around the world. It also requires the user to navigate and use their knowledge to guess the location displayed on the screen. This tool can reinforce descriptive questioning and language. This site does require you to set up a free account for them. 
  2. Lumosity Brain Training The app is a free subscription (however, it contains ads) or $11.99 (without ads) per month. This app targets memory, reasoning, flexibility, problem-solving, and attention. After you enter basic information, the user takes a “brain fit test”. Once complete, the user is ready to play. For example, one game requires the user to quickly remember the previous shape presented. Other games enhance math and language skills.
  3. When selecting apps for your loved one, options should revolve around their particular interest. There are apps for crossword puzzles, word searches, solitaire, bingo, hidden objects, or just fun matching games like Candy Crush. You name it, I am sure that there is an app.

Final Thoughts

Harnessing the opportunities within technology can enable your loved one to stay connected to family, travel the world, and/or exercise the brain. All of these things continue to support cognitive engagement and mental sharpness. As always, be sure to practice safe technology use when downloading and using some of these free tools. 

Additional links and resources: 

Bridging the Digital Divide for CT –

Joan Green

AARP Technology Resources –

Aging and Health Technology Watch –

News and Events

Home Safe Home

Written by Shannon Taber

Bin, pictured smiling while sitting in his power wheelchair As the Director of Inclusion and Accessibility at UCP of Eastern CT, I had the pleasure of working with Bin (pictured) and his wife, both of whom are wheelchairs users. They moved into an accessible home in the past year and with the support of staff from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), they lived fairly independently. I had the chance to work with Bin to provide a comprehensive Assistive Technology evaluation to help identify Assistive Technology devices and Smart Home Technology to increase their independence in their home, particularly for when they didn’t have staff there.

For example, Bin mentioned that he didn’t like going to bed at 8pm when staff were leaving for the evening because staff would lock the door and turn off lights on them. He also mentioned that his wife struggled to open their front door which had a traditional doorknob on it.

Recommendations were made to provide and install smart plugs and smart lights like the Philips Hue, the Ring Doorbell and Ring solar lights, an Alexa enabled microwave, the Nest thermostats, and Smart Blinds. I also recommended a lever door handle with biometric and keypad lock that also works with an app.

After installing these items and providing training, Bin and his wife were able set the lighting in their home to turn off with scheduled events, such as having the lights turn on one hour before “sunset” and turning off at 10 pm allowing them to stay up when staff left for the evening. This way they didn’t have to leave the lights on all night or sit in the dark at 8 pm at night. We also set their lights to turn on under the bed with motion detection providing safety lighting in case Bin got up in the middle of the night. Lastly, we also connected the smart devices to Alexa so that they could be used with voice commands. Bin was super excited to be able to open and close his blinds with the power of his voice!

Smart level door handle with keypad

Little did we know that within a month of installing these devices, and specifically the door handle, Bin would need to call 911 in the middle of the night for help for his wife. Bin was able to tell his Alexa to unlock the door for the fire department and police, from his bed, so they could get inside and provide the help his wife needed.

Needless to say, the smart home devices provided to Bin and his  wife have not only increased their independence but allows them to stay safe in their home, sweet home!