Community Resources

The institute provides many services and support for the surrounding community. These include:

Community training

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In-service training on a wide range of subjects that affect the lives of persons with disabilities is provided for:

  • agencies
  • administrators
  • professionals
  • paraprofessionals
  • consumers
  • family members

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Technical assistance

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Technical assistance may consist of:

  • the development and implementation of needs assessment studies
  • websites
  • research design and data analysis
  • program evaluation
  • disability training curricula
  • policy analysis studies
  • strategic plans
  • grant applications
  • program and grant management

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Direct services

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IHD provides direct services through contracts with state service agencies that include:

  • early childhood assessment and intervention
  • assistive technology assessment
  • orientation and mobility instruction for adults who are visually impaired.

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Assistive Technology Center (AT Center)

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The Assistive Technology (AT) Center is a resource to the communities of Northern Arizona. Located on the Northern Arizona University campus, the Center is a program of the Institute for Human Development (IHD) and supports the mission of IHD through the provision of direct services, interdisciplinary training, technical assistance, and information dissemination related to the field of AT.

Assistive Technology (AT) is any piece of equipment or device that may be used by a person with a disability to perform specific tasks and improve functional capabilities. Properly selected assistive technology products enable individuals with disabilities to become more independent and productive.

Assistive Technology can include:

  • eating devices
  • adaptive toys
  • communication aids
  • alternate computer access
  • aids to assist with walking, dressing and other activities of daily living
  • visual aids
  • aids to augment hearing

This technology may range from very low-cost, low-tech adaptations (such as a battery interrupter and switch to make a toy accessible) to high-tech, very expensive devices (such as a powered wheelchair and environmental controller operated by tongue-touch).

People with disabilities may use assistive technology to:

  • participate in everyday activities
  • play and enjoy recreational activities
  • become mobile
  • communicate
  • hear better
  • see better
  • learn easier
  • use a computer
  • become more independent at meal time

Our location

Institute for Human Development
Northern Arizona University
PO Box 5630
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5630
Room 171
Phone:  928-523-6773
AZ Toll Free: 1-877-502-3045
Debbie Mariage

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