Kern Assistive Technology Center provides individualized training to clients and/or staff who need to learn to use specific software or equipment to be more independent at home, in the community, or at work. We provide the training in the environment that is most appropriate to the client. Some training is done at our office. We also provide training at a location in the community (client’s home, jobsite, day program, etc…). Typically clients need help with learning voice recognition software, literacy software, or their AAC device. We can provide a variety of training in house. Occasionally, we will arrange for a vendor to train the client with us. The number of hours needed for this training is recommended prior to beginning it.
At Kern Assistive Technology Center, we perform assessments to help deterrmine what the right tool for an individual. We begin where the client and walk through the entire process from consideration to implementation. Support we provide may include identifying a funding source and assisting with providing the funding source with needed documentation so the client is able to receive the equipment we recommend. We find Assistive Technology to make everyday life easier for the client.
Keeping pace with the pace of change in technology can be challenging. Does your professional staff have the basic knowledge within' their scope of practice but need some support when making a decision about which technology solution is the right one for your clients, patients, or students?
Kern Assistive Technology Center's staff is experienced with a broad range of technology solutions from low tech to high tech that can meet your needs. We will provide you with the information you need to make an educated recommendation for your clients. When you work with us you also gain access to our Equipment Loan Library which contains more than 300 pieces of equipment providing the opportunity for equipment to be tried out before you recommend it. This increases the likelihood that equipment purchased can and will be used. Our staff walk with you from the consideration process all the way through the funding and implementation steps.
Our Loan Library is our most used service. We stock over 300 pieces of Assistive Technology to allow our clients check them out for 30 days to make sure it is a good fit for them.
We are very involved and engaged with the Kern County community so chances are, if we cannot help you, we can redirect you to another organization who can.