MonTECH Staff Coming To Fairview To Share Their Services

MonTECH is a statewide assistive technology program that provides technology, support, and services that improve the quality of life for Montanans with any physical or cognitive challenges, including those associated with aging. They will be holding two events Wednesday, April 19, at the Fairview Senior Center, 217 5th St. W. Liz Kuehn, MonTECH Eastern Clinic coordinator, will be there at 12:30 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.

According to their website, http://www.mt-at.org, MonTECH provides free, confidential information about assistive technology (AT) devices and services for Montanans. They have a location in Missoula and one in Billings. MonTECH uses their professional staff, network of AT resources, and database of AT vendors to provide customers with up-to-date information on AT-related issues. They strive to ensure that all people in Montana with challenges have equitable access to assistive technology devices and services to enhance their independence, productivity, and quality of life. In pursuit of this goal, program staff work with consumers, service providers, educators, therapists, state agencies, private industry, researchers, legislators, and other interested individuals. Available equipment can be seen on https://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/equipment-loans-reuse/.

The program is completely free and funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended. MonTECH can be used to explore tools to help meet challenges, trial a device or serve a temporary need. They house equipment for vision and hearing impairment, learning disabilities, communication issues, mobility and positioning needs, and also adaptive recreation equipment.

MonTECH does not sell anything. Instead, they offer devices and equipment customers can borrow, and free 1:1 support to help them learn how to use the equipment. Loans are typically 30, 90, or 180 days and are limited to 12 items at a time. MonTECH covers shipping and return shipping anywhere in Montana, although some items are too large to ship and must be picked up at their Missoula location. Montanans with disabilities, or their family members, can also purchase assistive technology AT for a variety of needs through a link on their website.

Sue Duffey, MonDak Seniors president, Fairview, saw a notice for MonTECH and decided that more knowledge of this program would help a lot of people in the community. She contacted the program administration and asked them to come and speak about the program so others could learn about services and explore their impressive loan inventory of assistive technologies and adaptive equipment. The Fairview Senior Center will often have speakers and MonTECH regularly does tours by request.

For questions about the event contact Liz at [email protected].

 

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