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    Assistive Technology

    Children with disabilities often find they need help to function independently at home, school, work or play. The Assistive Technology Program at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU provides that support, offering evaluation, equipment and training for children with neuromuscular and developmental disability conditions, including:

    • Apraxia
    • Autism
    • Brain and spinal cord injuries
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Stroke

    Your child's team may include therapists, educational consultants and other specialists with expertise in assistive technology.  The team will conduct an evaluation to identify strengths and impairments, and recommend equipment that will enable your child to function as independently as possible. In followup sessions, therapists help you and your child become comfortable with the equipment and assist you in obtaining it, while developing individualized plans to integrate its use into everyday life.

    Individualized Services

    A wide variety of assistive technology services is available, including:
    • Assistive daily living aids for dressing, bathing, eating, etc.
    • Augmentative communication, to aid speech and language difficulties
    • Classroom, home or work-related modifications
    • Computer access and adaptations
    • Computer software evaluations
    • Electronic aids to daily living
    • Environmental controls
    • Independent living evaluations
    • Orthotics and custom headpointers
    • Positioning aids
    • Wheelchairs and customized seating

    We also offer Smart Suite, a simulated home environment with the latest and most versatile technology available to adapt your home, featuring an accessible kitchen, bedroom, living and bathroom setting. The rooms are equipped with assorted devices your child can test and be trained to use.

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    Augmentive Communication

    Appointments and Locations

    Referrals can be made by physicians, school systems, families, employers and others. Background information – medical and educational history, living and work environments – is collected before an evaluation is scheduled.

    To make a referral, call Brook Road Campus Patient Services at (804) 228-5818 or toll free at (800) 443-0893  or TDD via Virginia Relay Center at (800) 828-1120. Please specify the need for an assistive technology evaluation or services.

    Services are provided at the Brook Road Campus.

    Assistive Technology services are also available to adults.


    This program is accredited by The Joint Commission as part of an ambulatory survey process.


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