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Using Assistive Technology Service to Access Remote Supports

A smart phone and a tablet sitting on a tableProviding services remotely continues to be a critical approach to support during this time. It is important that we help individuals access remote services even when they do not have the equipment they need to receive support. We hope to have additional information available to support you in the coming weeks, but for now, here are some resources to help you navigate providing access to remote services. 

​Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations (BSASP) programs offer an Assistive Technology Service to individuals who are already receiving BSASP services which may help a person get the technology they need to receive services remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are made aware of an individual who does not have the necessary tools to receive services remotely (e.g., a smart device like a tablet or smartphone,) reach out to that individual's Supports Coordinator (SC) as soon as possible so that the SC can submit a request for Assistive Technology.

For individuals who have limited access to the internet, check out this resource for free or low-cost internet options during COVID19. This resource also offers information about free or low-cost options, but aims to answer specific questions about accessing the internet that may come up when determining an individual’s internet needs.

Are there other strategies or recommendations that have been effective for the participants you support? If so, let us know! Please send any suggestions or  questions related to this email or requests for additional resources to RA-basprovidersupprt@pa.gov