The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley implements TechLink, a project designed to link individuals with disabilities or problems conducting activities of daily living to assistive technology. Increasing awareness and accessibility to assistive technology for people of all ages and types with disabilities is accomplished through programs of community education, family support, advocacy and services. Partially funded through a grant from West Virginia Assistive Technology Systems (WVATS) this tech team serves Roane, Ritchie, Wirt, Wood, Tyler, Pleasants, Doddridge, and Jackson counties. Assistive technology includes:
- Technology related assistance: either the provision of technology related devices or technology related services to improve the independence, quality of life or productive involvement in the community for individuals with disabilities.
- Technology related device: any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially, off-the-shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
- Technology related service: any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition or use of a technology-related device including: evaluation, purchasing and leasing equipment, selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing technology related devices, coordination of services with technology related devices such as those associated with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or an Individualized Written Rehabilitation Program (IWRP), or training and technical support.