TECHNOLOGY RELATED ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS DISABILITIES (TRAID)
To help individuals with disabilities obtain necessary assistive technology services and environmental modifications.
Assistive Technology commonly refers to products, devices or equipment, whether purchased, modified or created, that are used to maintain, increase or improve the independence of individuals with disabilities. Environmental Modifications (E-mods) are internal and external physical adaptations to the home, which are necessary to ensure the health, welfare and safety of an individual. These modifications enable individuals to function with greater independence.
Services are available to individuals of all ages with disabilities, their family members, service providers, employers, educators and others who are interested in disability issues or assistive technology.
TRAID Services are provided in the following counties:
(607) 724-2111 (Voice/TTY)
1 (877) 722-9150 (Toll-free Voice/TTY)
TRAID Project Activities
As the Regional TRAID Center, we serve individuals with disabilities and community members by:
- Obtaining information on technology devices, services, and/or resources in response to customer requests.
- Providing referrals to known service provider agencies/vendors in response to customer requests.
- Providing in house at consultations to match a person with appropriate assistive technology in order to meet their needs.
- Maintaining and demonstrating examples of assistive devices, which are available for customers to try and evaluate.
- Providing training to individuals with disabilities, families, service providers, educators and employers about the values of assistive technology.
- Disseminating information on assistive technology, TRAID services and activities to customers through mailings, media, newsletters, and related events.
- Operating an Early Intervention Equipment Loan Closet and demonstration center for infants and toddlers and their families, funded by the New York State Health Department Early Intervention Program. Equipment is loaned to families and providers at no cost for temporary loan.
Revolving Door Loan Closet
The Revolving Door loan closet provides equipment to people with disabilities at no cost. This may include wheelchairs, tub seats and benches, canes walkers and various other types of equipment. Certain items may be given away to people while others are only available as a loan. Those in need of equipment can call to get more information and to inquire about the Loan Closet inventory.
The loan closet also accepts donations of certain types of equipment. Devices as simple as a walker and as complex as a voice-activated communication device are accepted as donations. When items are donated, they are “recycled” and donated to individuals in the community who need them through our program. The Loan Closet is a tangible way of lending a hand to the community.
Other TRAID Centers
For information about TRAID Centers in other areas of New York State, call or write to:
1 EMPIRE STATE PLAZA
ALBANY, NY 12223
Assistive Technology Loan and Demonstration Closet Inventory
The following items are available to all community members for loan or demonstration. Loans are a free service provided by the TRAID Project and STIC. We generally ask that all items be returned after 8 weeks, however extensions can be arranged. Because a large part of this program is supported by community donations to the revolving door loan closet, our inventory often changes. If you cannot find what you are looking for in this inventory list, or would like training or a consultation, please contact the TRAID Project Coordinator, Kevin Jackowski at 724-2111.
Click on the categories links below for specific list of items.