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Rhode Island Assistive Technology Access Partnership - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Rhode Island Assistive Technology Access Partnership
Office of Rehabilitation Services
40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 462-7917 (Local)
(401) 222-3574 (Fax)
(800) 916-8324 (Toll-Free)
(401) 421-7016 (TDD/TTY)


Melanie Sbardella, Program Director,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Advocacy
    • Advocates on behalf of individuals to help them obtain appropriate assistive technology from publicly funded programs.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Works with state agencies to ensure the consideration of assistive technology in all phases of the vocational rehabilitation process; works to increase employment opportunities by raising awareness of assistive technology among the business community; and works with the state workforce development system to ensure access and appropriate use of assistive technology by employers.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Works with transition programs to make technology more accessible to young people moving from high school to adult life; provides information and resources to Rhode Island schools to ensure that assistive technology is considered in student's individualized education plan; and works with early intervention programs to improve access to technology for children under three years old.
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