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United Cerebral Palsy Awarded Assistive Technology Regional Center Contract
02:28PM / Monday, March 20, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County has been awarded the Assistive Technology Regional Center contract through 2027.

The anticipated annual amount for the contract is $100,000 per year. Funding for this program is part of the MassMATCH federal program which is administered by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and allows UCP to lend assistive technology equipment and offer demonstrations throughout Western Massachusetts.

"At UCP, we believe technology is the key to unlocking human potential, so I am pleased to announce that UCP has been officially awarded the contract to offer Assistive Technology Regional Center services to Western Massachusetts," said Sal Garozzo, executive director of UCP of Berkshire County. "This secures the future of UCP's Assistive Technology Program through 2027. Through the program, UCP offers unique assistive technology services that help fulfill our vision of a life without limits for persons with disabilities."

The funds will be used by UCP to purchase assistive equipment and to educate the community about the benefits and uses of assistive technology through workshops and device demonstrations. Loans of assistive technology devices and durable medical equipment are free of charge, so people can learn about and try out the latest equipment. Device loans are useful for those considering a purchase, wanting to "test drive" a particular product, or needing a "loaner" while their own equipment is out for repair.

"The center can help educators and employers seeking an equipment trial, or people with temporary disabilities who need a device. We also facilitate the necessary assessments and requirements for people needing equipment purchased on a permanent basis," Garozzo said.

For more information about UCP's Assistive Technology Program, contact Amanda at 413-664-9345, ext. 20, or adonahue@ucpberkshire.org.

 

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