San Diego Assistive Technology Center (SDATC) offers many opportunities for increasing your knowledge about assistive technology solutions through the hands-on exploration of a wide array of adapted computer hardware/software, environmental control access and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. San Diego Assistive Technology Center is a member of the Ability Tools Network Loan Program.

Assistive Technology (AT) is 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 the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.

Here's what we offer:

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
AAC addresses the expressive communication needs of people with significant speech disability.

Alternative Computer Access and Software
Alternative computer access helps people with a disability to use a computer effectively.

Toy & Software Library
Mobile library designed to serve you in your own community. Our librarian travels throughout the county, using libraries, churches, recreation centers and Boys and Girls Clubs as play sites.

Device Lending Library
Various types of assistive technology equipment such as augmentative communication devices and alternative computer access equipment are loaned for a trial period through the statewide Ability Tools Program. UCP of San Diego is the Device Lending Library serving San Diego County.

Adaptive Computer Empowerment Services (A.C.E.S.)
A.C.E.S. provides low cost computers to low-income disabled and low-income seniors. Learn more


Open Labs

The San Diego Assistive Technology Center is available to individuals with disabilities, their families, professionals and the community at large!

Our open labs are a terrific way for you to learn all about Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Alternative Computer Access.

Here's the schedule of open lab dates:

San Diego
8665 Gibbs Drive, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123

Thursday, January 5
Friday, January 6
Wednesday, January 18
Thursday, January 19 9:00-11:00am*
Monday, February 6 9:00-11:00am*
Monday, February 13 3:30-5:30pm
Tuesday, February 21
Wednesday, February 22 9:00-11:00am
Wednesday, March 8
Wednesday, March 8 3:30-5:30pm
Monday, March 13 9:00-11:00am
Monday, March 13

*Spanish translation is available.

Staff attention for individual support is limited during lab hours due to the number of participants.

There are 2 new additions to the Open Labs:

Aided Language Stimulation Workshop
Do you have a communication device but aren’t sure what to do next? Join us for a 90-minute, hands-on workshop that teaches Aided Language Stimulation - the crucial first step in AAC implementation. Click here for information.

The Assistive Technology Center is excited to be partnering with the California Public Utilities Commission to provide individuals with a “Voice” by using tablet based communication apps to access the telephone and for other communication needs. Click here for information.

North County
205 W. Mission Avenue, Suite G
Escondido, California 92025

There are no Open Labs scheduled in North County this quarter.