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.

Voice Options
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. For more information contact myoshida@ucpsd.org or call (858) 278-5420 x121.

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.

No Open Labs Are Scheduled for April and May. Feel free to contact us at (858) 278-5420 x121 to schedule an appointment.


AAC from A to Z

Do you have a communication device but aren’t sure what to do next?

Join us on May 24 or June 14 for a workshop to get you started with Augmentative and Alternative Communication, with Susan Berkowitz, M.S., C.C.C., SLP.

Susan Berkowitz, UCP's Speech and Language Consultant, was recently named one of the top 5 AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) bloggers by the website My Student Voices. Susan's website, Kidz Learn Language, was noted as being one of the more active AAC blogs out there - providing tips, ideas, and resources for developing language in children with significant or complex communication disorders.

Click here for more information.