A Resource & Education Center

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Oak Hill helps people with disabilities experience rich, fulfilling lives in their community. Through education, assistive technology, programs and advocacy, we support them at every stage of life. We also provide a robust array of services to those people who work with, live with, and care for, people challenged by disabilities.

The NEAT (New England Assistive Technology) Center at Oak Hill is a place to learn about the latest technologies, products, equipment, and services that assist people with day-to-day activities that they have trouble doing themselves, either because of a disability or the effects of aging. It is also a place to donate or buy durable medical equipment.

Our Mission: Oak Hill sets the standard, partnering with people with disabilities, to provide services and solutions promoting independence, education, health and dignity.

The Connecticut Institute for the Blind, Inc. (dba Oak Hill) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.



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Discounted benefits include: Members Only Events|Workshops|AT Assessments|Rental Space|Computer Lab|AT Lending Library

Membership is extended to: School Districts|Businesses, Employers, Non-Profits|Clinical Professionals|Libraries and Museums
Click here to view our Members List for FY 2016.



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Learn about NEAT's Professional Development Classes. 

The NEAT on-line workshop calendar.

Download Attachment: 2015 - 2016 Curriculum

Borrow Equipment

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Are you a clinician and want to trial equipment for someone you serve? Then, you've come to the right place! Rifton and R82/Snug Seat have been generous enough to leave new equipment at NEAT for evaluation purposes. These pieces can be borrowed, by clinicians, at no charge, for UP TO 4 WEEKS for K-12. Click here to get started. *If you are a Birth to Three provider clinician and would like to borrow equipment, please visit the B23 portion of our website. Logon required.



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Information For Featured News & Events

The NEAT Center is a program of Oak Hill

For People with Disabilities

Blind/Visual Impairments
Deaf/Hearing Impairments
Intellectual Disabilities
Other Physical Disabilities
Multiple Disabilities

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Chapter 126 | An Oak Hill Center

Chapter 126 is an adaptive recreational sports and fitness center, open to youth, adults, veterans and seniors with physical disabilities. It is also one of NEAT's satellite centers. Click here to learn more!

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Camp Hemlocks | An Oak Hill Center

Easter Seals Camp Hemlocks offers maximum participation for CT’s youth, adults, veterans and seniors with physical or developmental disabilities along with their families, friends and caregivers. Click here for the Facebook site. For more information on the program cal 860-242-2274.

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CRSE | An Oak Hill Center

Oak Hill's Center for Relationship and Sexuality Education is dedicated to providing information and teaching strategies on how you, as an educator or caregiver, can help the people you serve, make safe and healthy relationship/life choices. Click here to watch a video on the importance of this subject matter and on how to begin your teaching process. For more information, please visit our website or email: Katie.Hanley@oakhillct.org or Jacilyn.Fricks@oakhillct.org

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Oak Hill’s work with blind and visually impaired veterans through its New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) Center, is critical to helping them return to self-sufficiency and employment. The Veterans’ Administration and the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts, are eager to get veterans back to work, offering tax benefits to companies who hire them.

Learn more about our program

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Assistive Technology Assessments - Evaluations/Consultations

Are you looking for an assessment in: AT (Assistive Technology) or Blind/Low Vision Technology? Our professional staff are here to help! Click here to get started.


Business Hours and Contact Information

Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm | 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 9:00am - 2:00pm | Closed on Sundays and most holidays.

Phone: (860) 243-2869 | Fax: (860) 286-3111 | Email: info@neatmarketplace.org


CAPS Training

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Become a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist!

Whether you’re an occupational therapist, physical therapist, durable medical equipment provider, nurse, physician, home health agency, case manager, architect, interior designer, attorney, financial planner, non-profit agency, support group staff, or anyone else interested in working with and helping people remain safely and comfortably in their homes as they age, this coursework is for you. All three courses will be held at the NEAT Center.

Monday, June 20th | 9am - 5pm

Tuesday, June 21st | 9am - 5pm

Wednesday, June 22nd | 9am - 5pm

All three courses are required to receive designation.

For more information and course descriptive, please download the flyer.

To register, contact Steve Hoffacker at: (561) 685-5555 or steve@stevehoffacker.com


Download Attachment: CAPS 2016 flyer

Universal Design/Build Course

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Whether you’re an occupational therapist, physical therapist, durable medical equipment provider, nurse, physician, non-profit agency, support group staff, consultant, or anyone else interested in assessing and creating effective solutions for people to live safely and comfortably in their new or existing homes, at any age or ability, this course is for you. Over the course of two days, you'll learn about:

  • What Universal Design means and how to apply it
  • Using technology to your advantage
  • Evaluating home entrances for safety and use
  • Creating accessible homes, etc. and so much more!

Date: 6-23-16 and 6-24-16

Time: 9am - 5pm

Presenter: Steve Hoffacker

Fee: Two-day classes | $500 for HBA members / $550 for non-members

  1. Note: No "CAPS" designation required to attend


To register, contact Steve Hoffacker at: (561) 685-5555 or steve@stevehoffacker.com

For course descriptive and more information, please download the flyer.

Download Attachment: Univeral Design Flyer