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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Are you curious about what NEAT has to offer or are you happy with your current membership? If so, apply or renew NOW for the upcoming 2015 - 2016 year and "Stay in the Loop" with all things AT!

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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The NEAT curriculum for the new year is here! Download your copy below. Please join us in exploring the latest technologies that will help you help your learners. Register for our cutting edge workshops/events and "Stay Ahead of the Curve"!

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 "try out" 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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Sign up NOW for NEAT's e-newsletter and stay current on all of the cutting-edge technologies, services, and events that are happening at NEAT! Download The NEAT Center Brochure.



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Recently, NEAT staff members Nicole Feeney and Jennifer Baker, sat down with Mary Silverberg at West Hartford Community Television (WHCT) to talk about assistive technology devices available for people with disabilities. Check it out by clicking the link!


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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Birth to Three Providers
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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 or to apply for camp, please contact Jennifer Merkent at Jen.Merkent@oakhillct.org

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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


8th Annual "Tools for Schools" Conference

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Seats are filling fast. Don't forget to register for our "Tools for Schools" event!

Rethinking Instructional Strategies to Reach All Learners: Developing Tech Toolboxes for Success

Keynote Presenter:  Karen Janowski, Assistive & Educational Technology Consultant, EdTech Solutions, Reading, MA

This presentation will address a variety of resources for elementary through high school learners. We will explore tools, which bypass reading and writing challenges, offer content creation options and alternative ways to demonstrate learning. It has never been a more exciting time to be an educator! Click here for more information.

Date: 11-5-15

Fee: $75 members and non-menbers


“Dollar Store” AT Solutions

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Assistive Technology doesn’t have to be expensive! This make-and-take workshop will provide participants with a “Low- Tech Accommodation Toolkit” that contains an assortment of low-tech AT tools that can be found at their local dollar store. Click here for more information.

Date: 10-9-15

Fee: $115 members | $165 non-members


Window Eyes University

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10-8 and 10-9, 2015  Are you interested in learning how to access the Windows 7 or 8.1 operating system from Microsoft? Do you need help learning how to browse the web more efficiently? If you answered yes, then this class is for you!

Fee: $650 for both days

  • A limited number of scholarships are available for graduates of Oak Hill School and will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. Please call 860-286-3100 for more information on scholarships.

  • Prerequisite: None

  • Additional charge for CEU's

Or contact Kim Moore at 802-367-6110 or email:kmoore@aisquared.com

Download Attachment: Window Eyes Training Flyer 2015

Home Accessibility 101

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Has accessing your living space become a challange for you? Do you want to learn how to help yourself and those you care about? We're here to help! Click here for more information.

Special: All attendees will receive a 10% discount on any purchase at the NEAT Equipment Restoration Center.

Date: 10-19-15


Registration required by Monday, October 12, 2015.   

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Clicker Communicator

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During this hands-on training, participants will discover the three ready-made Vocabulary Sets included with the app, and will learn how to download or create and then edit personalized Vocabulary Sets in just minutes! Click here for more information.

Date: 11-9-15

Fee: $75 members | $100 non-members

Registration required by Monday, November 2, 2015.


Training at the Hemlocks Center - Using Technology to Create a Good Life

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Do you work with or provide support to someone with access and functional needs? Do you want to learn what technologies are avaialbe to help you help them? Please join us for this FREE informational seminar. Click here for more information.

Date: 11-16-15