NEAT 1st Time Visitors Guide

Who We Serve

One out of five people in the United States has a disability.

The NEAT Center serves people of all ages with all types of disabilities. This includes disabilities caused by accidents, illness, disease, chronic conditions and aging. It also includes both physical and intellectual disabilities.

People who benefit include:

  • People with disabilities and their families
  • Seniors
  • Employers and businesses
  • Educators, school administrators and superintendents
  • Disability advocates
  • Therapists and clinicians
  • Medical and healthcare professionals
  • Disability Product Vendors
  • Referral sources
  • State agencies and policy makers
 

Our Services

Assistive Technology (AT) Consultation and Evaluation Services – provides school-based training and technical assistance on-site at the NEAT Center at Oak Hill (locations) or off-site at schools in communities throughout the state (school district members); provides professional development
Equipment Restoration Center (ERC) – provides personal consultations to people with temporary or permanent disabilities with equipment and services they need to live, learn and work.  We accept donations of gently used disability equipment which is repaired and restored and sold to consumers at a savings of 50% to 80% of the original price when new. See our Inventory
Demonstration Center – comprised of a Computer Lab, Training and Evaluation Rooms; an Exposition Hall and an Information and Resource Library; provides resources and information on today’s disability equipment and services; ability to try out the latest technology through expositions, product demonstrations; trainings and workshops
Membership – a member organization with many benefits: free and reduced priced professional development classes; unlimited use of the Lending Library; reduced rate to rent the facility; free admission and display space at bi-annual EXPO’s; and much more. 

Blindness Related Services and Supports

  • a wide variety of blind and low vision equipment and services
  • blind and low vision evaluation and training provided for adults in their own home or at their work site
  • blind and low vision recommendations for human resource professionals to assist their employees
  • job placement assistance and computer training for adults interested in meaningful employment
  • computer training programs 
  • receive information current job opportunities
  • identify transportation options
  • assistance on enhancing interview skills
  • summer camp for youth with low vision and blindness
  • Vision Open Houses
  • Certified Aging In Place Specialists (CAPS) – highly trained staff will provide evaluations and recommendations which may allow a person to improve everyday function and independence and safely remain in their home
  • Professional Development – year round training and speaker’s series, course curriculum offered in Assistive Technology (AT) services, programs and products; opportunities for continuing education units 
  • Scholarships – the Legacy Fund provides scholarship opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired. Learn more
  • Rental Information – is a fully accessible facility with 12,500 square feet of flexible space to accommodate a wide variety of events. Learn more
  • The Really NEAT Store – retail store with the latest adaptive devices and disability equipment; offered at the Hartford location
 

Where is the NEAT Center at Oak Hill located?

The NEAT Center currently has two locations, but has plans to expand in Connecticut and New England

  1. Hartford:  120 Holcomb Street; corners of Holcomb and Coventry Streets (directions)
  2. Stratford: 80 Ferry Boulevard (directions) – a partner with Disability Resource Center of Fairfield County
 

NEAT Center is a nonprofit

A program of Oak Hill, a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation
 

Hours of operation

Hartford – Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM; open first Saturday of each month; closed most national and federal holidays

Stratford – Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 4:00PM; each Tuesday, scheduled appointments with Don Hoerman, director of Equipment Restoration Center

 

How do I get started?

Call us today at (860) 243-2869; toll free in CT (866) 526-4492; (860) 286-3113 TTY or email us at info@neatmarketplace.org; also you may visit: Oak Hill Website:  www.ciboakhill.org
 
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