New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) Center provides the opportunity 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.
NEAT was developed after Oak Hill, our parent organization, conducted a study to determine the unmet needs of people with disabilities in Connecticut. The overwhelming response was access to assistive technology – how to find it, try it out and purchase it cost-effectively. A pilot program was launched in 1999 to determine the feasibility of the program.
Over the next three years, over 6,000 people with disabilities, their families and the professionals who work with them let us know we were most definitely meeting a need. Since NEAT was finally established in 2002, we have been serving tens of thousands of people every year through our equipment restoration services, resource center, lending library, and assistive technology services for the entire community of disability professionals and caregivers, including educators, clinicians, therapists, healthcare professionals, disability advocates, employers and business owners.
We are a proud partner agency of the State of Connecticut Tech Act Project (CTTAP). The Connecticut Tech Act Project is the federally funded statewide Assistive Technology (AT) program that focuses on increasing access to Assistive Technology devices and services for individuals with disabilities of all ages, all disabilities and for all domains of life.
The Connecticut Tech Act Project and the New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) Center have had a long-standing partnership, which includes a written agreement for NEAT to provide services and activities under Section 4 of the AT Act, including AT device demonstrations, AT device lending, Reuse, Training and more to individuals with disabilities in our state.