As a library, we are happy to provide our patrons with our players to listen to books, but we often get questions about “anything else” we may have. While we do not have other forms of assistive technology available to the public to rent or buy, the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP) does! They are a federally funded program that is part of the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina that specializes in all forms of assistive technology. Their highly knowledgeable staff can assist with demonstrations, temporary device loans, and trainings. SCATP also has adapted toys and switches as well as devices for individuals of all ages.
If you need financial assistance for purchasing, the staff can assist with finding public and private funding for devices for those who qualify. SCATP does not sell equipment directly, but they allow you to try a device before you commit to purchasing and can recommend the best way to acquire the devices that fit your needs. Every spring, SCATP hosts the free Assistive Technology Expo, which is for individuals with disabilities, their families, seniors, educators, veterans, and healthcare professionals. To schedule a customized, guided tour, or to request more information, call 803-935-5263.
Midlands Center, Poplar Building
8301 Farrow Road
Columbia SC, 29203
Phone number: 803-935-5263