Monday, May 9, 2011

AT Reuse: SUPER Service

Assistive technology helps individuals interact with their environment when limited by a disability, medical condition or age.  People who use assistive technology sometimes outgrow the piece of technology or simply get a new one. These pieces of discarded assistive technology can be in good condition and may have a lot of service life left in them. They can be useful to someone who might have limited income or does not want to pay the full price of a new one.  Recycling and reusing assistive technology not only makes sense for our environment, but it makes sense economically.
New ways of bringing together buyers and sellers have been popping up all over the nation. No longer are you limited to the local classifieds. Websites such as EBay and Craigslist have been very useful. And there are many resources that are specific to assistive technology.  A good place to start looking is the Simon Technology Center SUPER Service. At SUPER  (Still Useful Product and Equipment Referral) you can find items such as walkers, wheelchairs, communication devices, as well as other items having to do with assistive technology. This is a free service in which PACER helps connect the buyer and seller.  You can find this service athttp://www.pacer.org/stc/super/. There you will find listings of items for sale both locally and nationally listed by category. If you want to sell an item you can click on Post a used item online or print the seller form to easily list your item. You can also call us at 952-838-9000 and we will be happy to assist you with your listing.
Pass It On Center (PIOC) at http://passitoncenter.org/locations/search.aspx has resources listed by state. Other options include Goodwill Easter Seals of Minnesota which lists medical type equipment for long-term loan, and the Minnesota STAR Technology Equipment Exchange Program called STARTE 

1 comment:

  1. Yes, it's a true work of art making modern technology help our fellow disabled men, I wish it would have existed a long time ago so many could function as well as they can these days.

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