San Diego Assistive Technology Center (SDATC) offers many opportunities for increasing your knowledge about assistive technology solutions through the hands-on exploration of a wide array of adapted computer hardware/software, environmental control access and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. San Diego Assistive Technology Center is a member of the Ability Tools Network Loan Program.

Assistive Technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.

Here's what we offer:

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
AAC addresses the expressive communication needs of people with significant speech disability.

Alternative Computer Access and Software
Alternative computer access helps people with a disability to use a computer effectively.

Toy & Software Library
Mobile library designed to serve you in your own community. Our librarian travels throughout the county, using libraries, churches, recreation centers and Boys and Girls Clubs as play sites.

Device Lending Library
Various types of assistive technology equipment such as augmentative communication devices and alternative computer access equipment are loaned for a trial period through the statewide Ability Tools Program. UCP of San Diego is the Device Lending Library serving San Diego County.

Adaptive Computer Empowerment Services (A.C.E.S.)
A.C.E.S. provides low cost computers to low-income disabled and low-income seniors. Learn more


Open Labs

The San Diego Assistive Technology Center is available to individuals with disabilities, their families, professionals and the community at large!

Our open labs are a terrific way for you to learn all about Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Alternative Computer Access.

Here's the schedule of open lab dates in San Diego and North County:

San Diego
8665 Gibbs Drive, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123

Thursday, April 7
Thursday, April 7
Tuesday, April 19
Wednesday, May 11 9:00-11:00am*
Wednesday, May 11
Thursday, May 12 9:00-11:00am*
Thursday, June 2
Thursday, June 2 3:30-5:30pm
Wednesday, June 22

Staff attention for individual support is limited during lab hours due to number of participants.

*Spanish translation is available.

North County
205 W. Mission Avenue, Suite G
Escondido, California 92025

Friday, April 8
Friday, May 13
Friday, June 10 9:00-11:00am

Unlike the Open Labs at our San Diego Center, these North County sessions are by appointment only. Call (858) 278-5420, extension 121, to discuss your particular interest or need and set an appointment. We need to hear from you at least three working days prior to the Open Lab date in order to prepare and bring the particular A.T. for your appointment. Appointments cannot be scheduled on the day of the Open Lab.