The term "assistive technology" describes a wide array of technology meant to help children and adults with disabilities in their daily lives. Below you will find information on assistive technology resources, conferences, and more.
The mission of Missouri Assistive Technology is to increase access to assistive technology for Missourians with all types of disabilities, of all ages.
1501 NW Jefferson St.
Blue Springs, MO 64015-7242
Telephone: (816) 655-6700
Toll-Free: (800) 647-8557
TTY: (816) 655-6711
Toll-Free TTY: 800-647-8558
Fax: (816) 655-6710
- Information Technology Accessibility
- Device Recycling and Exchange Program
- Accessible Instructional Materials
- Information Resources and Publications
- National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials Accessibility
Each year, the Missouri Assistive Technology Council hosts the Power Up Conference and Expo with a mission of strengthening the capacity of people with disabilities, educators, independent living staff, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, information technology technicians, librarians and media specialists, and service providers in assuring the provision of assistive technology.
Assistive technology demonstration sites allow people with disabilities to discover new technology in the areas of communication, vision and hearing equipment, computer aids, general daily living aids, and more. Recycling sites provide low-cost and exchange equipment programs to make assistive technology more available for people with disabilities. Please note that demonstration equipment may vary from site to site, so it is best to contact the specific program in your area for more information.
Heartland Independent Living Center (HILC)
Contact: Pat Chambers
1010 Hwy 28 West
Owensville, MO 65066
Phone/TTY: (573) 437-5100
Coalition for Independence (CFI)
Contact: David Baker
3101 Broadway, Suite 101
Kansas City, MO 64111
Rural Advocates for Independent Living (RAIL)
1100 S. Jamison
Kirksville, MO 63501
Show-Me Services for Independent Living
Contact: Darrell Wooten
1401 Hathman Place
Columbia, MO 65201
TTY: (573) 874-4121
The Independent Living Center (TILC)
Contact: Stephanie Brady
2639 E. 34th Street
Joplin, MO 64804
TTY: (417) 659-8702
SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence (SADI)
Contact: Kristal Berkbigler-Friese
1913 Rusmar Avenue
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
TTY: (573) 651-6464
Missouri State University (MSU)
Contact: Tim Lehmann
901 S. National Ave., Hill Hall 401
Springfield, MO 65897
Southwest Center for Independent Living (SCIL)
Contact: Jen Reese
2864 S. Nettleton
Springfield, MO 65807
Phone/TTY: (417) 886-1188
MO AT Recycling/Exchange Programs
In addition to the centers listed above, Missouri Assistive Technology (MO AT) provides two programs that assist in providing low-cost assistive technology to individuals with disabilities:
Missouri Assistive Technology's Swap 'n Shop equipment exchange program is a "classified ads" service that connects people with available adaptive devices or assistive technology! MO AT provides a listing of equipment that consumers would like to buy, sell, trade or donate at Swap 'n Shop.
Durable Medical Equipment Recycling Program
MO AT Durable Medical Equipment Recycling Program provides low-cost recycled walkers, crutches, canes, commodes, shower chairs, manual and power wheelchairs, positioning equipment and miscellaneous wheelchair parts (i.e.— tires, cushions, arm rests, and footplates). Small fees are charged to individuals with disabilities based on their ability to pay to obtain adaptive equipment from the recycling program. Equipment donations are also accepted. Contact MO AT for more information.