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Assistive Technology

Tim Lehmann is totally blind.

But thanks to technology, he's able to work full time for southwest Missouri state university.

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Lehmann coordinates the southwest Missouri office of the equipment technology consortium, known as e-t-c.

The consortium allows individuals with disabilities to check out assistive technology devices for six weeks at a time.

He says the state-funded program is entirely free to those who use it.

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Assistive technology is quite expensive.

Lehmann says e-t-c tries to keep up with the latest technological advancements and make those devices available to its clients.

He says some individuals may want to check out a device first and try it out before purchasing it for their own use.

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And the consortium has a wide selection including hearing appliances, home modifications, and switches that enable those with limited mobility to move their wheelchairs and use computers.

The equipment that's available through e-t-c isn't just for private citizens.

Three hundred and fifty school districts around the state check out devices when their own equipment isn't working.

Lehmann says these devices provide disabled people with new opportunities.

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Last year, 1150 people checked out devices from the e-t-c.

For more information on the devices that are available through the consortium, you may call toll free 1-877-781-6275.4