About Us

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Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA) is Alaska’s only comprehensive assistive technology (AT) resource center. AT can be the key to greater independence and productivity for people in their home, school, community, and/or place of employment. ATLA provides demonstrations, information, and device loans to help Alaskans make informed decisions and select the AT that best meets their needs.

Mission Statement

To enhance the quality of life for Alaskans through assistive technology.

Our Snapshot

ATLA is a nonprofit organization specializing in assessments, assistive technology, and technology training services. We work with government, business, education, health services organziations, and individuals to provide accessible and cost-effective technology solutions to promote independent living and success.

Our Beliefs

Our agency believes in the right of consumers to make informed choices. We also believe that everyone should:

•     have the opportunity to achieve his or her maximum potential.
•     have the opportunity to share knowledge, express feelings, and be heard.
•     be able to actively participate in his or her own learning.
•     have access to the tools that can provide them with a way to read, write, communicate, and learn.
•     work in partnership to effectively enhance an individual’s quality of life through independence.
“Communication is the essence of human life.” - (Daniel Webster)

ATLA provides information, resources, demonstrations, loans, and the ability to purchase the following devices and/or software:

•     Aids for daily living
•     Aids for Blindness & Low Vision
•     Augmentative or Alternative Communication (AAC) devices
•     Computer access devices and software
•     Devices for Deaf & Hard of Hearing
•     Aids for Environmental Controls
•     Aids for educational needs


AT Spotlight: Refreshable Braille Displays

Picture of the braille edge refreshable display on a stage with lights shining on it. The top of the picture says "Assistive Technology Spotlight" and the bottom of the picture has ATLA's logo.

Today, ATLA would like to shine the AT Spotlight on refreshable braille displays. Refreshable braille displays are assistive devices used to read text in Braille that is generally displayed on a computer monitor or tablet. The refreshable braille display is connected to the tablet, idevice, or computer by bluetooth and generates the text  in braille on the keyboard for the user to read.  

There are a variety of refreshable braille displays on the market. Here at ATLA, the model we have available for demonstration is the HIMS Braille Edge 40.  It is a refreshable Braille display with the features of a basic notetaker.  The Braille Edge 40 is not just a braille display with 40 cells. In fact, there are several applications built right into the unit.

The applications and functions built-in the unit include:

  • Notepad application for doing basic word processing functions
  • Can be used as a braille display for Windows, iOS device, or MAC
  • Basic calculator for math
  • Clock
  • Alarm to remind you of appointments
  • Stopwatch
  • Countdown timer
  • Built-in schedule manager
  • and more!

In addition to this, the user can put up to 32GB on the SD cards for storage of books and documents. The braille display is very firm and weighs less than two pounds. As of version 1.1, the Braille Edge supports multiple different language tables including Spanish, french, German, Italian, English UK, Polish, English US, and more.

Contact ATLA @ 907-563-2599 or atla@atlaak.org to schedule a demonstration to learn more about the Braille Edge and other refreshable braille displays.

Program Services @ a Glance

Fee for Service

Statewide services include trainings, workshops, device & software reseller, assessments, implementation, and individual training. The average assessment starts at $380 plus travel expenses.

ATLA is able to provide webinars, onsite training and workshops on a range of specific Assistive Technology (AT) topics to meet your professional development needs.   Cost negotiated per training.

An assessment is an individualized process designed to meet specific and unique technology needs of the consumer. The documentation consists of a comprehensive written report with specific recommendations and strategies for implementation.

An AT assessment is generally requested by a consumer and/or the payer of the service (e.g. DVR, school district, long term care organization, etc.) to provide thorough information about the AT options available to the consumer through a feature matching process.

Available to all Alaskans.

Tech Act

The Tech Act offers information and awareness, outreach, demonstrations, short term loans (2-4 wks), and equipment re-utilization

The Tech Act is intended to promote people’s awareness of, and access to, AT devices and services. The Act seeks to provide AT to persons with disabilities, so they can more fully participate in education, employment, and daily activities on a level playing field with other members of their communities.

This program is available to people with disabilities of all ages in all environments including: Education, Employment, Community Living, and IT/Telecommunications.


The ReLease program offers long-term equipment loans.

Examples include:

  • Alzheimer/Dementia kits
  • Augmentative communication devices
  • Computer & mobile devices for cognition, memory, and learning
  • Computer access & mounting systems
  • Recreation equipment
  • Vision devices
  • and much more!

The availability of AT devices for rental is rare. However, ATLA recognizes that many professionals and potential users occasionally require the short-term use of AT devices. To meet these individual needs, ATLA has developed a flexible rental service program. The purpose of the ReLease Program is to allow Alaskans who experience a qualifying disability the cost effective opportunity to rent assistive technology (AT) equipment for up to 12 months. These are long-term equipment loans (30 days, 6 mos, 12 mos) provided for a small monthly, bi-annual, or annual fee based on a sliding scale. The scale is based on the total value of the device (s), not on the applicant’s income eligibility. The fee schedule is for the rental of ReLease equipment for individuals with disabilities not covered by an agency.

To apply for the ReLease program you must be a person with mental illness, a person with developmental disabilities, a person with chronic alcoholism or other substance related disorders, or a person with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.


Through the SensAbility program you are eligible to lifetime equipment loans. Some examples include: alert systems, amplified phones, devices for daily living, handheld magnifiers, handheld electronic devices , large-button phones, and personal listening devices.

Sensability was established to support members of our community with vision and hearing loss.The goal for this grant is to provide eligible persons with assistive technology (AT) through lifetime loans. Consumers receive a consultation, training, set-up, and follow-up.

To apply you must have hearing and/or vision loss. Also you must be either a person with mental illness, a person with developmental disability, a person with chronic alcoholism or other substance related disorders, or a person with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.


The AKCanConnect program offers telecommunications assessment, telecommunications technology distribution, and trainings.

The goal of the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) is to ensure that every person with combined hearing and vision loss has access to modern telecommunication tools and the training necessary to use them, granting every individual the opportunity to interact with the world as an involved, contributing member of society. The program provides outreach, assessments, telecommunications technology and training free of charge to those who meet federal eligibility guidelines.

To apply you must have an income that does not exceed 400% of the poverty level, be deaf-blind (as defined by the Helen Keller Act), and have progressive hearing loss and progressive vision loss.

Alaska Relay

Alaska Relay program offers information and awareness, outreach, and demonstrations.

Alaska Relay is a free service that provides full telephone accessibility between people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-disabled and people who can hear. This service allows text-telephone (tty) or assistive equipment users to communicate with standard (voice) telephone users through specially trained relay operators.

The grant is available to service providers, consumers, and family members.

Alaska Relay Equipment Distribution Program

Through the Alaska Relay program you are eligible for the Caption Phone, Teletype (TTY), Voice Carry-Over (VCO) Phone, and Hearing Carry-Over (HCO) Phone.

Through the Equipment Distribution Program, eligible applicants can receive a free relay equipment.

To apply you must apply for low income and have hearing loss or a speech disability.

Alaska Center for Accessible Media (akCam)

The akCam program provides Accessible Instructional Materials, information and awareness, outreach, and demonstrations.

akCam provides information, resources, and professional development to Alaskan schools and families to help meet the needs of students with many types of print disabilities.

This program is available to students with print disabilities. That includes visual impairment/blindness/low vision, physical disability that significantly affects the use of printed materials, or learning or reading disability that has a physical basis and significantly affects the use of print.


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