Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center

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What is ATAC?

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) serves as New Jersey’s federally funded assistive technology project through a sub-contract with New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Its purpose is to assist individuals across New Jersey in overcoming barriers in the system and making assistive technology more accessible to individuals with disabilities throughout the state of New Jersey.


Featured Content

Join the ATAC Team! Job Announcement

ATAC is expanding our team by adding an AT Social Supports Specialist. For full job responsibilities and qualification requirements, visit the DRNJ website job announcement.


House Introduces Bill to Reauthorize the AT Act

From Association of Assistive Technology Act Projects (ATAP):
On September 29, 2022 H.R. 9028, the 21st Century Assistive Technology Act was introduced by Representatives Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), and Joe Sempolinski (R-NY). The bill would modernize and update the current law authorizing Assistive Technology Act Programs and Protection and Advocacy Systems related to assistive technology. Reflecting much of what is included in S. 2401, which was introduced in 2021 by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and cosponsored by Republican Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), both bills would reauthorize the nation’s Assistive Technology Act Programs and are supported by Assistive Technology State and Territory Grantees.  For more information, here is a link to the bill.


FREE Opportunity to Learn About Assistive Technology

To obtain your FREE access to this online learning opportunity please fill out the form.

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) is pleased to announce a continuation of the partnership with the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) to provide complimentary unlimited access to the ATIA Learning Center. The Learning Center provides access to an array of recorded learning sessions focusing on all aspect of assistive technology.  Learn more about the ATIA Learning Center at https://www.atia.org/learning-center/ 

Watch our information session about the ATIA Learning Center

Please note: This opportunity is only for New Jersey residents and those who work for NJ agencies.


Save the Date! Exciting PD Event Coming Soon

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center is excited to offer this exciting professional learning experience related to Assistive Technology. 

The event will be delivered live at the Mercer Community College Conference Center, West Windsor NJ

Fill out the form to be added to the mailing list for event details

Introduction to PODD (2 Day Event) 

(Tentatively scheduled: mid March 2023)

PODD Training is a two-day course that will demonstrate the use of a Pragmatic Organization of Dynamic Display (PODD) approach developed by Gayle Porter (Melbourne, Australia). Generic templates for multi-page “light tech” communication books have been carefully designed to support genuine communication for a variety of functions throughout the day. These templates may be customized for a range of access methods and other individual needs.



ATAC provides funding to sub-contractors throughout New Jersey in order to effectively provide the core services of the AT Act:

Device Demonstrations

ATAC Director Mike Marotta showing two educators how to use built in accessibility features of a Chromebook.
ATAC can provide opportunities for NJ residents with disabilities to become familiar with specific types of AT by comparing and contrasting the functions and features of devices through hands on exploration.

Device Loan

Display shelves with an array of assistive technology tools ready to be loaned to a NJ resident!
ATAC provides a library of AT devices available to NJ residents with disabilities to borrow, for a limited time period, to try before you buy. That way you can decide if a device is right for you before purchasing.

Device Re-utilization

Device reuse warehouse with a variety of wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment devices.
ATAC supports the reuse of assistive technology, through a partnership with Goodwill Home Medical Equipment, to get equipment out of the basements / garage and into the hands of NJ residents with disabilities who can use it (at a significant cost savings to the individual).

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About

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of Disability Rights New Jersey serves as New Jersey’s federally funded AT project. #AT4NJ

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Opening Hours

Monday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed