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About ETTAC

The East Tennessee Technology Access Center (ETTAC) is a regional nonprofit agency that helps people with disabilities gain knowledge about and access to assistive technology devices. These devices help people with disabilities gain education and employment skills, perform activities of daily living, and lead more independent, productive lives. ETTAC's assistive technology equipment is used for assessment and training, and some devices may also be available for loan.

Our Mission:

To connect people with disabilities in East Tennessee to the adaptive technology tools and services they need to live with maximum independence and dignity.

 

ETTAC's History

ETTAC was started in 1988 by a group of parents, adults with disabilities, business people and service providers in the community who held an uncommon belief in the power of technology to help people with disabilities reach their goals. Since 1988, ETTAC has provided a wide range of assistive technology services to thousands of people with disabilities, teachers, therapists, other service providers, and area businesses. ETTAC works with people with disabilities of all ages and all types of disabilities, and no one is denied services based on ability to pay, age, type of disability, race, religion, or sex.

 

Value Statement 

East Tennessee Technology Access Center is an organization that seeks to redefine human potential by making technology a regular part of the lives of people with disabilities. We strive to do this by providing easy access to conventional and assistive technologies, related services, and information resources which enable people with disabilities to achieve success, independence, and productivity according to their individual needs, goals, and interests. Assistive technology services are provided by a qualified team of people committed to excellence, supportive of each other's personal and professional growth, and united in our commitment to support the needs and goals of people with disabilities, their families, and service providers in East Tennessee. We continuously strive to improve the quality of our services and exemplify the following values in the provision of our services:

 

    • People with disabilities have the right to participate in all environments without barriers;  
    • Technology can be used to reduce or eliminate environmental and attitudinal barriers facing people with disabilities;
    • People with disabilities have the right to control and direct their own choices, and the right to access the information they need in order to make informed decisions according to their goals and interests; and, 
    • People with disabilities have the right to employ assistive technology devices, strategies, and training necessary to maximize their independence and productivity. 

(Adapted from the mission and values of the National Alliance for Technology Access, Petaluma, CA.)