San Diego Assistive Technology Center (SDATC)

As an Alliance for Technology Access Resource Center, San Diego Assistive Technology Center (SDATC) offers many opportunities for increasing your knowledge about assistive technology solutions through the hands-on exploration of a wide array of adapted computer hardware/software, environmental control access and Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices (AAC) devices. The mission of the San Diego Assistive Technology Center is to:

  • Support families in the critical role they play in helping their children reach their full potential by providing access to toys as learning tools.

  • Develop strategies, which assist individuals who are non-speaking to say what is on their mind without the need for interpretation or guessing by others.

  • Assist people who use AAC and their teams in developing a consistent means of communication; one that facilitates independence, learning and active participation in school, home, work and the community.

  • Train and support the community through a multitude of educational opportunities focusing on assertive technology. Our goal is to assist individuals to live as full and independent life as possible given the wealth of technology available on the market today.

  • Collaborate with a variety of people in the community to ensure that life-changing technology becomes accessible to those who need it most.

Who Is Eligible?

Anyone! The San Diego Assistive Technology Center is available to individuals with disabilities, their families, professionals and the community at large!

Services Offered Through SDATC


Toy Library
Mobile library designed to serve you in your own community. Our librarians travel throughout the county, using libraries, churches, recreation centers and Boys and Girls Clubs as play sites.Assistive Technology

Software Library
Program which loans computer software and adaptive hardware (for example, TouchWindows, IntelliKeys, Computer Switch Interfaces, etc.) to children with disabilities for use in their home environment.

Funding Advocacy Assistance
Provide no-cost, one-to-one advocacy services to obtain funding for AAC devices and computer technology.

Information and Referral Services
Provide information to the community with regard to assistive technology, funding eligibility and various complementary services.

Workshops and Presentations
Provides opportunities for you to learn more about augmentative communication and assistive technology.

Individual Lab Appointment
Set appointment with SDATC staff, intended to provide more specific information about equipment and software. One hour FREE.

Individual Lab Consultation
Takes the individual Lab Appointment one step further by providing in-depth consultative services with SDATC staff. An hourly charge is assessed.

Full AAC Assessment
Staff conduct full interdisciplinary team assessments in order to match consumers to the most appropriate AAC system features. Funding availability needs to be established prior to the assessment.

Training & Follow Up Services
Consultation is available for attendance at team meetings, development of device vocabulary, programming and training, etc. An hourly rate is assessed.

Professional Use of Assistive Technology Lab
Set appointments to use the lab and available equipment to assess or consult with an individual. Open to Professionals; an hourly charge is assessed.


Equipment Loan Program
We are a contractor with the state-wide Ability Tools Loan Program which provides free AT equipment loans to individuals through the Ability Tools website.

Vendor Trainings
Regularly scheduled equipment training available at no cost throughout the year.

For more information about San Diego Assistive Technology Center (SDATC), please contact UCP at (858) 278-5420, email us at or visit

Software Lending Library & Computer Consultations

Parents and children are eligible to participate in the software library. The software library provides assistance to parents on selecting software that will aid in their child's development.

Families of young children with disabilities need to have access to assistive technology that create opportunities for their children to show what they know, interact with others, be independent and enjoy control over their lives.

What Is The Software Library?

The Software Library loans computer software to children with disabilities, aged 2 to 10 years old. The library provides assistance to parents on selecting software and hardware that will aid in the child's development. As moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas browse, they can try things out and think about how their children or grandchildren will be able to use the software and or hardware as well as whether it will be something that they really will want to play with. Families can figure out what works and doesn't for their child in real life, at home.

Who Is Eligible?

Children with any type of disability age 2 to 10 years old.

How Does It Work?

Software is checked out to take home for two weeks. Upon returning the software, participants may check out another program. Software can be obtained at the United Cerebral Palsy Association office or through our mobile Toy Library sites located throughout San Diego County

Software is available in a variety of formats and platforms.

How Do I Join?

Participants are required to fill out a registration form, sign a loan agreement, and pay an annual fee of $20.00. Software is initially obtained through appointment.

For more information about Software Lending Library & Computer Consultations, please contact UCP at (858) 278-5420, email us at or visit

UCP Assistive Technology Center and Toy Library

8665 Gibbs Drive, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123

Phone: (858) 278-5420

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