Rhode Island Assistive Technology Access Partnership

General Information

Rhode Island Assistive Technology Access Partnership
Office of Rehabilitation Services
Providence Rhode Island 1 02903
(401) 462 7917


Melanie Sbardella , Program Director, Melanie.sbardella@ors.ri.gov

Services Offered

  • Advocacy
    • Advocates on behalf of individuals to help them obtain appropriate assistive technology from publicly funded programs.

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Works with transition programs to make technology more accessible to young people moving from high school to adult life; provides information and resources to Rhode Island schools to ensure that assistive technology is considered in student's individualized education plan; and works with early intervention programs to improve access to technology for children under three years old.

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Works with state agencies to ensure the consideration of assistive technology in all phases of the vocational rehabilitation process; works to increase employment opportunities by raising awareness of assistive technology among the business community; and works with the state workforce development system to ensure access and appropriate use of assistive technology by employers.