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What are Device Demonstrations and Short-Term Device Loans?
Please note: Due to the National Disaster/COVID 19 Pandemic, MATP is not able to provide face-to-face device demonstrations or short-term loans at this time. We are available to answer your questions, please call us at (800) 578-0280 or use this Contact MATP form!
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition's Assistive Technology Program can help you try out different kinds of Assistive Technology (AT) device(s) so that you can think about what might work best for your needs. MDRC's Assistive Technology Demonstrations - 'AT Demos' are currently available by phone or video call (we can provide an iPad and internet to use during video demo’s if needed). If a hands-on experience is needed, the devices will be shipped to you along with a prepaid return label. If you are wondering which device(s) is best for you to expand your independence and freedom, fill out the request today!
The purpose of an AT demonstration is to help you compare and contrast the features and benefits of a variety of devices in order to make an informed decision about whether the device(s) will help. Sometimes you may want to compare and contrast devices with something you already own.
You - the person who would be using the device - must be present and you can invite others to the demonstration, for example your rehabilitation counselor, family members or friends. We'll talk with you in advance to determine your interests, needs and abilities then you can either come to one of the sites or in some cases, the demonstrator can come to a mutually agreed location for the AT demonstration. (Note: No in-person demonstration are available at this time.)
You'll have a chance to learn about each device in this hands-on demonstration. Following the demonstration, you'll be able to get information about how to contact funding sources, vendors, repair services or other services. We'll ask you to fill out two very brief surveys about the demonstration.
Once the AT demonstration is completed, you may have the option to borrow some of the devices through MATP’s short-term loan program. This program allows you to borrow equipment, free of charge, from our inventory. Device loans are useful if you are considering a purchase and want to “test drive” a particular product, especially devices that are more complicated or devices that you will use in multiple settings. This way, you can see if the device works for you in the environment where you would use it. You'll be asked to sign an agreement to take care of the device and to return within a few weeks.
MATP's short-term device loan program is not intended as a loan closet, not a loaner while your equipment is out for repair, nor to meet the need for a device for a temporary disability. However, there is a network of multiple loan closets throughout the State of Michigan who do provide this type of loan.
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