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Assistive Technology (Adaptive Devices) and Environmental Modifications (Home Accessibility)


Assistive Technology -adaptive devices are aids, controls, appliances, or supplies - of either a communication or adaptive type - which are necessary to enable a person to increase or maintain his or her ability to live at home and in the community with independence and safety. Assistive Technology includes, but is not limited to: augmentative communication aids and devices, adaptive aids and devices, and vehicle modifications.

Environmental Modifications (E-Mods) are physical adaptations to the home that can increase or maintain the individual’s ability to live at home with independence. Environmental modifications include, but are not limited to, ramps, lifts, hand rails, bathroom modifications (such as roll-in showers).  In addition to these physical types of modifications to the home, E-Mods can include modifications that address the individual’s sensory deficits, such as Braille identifications systems and strobe light smoke detectors and alarm devices, and modifications that promote a safer environment for individuals with challenging behaviors, including window protection, reinforcement of walls, open-door signal devices and durable wall finishes.

To be eligible for Assistive Technology or Environmental Modification services through OPWDD, the individual must be enrolled in the Home and Community-Based Services Waiver or the CAH Wavier. 

Cost Limits for OPWDD's Comprehensive HCBS Waiver Assistive Technology and Environmental Modifications

Cost Limits for OPWDD’s Care at Home (CAH) Waiver Assistive Technology and Environmental Modifications

For further information, please contact the Development Disabilities Regional Office (DDRO) representing the county in which the individual/family lives.