Referrals

The RiftonTRAM transfer and mobility device is designed to provide three functions including gait training, sit-to-stand transfers and seated transfers.

Referrals to our office for Assistive Technology (AT) services can be made through individuals and families, school districts, employers, vocational rehabilitation agencies, service providers, colleges and health care workers. 

When we receive a referral, our CAT Client Services team works closely with the consumer and the referral source to identify an individualized set of goals and needs. We explore how AT may increase participation and functional ability for a variety of work, education and daily living related tasks and activities. 

Learn more about our referral process

Elementary and Secondary School Students

We provide AT services for children in elementary and secondary school systems. CAT has an AT referral packet that includes:

  • A school form
  • A family/caregiver form
  • An authorization form

To request an AT service, a referral packet must be submitted:

Once we receive the information, our team of experts in AT for school and home learning settings will schedule an evaluation.

The evaluation process:

  • Meet with the school team, including the student’s teachers, parents and related service providers. All aspects of the student’s day are examined. Based on these meetings, we will develop an evaluation plan.
  • Conduct a formal AT assessment at our office. The process includes assessing the individual needs of the child, configuring adaptive equipment for hands-on trial, assessing the child’s ability to use adaptive equipment and modifying the system accordingly. Parents and designated team members are encouraged to participate.
  • Comprehensive report.
  • Assist student and school in implementing recommendations in the report. This includes offering devices to the student to use on a trial basis to determine the best match. 
  • This includes offering devices to the student add and/or school team.

College Students and Adult Learners

We provide information about AT, assessment and training services for college students pursuing internships or employment, or others assisting students with disabilities with this process.

CAT has an AT referral packet that must be submitted to request AT services.

A referral for services can be made by the individual, an employer, a college or university or a vocational rehabilitation agency. 

Once CAT Client Services receive the information, our assessment team will work closely with the referral source, the consumer, the college and/or employer to identify the daily activities and tasks in which technology may increase functional ability, and will assist with the use of assistive devices.

Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies or Service Provider

We provide AT services for work, school and related activities in a variety of environments and community settings.

Our services include:

  • Meeting with the consumer and others involved with AT needs in a school or work environment.
  • Providing AT assessments and trainings.
  • Providing AT documentation, including reports outlining AT services outcomes.
  • Offering assistive device demonstrations and short-term loans.

Employees/Employers

The Center for Assistive Technology provides AT services that can be used in a variety of work environments and community settings.

Our services include:

  • Meet with the employee and employer to determine AT needs in a work environment.
  • Provide AT assessments.
  • Offer assistive device training for the employee and colleagues to assist with implementation of our recommendations.
  • Providing AT documentation, including reports outlining AT services outcomes.

Individuals or Family Members

We provide AT services for people of all ages with disabilities.  

To begin the process, we require a completed referral packet. Once we have this information, our team of professionals will conduct evaluations and trainings.

For school-aged children, referrals are often made through a school district. 

Services Include Device Demonstrations and Loans

While our recommendations for services will be personalized to the individual, our most-requested services include AT device demonstrations and our short-term device loan program.

Demonstrations highlight how AT can be used for daily living activities, education and employment and allow participants to experience AT devices in action. We offer device demonstrations at our office and at outside locations via scheduled appointments.

We have an extensive collection of devices available for short-term loan. The hands-on trial experience helps people ‘test drive’ various devices and select the most appropriate ones to meet their needs before purchasing.

UB Employees

  • Referrals made through department chairs
  • Services provided on a fee-for-service basis
  • AT devices available for short-term loan

The Center for Assistive Technology provides AT services that can be used in a variety of work environments and community settings.

Our services include:

  • Meet with the employee and employer to determine AT needs in a work environment.
  • Provide AT assessments.
  • Offer assistive device training for the employee and colleagues to assist with implementation of our recommendations.
  • Providing AT documentation, including reports outlining AT services outcomes.

Contact Us

Kimberly Naus, BBA, MS Ed

Training Coordinator
CAT Client Services
315 Alberta Drive, Suite 102
Phone: (716) 836-1350
Email: ksnaus@buffalo.edu