Mission and History

TACT’s Mission

 

The Technology Access Center of Tucson, Inc., is committed to empowering individuals with diverse abilities through the use of technology. TACT provides individuals with disabilities with opportunities to explore technology that may enhance their independence, communication, productivity, recreation, and social interactions according to their individual needs and interests. TACT strives to accomplish this goal by providing easy access to conventional technologies, assistive technologies, related services, and information resources. By doing so, we enable individuals with diverse abilities to become informed consumers and users of technology.

 

TACT’s History

 

TACT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, grassroots organization formed by individuals with disabilities, families, and professionals who recognized the need for a local assistive technology center. In the early 90’s an enormous gap existed between consumers’ knowledge of and access to assistive technology and the assistive technology that was actually available. TACT was formed to close that gap. It became obvious that timely, inexpensive, objective, state-of-the-art information about assistive technology, the Internet, and conventional technology was critical to the success and inclusion of people with disabilities in our community.

The initial steering committee worked together for two years prior to incorporating in 1993, providing service to the community primarily as a network of volunteers, resources, and expertise. From its steering committee, TACT formed a Board of Directors and was given space for operations by the State of Arizona, Division of Developmental Disabilities. TACT became a member center in the Alliance for Technology Access (www.ATAccess.org) in 1994, a network of similar technology centers across North America, and continues that relationship today. TACT Volunteers have donated thousands of hours to this community resource as they carry forth our mission.

Today TACT continues to provide guidance to consumers in selecting assistive technology for their specific needs, with opportunities to try conventional and assistive technologies through assessment, guided exploration, and equipment loan. TACT also provides demonstration and instruction to groups and individuals.

TACT connects people with disabilities
to the technology tools needed for school, work, and independent living.

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