Access Technologies, Inc. is pleased to provide the following COVID resource information for you. This page will be updated as new information becomes available, so check back often.

If you have COVID resource information that you would like included here, please email the information to Access Technologies, Inc.; the person you may be helping could be your neighbor, friend, or even a family member.

Assistive Technology Software, Apps and Product Offers

Assistive Technology vendors and manufactures are helping students, parents and teachers during these difficult times. Check out these FREE Assistive Technology Solution Offers.

The Device Lending Library at Access Technologies, Inc. remains open. Explore devices on our website, or phone our office at 503-361-1201 to discuss your AT needs.

Cleaning and Sanitizing AT Devices

By now we know how to properly wash our hands. But what about our assistive technology devices? Access Technologies, Inc. is busy developing short videos to assist you in this area. Here are two of our videos.

How to Clean Your Smart Phone and Tablet

How to Clean Your Keyboard and Mouse

Education

Online History classes are available to students in grades 6 - 12 through Let's Learn U.S. History Digitally!

A list of Free Online History Courses are also available through edX Courses.  Please let ATI know if you find these history course beneficial.

When your kids are looking to explore online science activities, explore Ology, offered by The American Museum of Natural History.

Looking for ways to keep learning going in your new homeschool environment? There are many online resources including GoNoodle and these suggestions from Common Sense Media. 

Ready for a virtual field trip, explore ideas at Adventures in Familyhood, a site recommended by teachers.

Financial Assistance

Several major gas, power, water, and internet companies offer free service, suspend service disconnections, and waive late fees to support Oregonians dealing with coronavirus.

Electricity

If you need help paying your electric bill, the Oregon Energy Fund is offering assistance; apply here or contact your county’s energy assistance program agency. This link contains the full list and contact information.

Internet Access

Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with a K-12 student or college student who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Installation fees will be waived for new student households as well.

Comcast, also known as Xfinity, is offering free WiFi hotspots to anyone who needs them - including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit xfinity Wifi, and scroll to the map near the bottom of the page.

To connect to an Xfinity hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

Telephone

Oregon Lifeline is a federal and state government program that reduces the monthly cost of phone or broadband services for qualifying low-income Oregon households.

Health Care

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is the lead public health agency in the state on this crisis. Valuable updates are maintained the OHA website.

If your work status recently changed go to the OHP website to see if you are eligible for health insurance through the Oregon Health Plan (OHP).

If you have health insurance, Consumer and Business Services arranged for several insurance companies to waive co-pays and deductibles if you’re tested for COVID-19. This includes testing at an in-network doctor’s office, urgent care or emergency room.

This can be a very difficult time for people so if you’re struggling with a mental health problem please reach out to one of the many crisis lines available around Oregon.

Hospitalization Communication

Going to the hospital on any day can be stressful. Communicating in a fast paced environment when we don’t feel well can be challenging. In normal times, hospitals must give services that help you understand what is being said and are supposed to ask you what services you need.

The hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic will be very different. Take time now to consider what you will need to take with you if you go to the hospital and how you will communicate with doctors, nurses and other health care staff. The following guides are intended to help you get ready for a hospital visit.

Guide for Individuals Who are Blind, Low Vision or DeafBlind

Guide for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Plain Language Information on Coronavirus

COVID-19 Information Developed By and For People with Disabilities is a Plain Language Document addressing important Coronavirus information.