Rhode Island Assistive Technology Access Partnership

General Information

Rhode Island Assistive Technology Access Partnership
Office of Rehabilitation Services
40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 462 7917


Melanie Sbardella, Program Director, Melanie.sbardella@ors.ri.gov

Services Offered

  • Advocacy
    • Advocates on behalf of individuals to help them obtain appropriate assistive technology from publicly funded programs.

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Works with transition programs to make technology more accessible to young people moving from high school to adult life; provides information and resources to Rhode Island schools to ensure that assistive technology is considered in student's individualized education plan; and works with early intervention programs to improve access to technology for children under three years old.

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Works with state agencies to ensure the consideration of assistive technology in all phases of the vocational rehabilitation process; works to increase employment opportunities by raising awareness of assistive technology among the business community; and works with the state workforce development system to ensure access and appropriate use of assistive technology by employers.