Assessment Process at the Center for Assistive Technology (CAT)

When you come to CAT, you first undergo a thorough medical and physical evaluation.

Included in the assessment phase is a one-on-one evaluation by a physician to determine your medical history.

Clinicians will also evaluate your:

  • Physical and functional abilities
  • Seating and positioning needs
  • Home accessibility
  • Current assistive devices
  • Environmental considerations

After identifying suitable assistive technology options, the team will recommend an appropriate device or product to help you reach the highest level of functioning and self-sufficiency.

The assessment process includes demonstration and use of items in CAT’s extensive collection of commercially available assistive devices, and a chance for you to practice using a device before deciding if it's the right match.

For People With Hearing Impairments

The audiology laboratory at CAT works with clients who have hearing impairments.

Services include hearing aids or assistive listening technology.

CAT also is an evaluation site for the Hear Now program, which provides hearing aid funding for low-income clients.

Customizing Technology to Fit Your Lifestyle

At CAT, we believe in literally shaping assistive technology around the you and your lifestyle.

CAT maintains an on-site machine shop to customize and modify commercially available assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, for maximum comfort and efficiency. This not only ensures quality, but it can save days or weeks in delivery or installation of assistive devices.

Insurance

If your care relates to a medical condition, most health insurance plans — including Medicare and Medical Assistance — cover CAT’s fees.

You may need a referral and prior authorization from your primary care physician, if you are a member of an HMO.

Providing More Than Just Technology

  • CAT works closely with the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Pittsburgh-area employers to help individuals with disabilities obtain, or maintain, gainful employment through the appropriate use of technology.
  • Staff provides advocacy for individuals who encounter difficulties obtaining assistive devices and services.
  • When appropriate, CAT makes direct referrals for other services, such as attendant care or housing services.
  • CAT regularly provides assistive technology education programs for consumers, health care professionals, and related organizations to ensure that assistive devices are readily available and easy to use.

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