The Coastal Area Agency on Aging, in partnership with Georgia Tech’s Tools for Life Program, recently announced the grand opening of Coastal Ability Solutions, an assistive-technology lab serving Coastal Georgia. The project was funded by the Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services and is Georgia’s first assistive-technology lab housed at a regional commission.
The lab is set up like a small apartment and will feature both high- and low-tech solutions aimed at assisting people who are faced with a disability. It will showcase solutions to mobility issues, communication problems, vision and hearing loss, dementia and other disabilities. There are thousands of items and applications that can help someone with a disability lead a more independent life. Staff will help a person explore these options through individual consultations and through a variety of classes that support individuals with disabilities and their caregivers.
The public is invited to an open house from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Coastal Regional Commission, 1181 Coastal Drive SW in Darien. Expert staff from Georgia Tech’s Tools for Life program will be available for private consultations, and a variety of demonstrations will be conducted throughout the day to give people firsthand experience using items that can allow them to live, work and play at their highest potential.
Normal lab hours will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information about the lab or to set up an individual appointment, call the Coastal Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-580-6860.