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WE NEED DONATIONS OF COMPUTERS!

We need computers for our Computer Refurbish Program. AT Ohio has been refurbishing computers for individuals with disabilities in Ohio since late 2004. More than 2500 computers have been distributed to Ohioans with disabilities statewide.

Computers donated to AT Ohio are refurbished and then shipped Ohioans with a disability. Cost to consumers is $60.

Donated computers have their hard drives wiped clean of any and all information from the previous owner. As a Microsoft Authorized Refurbishing Organization, AT Ohio is able to install a Microsoft operating system onto the computers. Damaged drives are replaced, machines are cleaned and modems are added for consumers.

The following is a list of the minimum requirements for potential recycled computers and equipment needed (both desktop and laptop computers):

Drop-off Locations

We are also looking for additional businesses or non-profits that can serve as area drop-off locations. We will work with businesses regarding transportation who are wanting to make multiple (more than 10) computer donations.

For more information about donating computers, please contact Eric Rathburn at 614-688-3222, toll free at 866-801-7306 or email at rathburn.17@osu.edu.


Computers for Ohioans with Disabilities

Entire industries are devoted to developing software and hardware that make it easier for people with disabilities to use the computer. People with visual impairments, neuromuscular disorders and other disabilities are now able access the computer through the wonders of computer-based assistive technology. But in order for these software programs to have any meaning, a person with a disability has to have one very important piece of equipment — the computer itself.

Assistive Technology of Ohio has a statewide program that helps people with disabilities obtain their own computer. Knowledge of how to use a computer, the Internet, e-mail and social networking (examples myspace, facebook, linked-in) are becoming fundamental basic skills necessary for community living, employment and education. Recent studies have shown that, due to financial considerations, people with disabilities are among the most likely group of people to not own a computer. People with disabilities — those who can benefit the most from owning and using a computer — are often the most likely not to be able to afford one.


How Do I Get a Computer?

Contact AT Ohio first at 866-801-7306 (toll free) or 614-688-3222 to find out the availability of computers or to request an application.

To participate in the program you MUST submit an application packet which includes an application form, a participation agreement form and a Disability Verification Letter (not a form).The disability verification letter should be signed by a professional such as a doctor, rehabilitation counselor, case manager, school principal, special education teacher, guidance counselor, etc., on their business, school, or organization letterhead verifying that the consumer qualifies as a person with a disability as defined by the American with Disabilities Act. (Please DO NOT send IEP documents, medical histories or Social Security benefit information.) The signee of this letter is also verifying that the person is a legal resident of the state of Ohio.

To obtain copies of the application forms, please download them below in either pdf or word format. Copies of the forms can also be obtained by contacting Assistive Technology of Ohio at 866-801-7306 (toll free) or 614-688-3222.

NOTE: DO NOT send any money until you have been contacted by AT Ohio and received instructions and confirmation on computer availability. There is an extensive waiting list, and computers are shipped accordingly.

Computer Application Form -- word format

Computer Application Form -- pdf

Particiation Agreement -- word

Particiation Agreement -- pdf

ADDITIONAL COMPUTER REDISTRIBUTION FAQs

Who is Eligible?

Any legal Ohio resident with a disability and a need for a computer is eligible for the program. The program is also open to families who have children with disabilities, as long as the computer is used primarily by the child. Computers are limited to one per household. Because requests for computers usually exceed our supply, persons receiving computers cannot request another computer for three years.

What Type of Computer Will I Receive?

Because the AT Ohio Computer Redistribution Program accepts various types of computer donations, we cannot fulfill requests for particular brands. Our minimum specifications are as follows: Pentium III 1 gigabyte (GHz) processor or faster/newer, 10 gigabytes hard drive, 512 megabytes of RAM, modem (if needed), CD drive, 15" monitor, speakers, keyboard and a mouse. We do not and cannot make special accommodations with regards to RAM, hard drives or processor speeds. Each computer comes with a Windows™ XP operating system and a Windows™ compatible open source office suite (word processor, spread sheet, database program.)

Please note: Although we solicit and accept laptop computer donations, we rarely have laptop computers in stock. We do not keep a separate laptop computer waitlist. By applying to our program, you are applying for a desktop computer. If you want to make a request for a laptop, you will receive one if one is available, when you reach the top of the waitlist. More than likely, you will receive a desktop computer.

In addition, we accept Macintosh computer donations; however, they are rarely in stock and will be distributed when available. AT Ohio currently does not have an agreement with Apple to distribute Mac OS operating systems.

What Is the Cost?

The cost of the program to consumers is $60. DO NOT send any money until AT Ohio notifies you that a computer is available for you. AT Ohio cannot accept debit or credit cards. Payment must be a check or money order.

Where Do I Send the Completed Application?

The mailing address is:

Assistive Technology of Ohio
Area 1700
1314 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212
ATTN: Eric Rathburn
E-mail: atohio

How Long Will It Take For The Computer to Arrive?

Once the application and all other accompanying information is received, you will be placed on a waiting list. Please be patient, as the waiting list can be long. The amount of time to receive a desktop computer can vary from a few weeks to several months, depending on the number of computers in stock and the donations of computers received.



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Assistive Technology of Ohio is a sponsored program at The Ohio State University. Updated September 14, 2012. If you have trouble accessing this site and wish to request an alternate format, please contact us.

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