Private Sector and Independent Specialist Services
Many of the larger product manufacturers and suppliers also provide services. Some, such as communication aids suppliers will offer a free assessment and/or training prior to purchase. Please refer to the company listings in the AT Products and Suppliers section to identify these service providers.
A small number of private therapists and assistive technology practitioners provide independent specialist services across the areas of education, health, and care. They are often regionally based and offer a range of assistive technology related services from consultancy and individual services to running a small business. They can be from a variety of backgrounds, such as education, offering DSA needs assessment services and AT training, or Occupational Therapy, offering OT consultancy and AT services.
When looking for a private sector service it is advisable to check the service provider or supplier has the appropriate professional knowledge and service offering, especially if the service user has complex needs.