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The purpose of a device demonstration is to help you compare and contrast the features and benefits of a variety of devices in order to make an informed decision about whether the device(s) will help. Device demonstrations can include one device or multiple devices. Sometimes you may want to compare and contrast devices with something you already own.
You (the person who would be using the device) must be present and you can invite others to the demonstration, for example your rehabilitation counselor, family members or friends. We'll talk with you in advance to determine your interests, needs and abilities then you can either come to one of the sites or in some cases, the demonstrator can come to a mutually agreed location for the demonstration.
You'll have a chance to learn about each device in this hands-on demonstration. Following the demonstration, you'll be able to get information about how to contact funding sources, vendors, repair services or other services. We'll ask you to fill out two very brief surveys about the demonstration.
Once the demonstration is completed, you have the option to borrow some of the devices through MATP’s short-term loan program. This program allows you to borrow equipment, free of charge, from our inventory. Device loans are useful if you are considering a purchase and want to “test drive” a particular product, especially devices that are more complicated or devices that you will use in multiple settings. This way, you can see if the device works for in the environment where you would use it.
MATP's short-term device loan program is not intended as a loan closet, not a loaner while your equipment is out for repair, nor to meet the need for a device for a temporary disability. However, there is a network of multiple loan closets throughout the State of Michigan who do provide this type of loan.
Short-term loans are not yet available at all locations; they are currently available at:
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition 3498 East Lake Lansing Road, Suite 100 East Lansing, MI 48823
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