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Center for Applied Rehabilitation Technology (CART)

The Center for Applied Rehabilitation Technology (CART) opened in 1989, to help children and adults with physical disabilities lead more independent lives through the use of assistive technology.  Assistive technology is often the tool that enables individuals with disabilities to participate more fully in everyday activities at home, school and work. An interdisciplinary team consisting of occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech pathology and a technology specialist are available to address one or more of the following technology areas:  seating and mobility, augmentative and alternative communication, electronic aids to daily living, computer access and worksite evaluations.  The experienced CART staff work together with clients and caregivers to ensure that those technologies recommended are compatible and provide optimal function.

Clients Served

Clients of any age who have a physical disability are eligible for services (e.g. cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, progressive neuromuscular diseases, etc.) Clients may have multiple and/or severe disabilities and may need an integrated approach to meet one or multiple technology needs.

Technology Areas

Seating and Mobility

Proper positioning helps insure optimal function and is often primary to determining access to other AT. A variety of cushions, posture positioning systems, manual wheelchairs, and other mobility devices are available to determine the most appropriate positioning and means of mobility.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Individuals with severe speech impairments are often candidates for AAC. Systems range from communication booklets containing pictures or words to tablets and devices with speech output.

Computer Access and Use

Software and hardware adaptations can assist individuals in accessing and using a computer. Adaptations include modified keyboards, switch access, keyboard/mouse emulators, and speech input. Ergonomic issues are also addressed.

Worksite Evaluations

Problems related to performing current or potential job duties are evaluated. Environmental factors such as accessibility and workspace configuration are also considered.

Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADLs)

Individuals who have difficulty operating their lights, TV, and/or phone often find an EADL helpful as an alternative means of control. EADL products range from simple call bells to sophisticated systems that control numerous devices within the home or office.

Model Home - A Showcase of Assistive Technology Solutions for the Home

Our model home showcases assistive technology solutions for the home, ranging from simple to complex. Commercially available products paired with universal design principles were used to create an accessible living environment.

Referrals and Appointments

In order to initiate a referral, call the office manager at (562) 385-6800 during normal business hours, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.   You may also download the CART intake form, Individuals referred by community physicians need to submit a signed referral (Community Referral form).  Please submit the completed forms to CART by fax or secure e-mail.  You may be contacted regarding other information needed prior to scheduling an appointment.  Insurance coverage needs to be verified before scheduling. 


Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding services, the referral process or other matters, please feel free to contact us at:

Center for Applied Rehabilitation Technology
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
7601 East Imperial Highway
Downey, California 90242

Telephone: (562) 385-6800
Fax: (562) 803-8892
Email: cart@rancho.org

CART was made possible through the support of Las Floristas, Kenneth and Harlyne Norris, and the County of Los Angeles.