In 1994, the CNMI Council on Developmental Disabilities was funded to develop, implement, and administer
a Commonwealth wide program to meet Assistive technology needs of person with disabilities, which was
known as STRAID (System of Technology-Related Assistive for Individuals with Disabilities). However,
as a result of the new requirements of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended, the program
is now called the CNMI Assistive Technology Program, which is under the CNMI Council on Developmental
Disabilities. The CNMI Assistive Technology Program has an Advisory Committee, which is comprised of
individuals representing all ages, disabilities, CNMI-wide, who provides guidance with activity development.
The CNMI DDC Assistive Technologies program's mission is to provide and demonstrate how Assistive Technology can transform limitations into opportunities. We work toward this mission by providing access to Assistive Technology and related services that enable individuals with disabilities to achieve productivity, independence, and success according to their needs and interest. Our AT Center provides support and services to people of all ages and abilities throughout the CNMI. We work closely with Family Members, Teachers, Medical & Therapeutic Professionals, Schools, Businesses, Government Agencies and Vendors to better help them serve the needs of individuals with disabilities.
An Assistive technology service is "any service that directly assists a person with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an Assistive technology device."
"Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functionally capabilities of individuals with disabilities."
CNMI Assistive Technology Program staff:
Raymond D. Diaz
Pamela C. Sablan
P.O. Box 502565
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 664-7030 Fax
1310 Anatahan Drive Capitol Hill, Saipan