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Assistive Technology Act Programs exist in every state and territory and support assistive technology device loan programs, demonstration centers, reutilization services, financial loan programs, technical assistance and training, and other related services.  They can help direct you to local resources.  The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) has a listing for every state with contact information and website links. The AT programs house tremendous knowledge and expertise in assistive technology and accessible information technology which significantly improve access for people with disabilities.

List of State Programs

Alabama
Alaska
American Samoa
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Guam
Hawaii
Iowa
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Mississippi
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Northern Mariana Islands
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
U.S. Virgin Islands
Virginia
Vermont
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming


 

Location: Alabama
Program Title: Alabama’s Assistive Technology Resource
Address: 602 S. Lawrence Street
  Montgomery, AL 36104
Program Contact: Helen Baker
Phone: (334) 293-7012
Tollfree Phone: (800) 782-7656 (In State)
TTY: (800) 499-1816
Fax: (334) 293-7388
Email: Helen.Baker@rehab.alabama.gov
Web: http://www.rehab.alabama.gov/star
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideal.rtf

Location: Alaska
Program Title: Assistive Technology for Alaska
Address: 3330 Arctic Blvd, Suite 101
  Anchorage, AK 99503
Program Contact: Mystie Rail
Phone: 907-563-2599
Tollfree Phone: 800-723-ATLA
TTY: 907-561-2592
Fax: 907-563-0699
Email: mystie@atlaak.org
Web: http://www.atlaak.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideak.rtf

Location: American Samoa
Program Title: American Samoa Assistive Technology Service Project (ASATS)
Address: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  American Samoa Government
  Pago Pago, AS 96799
Program Contact: Donna Alalamua
Phone: (684) 699-1371/72/73
Fax: (684) 699-1376
Email: d.alalamua@gmail.com
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideas.rtf

Location: Arizona
Program Title: Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP)
Address: Institute for Human Development
  Northern Arizona University
  2400 N. Central Avenue, Suite 300
  Phoenix, AZ 85004
Program Contact: Jill Pleasant
Phone: 602-728-9534
Tollfree Phone: 800-477-9921
TTY: 602-728-9536
Fax: 602-728-9535
Email: Jill.Pleasant@nau.edu
Web: http://www.aztap.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideaz.rtf

Location: Arkansas
Program Title: Arkansas Increasing Capabilities Access Network (ICAN)
Address: 525 West Capitol
  Little Rock, AR 72201
Program Contact: Corey Kimbrough
Phone: 501-666-8868
Tollfree Phone: 800-828-2799 (In State)
TTY: 501-666-8868
Fax: 501-666-5319
Email: corey.kimbrough@arkansas.gov
Web: http://www.ar-ican.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidear.rtf

Location: California
Program Title: California Assistive Technology Systems (CATS)
Address: California Department of Rehabilitation
  721 Capitol Mall, 4th Floor
  Sacramento, CA 95814
Program Contact: Michelle Davis
Phone: 916-558-5775
TTY: 916-558-5788
Fax: 916-558-5777
Email: Michelle.Davis@dor.ca.gov
Web: http://www.atnet.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideca.rtf

Location: Colorado
Program Title: Assistive Technology Program of Colorado
Address: Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC)
  601 East Eighteenth Avenue, Suite 130
  Denver, CO 80203
Program Contact: Cathy Bodine, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Phone: (303) 315-1280
Tollfree Phone: (800) 255-3477 (In State)
TTY: (303) 837-8964
Fax: (303) 837-1208
Email: cathy.bodine@ucdenver.edu
Web: http://www.uchsc.edu/atp
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideco.rtf

Location: Connecticut
Program Title: Connecticut Assistive Technology Program
Address: Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS)
  25 Sigourney St.
  Hartford, CT 06106
Program Contact: Arlene Lugo
Phone: 860-424-4844
Tollfree Phone: 800-537-2549 (In State)
TTY: 860-424-4839
Fax: 860-424-4850
Email: Arlene.Lugo@ct.gov
Web: http://www.CTtechact.com
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidect.rtf

Location: Delaware
Program Title: Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI)
Address: Center for Disabilities Studies
  College of Education and Human Development/University of Delaware
  461 Wyoming Road
  Newark, DE 19716
Program Contact: Beth Mineo, Ph.D.
Phone: 302-831-0354
Tollfree Phone: 800-870-3284 (In State)
TTY: 302-831-0354
Fax: 302-831-4690
Email: dati@asel.udel.edu
Web: http://www.dati.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidede.rtf

Location: District of Columbia
Program Title: Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia
Address: University Legal Services
  220 I Street, NE, Suite 130
  Washington, DC 20002
Program Contact: Alicia C. Johns
Phone: 202-547-0198
TTY: 202-547-2657
Fax: 202-547-2662
Email: ajohns@uls-dc.org
Web: http://www.atpdc.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidedc.rtf

Location: Florida
Program Title: Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc (FAAST)
Address: 3333 West Pensacola Street, Bldg 100, Suite 140
  Tallahassee, FL 32304
Program Contact: Steve Howells
Phone: 850-487-3278
Tollfree Phone: 888-788-9216 (In State)
TTY: 877-506-2723
Fax: 850-575-4216
Email: faast@faast.org
Web: http://www.faast.org/
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidefl.rtf

Location: Georgia
Program Title: Georgia Tools for Life
Address: The Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC)
  Georgia Institute of Technology - Enterprise Innovation Institute [EI2]
  512 Means Street, Suite 250
  Atlanta, GA 30318
Program Contact: Carolyn Phillips
Phone: 404-894-0541
Tollfree Phone: 1-800-497-8665 (In State)
TTY: 866-373-7778
Fax: 404.894.8323
Email: info@gatfl.org
Web: http://www.gatfl.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidega.rtf

Location: Guam
Program Title: Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT)
Address: University of Guam/Office of Academic and Student Affairs
  House 19, Deans Circle
  UOG Station
  Mangilao, GU 96923
Program Contact: Carla Torres
Phone: 671-735-2490/1
TTY: 671-735-2491
Fax: 671-734-8378
Email: carla.torres@guamcedders.org
Web: http://www.gsatcedders.org/
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidegu.rtf

Location: Hawaii
Program Title: Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii (ATRC)
Address: 200 North Vineyard Blvd.
  Suite 430
  Honolulu, HI 96817
Program Contact: Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong, M.Ed.
Phone: 808-532-7110
Tollfree Phone: 800-645-3007 (In State)
TTY: 808-532-7110
Fax: 808-532-7120
Email: barbara@atrc.org
Web: http://www.atrc.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidehi.rtf

Location: Idaho
Program Title: Idaho Assistive Technology Program
Address: Center for Disabilities and Human Development
  University of Idaho
  121 West Sweet Avenue
  Moscow, ID 83843
Program Contact: Janice Carson (Director)
Phone: 208-885-6097
Tollfree Phone: 800-432-8324
TTY: 800-432-8324
Fax: 208-885-6145
Email: janicec@uidaho.edu
Web: http://www.idahoat.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideid.rtf

Location: Illinois
Program Title: Illinois Assistive Technology Program
Address: 1 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 100
  Springfield, IL 62701
Program Contact: Wilhelmina Gunther
Phone: 217-522-7985
TTY: 217-522-9966
Fax: 217-522-8067
Email: iatp@iltech.org
Web: http://www.iltech.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideil.rtf

Location: Indiana
Program Title: Indiana Assistive Technology Act project (INDATA)
Address: Easter Seals Crossroads
  4740 Kingsway Drive
  Indianapolis, IN 46205
Program Contact: M. Wade Wingler, ATP
Phone: 317-466-2013
Tollfree Phone: 888-466-1314
TTY: 317-479-3232
Fax: 317-466-2000
Email: wwingler@eastersealscrossroads.org
Web: http://www.eastersealstech.com
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidein.rtf

Location: Iowa
Program Title: Iowa Program for Assistive Technology
Address: Center for Disabilities and Development
  100 Hawkins Drive
  Iowa City, IA 52242-1011
Program Contact: Jane Gay
Phone: 319-356-4463
Tollfree Phone: 800-779-2001 (National)
TTY: 877-686-0032
Fax: 319-384-5139
Email: ipat@uiowa.edu
Web: http://www.iowaat.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideia.rtf

Location: Kansas
Program Title: Assistive Technology for Kansans Program
Address: 2601 Gabriel
  Parsons, KS 67357
Program Contact: Sara Sack
Phone: 620-421-8367
Tollfree Phone: 800-526-3648 (In State)
TTY: 620-421-8367
Fax: 620-421-0954
Email: ssack@ku.edu
Web: http://www.atk.ku.edu
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideks.rtf

Location: Kentucky
Program Title: Kentucky Assistive Technology Service (KATS) Network
Address: 200 Juneau Drive
  Suite 200
  Louisville, KY 40243
Program Contact: James A. Brown
Phone: 502-489-8285
Tollfree Phone: 800-327-5287 (In State)
TTY: 800- 648-6056
Fax: 502-245-4804
Email: JamesA.Brown@ky.gov
Web: http://www.katsnet.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideky.rtf

Location: Louisiana
Program Title: Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN)
Address: 3042 Old Forge Road, Suite D
  P. O. Box 14115
  Baton Rouge, LA 70898-4115
Program Contact: Julie Nesbit
Phone: 225-925-9500
Tollfree Phone: 800-270-6185 (In State)
TTY: 225-925-9500
Fax: 225-925-9560
Email: jnesbit@latan.org
Web: http://www.latan.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidela.rtf

Location: Maine
Program Title: Maine Consumer Information and Technology Training Exchange (CITE)
Address: Maine CITE Coordinating Center
  46 University Drive
  Augusta, ME 04330
Program Contact: Kathleen Powers
Phone: 207-621-3195
TTY: 877-475-4800
Fax: 207-629-5429
Email: kpowers@mainecite.org
Web: http://www.mainecite.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideme.rtf

Location: Maryland
Program Title: Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP)
Address: Maryland Department of Disabilities
  2301 Argonne Drive, Room T17
  Baltimore, MD 21218
Program Contact: Anne Blackfield, J.D., M.A.R., Executive Director
Phone: 410-554-9230
Tollfree Phone: 800-832-4827 (In State)
TTY: 410-554-9230
Fax: 410-554-9237
Email: ablackfield@mdtap.org
Web: http://www.mdtap.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidemd.rtf

Location: Massachusetts
Program Title: Massachusetts Assistive Technology in Consumer's Hands (MassMATCH)
Address: Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
  600 Washington St.
  Boston, MA 02110
Program Contact: Ann Shor
Phone: 617-204-3851
TTY: 617-204-3815
Fax: 617-204-3877
Email: Ann.shor@mrc.state.ma.us
Web: http://www.massmatch.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidema.rtf

Location: Michigan
Program Title: Michigan Assistive Technology Project
Address: c/o Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
  3498 East Lake Lansing Road
  Suite 100
  East Lansing, MI 48823
Program Contact: Kathryn Wyeth
Phone: 517-333-2477
Tollfree Phone: 800-760-4600 (In State)
TTY: 517-333-2477
Fax: 517-333-2677
Email: kdwyeth@mymdrc.org
Web: http://www.copower.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidemi.rtf

Location: Minnesota
Program Title: Minnesota STAR Program
  358 Centennial Office Building
  658 Cedar Street
  St. Paul, MN 55155
Program Contact: Kim Moccia
Phone: (651) 201-2640 (main number)
Tollfree Phone: 888-234-1267 (In-State)
TTY: 800-627-2527 (In State)
Fax: 651-282-6671
Email: Kim.Moccia@state.mn.us
Web: http://www.starprogram.state.mn.us
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidemn.rtf

Location: Mississippi
Program Title: Mississippi Project START (Success Through Assistive Rehabilitative Technology)
Address: Mississippi Department of Rehabilitative Services (MDRS)
  P. O. Box 1698
  Jackson, MS 39215-1000
Program Contact: Patsy Galtelli
Phone: (601) 987-4872
Tollfree Phone: (800) 852-8328 (In State)
TTY: (800) 852-8328 (In State)
Fax: (601) 364-2349
Email: pgaltelli@mdrs.ms.gov
Web: http://www.msprojectstart.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidems.rtf

Location: Missouri
Program Title: Missouri Assistive Technology
Address: 1501 NW Jefferson
  Blue Springs, MO 64015
Program Contact: C. Marty Exline
Phone: (816) 655-6700
Tollfree Phone: (800) 647-8557 (In State)
TTY: (800) 647-8558 (In State)
Fax: (816) 655-6710
Email: marty.exline@att.net
Web: http://www.at.mo.gov
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidemo.rtf

Location: Montana
Program Title: Montana Assistive Technology Program (MATP)
Address: University of Montana, Rural Institute
  700 SW Higgins Avenue
  Suite 250
  Missoula, MT 59803
Program Contact: Kathleen Laurin, Ph.D.
Phone: 406-243-5511
Tollfree Phone: 877-243-5511 (In State)
TTY: 877-243-5511 (In State)
Fax: 406-243-4730
Email: k.laurin@mso.umt.edu
Web: http://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidemt.rtf

Location: Nebraska
Program Title: Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership
Address: 3901 North 27th Street, Suite 5
  Lincoln, NE 68521
Program Contact: Leslie Novacek
Phone: (402) 471-0734
Tollfree Phone: (888) 806-6287 (In State)
TTY: (402) 471-0734
Fax: (402)471-6052
Email: atp@atp.ne.gov
Web: http://www.atp.ne.gov/
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidene.rtf

Location: Nevada
Program Title: Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative
Address: Department of Human Resources
  Aging and Disability Services Division
  3416 Goni Road D-132
  Carson City, NV 89706
Program Contact: John Rosenlund
Phone: 775-687-44210 x243
TTY: 711 (Relay)
Fax: 775-687-3499
Email: jrosenlund@adsd.nv.gov
Web: http://dhhs.nv.gov/ODS_Programs.htm
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidenv.rtf

Location: New Hampshire
Program Title: Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH)
Address: University of New Hampshire
  Institute on Disability/UCEDD
  10 West Edge Drive, Suite 101
  Durham, NH 03824
Program Contact: Therese Willkomm
Tollfree Phone: 855-374-9969
TTY: 855-374-9969
Fax: 603-862-0555
Email: sonke.dornblut@unh.edu
Web: http://www.atinnh.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidenh.rtf

Location: New Jersey
Program Title: Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center
Address: Disability Rights New Jersey
  210 South Broad Street, 3rd Floor
  Trenton, NJ 08608
Program Contact: Curtis Edmonds
Phone: 609-292-9742
Tollfree Phone: 800-922-7233 (In State)
TTY: 609-633-7106
Fax: 609-777-0187
Email: advocate@drnj.org
Web: http://www.drnj.org/atac/
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidenj.rtf

Location: New Mexico
Program Title: New Mexico Technology Assistance Program
Address: NM Governor's Commission on Disability
  The Lamy Building
  491 Old Santa Fe Trail
  Santa Fe, NM 87501
Program Contact: John Block, III
Phone: 505-476-0418
Email: John.block@state.nm.us
Web: http://www.nmtap.com
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidenm.rtf

Location: New York
Program Title: New York State TRIAD Program
Address: NYS Commission on Quality Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
  401 State Street
  Schenectady, NY 12305
Program Contact: Lisa Rosano-Kaczkowski
Phone: 518-388-2833
Tollfree Phone: 800-624-4143 (In State)
TTY: 800-624-4143 (In State)
Fax: 518-388-2890
Email: lisa.rosano@cqc.ny.gov
Web: http://www.cqc.ny.gov
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideny.rtf

Location: North Carolina
Program Title: North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP)
Address: Department of Health and Human Services
  Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  4900 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 250
  Raleigh, NC 27606
Program Contact: Tammy Koger
Phone: (919) 233-7075
Fax: (919) 233-7081
Email: tammy.koger@dhhs.nc.gov
Web: http://www.ncatp.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidenc.rtf

Location: North Dakota
Program Title: North Dakota Interagency Program For Assistive Technology (IPAT)
Address: 3240 15th St S, Suite B
  Fargo, ND 58104
Program Contact: Judie Lee
Phone: 701-365-4728
Tollfree Phone: 800-895-4728
TTY: 800-895-4728
Fax: 701-365-6242
Email: jlee@ndipat.org
Web: http://www.ndipat.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidend.rtf

Location: Northern Mariana Islands
Program Title: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Assistive Technology Project
Address: CNMI Council on Developmental Disabilities
  Systems of Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (STRAID)
  P. O. Box 502565
  Saipan, MP 96950-2565
Program Contact: Raymond Diaz
Phone: 670-664-7000
Fax: 670- 664-7030
Email: info@cnmicdd.org
Web: http://www.cnmicdd.org/
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidemp.rtf

Location: Ohio
Program Title: Assistive Technology of Ohio/Dodd Hall
Address: 1314 Kinnear Road, 1704
  Columbus, OH 43212
Program Contact: William Darling
Phone: 614-292-9134
Tollfree Phone: 800-784-3425 (toll free)
TTY: 614-293-4963
Fax: 614-293-9127
Email: atohio@osu.edu
Web: http://www.atohio.org
Program Type: Statewide; Title 1
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideoh.rtf

Location: Oklahoma
Program Title: Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Address: Seretean Wellness Center
  Oklahoma State University
  1514 W. Hall of Fame
  Stillwater, OK 74078-2026
Program Contact: Linda Jaco
Phone: 405-744-9748
Tollfree Phone: 800- 257-1705 (National)
TTY: 800- 257-1705 (National)
Fax: 405-744-9864
Email: linda.jaco@okstate.edu
Web: http://okabletech.okstate.edu
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideok.rtf

Location: Oregon
Program Title: Oregon's Statewide Assistive Technology Program
Address: Access Technologies, Inc.
  2225 Lancaster Drive N.E.
  Salem, OR 97305
Program Contact: Laurie Brooks
Phone: 503-361-1201
Tollfree Phone: 800-677-7512 (In State)
TTY: 503-361-1201
Fax: 503-370-4530
Email: info@accesstechnologiesinc.org
Web: http://www.accesstechnologiesinc.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideor.rtf

Location: Pennsylvania
Program Title: Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)
Address: Institute on Disabilities, Temple University
  Howard Gittis Student Center, Suite 411
  1755 N. 13th Street
  Philadelphia, PA 19122
Program Contact: Amy S. Goldman
Phone: 215-204-5967
Tollfree Phone: 800-204-7428 (In State)
TTY: 866-268-0579 (In State)
Fax: 215-204-6336
Email: atinfo@temple.edu
Web: http://disabilities.temple.edu
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidepa.rtf

Location: Puerto Rico
Program Title: Puerto Rico Assistive Technology Program (PRATP)
Address: University of Puerto Rico, Central Administration/FILIUS Instituto
  Assistive Technology Institute, Jardin Botanico Sur
  1187 Calle Flamboyan
  San Juan, PR 00926-1117
Program Contact: Maria I. Miranda
Phone: 888-633-6035 (National)
Tollfree Phone: 800-981-6033 (In Puerto Rico)
TTY: 787-754-8034
Fax: 787-754-8034
Email: pratp@pratp.upr.edu
Web: http://www.pratp.upr.edu
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidepr.rtf

Location: Rhode Island
Program Title: Rhode Island Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP)
Address: Office of Rehabilitation Services
  40 Fountain Street
  Providence, RI 02903
Program Contact: Roberta Green Whittermore
Phone: 401-421-7005 ext 421
TTY: 401-421-7016
Fax: 401-222-3574
Email: rgreene@ors.ri.gov
Web: http://www.atap.ri.gov
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideri.rtf

Location: South Carolina
Program Title: South Carolina Assistive Technology Program
Address: USC School of Medicine
  University Center for Excellence
  Columbia, SC 29208
Program Contact: Carol Page
Phone: 803-935-5263
Tollfree Phone: 800-915-4522
Fax: 803-935-5342
Email: lydia.durham@uscmed.sc.edu
Web: http://www.sc.edu/scatp/
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidesc.rtf

Location: South Dakota
Program Title: South Dakota Assistive Technology Program
Address: DakotaLink
  1161 Deadwood Ave. Suite 5
  Rapid City, SD 57702
Program Contact: David Scherer
Phone: (605) 394-6742
Tollfree Phone: (800) 645-0673 (In State)
TTY: (605) 394-6742
Fax: (605) 394-6744
Email: dscherer@dakotalink.net
Web: http://DakotaLInk.tie.net
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidesd.rtf

Location: Tennessee
Program Title: Tennessee Technology Access Program (TTAP)
Address: Citizens Plaza, 3rd Floor
  400 Deaderick Street
  Nashville, TN 37243
Program Contact: Kevin R. Wright
Phone: 615-313-5183
Tollfree Phone: 800-732-5059 (In-State)
TTY: 615-313-5695
Fax: 615-532-4685
Email: tn.ttap@tn.gov
Web: http://www.state.tn.us/humanserv/rehab/ttap.htm
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidetn.rtf

Location: Texas
Program Title: Texas Technology Access Program
Address: Texas Center for Disability Studies
  The University of Texas at Austin
  10100 Burnet Road, Suite 1.154
  Austin, TX 78758-4445
Program Contact: Roger Levy
Phone: 512-232-0740
Tollfree Phone: 800-828-7839 (In Texas)
TTY: 512-232-0762
Fax: 512-232-0761
Email: rogerlevy@mail.utexas.edu
Web: http://techaccess.edb.utexas.edu
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidetx.rtf

Location: US Virgin Islands
Program Title: U. S. Virgin Islands Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (TRAID)
Address: University of the Virgin Islands/UAP
  8266 John Brewer’s Bay
  St. Thomas, VI 00802-6025
Program Contact: Yegin Habtes, Ph.D.
Phone: 340-693-1323
Fax: 340-693-1319
Web: http://www.viucedd.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidevi.rtf

Location: Utah
Program Title: Utah Assistive Technology Program
Address: Center for Persons With Disabilities
  6855 Old Main Hill
  Logan, UT 84322-6855
Program Contact: Sachin Pavithran
Phone: 435-797-3824
Tollfree Phone: 800-524-5152
TTY: 435-797-7089
Fax: 435-797-2355
Email: sachin.pavithran@usu.edu
Web: http://www.uatpat.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideut.rtf

Location: Vermont
Program Title: Vermont Assistive Technology Program
Address: 103 South Main Street
  Weeks Building
  Waterbury, VT 05671-2305
Program Contact: Amber Fulcher
Phone: 802-871-3353
Tollfree Phone: 800-750-6355 (In State)
Fax: 802-871-3048
Email: atinfo@state.vt.us
Web: http://www.atp.vt.gov
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidevt.rtf

Location: Virginia
Program Title: Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS)
Address: 8004 Franklin Farms Drive
  Richmond, VA 23229
Program Contact: Kathryn Hayfield
Phone: (804) 662-9990
Tollfree Phone: (800) 552-5019
TTY: (804) 662-9990
Fax: (804) 622-9140
Email: barclay.shepard@dars.virginia.gov
Web: http://www.vats.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewideva.rtf

Location: Washington
Program Title: Washington Assistive Technology Act Program
Address: University of Washington,Center for Technology and Disability Studies
  CHDD South Building, Room 104
  Box 357920
  Seattle, WA 98195-7920
Program Contact: Alan J. Knue
Tollfree Phone: 800-214-8731
TTY: 866-866-0162
Fax: 206-543-4799
Email: watap@uw.edu
Web: http://www.wata.org
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidewa.rtf

Location: West Virginia
Program Title: West Virginia Assistive Technology Systems (WVATS)
Address: West Virginia Center for Excellence in Disabilities
  959 Hartman Run Road
  Morgantown, WV 26505
Program Contact: Jamie Hayhurst
Phone: 304-293-4692
Tollfree Phone: 800-841-8436 (In State)
TTY: 304-293-4692
Fax: 304-293-7294
Email: jhayhurst@hsc.wvu.edu
Web: http:////wvats.cedwvu.org/
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidewv.rtf

Location: Wisconsin
Program Title: Wisconsin Assistive Technology Program (WisTech)
Address: Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute
  VR 201H UW Stout
  Menomonie, WI 54751
Program Contact: Laura Plummer, MA, CRC, ATP
Phone: 715-232-3300
Fax: 715-232-1323
Email: plummerl@uwstout.edu
Web: http://www.uwstout.edu/svri
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidewi.rtf

Location: Wyoming
Program Title: Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)
Address: Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND), University of Wyoming
  University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
  Department 4298, 1000 E. University Avenue
  Laramie, WY 82071
Program Contact: Sandra Root-Elledge
Phone: 307-766-2761
Tollfree Phone: 888-989-WIND (9463)
TTY: 307-766-2761
Fax: 307-766-2763
Email: watr@uwyo.edu
Web: http://uwyo.edu/wind/watr
Program Type: Statewide
Program Profile: http://www.resnaprojects.org/allcontacts/profiles/statewidewy.rtf

 

 

Statewide AT Programs - Browse By Topic

Here is a listing of issues and topics that are helping Statewide AT Programs improve the quality of the services that they provide to citizens with disabilities in their states.

Accessibility
Accommodations 
Advisory Council
Aging/Elderly
Collaboration/Partnerships
Community Living
Data/Statistics
Demonstration
Device Loan
Distance Learning
Early Childhood
Education
Emergency Preparedness
Employment
Essential Documents
Exchange
Federal Legislation/Policies and Regulations
Fiscal Management
Funding
Health
Housing
Implementation
Information Technology/Telecommunications
Inventory
Meeting
Organizational Resources
Outreach/Marketing
Policies and Procedures 
Post Secondary
Program Review
Public Awareness
Referrals
Report
Reuse
Rural
Sample Documents
Special Education
Staffing
State Financing
State Legislation
State Plan
Statewideness
Sustainability
Teleconference
Training
Transition
Veterans
Vocational Rehabilitation
Webinar

 

State AT Programs

State AT Programs from [AT]connects

Program NameState
Alabama's Assistive Technology Resource
AL
American Samoa Assistive Technology Service Project (ASATS)
AS
Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP)
AZ
Assistive Technology for Kansans Program (ATK)
KS
Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH)
NH
Assistive Technology of Alaska
AK
Assistive Technology of Ohio
OH
Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia (ATPDC)
DC
Assistive Technology Program of Colorado (CATP)
CO
Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii (ATRC)
HI
California Assistive Technology Systems (CATS)
CA
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
MP
Connecticut Assistive Technology Project
CT
Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI)
DE
Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc. (FAAST)
FL
Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT)
Guam
Idaho Assistive Technology Project
ID
Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)
IL
Increasing Capabilities Access Network (ICAN)
AR
INDATA - The Indiana Assistive Technology Act Project
IN

 

Program NameState
Iowa Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT)
IA
Kentucky Assistive Technology Service (KATS) Network
KY
Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN)
LA
Maine Consumer Information and Technology Training Exchange (CITE)
ME
Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP)
MD
Massachusetts Maximizing Assistive Technology in Consumers' Hands
MA
Michigan Assistive Technology Program
MI
Minnesota STAR Program
MN
Missouri Assistive Technology
MO
Montana Assistive Technology Program (MATP)
MT
Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership
NE
Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative
NV
New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMTAP)
NM
New York State TRAID Program
NY
North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP)
NC
North Dakota Interagency Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT)
ND
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
OK
Oregon's Statewide Assistive Technology Program
OR
Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)
PA
Project START
MS
Program NameState
Puerto Rico Assistive Technology Program (PRATP)
PR
Rhode Island Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP)
RI
Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center
NJ
South Carolina Assistive Technology Program
SC
South Dakota Assistive Technology Program
SD
Tennessee Technology Access Program (TTAP)
TN
Texas Technology Access Program
TX
Tools for Life, Georgia's Assistive Technology Act Program
GA
U.S. Virgin Islands Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (VITRAID)
VI
Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP)
UT
Vermont Assistive Technology Program (VATP)
VT
Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS)
VA
Washington Assistive Technology Act Program
WA
West Virginia Assistive Technology System (WVATS)
WV
Wisconsin Assistive Technology Program (WisTech)
WI
Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)
WY

 

 

ALABAMA

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Lead Agency: Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS)

Program Title: STAR: Alabama's Assistive Technology Resource

State Financing Activities

STAR supports an alternative financing program. The loan program is operated by the Southern Disability Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization, which provides a variety of low-interest and extended- term loans for the purchase of assistive technology devices and services. The Southern Disability Foundation partners with the Auburn Bank to provide guaranteed loans.

Device Reutilization

STAR, in partnership with Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast, Mobile, AL, United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville, AL, the Opportunity Center-Easter Seals, Anniston, AL, Easter Seals Central Alabama, Montgomery, AL, the Birmingham Baptist Association, Birmingham, AL, and the Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center, Dothan, AL administers community-based equipment reutilization programs that increase options for individuals with disabilities to acquire medical equipment and other AT free of charge. Each reuse center receives donations of used devices and other assistive technology that is, in turn, refurbished, sanitized and loaned to individuals who have no other means of obtaining the needed equipment. The individuals can keep the equipment for as long as needed.

Device Loan

STAR claims flexibility for this activity. Other programs are providing services in this area throughout the state.

Device Demonstration

STAR claims flexibility for this activity. Other programs are providing services in this area throughout the state.

State Leadership Activities

STAR, in collaboration with T.A.S.C. (Technology Assistance for Special Consumers), a subcontract program, conducts both online and face-to-face training activities for assistive technology. Several training modules have been developed and can be accessed online via www.startraining.org. The training activities are free, interactive and can be customized /tailored to meet the specific need of individuals/groups/entities. STAR conducts public awareness activities via a variety of venues and seeks every opportunity to increase the awareness of its programs and services, such as exhibitions and presentations at major statewide conferences; the advisory council meetings which usually involves collaborating, disseminating materials, training, and educating consumers, parents, professionals and the general public about STAR programs and services; utilizing the news media; subcontracts information and publicity tools; specific program brochures, and other creative marketing and advertising mediums. STAR utilizes a toll free “1-800” number to provide information and referral services regarding assistive technology products, services, resources, suppliers/vendors, and funding.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

American Samoa, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Utah

All of these programs operated an RRR program, the majority (4/5) operated a device demonstration program, and none of the programs did State Financing activities or AT at Reduced Cost.

ALASKA

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Lead Agency: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

Implementing Entity: Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA)

Program Title: Alaska Statewide AT Program

State Financing Activities

Alaska has a state alternative financing loan guarantee program that provides loans to individuals with disabilities and their families for the purchase of AT. The Statewide AT Program administers this guarantee loan fund with the assistance of Northrim Bank.

Device Reutilization

Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA), a nonprofit organization, maintains the AKTradingPost, a Web-based equipment exchange and reuse program. Items are available for sale, giveaway, loan and demonstration. Any Alaskan can post an ad, and a buyer can purchase used assistive technology at a negotiated price. Reutilization of durable medical equipment (DME) is done through the Independent Living Centers and small loan closets around the state.

Device Loan

ATLA maintains an online database of assistive technology devices and equipment that are available for short-term loan. Seven agencies across the state have listed items that are available. School districts currently maintain their own list of devices available for loan. Consumers are able to request loans from the website or go directly to the organization housing the items.

Device Demonstration

Alaska's statewide AT program established a network of device demonstration programs in conjunction with the device loan programs described above, and works with Independent Living Centers that provide device demonstrations. Demonstrations are also provided in locations around the state where demonstration centers are not available. In addition to the demonstration centers, 17 One-Stop Career Centers around the state have “demonstration” computer centers set up for consumers to come in, look for a job and try out some of the available devices.

State Leadership Activities

Through ATLA, Alaska's statewide AT program provides training and technical assistance about AT around the state. ATLA offers AT trainings via presentations, webinars, conferences and seminars to those working in the areas of employment, human services, health services, education, IT and telecommunications, government and the private sector. ATLA coordinates the three-day Biennial Midnight Sun Assistive Technology Conference.

Alaska's Statewide AT Program has a leadership role in the newly developed Assistive Technology Consortium, a group of key policy decision makers in the state who are working together to leverage and coordinate resources, build assistive technology capacity and create systems, policy change and increase the awareness of assistive technology.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, and South Dakota

All of these programs had RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing activities.

AMERICAN SAMOA

Lead Agency: American Samoa Government, Office of the Governor

Implementing Entity: American Samoa Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Program Title: American Samoa Assistive Technology Training Services

State Financing Activities

American Samoa claims flexibility for this activity. As described in Section 4(e)(6) of the AT Act, a state may carry out any two or more of the required state-level activities, meaning a state can choose not to conduct up to two activities.

Device Reutilization

The AT program provides open-ended loans for devices for consumers who need devices while waiting for repairs on their own devices. Since some devices need to be sent away for repairs, the length of waiting for the repairs to be completed may be quite lengthy. The program also provides open-ended loans for computer devices for students who need these devices during the school semester.

Device Loan

American Samoa claims flexibility for this activity.

Device Demonstration

The AT program operates a device demonstration program by partnering with several entities including the American Samoa Community College, Department of Commerce and the Department of Human Resources, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Division. Consumers come to the center and are able to try out devices to determine which devices work best for them.

State Leadership Activities

American Samoa's AT program uses a multifaceted approach (mailings, Internet, exhibits, presentations and trainings) to increase awareness about the benefits, types and funding of AT devices and services. The AT program sponsors an annual conference, provides an information and referral service, distributes a newsletter, develops a website, and disseminates training materials and publications on AT for a variety of audiences.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Utah

All of these programs operated an RRR program, the majority (4/5) operated a device demonstration program, and none of the programs did State Financing activities or AT at Reduced Cost.

ARIZONA

Lead Agency: Northern Arizona University (NAU), Institute for Human Development (IHD)

Program Title: Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP)

State Financing Activities

AzTAP directly operates two state financing activities: Arizona Loans for Assistive Technology (AzLAT) for the purchase of assistive technology and the Arizona S.E.E.D loan program for the purchase of business equipment for telework. The AzLAT Consortium administers the program. Arizona MultiBank Community Development Corporation services the loans and AzLAT, through its Donor Advised Funds at the Arizona Community Foundation, provides the loan guarantee to MultiBank in case of borrower default.

Device Reutilization

AzTAP has initiated an online equipment exchange program called the Arizona Assistive Technology Equipment Exchange (ATEX). The program allows individuals or organizations to buy, sell, trade or donate used AT through a Web-based "want ads" format.

Device Loan

AzTAP operates short-term equipment loan programs. AzTAP has expanded its equipment lending programs, including management of the device loan library for the Arizona Department of Education.

Device Demonstration

AzTAP currently provides device demonstration programs through in-house and field demonstrations to individuals, university programs, local and state conferences, healthcare facilities, local and state disability support groups and to state agencies such as the Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration, the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council, Arizona Centers for Independent Living, Salt River Pima Maricopa Community, the Navajo and Hopi Indian Communities and the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. AzTAP supports demonstrations through the Technology Access Center of Tucson, Association of Late Deafened Adults and through the independent living model at the Arizona Foundation for Senior Living.

State Leadership Activities

AzTAP customizes training and technical assistance for individuals and organizations that request training on specific topics or technical assistance to improve organization capacity related to assistive technology. AzTAP continues to sponsor a collaborative, statewide AT conference each year. AzTAP disseminates free training materials and publications, provides a toll-free information and assistance service, offers updated in-depth resources on its website and publishes a newsletter.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Indiana, Maryland, Northern Marianas Islands, Montana, Texas, and Virgin Islands

All of these programs operated Device Loan and Device Demonstration programs and none of the programs did State Financing activities. Only 1 did AT at Reduced Cost.

ARKANSAS

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Lead Agency: Department of Career Education, Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS)

Program Title: Increasing Capabilities Access Network (ICAN)

State Financing Activities

An Alternative Financing Program (AFP) and telecommunications access program (TAP) will be accomplished through comparable nonfederal resources rather than through AT Act funding. Both activities are statewide, comprehensive programs administered by ARS.

Device Reutilization

ICAN will operate two device reutilization programs. The Device Recycling Program will refurbish a wide range of AT devices for donation to individuals with disabilities and agencies. Equipment that is ready for distribution will be listed on ICAN's Web site and shared with individuals and agencies. Equipment Exchange is a classified ad listing of used equipment available for sale, trade or donation by consumers throughout the state. ICAN will implement a statewide campaign to expand the awareness and benefits of AT reutilization as well as the many resources available through the state AT program.

Device Loan

ICAN's AT4All Loan Program will accept request for equipment loans from a person with a disability, family members, advocates or service providers. Borrowers are expected to make arrangements for pick up and drop off of the device whenever possible. Most device loans will be for a period of six weeks with the potential for extension.

Device Demonstration

ICAN will coordinate with agencies located throughout Arkansas to provide AT device demonstrations to consumers, families, students, professionals and interested others upon request and at conferences, workshops and other presentation opportunities.

State Leadership Activities

ICAN will collaborate with the State Department of Education to cosponsor training to increase the knowledge, skills and competency of educators, therapists and others in the public school system. ICAN will respond to requests for technical assistance and provide a toll-free information and referral service on AT for people of all ages with all disabilities.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Alaska, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, and South Dakota

All of these programs had RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing activities.

CALIFORNIA

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Lead Agency: California Division of Rehabilitation

Implementing Entity: California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC)

Program Title: California Assistive Technology Systems (CATS)

State Financing Activities

California's Alternative Financing Program (AFP) uses comparable nonfederal resources rather than AT Act funding. The state of California offers low-interest, guaranteed loans to finance AT or modified transportation through the Assistive Technology and Modified Transportation Loan Guarantee Program (LGP). LGP is implemented in collaboration with one or more lenders. This program is operated through the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC).

Device Reutilization

In collaboration with CFILC, CATS operates an AT Exchange website where individuals and organizations can post AT items for sale or donation. In addition, CATS, CFILC and 22 community-based organizations have partnered to provide reuse programs throughout the state. The reuse programs accept assistive technology and medical devices, repairs and sanitize them and offer them to individuals with disabilities free of charge or at a low cost.

Device Loan

In collaboration with CFILC, CATS currently supports 13 AT device loan sites throughout the state. Each Device Lending Library has a variety of AT devices for individuals with various types of disabilities. Devices are available for a maximum length of four weeks, but can be renewed. Open-ended loans are also available as long as another consumer does not request the device.

Device Demonstration

California does not use AT Act funds to support demonstration centers. CATS had identified existing demonstration programs throughout California.

State Leadership Activities

The AT Network, in partnership with CATS, will continue to provide a toll-free information and referral service through 800-390-2699 Voice/800-900-0706 TTY as well as on-line at www.atnet.org. The AT Network also enhance AT awareness through participation in outreach events throughout the state, disseminating public service announcements, using social media as a strategy, and working in collaboration with other nonprofits and referral agencies. CATS materials also will be disseminated throughout the state to increase AT awareness. Through partnership with CFILC, CATS conducts Web-based training as well as trainings via teleconference and in-person throughout the year on AT topics for AT Network members and other interested parties. The training announcements are posted on the AT Network website at www.atnet.org. CFILC also facilitates in-person trainings around the state including an emphasis on identified underserved populations.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Colorado, North Carolina, and Wyoming

All of these programs had Device Exchange and Device Loan programs and none of these programs did State Financing or AT at Reduced Cost activities.

COLORADO

Lead Agency: University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Implementing Entity: Center for Technology, Disability, and Aging

Program Title: Assistive Technology Program of Colorado

State Financing Activities

Assistive Technology Program of Colorado claims flexibility for this activity. As described in Sec. 4(e)(6) of the AT Act, a state may carry out any two or more of the required state-level activities, meaning a state can choose not to conduct up to two activities.

Device Reutilization

The Colorado Program has developed the AT Finder, an online tool to search for assistive technology in Colorado. The AT Finder simultaneously searches eBay, Craigslist and other online classified ads to locate available items. AT Finder can be found on the AT Partners webpage. Assistivetechnologypartners.org

Device Loan

Assistive Technology Partners operates the Statewide Assistive Technology Augmentative and Alternative Communication Loan Bank (SWAAAC), a statewide loan bank of assistive technology that is available to all school districts and to participating early intervention service providers. Devices can be borrowed by schools and providers for their students.

Device Demonstration

Device demonstration opportunities are available to consumers, family members, service providers and the general public to learn about assistive technology and allow participants to explore the use of devices. An individual can contact Assistive Technology Partners to schedule a time to see assistive technology that might meet their specific needs. Device demonstrations can be provided in the Denver center or at one of the regional sites in Grand Junction or Colorado Springs. The AT Network also provides demonstrations of technology regionally through organizations that serve people with disabilities throughout Colorado.

State Leadership Activities

The Colorado Assistive Technology Coalition meets six times a year to discuss issues specific to assistive technology. Members represent state agencies and organizations that serve people with disabilities or older people and consumers who benefit from the use of technology. The Coalition also serves as the Advisory Council for the Assistive Technology Program of Colorado.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

California, North Carolina, and Wyoming

All of these programs had Device Exchange and Device Loan programs and none of these programs did State Financing or AT AT Reduced Cost activities.

CONNECTICUT

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Lead Agency: Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

Program Title: Connecticut Tech Act Project

State Financing Activities

The Connecticut Assistive Technology Loan Program offers loans for individuals with disabilities and their family members to purchase assistive technology devices and services. For more information about the AT Loan Program, visit www.CTtechact.com/loan.

Device Reutilization

The Connecticut Tech Act Project partners with the New England Assistive Technology Center (NEAT), which offers an Equipment Recycling Center where people can find used and refurbished durable medical equipment at a discounted price. The Connecticut Tech Act Project also offers online classifieds for assistive technology at www.getATstuff.com, where new and used assistive technology devices are posted online for sale or for free.

Device Loan

The Connecticut Tech Act Project offers several device loan programs. We offer a lending library of a variety of AT devices to educators and other professionals throughout the state. We have a Computer Loan Program to college students and high schools throughout Connecticut. The computers are loaned with a variety of adaptive software pre-installed to give the borrower an opportunity to try out the software before obtaining it. IPads with a variety of apps are now also a part of this lending program. The CT Tech Act Project also offers a device loan program specifically for consumers of the Vocational Rehabilitation program to allow them to borrow equipment to be used at the work site. This gives the consumer, the employer and the VR counselor an opportunity to determine if the device is the right one for the consumer, before purchasing it. For more information on the type of devices that are available for loan and eligibility criteria, contact the program at 860-424-4881.

Device Demonstration

The Connecticut Tech Act Project has Device Demonstration Centers located throughout the state where one can go to view a variety of AT devices, learn about the various features and make an informed decision about the assistive technology device(s).

State Leadership Activities

The Connecticut Tech Act Project offers training and technical assistance, information and referrals and other activities to increase awareness of assistive technology, increase access and help individuals with disabilities obtain assistive technology devices and services. To learn more about any of the Connecticut Tech Act Project programs and services, please visit our website at www.CTtechact.com or call us at 860-424-4881.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and North Dakota

All of these AT Programs operated a Financial Loan program, an Open-ended Loan program, a Device Exchange program, Leveraged funding, RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing or AT at Reduced Cost activities.

DELAWARE

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Lead Agency: University of Delaware

Program Title: Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI)

State Financing Activities

DATI conducts three state financing activities. The Delaware Assistive Technology Loan Program (DATLP) and the Delaware Telework Equipment Loan Program (DTELP) make financial loans available to qualified individuals for the purchase of AT, home modifications and vehicle modifications. The program features a customized approach to lending, including the availability of guarantees and interest subsidies when necessary. The Borrow-to-Own Low-vision Devices (BOLD) Program is a new financing activity that makes AT available at no cost to qualifying individuals with vision loss.

Device Reutilization

DATI administers an AT Exchange Program (ATEx) that enables individuals to buy, sell or give away used AT through Web-based "want ads." The AT Exchange features a feedback capability that allows program staff to follow up with users of the system. DATI is also working in collaboration with over 20 state agencies and organizations to explore the viability of a program that would reclaim and repurpose equipment no longer needed by the original recipients.

Device Loan

DATI operates a device loan program through its network of three AT Resource Centers (ATRCs). The statewide inventory includes over 1,400 augmentative communication devices, aids for daily living sensory aids, etc. Persons with disabilities and service providers who want to learn how to use the AT or wish to try it out can go online and select devices organized into 10 categories with the option of contacting the nearest ATRC loan closet to discuss arrangements for borrowing a device.

Device Demonstration

DATI's demonstration program operates in conjunction with its existing three ATRC loan programs. All equipment in the inventory is available for demonstration, and resident AT specialists are skilled at assisting consumers, family members and those affiliated with disability-related organizations to become more informed as to the devices that might work for them.

State Leadership Activities

DATI develops and implements numerous training modules ranging from two-hour sessions to training series spanning several days for specific audiences and on specific AT topics. DATI increases awareness of AT through a quarterly newsletter, the AT Messenger, a toll-free information and referral service, website, community events, statewide conferences, and training materials and publications on AT that are also available in Spanish.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Rhode Island

The most important commonalities among these AT programs are that all engaged in State Financing Activity and operated a Device Exchange program in 2011. None operated an Open-ended Loan program.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

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Lead Agency: District of Columbia Department on Disability Services Rehabilitation Services Administration

Implementing Entity: University Legal Services

Program Title: Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia (ATPDC)

State Financing Activities

ATPDC claims flexibility for state financing activities.

Device Reutilization

ATPDC manages the District of Columbia Disability Equipment Recycling Program (DC Shares). DC Shares recycles new and used assistive technology devices and durable medical equipment (DME), such as wheelchairs, walkers and bathroom equipment, and other similar devices to District of Columbia residents who are in need. The equipment is available at no cost, for District of Columbia residents with disabilities or those who have a dependent with a disability, regardless of their type of disability or age.

Device Loan

ATPDC operates an AT device loan program, which assists individuals with disabilities and professionals in decision making before the purchase of the equipment, accommodates interim needs for device repair or funding and other purposes, such as self-evaluation and training by clinicians to use a device to assess clients. The AT device loan program allows the end user to make informed choices to purchase the appropriate assistive technology devices to live independently.

Device Demonstration

ATPDC operates the District of Columbia Assistive Technology Resource Center (DCATRC). The DCATRC is an AT demonstration center where individuals with disabilities and service providers may explore, experience and compare the usefulness of various types of AT equipment, learn about possible product vendors and other related services, and discuss their applications for devices or services.

State Leadership Activities

ATPDC increases knowledge about the availability, benefits, the appropriateness and cost of assistive technology devices and services through community outreach through such events as employment and education fairs and exhibits. ATPDC also conducts customized training for schools, employers, local government and community-based organizations in the District of Columbia to help them make effective use of assistive technology devices and services.

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Florida, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs and none of the programs did State Financing activies.

FLORIDA

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Lead Agency: Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Implementing Entity: Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc. (FAAST)

Program Title: Assistive Technology Services

State Financing Activities

FAAST administers two loan guarantee programs: an Alternative Financing Program for the purchase of AT and an Access to Telework Loan Program for the purchase of equipment needed to set up a small business or to work from home for an employer.

Device Reutilization

FAAST administers multiple reutilization and refurbishing programs through subcontractors statewide. FAAST also hosts a Web-based device exchange program through "AT Bay" where individuals can buy, sell or trade assistive technology.

Device Loan

FAAST administers a statewide Web-based assistive technology device loan program that enables individuals to review a large inventory of assistive technology and make a request to borrow assistive technology. Assistive technology device loans are shipped to and from at no cost to the borrower. The six FAAST Regional Demonstration Centers (RDC) have regional device loan programs as well.

Device Demonstration

FAAST maintains six Regional Demonstration Centers in Tallahassee, Pensacola, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Miami where assistive technology device demonstrations are conducted on a daily basis for individuals with disabilities and others who visit the RDCs.

State Leadership Activities

FAAST's public policy initiatives that promote access to and acquisition of assistive services and technology focus on serving on state councils and boards, working with state agency officials, and producing public policy issue briefs to educate the three branches of state government on legislative and public policy matters affecting the acquisition of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities and their families. FAAST public awareness activities include the research, development and distribution of self-help up-to-date resource guides, public service announcements, a FAAST Access Magazine and a myriad of other brochures and publications, resource information and a user-friendly website, as well as exhibits and public forums statewide.

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Washington DC, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs and none of the programs did State Financing activies.

GEORGIA

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Lead Agency: Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL)

Program Title: Tools For Life (TFL)

State Financing Activities

Tools for Life supports Credit-Able, Georgia's Alternative Financing Program (AFP), providing guaranteed loans to individuals with disabilities and their families for the purchase of AT devices and services. TFL works with organizations, such as the Center for Financial Independence & Innovation's Credit-Able Program, the GettingAhead Association and the Assistive Technology Resource Centers (ATRCs) to expand CreditAble. TFL supports the administration of a small last resort fund and has created an AT co-op called AT Depot.

Device Reutilization

TFL supports several device reuse activities including: ReBoot - a computer reutilization program; Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too - a durable medical equipment (DME) reuse program; and G-Trade - an online AT equipment exchange program. Every region of Georgia is served by TFL reuse efforts. TFL also created the Southeastern Technology Access & Reuse (STAR) Network with many community partners throughout the southern states to increase capacity and serve more individuals through AT reuse.

Device Loan

The TFL Network has an extensive AT Device Loan Library and contracts with Disability Connections, Tech-Able, Touch the Future and Walton Options, organizations that handle the day-to-day operations of this service. The equipment in the AT Device Loan Library program is shipped to any location in Georgia. The length of a device loan is two to four weeks with the possibility of extension.

Device Demonstration

TFL conducts device demonstrations and contracts with a network of ATRCs to conduct device demonstrations across the state. Each center is stocked with a core set of innovative AT solutions for demonstration. TFL ensures the needs of individuals are met by annually evaluating the comprehensiveness of the AT device demonstration programs with regard to type of equipment and audiences reached.

State Leadership Activities

Training has been and continues to be developed to include information about AT solutions, AT resources, AT funding strategies and TFL programs. TFL has increased awareness about the benefits of AT through bimonthly webinars, biannual statewide conferences, a toll-free information and assistance service, an in-depth website featuring a funding guide, quarterly newsletters, training materials and publications provided free of charge.

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Guam, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Vermont

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs, 6/8 operated a Financial Loan program, and none did AT at Reduced Cost.

GUAM

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Lead Agency: University of Guam Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service

Program Title: Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT)

State Financing Activities

GSAT operates two financial loan programs: the Guam Options for Alternative Loans-Assistive Technology (GOAL-AT), which offers low-interest loans for the purchase of assistive technology and the Get Guam Teleworking Loan Program (GGT), which offers low-interest loans to help individuals with disabilities with self-employment.

Device Reutilization

GSAT administers a reutilization program, which includes recycling, refurbishment, repairing, device reassignment and device exchange that increases options for acquiring AT by individuals with disabilities.

Device Loan

GSAT's device loan program offers access to all AT equipment available at the Center for a free, one-month trial use. The program assists consumers to make an informed choice by providing the opportunity to try and practice a device in an appropriate setting.

Device Demonstration

GSAT conducts demonstrations focusing on specific AT devices at the Demonstration and Recycling Center. Additionally, GSAT works collaboratively with disability and health-related agencies to enhance participation in conferences, employer job fairs, and other AT activities.

State Leadership Activities

GSAT conducts regular training and technical assistance on the selection, use and acquisition of AT devices and services. The program plans activities, such as training to vocational rehabilitation counselors and staff at One-Stop Career Centers. GSAT offers free information and referral services, disseminates training materials and publications that cover AT.

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Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Vermont

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs, 6/8 operated a Financial Loan program, and none did AT at Reduced Cost.

HAWAII

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Lead Agency: Hawaii Department of Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind Division

Implementing Entity: Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii (ATRC)

Program Title: Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii (ATRC)

State Financing Activities

ATRC, working with American Savings Bank (ASB) of Hawaii, supports the Hawaii Assistive Technology (ATRC) Loan Program to offer Hawaii residents low-interest loans, at affordable terms, to acquire AT devices and services that enhance independence in the home, workplace and community. ATRC Loan Program funds are used to guarantee the money borrowed through ASB.

Device Reutilization

ATRC has created a Computer Redistribution Program and an AT Equipment Relocation Program to carry out device reutilization activities. The computer systems redistribution is stocked by donated computers from Hawaii businesses and other sources and made ready for free distribution to persons with disabilities. The Equipment Relocation Program brings together buyers and sellers of AT in Hawaii and is administered at both the physical location of ATRC offices and through an online portal designed to provide statewide accessibility.

Device Loan

ATRC has developed an "AT Depot" device loan program that provides a short-term loan of AT devices and educational materials, such as AT videos and publications. These short-term loans allow for the use of a trial device for assessment and evaluation and a temporary device for use while a primary device is repaired or maintained. The AT Depot is administered through four physical locations at the ATRC office and at partner agency locations on the islands of Maui, Kauai and Hawaii.

Device Demonstration

ATRC provides device demonstration centers throughout the state, at the main ATRC office and on the neighbor islands of Maui, Kauai and Hawaii. The primary goal of the demonstration centers is to provide an opportunity for consumers to learn about AT devices and try them out.

State Leadership Activities

ATRC provides training activities through conferences, such as the Tools for Life Hawaii Expo, scheduled workshops and open training sessions. Technical assistance continues to be provided in coordination with the Pacific ADA and IT Center. ATRC provides a toll-free information and referral service; the Reacher, a monthly newsletter; the Kupuna Guide-AT daily living geared for the kupuna or senior populations in Hawaii, a website, including a one-stop database of links to resources and current social media networks.

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Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and North Dakota

All of these AT Programs operated a Financial Loan program, an Open-ended Loan program, a Device Exchange program, Leveraged funding, RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing or AT at Reduced Cost activities.

IOWA

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Lead Agency: University of Iowa, Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD)

Program Title: Iowa Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT)

State Financing Activities

IPAT contracts with Iowa Able Foundation to manage Iowa's Alternative Financing Program (AFP) and Telework grant. The AFP program provides loans to individuals with disabilities and their families for the purchase of AT devices and services while Telework provides loans to individuals with disabilities to purchase computers and other equipment needed to work from home or be self employed. Both direct and guaranteed loans with flexible terms are available to help individuals increase their independence at home, at work and in the community.

Device Reutilization

IPAT contracts with Iowa COMPASS, Iowa's disability information and referral service, to manage the Used Equipment Referral Service (UERS), which is a free service that operates like a newspaper want ad and lists used devices for sale by consumers and AT vendors. IPAT is also the primary financial supporter for Easter Seals Iowa equipment service, a device recycling program that accepts donated used devices from across the state, cleans and refurbishes the AT, and provides the devices to individuals who would not otherwise be able to acquire the needed device. In addition, IPAT continues to maintain a comprehensive listing of all the community and state device reutilization and recycling programs in Iowa and neighboring states and make this information available through Iowa COMPASS.

Device Loan

IPAT supports the Disability Resource Library (DRL) at the Center for Disabilities and Development to administer a short-term device loan program to allow consumers to trial use devices or software before purchase decision making. This is a limited program primarily for augmentative communication devices and educational software. IPAT also supports Easter Seals Iowa to operate a device loan program out of its AT Center which focuses on community living, activities of daily living, recreation and Autism. Through a permanent loan from the DRL to the Iowa Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, IPAT provides AT devices and software for device demonstration to its clients and employers in the state.

Device Demonstration

IPAT contracts with Easter Seals Iowa to operate a statewide device demonstration center located in Des Moines. The center focuses on devices for community living, activities of daily living, recreation and Autism.

State Leadership Activities

IPAT engages in a number of activities to improve access to AT devices and services. Technical assistance and training is provided to agencies and organizations relating to education, employment, community living and emergency preparedness.

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Maine and Michigan

These programs operated Financial Loan, Device Exchange, and Device demonstration programs. None did State Financing activities.

IDAHO

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Lead Agency: University of Idaho, Center on Disabilities and Human Development

Program Title: Idaho Assistive Technology Project (IATP)

State Financing Activities

IATP operates the Idaho Assistive Technology Loan Fund, which offers loan guarantees to provide financial loans for the purchase of AT. IATP administers the fund while sharing responsibilities with three other entities: Zions First National Bank, Key Bank of Idaho and Idaho Community Foundation.

Device Reutilization

IATP has a fully accessible Web-based equipment exchange program to increase the availability of used AT devices for persons with disabilities. An individual no longer in need of an AT device who wants to sell or give the device away can contact IATP through the website or existing toll-free telephone line and request to post an advertisement. There are a number of agencies, individuals, and centers who use the site. They include senior centers, office on aging regional offices, independent living centers, the Commission for the Blind, the State Department of Education, Idaho Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the assistance centers for the Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Device Loan

The IATP supports device loaning through resource and assistance centers throughout Idaho. There are four regional AT resource centers from where device loaning process emanates. These resource centers are charged with supporting all stakeholders who need AT including a developmental toy loan program, which ships items statewide at no cost. In addition, the IATP partners with the Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to support seven regionally based assistance centers which focus on lending hearing assistance equipment.

Device Demonstration

IATP operates an AT demonstration program by assisting and supporting four regional AT resource centers, seven hearing assistance centers, and a network of Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs) who lend their expertise to guide individuals through a comparison of devices.

State Leadership Activities

IATP includes a staff of both fulltime and part-time individuals all of whom collaborate with four regional AT resource and seven hearing assistance centers as well as a network of ATPs. The IATP provides daily technical assistance, in addition to facilitating and conducting trainings on AT-related topics to a variety of stakeholders, including Universities in an effort to follow a training model which is not always in a position of "catching-up" on AT related topics through professional development. IATP fosters the previously mentioned activities and AT-related information and assistance to people of all ages and disabilities through the websites, social media, training materials, publications, online trainings and a twice yearly newsletter. In addition, IATP sponsors the annual Tools for Life conference held in collaboration with the Idaho Department of Education and the secondary transition task force. The IATP is also working collaboratively with the Department of Education to implement Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) into the PreK12 environment. It is important to note, AIM as well as all other training and supports are being designed through the foundational Principles of Universal Design for Learning.

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Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and North Dakota

All of these AT Programs operated a Financial Loan program, an Open-ended Loan program, a Device Exchange program, Leveraged funding, RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing or AT at Reduced Cost activities.

ILLINOIS

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Lead Agency: Illinois Department of Human Service (DHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)

Implementing Entity: Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)

Program Title:Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP)

State Financing Activities

IATP implements a statewide Alternative Financing Program (AFP) and Access to Telework Loan Program. Both program components offer a preferred interest rate, extended repayment plans, and/or relaxed credit standards.

Device Reutilization

IATP's reutilization program, AT Classifieds, is designed as an accessible online AT exchange that assists consumers of AT to buy, sell or donate pieces of used AT equipment.

Device Loan

There are currently over 2,000 devices in IATP's inventory available for loan up to five weeks. The devices are assembled and shipped out to the borrower anywhere in the state. The expense to ship AT to a borrower is covered by the program. Return shipping expenses are the responsibility of the borrower.

Device Demonstration

IATP operates an AT Device Demonstration Center in Springfield, Il, which contains an accessible kitchen, bathroom and other "rooms" featuring workplace technologies, sensory aids, adapted toys and switches, aids for daily living, and augmentative communication devices. IATP transports AT devices to another location if a consumer cannot get to Springfield.

State Leadership Activities

IATP conducts AT training statewide and works with agencies to customize workshops to meet AT needs in such areas as older adults, early intervention, education, employment, and activities of daily living. IATP uses a multifaceted approach (mailings, Internet, exhibits, presentations, and trainings) to increase awareness about assistive technology devices and services. IATP provides information and assistance statewide through its toll-free numbers and produces a quarterly newsletter, TechTalk, which has a distribution of over 8,200 individuals. IATP continues to coordinate and collaborate with public and private agencies on activities that improve access to and funding for assistive technology devices and services statewide.

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Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and North Dakota

All of these AT Programs operated a Financial Loan program, an Open-ended Loan program, a Device Exchange program, Leveraged funding, RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing or AT at Reduced Cost activities.

INDIANA

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Lead Agency: Indiana Division of Disability, Aging, and Rehabilitative Services

Implementing Entity: Easter Seals Crossroads

Program Title: Indiana Assistive Technology Act (INDATA) Project

State Financing Activities

The INDATA Project operates a financial loan program, which offers loan guarantees to provide loans for the purchase of assistive technology. The loan program is in its infancy and many activities, such as ongoing sources of support, have yet to be determined. An advisory council specific to the loan program has been established and provides guidance as this program is developed. This advisory council reports back to the INDATA statewide AT advisory council and the Easter Seals Crossroads board of directors.

Device Reutilization

The INDATA Project provides a computer reutilization program and assistive technology reutilization program throughout the state of Indiana. This program, known as the INDATA Depot, operates via a warehouse as well as an online database. Users of this system list ads in the form of "buy, sell, or trade" transactions. Potential users then respond to those ads and work with the current owner to coordinate the sale or exchange of items.

Device Loan

The INDATA Project owns and utilizes a collection of over 1,500 assistive technology items for 30-day loans to assist clients in making informed decisions about the kinds of assistive technology ultimately used at home, school or on the job.

Device Demonstration

The INDATA Project provides in-home and on-demand device demonstrations. INDATA also hosts demo days on a weekly basis on a particular disability or type of AT.

State Leadership Activities

The INDATA Project provides a diverse offering of education and outreach as well as collaboration and coordination services. Highlights include full-day assistive technology training activities that are broadcast throughout the state via webcasting, a social networking outreach campaign that includes weekly YouTube videos, two weekly podcasts, blogging, Facebook and Twitter outreach. Additionally, the project has taken a leadership role with a number of university-based AT programs and AT entrepreneurship activities.

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Arizona, Maryland, Northern Marianas Islands, Montana, Texas, and Virgin Islands

All of these programs operated Device Loan and Device Demonstration programs and none of the programs did State Financing activities. Only 1 did AT at Reduced Cost.

KANSAS

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Lead Agency: Kansas University Center of Developmental Disabilities

Program Title: Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK)

State Financing Activities

ATK conducts four state financing activities. It works with the Kansas Assistive Technology Cooperative (KATCO) to operate an alternative financing program to assist persons in acquiring AT and to operate the Kansas Telework Loan Program to support persons working from remote locations. KATCO works with Kansas financial institutions to offer a reduced interest, extended payback period, financial loan program.ATK provides case management by AT funding specialists to assist consumers in acquiring AT, and it determines eligibility and equipment justification services for its Telecommunications Access Program (TAP).

Device Reutilization

ATK offers two reutilization activities. One activity is the Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE) Program, which operates in conjunction with Kansas Health Care Policy (Medicaid) and Kansas University to track equipment purchases, affix an electronic tracking code on new equipment and maintain a real-time database of KEE inventory. Equipment no longer needed by the Medicaid beneficiaries is returned to the program so that it can be refurbished and reused by a new consumer. A second activity is the ATK equipment reutilization program for expensive technology that does not meet the definition of durable medical equipment (DME) required by the KEE Program. This small reutilization program for expensive equipment, therefore, focuses on devices that are not medical in nature and, therefore, would not be purchased or tracked by Medicaid.

Device Loan

ATK operates a short-term AT equipment loan program known as the Statewide Interagency Equipment Loan System. The length of the device loan is four weeks; a rental fee and shipping costs are assessed for each item based on a sliding scale.

Device Demonstration

ATK staff provides demonstrations to individuals and small groups at regional AT Access Sites and at off-site locations, such as schools, homes and work sites. ATK plans to expand the demonstration equipment inventory at the regional AT Access Sites and at the Statewide Interagency Equipment Loan System.

State Leadership Activities

The toll-free KAN DO-IT line offers a free information and referral service on AT. The website provides resources and an opportunity to directly contact ATK programs. Training materials and publications on a broad array of AT related issues are available free of charge in any requested alternative format.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Georgia, Guam, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Vermont

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs, 6/8 operated a Financial Loan program, and none did AT at Reduced Cost.

KENTUCKY

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Lead Agency:Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Program Title: Kentucky Assistive Technology Service (KATS) Network

State Financing Activities

The KY Title III Alternative Financing Program (AFP) and the Telecommunications Access Program (TAP) are operated with other comparable non-AT Act funding, under the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, respectively.

Their URLs are: http://www.katlc.ky.gov and http://www.kcdhh.ky.gov/oea/tddprog.html, respectively.

Device Reutilization

The Assistive Technology Exchange List (ATEX) is a Web-based "classified" listing of AT devices offered for sale or donated by and for consumers. It also contains a list of AT that consumers need. It is maintained online at http://www.katsnet.org/services/reutilization/atex. Additionally, the four Regional AT Resource Centers (ATRCs) of KATS operate AT reassignment programs for consumers. The amount of equipment available at one time is limited by donations and storage space. Most equipment is reassigned on an as-is basis.

Device Loan

Device Loans of AT are provided through the regional ATRCs and through a Transition AT Demo/Loan lab at KATS. The ATRCs each conduct device loan programs enabling consumers to borrow AT devices for 30-day trial periods. Extended loans may be provided depending on the availability of equipment. The focus of the KATS Transition AT Demo/Loan Lab is to provide specialized demo and device loan activities for transition from secondary to postsecondary education or work, transition from institutional care to community-based care, and/or including deaf/blind.

Device Demonstration

KATS delivers device demonstration programs primarily through the regional ATRCs, along with the KATS Transition AT Demo/Loan Lab. Each ATRC has an array of AT devices for demonstration, including individual and group activities designed to explore a range of available AT devices, individual consultations to support appropriate device selection, and individual or group training to support appropriate usage of devices. The focus of the KATS Transition AT Demo Lab is the same as for the KATS Transition AT Loan Lab described above under Device Loans.

State Leadership Activities

KATS provides training and technical assistance to individual consumers, professionals, groups and organizations. Activities include collaboration with other organizations. KATS continues to provide publications on AT, an in-depth website, e-mail lists and listserv distributions, and a toll-free information and referral service.

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Alaska, Arkansas, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, and South Dakota

All of these programs had RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing activities.

LOUISIANA

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Lead Agency: Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH)

Implementing Entity: Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN)

Program Title: Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN)

State Financing Activities

LATAN operates a reduced-interest, fixed-rate, extended term alternative financing program. Loan applications are available online, by a statewide toll-free number, in LATAN's office, and at various agencies across the state of Louisiana.

Device Reutilization

LATAN operates two reutilization programs. One is a low-cost computer ReUse program, which delivers rebuilt computers to the doors of Louisiana consumers with disabilities. A second is a database of devices, the AT Marketplace: Louisiana's Assistive Technology Classifieds, which makes available used devices for low or no cost.

Device Loan

LATAN's device loan program is available throughout the state through its three offices and via shipping. In addition, LATAN provides information about other loan closets in the state. Device loans are typically made for communication, computer access, software and vision devices.

Device Demonstration

LATAN has two device demonstration centers - one in the south central area of the state and one in the northwest area of the state. Through partnerships, LATAN has 4 satellite centers serving those seeking AT for the purpose of employment. In addition, for a travel fee, LATAN provides "traveling demonstrations" to rural and remote areas of the state. Over 700 devices are available for demonstrations.

State Leadership Activities

Training is provided to AT users on specific devices, especially those wanting to return to the workforce, and to increase the skill level of AT providers, including those who work in rehabilitation services. Technical assistance includes assisting with the development of AT services in waiver programs for long-term supports and services, in developing emergency preparedness and response policies and procedures, in transitioning from one setting to another, and in affordable and accessible housing policy. LATAN participates in public awareness presentations and exhibits, and is promoted through the use of various forms of media, including social media such as facebook, and through the use of brochures and other printed material. Consumers can benefit from LATAN's toll-free information and assistance service; G.R.E.A.T. Possibilities, a print newsletter; a monthly e-newsletter; e-blast publications about AT; and a website. LATAN collaborates with other entities to increase access to assistive technology.

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Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, and North Dakota

All of these AT Programs operated a Financial Loan program, an Open-ended Loan program, a Device Exchange program, Leveraged funding, RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing or AT at Reduced Cost activities.

MAINE

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Lead Agency: Maine Department of Education

Program Title: Maine Consumer Information and Technology Training Exchange (Maine CITE Program)

State Financing Activities

Two programs currently operate. Maine's AFP combined Title III funds with state funds to enable more people to qualify for low-interest loans to purchase the AT. In addition, bulk purchasing for AT is now available to all local school systems in the state through the expansion of the statewide Buying Consortium operated by the Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine (ACTEM).

Device Reutilization

A Web-based AT device exchange is operated in collaboration with the five other New England states. The website http://www.getatstuff.com is based at the Maine CITE Coordinating Center. In addition, Maine helps to support an AT reassignment program, "TEC-Assist," located at the Technical Exploration Center (TEC) at Husson University that makes used, refurbished AT available at discount prices. Maine also has an informal network of device exchange programs that offer AT devices for sale or at no cost.

Device Loan

The state supports several entities offering device loan programs: the Technical Exploration Center (TEC) at Husson University, University of Maine at Farmington, ALLTech, Pine Tree Society and C.A.R.E.S., Inc. These device loan programs enable individuals with disabilities and seniors to borrow AT for up to two weeks, with potential renewals.

Device Demonstration

Maine supports the Technical Exploration Center, ALLTech, the University of Maine at Farmington and Pine Tree Society to offer AT device demonstrations. The Maine CITE Coordinating Center's website serves as a central point of information about those AT services.

State Leadership Activities

The Maine CITE Coordinating Center coordinates training and public awareness events with more than 15 organizations that comprise Maine's AT Consortia. Technical assistance related to accessible instructional materials, accessible information technology and transition also is provided. The AT Act Program hosts a website and collaborates with the state's Center for Independent Living, Alpha One, to provide information and awareness services.

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Iowa and Michigan

These programs operated Financial Loan, Device Exchange, and Device demonstration programs. None did State Financing activities.

MARYLAND

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Lead Agency: Maryland Department of Disabilities

Program Title: Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MD TAP)

State Financing Activities

Maryland operates four projects that help people with disabilities obtain AT. It provides low-interest loans through its AT Loan Program and WorkABILITY Loan Program. It supports an Assistive Technology Cooperative Buying program that provides discounts on AT products for individuals, families and education entities. It also provides communication evaluations and devices to nursing home residents moving into the community.

Device Reutilization

Maryland supports durable medical equipment recycling programs that provide equipment to individuals with disabilities who have low incomes and are uninsured or underinsured. Maryland has launched an equipment exchange program to provide online classified ads for those who want to buy, sell, donate, borrow or acquire AT.

Device Loan

MD TAP runs an Equipment Demonstration & Loaner Library, lending equipment to schools and individuals across the state. Items for loan include augmentative communication devices, blindness and low-vision products, computer access devices, electronic note takers, adapted telephones and telecommunications devices for the deaf, assistive listening, alerting systems, aids for daily living and much more.

Device Demonstration

Six AT demonstration sites are located throughout the state to allow for individuals with disabilities to receive information and try out a variety of AT. Additional demonstrations are provided off-site when individuals are unable to travel to a demonstration center and for group presentations.

State Leadership Activities

MD TAP provides workshops on a variety of topics relevant to AT and implements a multi-faceted public awareness approach. It provides technical assistance for implementation of the state's information technology non-visual access policy, provides resources on state agency website evaluations for accessibility and negotiates agreements between DORS and local school systems to provide seamless access to AT devices and services to students throughout the transition from high school to work.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Arizona, Indiana, Northern Marianas Islands, Montana, Texas, and Virgin Islands

All of these programs operated Device Loan and Device Demonstration programs and none of the programs did State Financing activities. Only 1 did AT at Reduced Cost.

MASSACHUSETTS

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Lead Agency: Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Community Living Division

Program Title: MassMATCH (Massachusetts Maximizing Assistive Technology in Consumer's Hands)

State Financing Activities

Massachusetts supports an Alternative Financing Program known as the Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program (MATLP). The program provides low-interest loans and loan guarantees for people purchasing assistive technology. Massachusetts partners with Easter Seals of Massachusetts and Sovereign Bank to provide these loans.

Device Reutilization

Together with the other New England states, Massachusetts maintains the AT Exchange in New England website, which provides an online catalog of used AT available for sale or donation. Announcements about needed AT can also be posted. The AT Exchange can be accessed by going to http://www.getATstuff.org Massachusetts also has a device exchange program specially designed for schools and other educational institutions known as the Assistive Technology School Share (ATSS). ATSS is a FREE private members-only online equipment reuse program designed to make it easier for participating schools across the state to get assistive technology for their students with disabilities. ATSS can be accessed by going to www.atschoolshare.org Massachusetts has also developed a long-term device loan program, operated by the AFP partner, Easter Seals of Massachusetts. The program allows individuals to borrow AT devices valued under $500 for as long as the devices are needed.

Device Loan

Massachusetts operates a device loan program. MassMATCH funds two Assistive Technology Regional Centers (ATRCs) which provide device demonstration and loan services. One of the regional centers is located in Boston and operated by Easter Seals of Massachusetts. It serves residents of Eastern Massachusetts. The other regional center is located in Pittsfield and operated by UCP of Berkshire County. It serves residents of Western Massachusetts. Through an online inventory on the MassMATCH website, consumers can view available devices and request device loans from either of the two AT regional centers.

Device Demonstration

Device demonstrations are conducted at either of the two AT regional centers. One of the regional centers is operated by Easter Seals of Massachusetts and is located in Boston. The other regional center is operated by UCP of Berkshire County and is located in Pittsfield.

State Leadership Activities

Each year MassMATCH hosts regional AT Expositions to increase public awareness. The program operates a listserv for sending out timely information on AT-related topics as well as a quarterly newsletter. MassMATCH also has a website - www.massmatch.org with a lot of information and resources about Assistive Technology. The website also has a Blog Page and an "Ask An Expert" feature.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, and North Dakota

All of these AT Programs operated a Financial Loan program, an Open-ended Loan program, a Device Exchange program, Leveraged funding, RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing or AT at Reduced Cost activities.

MICHIGAN

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Lead Agency: Department of Labor, Energy and Economic Growth-Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Program Title: Michigan Assistive Technology Program

State Financing Activities

Michigan's AT Loan Fund provides low-interest loans to people with disabilities so they can purchase AT. This program is administered by UCP Michigan and supported by the AT Program. The Michigan Employment Loan Fund, also operated by UCP Michigan, provides loans for the purchase of equipment for people with disabilities to work at home or operate home businesses: http://www.michiganloanfunds.org.

Device Reutilization

The Michigan AT Program provides the AT Xchange (ATX) for individuals with an AT device wishing to either sell or give it away. The ATX is a website ad service that connects buyers and sellers of devices, and is located at: http://www.atxchange.org.

Device Loan

The Michigan AT Program exercises state flexibility for this activity and plans to add device loans within the next three years.

Device Demonstration

Michigan has one demonstration site in Michigan's Upper Peninsula at the Superior Alliance for Independent Living (SAIL) and several demonstration projects in different areas. The program subcontracts with the Hearing Loss Association of Michigan to provide demonstrations of Hearing Assistive Technology, with ten kits located throughout the state. There are several kits of AT devices for community living called "small changes, Big Differences," currently located at the Disability Networks in Muskegon, the Disability Network Lakeshore in Holland, Oakland/Macomb and SAIL. The program has three sites in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties with devices for Assistive Technology and Communication in Emergencies. A new kit of devices for people who are neurodiverse has been placed at SAIL, Oakland/Macomb and the Capital Area Center for Independent Living (CACIL). A kit of items to help people who have low vision is located at the Disability Network of Wayne County/Detroit. People can learn about demonstration from the kit host sites or the program's web site.

State Leadership Activities

Michigan's program maintains a website and provides AT Connections, an e-mail-based newsletter and a new webpage AT Directory and webinars. The program has extensive partnerships for coordination and collaboration on statewide issues. In partnership with the Disability Network Michigan, Michigan also provides local information and assistance. The program also presents at conferences, and provides materials for publications and training about AT.

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Iowa and Maine

These programs operated Financial Loan, Device Exchange, and Device demonstration programs. None did State Financing activities.

MINNESOTA

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Lead Agency: Minnesota Department of Administration

Program Title: Minnesota STAR Program

State Financing Activities

EquipALife, a community-based organization, contracts with the Minnesota Department of Administration, through the STAR Program as the lead agency, to provide alternative financing and telework financial loan programs. EquipALife provides financial solutions for Minnesotans of all ages. Services include a low interest loan for individual to purchase equipment that may not be provided through another program. Access to Telework is a low interest loan program for people with disabilities who are self-employed, work from home or telecommute to purchase equipment.

Device Reutilization

STAR maintains a free online device exchange website that allows people to sell, donate and buy used assistive technology. In addition, STAR contracts with established agencies and organizations to repair or refurbish wheelchairs, computers, and aids for daily living for long-term loan or resale to individuals with disabilities.

Device Loan

Through a contractual agreement, established device loan programs statewide provide an array of assistive technology devices to persons with disabilities of all ages. Through the loan programs, individuals may trial a device prior to purchase, while their device is being repaired, or to meet a short term accommodation. AT devices available for short term (30 days) loans include aids for daily living, communication, hearing, vision, mobility, or recreation and leisure. Equipment may be used for educational purposes, for employment, or in the home or community.

Device Demonstration

STAR maintains a device demonstration lab where employees of the State of Minnesota may test various computer keyboards, mice, and software in order to pursue a reasonable work accommodation. In collaboration with established statewide device demonstration programs, AT devices are demonstrated to consumers, educators, employers, parents, and/or medical professionals in order to make an informed choice about which AT device to pursue for purchase or loan. Demonstrations of AT are provided in a location most convenient for the consumer.

State Leadership Activities

STAR provides information and referral assistance to consumers, parents, professionals and the general public. A newsletter is published three times a year. Individuals are encouraged to use the STAR listserv to share information about AT. The website is a source of information about STAR services, AT resources in the state and the STAR Advisory Council. Biannually a Directory of Funding and Assistive Technology Resources in Minnesota is published. STAR participates in various community and governmental committees to share and receive information about AT services. AT training and technical assistance is provided for state employees, AT professionals, employers and consumers. STAR cosponsors and collaborates in transition events for both students and adults. STAR displays various AT devices at conferences, public information fairs, workshops, public libraries, senior centers and other locations throughout the state.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Alaska, Arkansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, and South Dakota

All of these programs had RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing activities.

MISSOURI

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Lead Agency: Missouri Assistive Technology Council

Program Title: Missouri Assistive Technology (MoAT)

State Financing Activities

MoAT implements three state financing activities. The Show-Me Loans program provides low-interest loans for vehicle access modifications, home access improvements, mobility equipment, sensory aids and other AT. Another program, "WorkAbility Loans" provides low-interest loans for Missourians with disabilities for equipment needed to telework. MoAT also implements the Kids Assistive Technology (KAT) program, which is a last resort AT funding option for families of children with disabilities under age 21.

Device Reutilization

MoAT supports a network of device recycling programs at nine independent living centers throughout the state to provide recycled durable medical equipment, aids for daily living and other equipment. In addition, MoAT provides an online statewide equipment exchange program, Swap 'N Shop. The program allows prospective buyers to search listings of available equipment for sale throughout the state as well as in neighboring states.

Device Loan

MoAT operates the Equipment Technology Consortium (ETC), which is a statewide short-term assistive technology equipment loan program that allows individuals with disabilities to try out the equipment before purchasing decisions are made, for use during the time equipment is in repair, and for other short-term needs. Devices are shipped throughout the state at no cost to the recipients. An online catalogue is on the MoAT website showing a photo and basic information about available devices.

Device Demonstration

MoAT supports eight regional sites throughout the state to provide assistive technology demonstration programs. The programs provide individuals with disabilities, family members, professionals and others the opportunity to have guided demonstrations of a wide array of devices with the goal of helping individuals make informed and cost-effective decisions about AT device selection

State Leadership Activities

MoAT provides customized training and technical assistance on accessible instructional materials, accessible information technology, employment, education, learning disabilities, transition, aging and many more topics.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Delaware, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Rhode Island

The most important commonalities among these AT programs are that all engaged in State Financing Activity and operated a Device Exchange program in 2011. None operated an Open-ended Loan program.

MISSISSIPPI

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Lead Agency: Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

Program Title: Project START (Success through Assistive RehabilitationTechnology)

State Financing Activities

Mississippi is a state with one of the highest rates of poverty, a rate that increased in 2000-04 from 18.2 percent to 21.6 percent. Given the high poverty rate and the devastation brought on by Hurricane Katrina, Project START amended its AT State Plan to invoke flexibility for this activity and, therefore, is not providing state financing activities at this time. Options for state financing activities continue to be explored.

Device Reutilization

Mississippi's Project START program offers three access activities for assistive technology: (1) The Mississippi Equipment Connection Program is an online recycling database that helps Mississippians with disabilities and older people with functional limitations find affordable assistive technology devices and equipment. (2) The Computer Refurbishment Program is an in-home placement of refurbished computers for people with disabilities. The goal is to support educational and vocational development, as well as enhance personal independence for people with disabilities through the use of computers. (3) Mississippi Re-Tech Project focuses on underserved populations in Mississippi. This program focuses on the underserved populations in Mississippi with the mission to provide, education, awareness, and access of assistive technology to individuals with limited resources in their community. Partnerships are formed with local health departments, churches, and durable medical equipment companies. The goal of this collaboration is to provide individuals and organizations within the communities' opportunities to have access to assistive technology devices.

Device Loan

The Project START Technology Library is a lending library of assistive technology devices and equipment. "Try AT Before You Buy AT" focuses on making sure individuals make the right decision regarding assistive technology before purchasing. Training and demonstrations are required before loaning of some devices.

Device Demonstration

Demonstration partnerships provide an environment for individuals to become educated and familiar with the latest technology. Demonstration Center staff provides support through proper instruction on using the devices, which ensures the individuals are comfortable and confident with the assistive technology. Project START staff demonstrates devices on a daily basis.

State Leadership Activities

Project START coordinates and collaborates with various disability organizations, universities, the state department of education and community colleges to provide training, technical assistance and public awareness in enhancing a more comprehensive statewide assistive technology program. Customized training is available to organizations upon request.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Alabama, American Samoa, Tennessee, and Utah

All of these programs operated an RRR program, the majority (4/5) operated a device demonstration program, and none of the programs did State Financing activities or AT at Reduced Cost.

MONTANA

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Lead Agency: Department of Public Health and Human Services, DisabilityServices Division

Implementing Entity: University of Montana Rural Institute, MonTECH

Program Title: Montana Assistive Technology Program (MATP)

State Financing Activities

MATP offers a statewide low-interest financial loan program to help secure loans made by Community Bank-Missoula, Inc. to people with disabilities for the purchase of assistive technology.

Device Reutilization

MATP offers a Web-based equipment exchange program to connect buyers and sellers of used AT. MATP also offers in-kind support to the Montana Adaptive Equipment Program, which refurbishes and recycles equipment for permanent placement and provides long-term equipment loans for eligible clients served by the Montana Developmental Disabilities Division.

Device Loan

MATP operates a short-term equipment loan program, which includes approximately a thousand AT devices and computer hardware or software products available for a 30-day loan. MATP has developed a Web-based system that allows people to browse the inventory, create and manage loan accounts, and make electronic requests to borrow items online. Consumers can also borrow equipment by contacting the program via telephone using the local or toll-free number, by e-mail, or by visiting the facility. This system also provides an infrastructure that can be used by other Montana programs that wish to operate an equipment loan program.

Device Demonstration

MATP uses the established MonTECH demonstration site at the University of Montana Rural Institute in Missoula. The center includes a number of display areas organized around specific applications. MATP utilizes distance technologies to provide device demonstrations in the underserved locations of the state. MATP also has placed demonstration equipment with the Parents Let's Unite for Kids (PLUK) center in Southeast Montana as well as Blind and Low Vision Services (BLVS) statewide. MATP contracts when necessary with other professionals to provide remote demonstration services in order to extend its device demonstration capabilities.

State Leadership Activities

MATP operates an information and referral network serving all Montanans, distributes materials about AT to key stakeholder groups, and participates in local and statewide events to promote awareness and increase knowledge. MATP collaborates with agencies and service providers, including tribal organizations, to provide needed AT training in the areas of education, employment, community living and information technology.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Arizona, Indiana, Maryland, Northern Marianas Islands, Texas, and Virgin Islands

All of these programs operated Device Loan and Device Demonstration programs and none of the programs did State Financing activities. Only 1 did AT at Reduced Cost.

NEBRASKA

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Lead Agency: Nebraska Department of Education

Program Title: Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP)

State Financing Activities

Nebraska's ATP provides technical assistance in support of the Making Homes Accessible (MHA) Program. The MHA Program is a statewide program that provides interest-free deferred loans for persons with disabilities and the family they live with to make their home accessible for independent living. ATP also coordinates with numerous private and public funding sources to identify other available funding for projects to combine limited resources.

Nebraska's ATP annually seeks funding from a private foundation through the Enrichment Foundation Grant Program. The Enrichment Program provides funding for assistive technology and environmental modifications for individuals with disabilities residing in Douglas and Sarpy counties.

Device Reutilization

ATP operates AT4ALL, a web-based listing of used AT equipment for sale or free. AT4ALL creates a marketplace for equipment that is often free or low cost and provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to find more affordable equipment.

Device Loan

ATP operates a device loan program. The trial use of equipment provides valuable experience and information for individuals as they make choices about what best meet their needs. In some situations, equipment loans have bridged the gap between the immediate need for assistive technology and the time it takes to acquire the device through public or private financing systems. A web-based tracking system, AT4ALL, is used to track devices loaned.

Device Demonstration

Device demonstrations occur at ATP offices or via mobile demonstrations at individual worksites, schools and homes. Technology specialists, experienced in operation of the devices, are available to assist individuals trying out the equipment. The expansion of the inventory of devices to demonstrate continues to be a priority.

State Leadership Activities

ATP is involved in a variety of training, technical assistance, public awareness, and collaboration activities with community partners. One area to highlight is that ATP and partners continue efforts to promote and financially support the free online housing listing and location service at http://www.housing.ne.gov to benefit individuals with disabilities seeking to transition to the community. Also, technical assistance is provided to local school facilities to determine recommended work to comply with building access under the American with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines. In addition, ATP has a coordinated statewide funding system in place to help individuals find and acquire funding (public & private) to pay for AT equipment and home modifications.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Georgia, Guam, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Vermont

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs, 6/8 operated a Financial Loan program, and none did AT at Reduced Cost.

NEVADA

Lead Agency: Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division

Program Title: Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative (NATC)

State Financing Activities

Nevada offers a statewide financial loan program, the CARE Loan Fund Program, to help people with disabilities purchase AT devices. The loan program is a partnership between NATC, CARE Chest and Nevada State Bank. The loans are offered at lower interest rates and often for more years than a typical bank loan, thus making the loans more affordable. A statewide AT purchasing program for independent living, the Assistive Technology for Independent Living program (AT/IL) provides AT to assist a person to live more independently. AT/IL provides devices, home, and vehicle modifications not offered through other funding sources, i.e., Medicaid, insurance, VR or education.

Device Reutilization

NATC provides support to an extensive equipment-recycling program in the northern part of the state with CARE Chest. Donated equipment is tested, repaired and sanitized before being offered for use. In addition, NATC has started the Nevada Assistive Technology Exchange (NATE) to offer a resource to list AT statewide including devices for reutilization. Both AT/IL program sites also have small reutilization closets for devices donated to the program.

Device Loan

NATC community partners Easter Seals of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas and University of Nevada- Reno's NCED AT Resource Center in Reno offer short-term device loans. Devices are limited to the items on hand; however, the list of devices continues to expand. Devices loans are typically two weeks in duration. The AT is loaned at no charge. Individuals with disabilities, family members and service providers can borrow AT.

Device Demonstration

NATC community partners Easter Seals of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas and University of Nevada Reno's NCED AT Resource Center in Reno offer device demonstration. Through community partners NATC provides an opportunity for individuals to compare the features and benefits of a particular AT device or devices, hands-on, with knowledgeable AT specialists. Individuals with disabilities, family members and service providers can visit the sites, or make arrangements for off-site demonstrations. The State Financed AT/IL programs coordinate demonstrations for AT when available through vendors and/or Reutilized AT.

State Leadership Activities

NATC community partners with the University of Nevada-Reno's NCED AT Resource Center and Easter Seals Southern Nevada (ESSN) to provide workshops and presentations to increase individual awareness of AT. NATC provides technical assistance statewide to ensure that AT resources are available and maximized.

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Georgia, Guam, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Vermont

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs, 6/8 operated a Financial Loan program, and none did AT at Reduced Cost.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Lead Agency: University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability

Program Title: Assistive Technology in New Hampshire - ATinNH

State Financing Activities

ATinNH claims comparability for state financing activities. New Hampshire residents have access to a low-interest loan program for assistive technology operated by TD Banknorth.

Device Reutilization

ATinNH supports and operates two primary reutilization activities. The New England Assistive Technology Exchange, GetATStuff.com, is a collaborative effort of the six New England states to maintain, market, and improve a regional resource that facilitates the reuse of used assistive technology devices. The Refurbished Equipment Marketplace, REM, actively refurbishes donated devices for resale to the general public.

Device Loan

ATinNH provides equipment loans in collaboration with a number of partners. The program continuously improves and updates this capacity to make it as accessible and useful as possible. Loans range from recreation items, to communication equipment and mobility-related technology. ATinNH partners are located throughout the state.

Device Demonstration

ATinNH offers the opportunity to learn about equipment in partnership with a number of organizations throughout the state. ATinNH partners make their equipment available for demonstrations directly to consumers and also for use by professionals working in the field.

State Leadership Activities

ATinNH focuses primarily on the delivery of training opportunities to increase the capacity and awareness regarding the utility and creative development of assistive technology. The program pursues partnerships where possible to deliver training in an affordable manner. Training activities encompass university classes as well as workshops and involve online and traditional content delivery methods.

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Alaska, Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, and South Dakota

All of these programs had RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing activities.

NEW JERSEY

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Lead Agency: Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Implementing Entity: Disability Rights New Jersey

Program Title: Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC)

State Financing Activities

New Jersey's Statewide AT Program does not directly support state financing activities because comparable financing programs already exists in the state. PNC Bank offers a Self-Reliant Loan and Grant Program in conjunction with New Jersey Citizen Action. This loan program provides loans for any type of accessibility or AT device to individuals with disabilities.

Device Reutilization

ATAC operates the Back-in-Action Equipment Exchange Program, which matches individuals selling or donating a device with those in need of such a device. ATAC operates its repair and refurbishment program through a contract with Your Resource, a nonprofit environmental center located in Ewing, N.J. Your Resource operates the C.A.R.E. program (Community Access to Rehabilitation Equipment). CARE offers a practical solution by recirculating quality gently used DME to people in the community, and uses effective reuse and recycling strategies.

Device Loan

ATAC has established a network of device loan services. ATAC serves as the central clearinghouse for information regarding these services and provides marketing and outreach on how to access the device loan services.

Device Demonstration

ATAC has established a network of device demonstration services and serves as the central clearinghouse for information regarding these services. ATAC provides marketing and outreach on how to access the device demonstration services.

State Leadership Activities

ATAC provides AT training to students, parents and educators in addition to assistance on home accessibility and modifications at such events as the Abilities Expo. ATAC provides technical assistance to state agencies and other interested parties regarding website accessibility and compliance with Sec. 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. ATAC authors bulletins on a variety of AT topics distributed through mail and on its accessible website (http://www.drnj.org/atac), provides a statewide toll-free information and referral service, and disseminates approximately 10,000 print brochures, flyers and publications about AT each year.

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Alaska, Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina, and South Dakota

All of these programs had RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing activities.

NEW MEXICO

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Lead Agency: Public Education Department, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

Program Title:New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMTAP)

State Financing Activities

New Mexico has three state financing activities. The NMTAP Financial Loan Program (Title 1) provides guaranteed loans to individuals with disabilities for assistive technology purchases. The Telework Loan Program (New Mexico SeedLoans at http://www.nmseedloans.org) buys down interest rates and guarantees loans with US Bank to help persons with disabilities that are seeking loans to help them with a home based business or self employment. The program is administered by the Technology Loan Council TLC). The Last Resort Fund (Assistive Technology Community Partnership) is a cooperative program between NMTAP and nonprofit organizations to purchase Assistive Technology (AT) devices for individuals who have no other funding options.

Device Reutilization

NMTAP operates a device recycling/repair program that allows individuals to receive free donated used equipment that is refurbished directly by NMTAP. NMTAP also operates a device exchange program that allows people to find used items through ad listings available on the program's website: http:// www.nmtap.com

Device Loan

Our device loan program offers teachers, therapists, case managers and DVR counselors the opportunity to try out assistive devices/software with students/clients prior to purchase. We work closely with schools, universities, agencies, and counselors to identify and try out the most practical and efficient technology solutions that match the user's needs. You may download our application from our website at http://www.nmtap.com for services or call to inquire how you can access our ABLE Device Loan Program services. The ABLE Device Loan Program inventory is updated regularly and posted in accessible formats on our website.

Device Demonstration

We have devices and software that assist with personal independence, communication, learning, computer access, recreation, vocation, telecommunications, hearing and vision needs. Employers, agency staff, families and service providers can benefit from demonstrations of devices and software. We can help you make informed choices as to what kinds of assistive technology would provide the best support at the best value. Call us at 1-800-866-0253 for an individual, small group, or large group demonstration and we will design a demonstration that will meet your needs. NMTAP provides on-site demonstrations around the state and also maintains demonstration sites in Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Gallup, New Mexico.

State Leadership Activities

NMTAP conducts an annual AT conference and vendor fair that provides a host of training sessions for a variety of audiences. NMTAP also collaborates with the Public Education Department, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; the University of New Mexico; and professional associations on technology conferences and related events.

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Georgia, Guam, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Vermont

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs, 6/8 operated a Financial Loan program, and none did AT at Reduced Cost.

NEW YORK

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Lead Agency: NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

Program Title: New York State TRAID Program

State Financing Activities

TRAID claims comparability for this activity. New York State has the Equipment Loan Fund, a revolving loan program administered by the NYS Commission on the Blind and Visually Handicapped.

Device Reutilization

At the state level, TRAID operates TRAID-IN, an equipment exchange program that helps individuals sell and buy AT devices through a "want ad" service. Information about items is posted on the program's website. The 12 TRAID regional centers also operate equipment reutilization programs. The centers receive donated AT devices, clean and make any necessary repairs, and then, identify individuals who are in need of the device through a network of agencies and consumers in their region.

Device Loan

TRAID's 12 regional centers operate equipment loan centers that provide equipment free of charge to all citizens in the state. Through a collaborative agreement with the Department of Health's (DOH) Early Intervention Program, the regional centers provide equipment loan programs for children birth to age 3. TRAID most recently collaborated with the DOH's Money Follows the Person program to ensure that persons have devices to allow them to remain independent in their homes or return to their homes from nursing homes.

Device Demonstration

All 12 regional centers provide device demonstrations. Persons can walk in or make an appointment to meet with center staff for a demonstration. Demonstrations also are provided at statewide conferences and during special "demonstration" day vendor fairs in rural areas across the state.

State Leadership Activities

TRAID coordinates the interagency partnership on assistive technology that is composed of state agencies, not-for-profit organizations and consumers who work to increase awareness of AT devices and services. The TRAID director also participates on other state agency boards such as the Vocational Rehabilitation State Rehab Council to ensure that the assistive technology needs of consumers are being met.

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Alaska, Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, South Carolina, and South Dakota

All of these programs had RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing activities.

NORTH CAROLINA

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Lead Agency: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Program Title: North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP)

State Financing Activities

NCATP claims flexibility for state financing activities. As described in Sec. 4(e)(6) of the AT Act, a state may carry out any two or more of the required state-level activities, meaning a state can choose not to conduct up to two activities.

Device Reutilization

NCATP offers device reutilization through the Technology Exchange Post, which is a used equipment database to assist people with disabilities in obtaining used equipment at lower cost. The Exchange Post is similar to a "want ad" in that individuals list items they wish to sell. The NC Technology Exchange Post is a searchable website for use by all North Carolina residents.

Device Loan

AT devices are loaned through 11 AT centers and one satellite location across the state. To find AT Center locations, go to the NCATP website: http://www.ncatp.org. NCATP has an extensive inventory of devices; these devices can be borrowed for a two-week period and the loan time can be extended if no one else is waiting. Satellite centers include independent living centers, VR centers, regional resource centers for the deaf and hard of hearing, Lee County Industries, Inc., and private physical rehabilitation centers.

Device Demonstration

NCATP runs its device demonstration program through the ten AT centers and all satellite centers across the state. To find AT center locations, go to the NCATP website: http://www.ncatp.org. Device demonstrations are provided either on-site in an AT Center or NCATP staff goes off-site to the individual's home, school, worksite, or other community location upon request.

State Leadership Activities

NCATP cosponsored an annual two-day AT Expo and conference for 20 years and in 2011 decided to look at other options across the state based on feedback from individuals and upon receiving interest from service providers to co-sponsor events in different regions of NC. For 2011, NCATP is working with NCACA (North Carolina Augmentative Communication Association), New Voices Foundation, senior centers, the Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and others to host events across the state. NCATP continues to collaborate with the Division of Aging and Adult Services, the Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse, Division of Medical Assistance, Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Services for the Blind and the Department of Public Instruction, the Office of Long Term Support, and with the Veterans Task Force, the NC CART (Center for Applied Rehabilitation Technology) program and the NC National Guard to pursue services with wounded veterans returning from conflict.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

California, Colorado, and Wyoming

All of these programs had Device Exchange and Device Loan programs and none of these programs did State Financing or AT AT Reduced Cost activities.

NORTH DAKOTA

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Lead Agency: North Dakota Department of Human Services

Implementing Entity: Interagency Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT)

Program Title: Interagency Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT)

State Financing Activities

The Interagency Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT) supports a Last Resort Fund known as Pedaling for Possibilities. This Fund is actualized through a fundraising event held in Fargo, North Dakota, for the sole purpose of raising money to purchase assistive technology (AT) devices or services for eligible individuals who apply to the Fund. The funds can be accessed by any state resident of any age representing any disability. However, only individuals with disabilities or their family members who can clearly establish a need for AT but who do not qualify for AT through other systems (Medicaid, Vocational Rehabilitation, or Special Education), and cannot pay for a device or services on their own can receive AT paid for through the Fund.

Device Reutilization

IPAT administers the AT Swap & Shop, a program that allows individuals to buy, sell, swap or give away used AT equipment. IPAT seeks to increase the listing of devices and extensively market the program to increase awareness of the service.

Device Loan

IPAT operates a statewide short-term AT equipment loan program, the Equipment Loan Library (ELL). The ELL is available to state residents of all ages with disabilities and/or those family members and professionals who work with them. Devices are shipped to the borrower for a six-week loan period. A small rental fee and shipping costs are charged for equipment borrowed from the ELL. IPAT uses a sliding fee schedule for the rental of ELL equipment for eligible individuals with disabilities not covered by an agency.

Device Demonstration

IPAT operates two comprehensive device demonstration centers; the Technology Access Center in Fargo and the Technology Access Center in Bismarck. These demonstration programs provide an opportunity for people to explore a number of AT devices, either on their own or using the expertise of IPAT staff. They both have videoconferencing capabilities so demonstrations can be conducted via videoconference.

State Leadership Activities

AT training is provided to individuals with disabilities, their family members and the professionals that support them. IPAT engages in direct consumer assistance activities that include identifying AT device options for individuals, providing implementation strategies for agencies and troubleshooting specific AT equipment. Assistance is made available via phone, online, mail, videoconferencing, or person-to-person. Public awareness activities include a toll-free information and referral line, free bimonthly newsletter, accessible website, and information talks on AT statewide. IPAT staff is available to serve on task forces and work groups addressing AT issues.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, and Massachusetts

All of these AT Programs operated a Financial Loan program, an Open-ended Loan program, a Device Exchange program, Leveraged funding, RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing or AT at Reduced Cost activities.

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

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Lead Agency: CNMI Council on Developmental Disabilities

Program Title: CNMI Assistive Technology Program

State Financing Activities

CNMI will provide an alternative financing program that is operated by the Coalition for Anti-Stigma of Mental Illness in the CNMI (CAMI) with a partnership with the Bank of Saipan. Through the loan program, people with disabilities will be able to receive loan guarantees and interest rate buy downs on loans to make then more affordable so that they can borrow funds to purchase AT and services.

Device Reutilization

The CNMI AT Program will continue to work in collaboration with CNMI Service Providers and various private and public entities that serve individuals with disabilities and their families to promote the device reutilization program. The CNMI AT Program will continue to establish agreements with public and private agencies to promote client referrals to the device reutilization program.

Device Loan

The CNMI AT Program supports and maintains a device loan program that is available to all CNMI residents throughout the year. The CNMI AT Program is currently replacing obsolete AT devices. CNMI Residents will have access to these devices and can avail of short-term device loans for a 42 day period that is free of charge. The CNMI AT Program will assist clients in making informed decisions about AT and continue to work collaboratively with other agencies, public and private, to promote the program and for referrals.

Device Demonstration

The CNMI AT Program conducts device demonstrations throughout the year at our AT center as well as various sites throughout the CNMI. In most cases, demonstrations are conducted upon requests from consumers, family members, authorized representatives, private and public disability/health related agencies, and organizations. The CNMI AT Program conducts an annual AT conference and fair, where device demonstrations are available to the CNMI public.

State Leadership Activities

The CNMI Council on Developmental Disabilities/CNMI AT Program collaborates with DD Network Partners, the Northern Marianas College University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (NMC-UCEDD) and the Northern Marianas Protection & Advocacy Systems Inc. (P&A) to host tri-agency events held annually and CNMI-wide during March Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Arizona, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, Texas, and Virgin Islands

All of these programs operated Device Loan and Device Demonstration programs and none of the programs did State Financing activities. Only 1 did AT at Reduced Cost.

OHIO

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Lead Agency: Ohio State University Office of Sponsored Programs

Implementing Entity: Ohio State University College of Engineering

Program Title: Assistive Technology of Ohio

State Financing Activities

Assistive Technology currently does not have an active loan program. We are having ongoing discussions with financial partners in an attempt to reconstitute the program and offer it again in the near future.

Device Reutilization

Assistive Technology of Ohio offers device reutilization through the Computer Refurbish and Recycle Program administered through a partnership with the YMCA of Central Ohio. Assistive Technology of Ohio accepts donations of computers, ancillary equipment and various durable medical equipment.

Device Loan

Assistive Technology of Ohio operates a comprehensive device loan program through the program's central office as well as through a partnership with the Technology Resource Center located at Goodwill-Easter Seals of the Miami Valley.

Device Demonstration

Assistive Technology of Ohio offers device demonstrations to disability groups, conferences and gatherings, as well as to other organizations interested in helping Ohioans with disabilities obtain technology.

State Leadership Activities

Assistive Technology of Ohio actively works with other state boards, commissions and agencies to provide training and technical assistance to personnel that provide services to Ohioans with disabilities. The Technology Resource Center in Dayton has incorporated into its open-house programs a training session on autism. The training involves learning about the condition of autism, and the various resources available for families who have a child with autism.

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Washington DC, Florida, Puerto Rico, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs and none of the programs did State Financing activies.

OKLAHOMA

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Lead Agency: Oklahoma State University, Seretean Wellness Center

Program Title: Oklahoma ABLE Tech

State Financing Activities

Oklahoma ABLE Tech partners with the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) and BancFirst of Stillwater to provide a statewide alternative financing program (AFP) and an Access to Telework Fund (ATF) program to Oklahomans with disabilities. The AFP and ATF both offer an interest rate buy-down and/or guarantee bank loan, so individuals have the opportunity to acquire needed assistive technology (AT) by borrowing money to purchase devices, equipment or modifications.

Device Reutilization

ABLE Tech operates the AT Equipment Exchange, a "want ad" that functions as an AT exchange program. To access available equipment, go to http://oec.okstate.edu. ABLE Tech enhances collaboration with disability-related organizations that currently operate AT loan closets.

Device Loan

ABLE Tech operates a statewide short-term loan program, via a memorandum of agreement, with seven partners: Department of Rehabilitation Services, Visual Services Division; University of Tulsa, Hearing Loss Association of Oklahoma City, New View, Total Source for Hearing-loss and Access, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Service Division, and The Children's Center.

Device Demonstration

ABLE Tech operates an AT device demonstration center and partners with eight other entities, including the early intervention program SoonerStart, to operate demonstration centers. The devices are available at all eight centers and to SoonerStart personnel and families to demonstrate AT.

State Leadership Activities

ABLE Tech provides training for education, employment, community living, and information technology and telecommunication professionals along with persons with disabilities and their family members. ABLE Tech has activities partnering with the early intervention program, special education, the Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Medicaid agency. In addition, ABLE Tech coordinates statewide training to all state agencies, institutions of higher education, and career technology centers on electronic information technology accessibility. The ABLE Tech INFO-line provides a toll-free information and referral service.

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Delaware, Missouri, Oregon, and Rhode Island

The most important commonalities among these AT programs are that all engaged in State Financing Activity and operated a Device Exchange program in 2011. None operated an Open-ended Loan program.

OREGON

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Lead Agency: State of Oregon, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Implementing Entity: Access Technologies, Inc.

Program Title: Oregon Statewide Assistive Technology Program

State Financing Activities

The Oregon Statewide Assistive Technology (OSAT) Program is working to increase access to AT devices by providing Cooperative Buy and Layaway Programs. These finance activities make AT more affordable and get devices into the hands of individuals who couldn't otherwise afford it. Purchasing in bulk reduces the cost of many items, allowing the OSAT Program to pass the savings on to consumers, while at the same time maintaining a small inventory of specific devices, making it possible for the consumer to receive AT devices and services in a more timely fashion.

Device Reutilization

The program works to improve acquisition of AT devices and durable medical equipment, through device reutilization which includes both device repair and recycling programs and device exchange programs. Pre-owned devices accepted into the Device Repair/Recycling inventory are repaired or refurbished as needed, then offered for sale to consumers as recycled products. Consumers also have the option of purchasing pre-owned products directly from the current owner through OSAT's print and electronic Device Exchange Program.

Device Loan

Oregon's Statewide AT Program's mission is to increase accessibility and utilization of assistive technology. One avenue to accomplish this is through a Device Loan Library, which allows Oregonians of all ages and all disabilities the opportunity to make informed choices by "test-driving" specific AT devices in their environment prior to making purchasing decisions. An ARRA grant in 2010 has allowed the Program to increase the breadth and depth of devices available in the lending library, as well as the opportunity to partner with a number of Oregon's Independent Living Centers. Through this partnership, individuals are able to have quicker access to a range of AT devices in their communities.

Device Demonstration

Empowered consumers make informed decisions. Therefore, the program provides individuals with the opportunity to compare the features and benefits of a particular AT device or category of devices through guided, hands-on device demonstrations with knowledgeable AT specialists. Many individuals conclude the demonstration with a request to access our lending library. Which again, thanks to the ARRA grant, consumers now have better access to more state-of-the art technologies in their communities.

State Leadership Activities

OSAT offers a variety of training and technical assistance, public awareness, and collaboration activities to educational, employment, human service and social service professionals. These activities increase the success of students transitioning from high school to college or community living, seniors transitioning to nursing homes or other supported living environments, as well as individuals transitioning from nursing homes back to community living. In addition, the website and toll-free 800 line provides free information and referral services to individuals of all ages and disabilities throughout Oregon.

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Delaware, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island

The most important commonalities among these AT programs are that all engaged in State Financing Activity and operated a Device Exchange program in 2011. None operated an Open-ended Loan program.

PENNSYLVANIA

Lead Agency: Institute on Disabilities at Temple University

Program Title: Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)

State Financing Activities

PIAT administers Pennsylvania's Telecommunications Device Distribution Program (TDDP). This program provides free telecommunications devices for eligible individuals who have disabilities that interfere with their ability to independently use the telephone. PIAT also provides financial support to the Pennsylvania's Alternate Financing Program, the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF).

Device Reutilization

PIAT has several device reutilization efforts as a part of its Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership (REEP). These efforts include online classifieds, which allows consumers seeking devices to search the listings of the Delaware and Maryland AT programs as well as throughout Pennsylvania. PIAT provides support to programs which accept, refurbish and redistribute AT devices, including Into New Hands (Pittsburgh), Liberty Retreads and Widow's Mite (Philadelphia) and Changing Hands (Harrisburg), A New Start (Williamsport), Pass AT On (Scranton), and the TRIPIL Warehouse (Washington).

Device Loan

PIAT operates Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library, a consumer-responsive, statewide program that provides short-term (for periods from two to eight weeks) loans of AT devices that enable individuals with disabilities to make informed decisions about the appropriateness of an AT device in their real-life settings.

Device Demonstration

PIAT's seven subcontracted Assistive Technology Resource Centers (ATRCs), plus its central office in Philadelphia, provide the infrastructure of the statewide system for device demonstrations. In addition to "demonstrations by demand" available through each ATRC, PIAT has two funded demonstration centers (Pittsburgh and Camp Hill) and several affiliate demonstration partners in the Philadelphia area.

State Leadership Activities

PIAT uses a variety of strategies to deliver training, including participation in statewide conferences, university-based lectures, educational in-services, development and delivery of webinars, and "train-the-trainer" events. Presentations and exhibits are also conducted by request as well as at local, regional and statewide venues. Technical assistance is available to agencies and organizations who are developing or enhancing programs and policies to improve access to AT. PIAT maintains a toll-free information and assistance service.

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Georgia, Guam, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, and Vermont

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs, 6/8 operated a Financial Loan program, and none did AT at Reduced Cost.

PUERTO RICO

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Lead Agency: University of Puerto Rico

Program Title: Puerto Rico Assistive Technology Program (PRATP)

State Financing Activities

PRATP conducts a Low Cost Device Design and Development (LD3) Program to provide functional assistive technology (AT) solutions through the design, development, installation, configuration and training regarding low-cost devices. PRATP assembled an AT Development Team (ATDT) to receive referrals of technology needs from local AT evaluation centers and health-related professionals island-wide.

Device Reutilization

PRATP developed an accessible online database ("Clasificado Virtual") where individuals can ask for or post AT items to sell or donate. In collaboration with the Paralyzed Veterans Association of Puerto Rico (PVAPR), PRATP directly receives AT devices for reassignment, reconditioning and repair. Basic device training provision, instruction manuals, individual assistance, installation and configuration guarantee a successful device use.

Device Loan

PRATP operates an AT Device Loan Center with an accessible online devices inventory to provide islandwide services to consumers with disabilities. PRATP also provides instruction manuals, individual assistance services, AT demonstrations and instruction manuals in alternate formats.

Device Demonstration

PRATP operates a centralized demonstration center to provide services to consumers, families, students, service professionals and general community upon request. PRATP also has a mobile unit to provide demonstration, evaluation and training services island-wide. This demonstration program provides the opportunity for people to explore and learn about the various features of AT devices in order to make an informed decision about the AT benefits for individual needs. All demonstrations are guided by AT professionals with technical expertise in the particular device(s).

State Leadership Activities

PRATP provides island wide AT training to individuals with disabilities, family members and service providers. It also celebrates a biennial AT conference and provides technical assistance to public and private entities. PRATP develops and delivers educational materials by mail, website posting and through disability-related conferences and exhibit booths at conferences.

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Washington DC, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs and none of the programs did State Financing activies.

RHODE ISLAND

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Lead Agency: Department of Human Services, Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS)

Program Title: Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP)

State Financing Activities

ORS, ATAP contracts with the Rhode Island Adaptive Telephone Equipment Loan (ATEL) program to provide the telecommunications distribution program to qualified individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, have a speech disability, or have neuromuscular damage or disease that hinders them from using a standard telephone.

Device Reutilization

ORS, ATAP contracts with PARI Independent Living Center to provide a device exchange program where equipment vendors, medical facilities and consumers donate devices to PARI, which, in turn, makes any needed repairs prior to making it available for sale or at no cost. ORS, ATAP also collaborates with the New England Regional Web-based exchange called getATstuff, where items are posted for sale, best offer, for free or if they are needed.

Device Loan

ORS, ATAP contracts with the East Bay Educational Collaborative for children and youths age birth-21, to provide devices which are loaned for both home and school use to families, educators and professionals to improve the knowledge base and to help determine the AT needs of students. ORS,ATAP also contracts with TechACCESS of Rhode Island, a technology-related center, that loans devices as a way to assist people to make better decisions about purchasing a device and as a loaner if the consumer's device is being repaired or the consumer is awaiting funding to purchase a specific AT device.

Device Demonstration

ORS, ATAP operates a statewide demonstration program to individuals with disabilities at no cost through subcontracts with TechACCESS of RI, East Bay Educational Collaborative, Adaptive Telephone Equipment Loan (ATEL) program, OSCIL Independent Living (IL) Center and PARI IL Center. Weekly software training sessions are held for students and educators in small groups or by individual appointments at TechACCESS of Rhode Island. Demonstrations are held on educational software and hardware, low vision tools, communication devices, as well as to adults with disabilities to assist them with daily living activities in both the home and community. PARI allows individuals to compare and view available devices that can assist them in their daily living activities. The ATEL program holds technology demonstrations monthly which includes a variety of telephone equipment. All attendees can loan out equipment at this time as well.

State Leadership Activities

ORS provides ongoing training and technical assistance on AT devices and services to staff of VR programs and local One Stop Career Centers. ORS has also worked with collaborators in modifying vocational evaluation reports in order to capture the needs of high school students.

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Delaware, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Oregon

The most important commonalities among these AT programs are that all engaged in State Financing Activity and operated a Device Exchange program in 2011. None operated an Open-ended Loan program.

SOUTH CAROLINA

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Lead Agency: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Center for Disability Resources

Program Title: South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP)

State Financing Activities

The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) administers an Assistive Technology Financial Loan Program in partnership with the SC State Credit Union. The director of SCATP serves on the Financial Loan Review Panel, and SCATP collaborates with VR in promoting the program.

Device Reutilization

SCATP provides an online recycling database, the South Carolina Assistive Technology Exchange, to help citizens with disabilities and older people with functional limitations find affordable assistive technology devices and equipment. SCATP collaborates with the Disability Action Independent Living Centers in Greenville and Columbia, SC to facilitate the transportation, repair and matching of equipment to meet individual consumer needs, for free or reduced prices. SCATP also offers open-ended loans of working, but out-dated equipment to people waiting on delivery of new equipment or people receiving hospice services.

Device Loan

SCATP offers a short-term device loan program that is available to anyone in the state of South Carolina. The SCATP Device Loan Program increases access to AT by allowing people with disabilities, their family members and service providers to try out different AT options before making the decision to purchase, or in some cases, the decision not to purchase AT. In this way, types and features of different devices can be compared during real-life situations and activities (e.g., in the classroom, at home or work).

Device Demonstration

The SCATP AT Resource Center in Columbia offers opportunities for hands-on trial, self-paced learning and AT demonstration, with the most comprehensive inventory of AT items in the state. Staff members are present to provide applicable assistive technology resources and guidance.

State Leadership Activities

SCATP staff travels across the state to present exhibits and trainings. Services are more accessible to people in rural settings via a toll-free number. SCATP is involved in helping state agencies implement accessible Web pages. Public awareness activities include SCATP's annual statewide AT Expo, distributing program brochures, flyers and fact sheets to promote AT services.

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Alaska, Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and South Dakota

All of these programs had RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing activities.

SOUTH DAKOTA

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Lead Agency: South Dakota Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services

Implementing Entity: Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (BHSSC)

Program Title: DakotaLink, South Dakota Assistive Technology Project

State Financing Activities

DakotaLink maintains a program of last resort that allows individuals to lease AT devices using a sliding fee schedule based upon income over an extended period of time in cases where no other funding source is available. Cooperative buying activities and bulk purchasing of assistive technology devices for state agencies and educational facilities are also a part of the alternative financing strategy.

Device Reutilization

DakotaLink promotes assistive technology device reutilization through a web based equipment exchange program and cooperative support of existing device reuse and refurbishing programs throughout the state.

Device Loan

DakotaLink has available an assortment of Assistive technology devices to provide individuals throughout South Dakota the opportunity to borrow and use a device in the appropriate environment to make qualified decisions regarding the use and acquisition of needed assistive technologies.

Device Demonstration

DakotaLink maintains four demonstration centers strategically located within the State where Assistive Technology Specialists are able to demonstrate and provide individuals with disabilities or other functional limitations hands on experiences to assist them determine the most appropriate assistive technology devices to meet their needs.

State Leadership Activities

DakotaLink regularly engages in a variety of activities throughout South Dakota to provide: Information on Assistive Technology Devices; Assistive Technology topic and device specific workshops; Technical assistance related to assistive technology issues; Collaborative opportunities for public and private entities to promote awareness, appropriate use, and increase the acquisition of assistive technology devices and services.

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Alaska, Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and South Carolina

All of these programs had RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs. None of these programs did State Financing activities.

TENNESSEE

Lead Agency: Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services

Program Title: Tennessee Technology Access Program (TTAP)

State Financing Activities

Because of the lack of adequate human and financial resources and other barriers related to creating and sustaining alternative financing programs in Tennessee, TTAP has chosen not to conduct any state financing activities as allowed by the state flexibly provisions of the Assistive Technology (AT) Act and the state plan for AT.

Device Reutilization

TTAP and its contracted technology centers have developed partnerships to increase the reutilization of devices, so more individuals and families can obtain free or low-cost AT equipment. The TTAP Reutilization Program operates statewide through the network of technology centers and partner organizations to refurbish usable devices, giving them new life and matching those devices with the needs of individuals with disabilities who might not otherwise have resources to purchase them. This process maximizes the impact of providing resources in Tennessee.

Device Loan

The TTAP Device Loan Program operates statewide through the network of technology centers that enable individuals with disabilities and their family members to try different devices and, therefore, enables them to make informed decisions when selecting appropriate AT.

Device Demonstration

TTAP and its network of centers conduct device demonstrations. Parents, professionals, individuals with disabilities, and the general public have the opportunity to learn about the benefits and differences between high-tech and low-tech devices to assist them with making an informed choice that suits their AT needs.

State Leadership Activities

The staff at the technology centers provides comprehensive training and technical assistance to individuals, families and service providers in many different ways including the use of "train-the-trainer"‚ models at workshops in rural areas. TTAP and the technology centers maintain an interconnected network of websites in addition to informing people with disabilities about AT through newsletters, listserv, presentations and publications.

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Alabama, American Samoa, Mississippi, and Utah

All of these programs operated an RRR program, the majority (4/5) operated a device demonstration program, and none of the programs did State Financing activities or AT at Reduced Cost.

TEXAS

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Lead Agency: The University of Texas at Austin

Program Title: Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP)

State Financing Activities

The Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP) has established a monetary loan plan for consumers who do not have funds with which to participate in its computer reuse/purchase program. These no-interest revolving loans are not "forgivable," and the computer is used as the collateral. If the consumer defaults, TTAP reclaims the computer and refunds what was paid. The computer is sanitized and resold. Additionally, as part of its plan, AmeriCorps Volunteers provide financial literacy services and counseling on other resources available on a national, state and local basis.

Device Reutilization

TTAP partners with Project Mend, Inc., a medical equipment reutilization program operating in San Antonio, Texas. Project Mend grants long-term loans to provide refurbished equipment to persons with disabilities who can demonstrate financial need. The loan period is for a period as long as the individual continues to need the equipment. A person with a disability living in Texas may purchase a reasonably-priced refurbished computer through TTAP's Double Click Project, a partnership with Easter Seals Central Texas.

Device Loan

TTAP's program is designed to provide short-term (45 days) AT device loans for individuals who do not qualify for other loan programs, or are un-served or underserved by existing resources where they live. Statewide shipping costs are paid by the program.

Device Demonstration

TTAP supports a statewide network of 16 demonstration centers. Five centers provide a broad range of AT devices. Eleven centers provide demonstrations related primarily to computer access with four of them being portable to travel to the consumer.

State Leadership Activities

TTAP collaborates with Knowability, Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports independence through accessible information technology, to provide training on developing accessible Web sites and distance education for schools and universities, local and state governments, and nonprofits. This program provides technical assistance for libraries statewide concerning online catalogs, computer workstations and other accessible information. TTAP also collaborates with Easter Seals of Central Texas to provide training through the TTAP demonstration centers. Information brochures on the program's activities and services, a toll-free number and Web site are available.

 

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Arizona, Indiana, Maryland, Northern Marianas Islands, Montana, and Virgin Islands

All of these programs operated Device Loan and Device Demonstration programs and none of the programs did State Financing activities. Only 1 did AT at Reduced Cost.

UTAH

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Lead Agency: Utah State University, Center for Persons with Disabilities

Program Title: Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP)

State Financing Activities

UATP supports two different state financing activities: (1) low-interest loans in conjunction with the Utah Assistive Technology Foundation (UATF) and Zions Bank and (2) an Access to Telework program in coordination with the same partners and the Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund.

Device Reutilization

UATP helps individuals with disabilities acquire AT through reutilization efforts. The program has two centers, the AT Lab (which provides AT demonstrations and training), and CReATE, which reutilizes and distributes AT statewide by providing technical assistance in maintenance and repair, and device adaptation to community-based organizations.

Device Loan

The AT Lab serves as the UATP hub for device loan coordination activities. UATP works with six Centers for Independent Living (CIL) and the Utah Center for Assistive Technology and the Computer Center for Citizens with Disabilities to maintain a virtual program network statewide.

Device Demonstration

Through training and technical assistance, UATP supports the state-funded Utah Center for Assistive Technology as a device demonstration center for individuals with disabilities, their family and providers to learn about a variety of AT solutions. UATP provides technical assistance to AT demonstration CIL centers.

State Leadership Activities

UATP offers interactive online trainings statewide on AT devices and conducts technical assistance to providers in an effort to enhance expertise in providing consumer-responsive AT services. UATP staff participates on state-level boards, commissions and committees representing AT policy issues.

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Alabama, American Samoa, Mississippi, and Tennessee

All of these programs operated an RRR program, the majority (4/5) operated a device demonstration program, and none of the programs did State Financing activities or AT at Reduced Cost.

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

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Lead Agency: University of the Virgin Islands

Program Title: Virgin Islands Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (VITRAID)

State Financing Activities

VITRAID supports an alternative financing program for the purchasing of AT. The loan program is operated by the Virgin Islands Assistive Technology Foundation. It offers guarantees for loans provided by partner lender Banco Popular.

Device Reutilization

VITRAID administers TECH TRADE, an AT reuse program, through which an individual may buy, sell or give away used AT devices through want ads. VITRAID works to expand and improve TECH TRADE and encourages individuals with disabilities who have received durable medical equipment to reuse this equipment through TECH TRADE. VITRAID also administers Recycle IT, which is a reclamation center for computers as well as general AT devices.

Device Loan

VITRAID partners with the Department of Education through neighborhood schools, the Virgin Islands' Family Information Network and Work Able Inc. to operate an AT device loan program. Through collaboration with VITRAID, students and others receive access to needed assistive technology devices and services, which enable them to meet their educational and transitioning needs.

Device Demonstration

Device demonstrations are provided to persons with disabilities throughout the community (through annual conferences), school-aged students in the public schools, University of the Virgin Islands students, seniors and service providers at fairs and events throughout the year. VITRAID also partners with other entities, including the public libraries and community and faith-based organizations in central and outlying areas of the Virgin Islands.

State Leadership Activities

VITRAID is working with the public library systems of St. Croix and St. Thomas to make their computer systems more accessible to patrons. It is also working with faculty of the University of the Virgin Island to make the curricula accessible. VITRAID provides a toll-free information and referral service, website, Tech Connect quarterly newsletter, an annual AT conference in collaboration with partners, and publications on AT.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Arizona, Indiana, Maryland, Northern Marianas Islands, Montana, and Texas

All of these programs operated Device Loan and Device Demonstration programs and none of the programs did State Financing activities. Only 1 did AT at Reduced Cost.

VERMONT

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Lead Agency: Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living

Program Title: Vermont Assistive Technology Program (VATP)

State Financing Activities

Loans to purchase AT devices and services are available to individuals with disabilities and their families through Vermont Opportunities Credit Union, funded by a Title III grant. Loans are often made to those who don't qualify for conventional bank loans by considering unearned income, Medicaid waivers, etc. VATP markets the program widely through websites and other media. VATP also administers funds for AT equipment and services for children with autism through the private, non-profit Autism Puzzle Foundation.

Device Reutilization

VATP partners with other New England states to operate http://getATstuff.com, a Web-based AT exchange that connects people seeking AT with those who have AT that is no longer needed. The program is promoted to disability organizations and other agencies. A toll-free number serves those who lack Internet access. VATP also has a similar program, http://Vermont.ATschoolswap.com, for Vermont schools, which includes the University of Vermont I-Team. Additionally, VATP, Vermont Family Network, and the Department of Vermont Health Access are working with equipment vendors to retrieve and reuse Medicaid-funded equipment.

Device Loan

VATP operates a short-term (30-day) AT device loan program for individuals, employers, agencies, etc. Pickup is available at locations throughout the state. Shipping is also available. VATP consistently updates its inventory of loaner devices.

Device Demonstration

VATP offers device demonstrations at numerous Tryout Centers, including two VATP office locations, community locations across the state, 12 Vermont VR offices, two Vermont Centers for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing sites, and at the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion at the University of Vermont. Some sites focus on particular AT users, e.g., students, deaf or hard of hearing individuals, etc.

State Leadership Activities

VATP provides training to numerous groups, including VocRehab Vermont, educators, rehabilitation professionals, staff and consumers at Community Developmental Services and Mental Health agencies, and employers. The program is expanding the use of remote trainings using web-based tools in order to better reach Vermonters across the state. The Early Childhood Special Education Program at the University of Vermont wrote VATP trainings into its five-year strategic plan. VATP participates in a multi-agency Communication Task Force, providing statewide training and conferences for providers serving adults with developmental disabilities. Technical Assistance is provided to groups such as VocRehab Vermont Transition Counselors, the VT Department of Labor, and area employers. The program also engages in a multitude of public awareness activities at area conferences, community centers, and local events.

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Georgia, Guam, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, and Pennsylvania

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs, 6/8 operated a Financial Loan program, and none did AT at Reduced Cost.

VIRGINIA

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Lead Agency: Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS)

Program Title: Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS)

State Financing Activities

VATS claims comparability for state financing activities as the state has the NewWell Fund, an alternative financing program that offers financial loans for purchasing assistive technology.

Device Reutilization

VATS oversees and directs a statewide network of assistive technology reuse programs called the Virginia Reuse Network (VRN). VRN partner programs work collaboratively with network affiliates and VATS to address the durable medical equipment (DME) needs of persons with disabilities. Through its network of informal partners or Virtual Network, the VRN facilitates and tracks additional AT exchanges for a variety of AT generally not included in the formal DME reuse program.

Device Loan

The device loan program is a collaborative endeavor among VATS, VATS' Regional Sites, and DRS. Through this partnership, VATS provides a variety short term equipment loans at multiple community contact points throughout Virginia. AT loans help individuals make decisions as to appropriate and effective AT and accelerate assistive technology acquisition.

Device Demonstration

Through its partnerships with DRS and VATS Regional Sites, VATS provides AT demonstrations. Individuals interested in acquiring AT want to know what kinds of devices are available, what device is best for them, and how it can be obtained. AT demonstrations help individuals with disabilities try out a variety of technology first before purchasing equipment on their own. One-on-one demonstration sessions are provided by professionals who are familiar with the technology. By "trying before buying," individuals are able to make informed decisions as to what AT may work for them.

State Leadership Activities

In addition to device loans, demonstrations and reuse activities, VATS provides technical assistance, trainings, information and assistance and general public awareness of AT. All of these activities are customized to meet public need and provide strategies and resources for independent living, employment, and education. VATS provides a toll free number to call for information about devices, services and funding for people with disabilities, care providers, case managers, and service providers. VATS offers a program entitled AT@Work, which is a training program operated by VATS with the stated objectives of educating employers and human resource personnel as to how various types of assistive technology can assist in hiring and retaining productive employees who require accommodation(s). Additionally, two of the university-based VATS regional sites offer a transition experience for students with disabilities and their families who are interested in attending college, while the third university-based Regional VATS site offers an array of skill-building classes and camps for students with disabilities utilizing a variety of software, hardware and strategies to accommodate a range of physical and cognitive challenges.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Washington DC, Florida, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs and none of the programs did State Financing activies.

WASHINGTON

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Lead Agency: University of Washington Center for Technology and Disability Studies (UWCTDS)

Program Title: Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP)

State Financing Activities

WATAP collaborates with the Washington Access Fund to promote access to technology and economic opportunity for individuals with disabilities. The Washington Access Fund's programs include low-interest loans to purchase Assistive Technology devices and services; Business Equipment Loans which enable people with disabilities to work as an entrepreneur or an employee; CCTV Rental Program that offers low-cost, long-term rentals; and Individual Development Accounts (IDA) that give low-income household the opportunity a dollar for dollar matched savings account.

Device Reutilization

WATAP supports activities to increase the statewide availability of and access to affordable reused equipment. The EverGREEN AT Exchange gives consumers looking to purchase or exchange assistive technology a direct, online link to people looking to give devices a new home.

Device Loan

WATAP operates a Device Lending Program with online access to the Device Loan and Demo Library where consumers can borrow devices that are shipped statewide. Aids for Better Living, a program supported by a collaboration between WATAP and Library Systems in Washington State enables library patrons to checkout and trial devices from a small collection of devices. WATAP partners with the Special Education Technology Center (SETC) to provide short-term loans of assistive technology to professionals in the school districts.

Device Demonstration

Through the hands-on guidance of knowledgeable and experience Assistive Technology Specialists, consumers receive impartial demonstrations of product features that will help accomplish tasks at school, work, home and in the community. Device demonstrations are conducted at WATAPs Seattle center and throughout the state as requested by local communities. Computer access demonstrations are conducted in Spokane through cooperative efforts with Easter Seals Washington. In collaboration with IL Centers, WATAP staff conducts web-based, remote demonstrations of assistive software for residents throughout Eastern Washington. Additionally, WATAP hosts the Microsoft Accessibility Resource Center offering the opportunity to explore video demonstrations, text guides and tutorials.

State Leadership Activities

WATAP promotes the use of Assistive Technology to increase individual's access to public services and personal independence. WATAP strives to increase knowledge, skills and competencies in AT devices and service delivery; funding sources and strategies; transition and legal issues through integrated training and educational opportunities. WATAP provides technical consultations in strategic planning for hardware and software procurement; design and accessibility of information systems; reasonable accommodation; and program access to state and local government, institutions of higher education and other agencies around the State.

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Washington DC, Florida, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs and none of the programs did State Financing activies.

WEST VIRGINIA

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Lead Agency: Center for Excellence in Disabilities at West Virginia University

Program Title: West Virginia Assistive Technology System (WVATS)

State Financing Activities

WVATS claims flexibility for state financing activities.

Device Reutilization

WVATS uses the AT4All system to house its virtual loan library and exchange system. The AT4All site also houses device listings for additional AT-related libraries in the state. This system is available online for individuals to post the availability of devices and to look for used devices. In addition, two device reutilization programs already exist in the state through the Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley and the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living. WVATS is providing monetary support to those organizations through its Requests for Proposals for organizations interested in implementing or continuing reutilization and exchange centers.

Device Loan

WVATS operates a statewide online device loan program. Individuals can request a device by calling a toll-free number or signing up through the AT4All system. Devices are mailed to the person for a short-term loan of up to four weeks; the only cost to the borrower is the cost for returning the device. The Virtual Loan Library contains a photograph and a description of each device as well as the location or locations of each device. The Loan Library is available via the WVATS Web page.

Device Demonstration

WVATS supports a large demonstration center in Morgantown and smaller centers around the state that serve all ages and all differing needs. WVATS provides specific AT device demonstrations in collaboration with vendors throughout the state. WVATS staff also offers device demonstrations through the Center for Excellence in Disabilities Assistive Technology Clinic.

State Leadership Activities

WVATS offers technical assistance to state agencies regarding accessibility issues. WVATS has created specialized curricula and offers trainings and workshops on assistive technology to diverse audiences of consumers, family members and service providers. WVATS is a West Virginia 211 affiliate, providing training and resources about assistive technology. WVATS provides information and assistance to individuals, families and professionals through its toll-free hotline, e-mail and walk-ins.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Washington DC, Florida, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs and none of the programs did State Financing activies.

WISCONSIN

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Lead Agency: Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Long Term Care, Office of Independence and Employment

Program Title: WisTech

State Financing Activities

Wisconsin is claiming comparability due to the existence of WisLoan, an alternative financing program that is operated by Independence First, a community-based organization.

Device Reutilization

WisTech coordinates existing statewide device reutilization programs. The largest program is the Wheelchair Recycling Program. WRP serves as a model in the state in terms of its established services of collecting, repair, refurbishment and redistribution of equipment to consumers. The repair and refurbishment activities are performed in collaboration with the Department of Corrections prison industry program.

Device Loan

WisTech operates device loan centers through Wisconsin's Independent Living Centers (ILCs). The Centers serve the statewide population to provide a single point of entry and access to loan programs for all residents of the state. There are eight ILCs providing these services as part of the WisTech Network of Device Loan and Device Demonstration centers. A Web-based inventory allows individuals to access a list of the equipment available for loan through WisTech: https://www.wisconsinat4all.com/welcome.aspx.

Device Demonstration

WisTech's device demonstrations are operated through contracts with Wisconsin's ILCs. The ILCs maintain a standardized equipment inventory that allows consumers to try out devices to address basic disability-related needs for most consumers. In addition, WisTech is collaborating with others to provide device demonstration events in a variety of locations throughout the state.

State Leadership Activities

The Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI) provides technical assistance and works in consultation with WisTech to coordinate training events for the ILCs, resource centers, county service departments and rehabilitation professionals, including professionals at disability-specific agencies. Training focuses on general awareness, accessing and funding of AT, and increasing practitioner skill level and capacity. WisTech is currently working in partnership with SVRI, the Vocational Technical College, the University of Wisconsin system and Wisconsin's K-12 school systems to increase the number of qualified AT professionals in the state.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

Washington DC, Florida, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia

All of these programs operated RRR, Device Loan, and Device Demonstration programs and none of the programs did State Financing activies.

WYOMING

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Lead Agency: Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

Program Title: WIND Assistive Technology Resources (WATR)

State Financing Activities

Wyoming Technology Access Program (WYTAP) offers interest buy-downs on financial loans for assistive technology devices and services. Loans are offered for amounts up to $25,000 for up to seven years with a buy-down of the interest to below prime rate. WIND is the lead agency and Wyoming Independent Living Rehabilitation, Inc. administers the WYTAP program in partnership with First Interstate Bank of Laramie.

Device Reutilization

WATR coordinates with other states to offer the sale, purchase and donation of devices on http://www.uwyo.edu/wind/watr. This is a consumer-to-consumer site with support but not involvement from WATR staff members, and no charge is assessed by WATR.

Device Loan

WATR offers 30-day loans of AT devices to individuals and their representatives in Wyoming. Devices are shipped from the Loan Center in Laramie to the clients' locations; clients are responsible for the cost of returning or shipping devices back to the WATR Center. WATR does not charge a fee for device loans.

Device Demonstration

WATR offers device demonstrations at the WATR Center in Laramie on the University of Wyoming campus. Demonstrations are also provided by appointment in Natrona County and at the Casper College campus as part of a collaborative with the University of North Dakota Occupational Therapy education program. Also, appointments can be scheduled to have on-site demonstrations throughout the state. WATR does not charge for device demonstrations.

State Leadership Activities

WATR provides training and technical assistance, public awareness, and information and assistance about assistive technology devices and services. WATR offers assistive technology informational brochures and posters, a website, and an electronic newsletter. In addition, WATR produced a testimonial radio campaign and a video series about the importance of considering assistive technology during life-span transitions.

Recommended Programs for Comparison

California, Colorado, and North Carolina

All of these programs had Device Exchange and Device Loan programs and none of these programs did State Financing or AT AT Reduced Cost activities.

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ATConnects.com is one of four entities funded to augment and support state based Assistive Technology Act activities.  Our three national partners are:

 

CATADA – Center for Assistive Technology Act Data Assistance

http://catada.info

The Center for Assistive Technology Act Data Assistance (CATADA) is a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. CATADA provides technical assistance and supports to State AT Programs funded under Section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (P.L. 108-364). CATADA is a collaborative project of ICI and ATAP.

Pass It On Center – National Assistive Technology Reuse Center

http://www.passitoncenter.org

The Pass It On Center: A National Collaboration for the Reutilization and Coordination of Assistive Technology.  The center is based in Georgia and provides technical assistance to assistive technology reuse programs throughout the country.  Its ultimate goal is to establish a national assistive technology reuse collaborative.

RESNA Catalyst Project – Providing Technical Assistance to AT Act Entities

http://www.resnaprojects.org/

The RESNA Catalyst Project is funded to provide assistance to the AT Act Grantees to assist them in increasing awareness, access, acquisition and advocacy to assistive technology (AT) devices and services for consumers with disabilities of all ages. The project works with the 56 statewide AT programs, the 57 protection and advocacy for AT programs, and the 33 alternative financing programs. It also works with 19 access to telework financial loan programs.

 

 

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ATAP
Deborah Buck, Executive Director
Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)
PO Box 32
Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 439-1263 (Voice/TTY)
202-295-7805 (Cell Phone)
(518) 439-3451 (Fax)

For questions or comments regarding this website, please email Deborah Buck (deborah.buck@ataporg.org).

 

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