ERIC Number: ED418550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Systems Change through Policies, Practices, Laws, Regulations, Procedures, and Organizational Structures. Tech Act Projects Accomplishments Series.
RESNA: Association for the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology, Arlington, VA.
This report describes individual state projects under the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act (Tech Act) that are addressing the needs and barriers identified by citizens with disabilities. Systems change activities are described under the following topics: (1) changes through policy and legislation; (2) changes through practice; (3) creating/modifying organizational structures to increase access to, availability of, and funding for assistive technology (AT); and (4) collaborative efforts with protection and advocacy agencies and other state and community agencies and groups to minimize barriers that prevent a person from acquiring AT. Changes include: alteration of Medicaid and Medicare policies; improving access to AT available through private insurance; low interest loan programs; statewide telecommunication equipment distribution programs; lemon laws for wheelchairs and other AT; ensuring compliance with federal regulations related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws; inserting AT into local school technology plans; developing guidelines that help clarify and modify local school district procedures for providing AT; and including AT in the early intervention service available to families and children. A chart illustrating the Tech Act activities to achieve change in the different states is provided, as well as a list of funded projects. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Agency Cooperation, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Change Strategies, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Organizational Change, Policy Formation, State Legislation, State Programs
RESNA Technical Assistance Project, 1700 North Moore St., Suite 1540, Arlington, VA 22209-1903; telephone: 703-524-6686; TDD: 703-524-6639; fax: 703-524-6630; World Wide Web: http://www.resna.org; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: RESNA: Association for the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology, Arlington, VA.
Identifiers: Medicaid; Medicare; Technology Related Assistance Individ Disabil Act