ERIC Number: ED342177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Establishing Nonprofit Foundations To Pay for Assistive Technology. RESNA Technical Assistance Project.
De Witt, John C.; Mendelsohn, Steven
This guide examines the incorporation of nongovernmental funding streams into state-wide programs of technology-related assistance under Title I of the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988. It examines underlying philosophical, structural, and legal issues involved in the formation and effective use of a foundation or other nonprofit organizational framework to facilitate the provision of assistive technology devices and services. The paper begins by defining a foundation and explaining governmental restrictions on its financing. It then outlines what a foundation can do, focusing on its flexibility in responding to needs, its aim to augment rather than replace public sector resources, deciding whether to charge fees to recipients of the foundation's support, speed of operation, and ability to broaden assistive technology's constituency. Procedures for setting up the organization are discussed, covering such items as governing board makeup and necessary documentation. Tasks involved in maintaining the foundation on an ongoing basis are also spelled out. (12 references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act