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ERIC Number: ED418550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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)
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:; e-mail:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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 - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act