ERIC Number: ED418551
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Access, Provision, and Funding for Assistive Technology Devices and Services. 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 improving access, provision, and funding of assistive technology (AT) for individuals with disabilities. The beginning of the report describes regional projects that are providing statewide information and referral help as well as assistance in acquiring AT, equipment loan programs, equipment recycling programs, demonstration centers, evaluation centers, information and referral efforts, and financial loan programs. Activities are described under the following topics: (1) providing training on AT to professionals, customers, and family members; (2) working with state governments to ensure accessibility of electronic and information technology by all state agency employees and by individuals who use public facilities; (3) reaching underrepresented populations, particularly minority and rural populations; (4) involving people with disabilities to provide input, direction, and expertise on barriers to AT; and (5) working with protection and advocacy agencies to advocate for AT, including the expansion of augmentative and alternative communication devices under Medicaid and Medicaid coverage of durable medical equipment. A chart illustrating Tech Act activities to improve access in the different states is provided, as well as a list of funded projects. (CR)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Adults, Agency Cooperation, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Change Strategies, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Organizational Change, Outreach Programs, 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 - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act