ERIC Number: ED479677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Reports on Progress and Outcomes: A Report on the State Assistive Technology Act Projects, 2000-2001.
RESNA: Association for the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology, Arlington, VA.
This paper reports on progress and outcomes of state assistive technology (AT) projects for people with disabilities during 2000-2001. Data are based on the annual reports submitted by 34 state AT projects. Introductory material describes the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, which provided financial assistance to states working to maintain and strengthen a permanent comprehensive statewide program of technology-related assistance for individuals with disabilities. The first section summarizes progress under the following consumer benchmarks: learning about assistive technology (AT); receiving AT technical training and advice; identifying funding assistance; attending demonstrations of AT devices and services; and assessing, acquiring, or borrowing AT devices. Progress is also reported for the following state AT benchmarks: leveraging funds and providing cost savings to states; improving efficiency by coordinating interagency and interstate activities; providing technical assistance and information to policymakers; and providing satisfactory services to consumers. The paper concludes that state AT projects are meeting AT Act goals, achieving measurable results, and enabling consumers to access and benefit from AT devices and services. It notes that, as the general population ages, more people will need AT services. (DB)
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Disabilities, Education, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment, Federal Legislation, Health Services, Independent Living, Information Technology, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, State Programs, Telecommunications
Association for the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology (RESNA), 1700 N. Moore St., Suite 1540, Arlington, VA 22209-1903. Tel: 703-524-6686; Fax: 703-524-6630; Web site: http://www.resna.org. For full text: http://www.resna.org/taproject/library/Policy_Final.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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.
Note: Produced by RESNA Technical Assistance Project.