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ERIC Number: ED537109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Funding of Assistive Technology to Make Work a Reality. Policy & Practice Brief #3
Hager, Ronald M.; Sheldon, James R., Jr.
Employment and Disability Institute
The availability of assistive technology (AT) can make a tremendous difference in the ability of an individual to work, even when that individual has a severe disability. In the work context, AT serves several functions: it may make it possible to participate in an education or training program; it may make it possible to get prepared to leave the home for work or training; it may make it possible to travel to and from work; and in some cases, the work itself could not be done without the AT. This article will describe how AT can assist individuals with severe disabilities to overcome barriers to gainful employment. It will also describe several key funding sources available, in all states, to pay for the AT devices and services that will help individuals prepare for, get to, and succeed in employment. Specifically, the authors will discuss the public school special education system, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, Medicaid, Medicare, and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program's Plan for Achieving Self Support. Abbreviations and Acronyms Used in This Article are appended. (Contains 72 footnotes.) [For related report, "Funding of Assistive Technology to Make Work a Reality, Part II. Policy & Practice Brief #13," see ED537086.]
Employment and Disability Institute. ILR School Cornell University 201 Dolgen Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. Tel: 607-255-7727; Fax: 607-255-2763; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cornell University, Employment and Disability Institute
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)