State AT Resources
State Education Agency Assistive Technology Programs
Many states have assistive technology (AT) programs supported by their state education agency (SEA). Check out the State Information page on the AIM Center web site for information on state-specific resources which, in some states, incudes AT resources within the state. The State Leaders in Assistive Technology in Education (SLATE) Network web site maintains a list of state contacts. In addition, a search within a state's SEA web site usually provides information about such programs in each state.
State Assistive Technology Act Programs
Fifty-six state and territory programs are funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended in 2004 (P.L. 108-364). The state assistive technology (AT) programs implement required activities focused on improving the provision of AT to individuals with disabilities of all ages, through comprehensive, statewide programs that are consumer responsive. AT programs make AT devices and services more available and accessible to individuals with disabilities and their families through state-level activities and state leadership activities.
Contact information for AT Act State Programs
The National Information System for Assistive Technology (NISAT) has been established by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to provide timely and accurate collection, analysis, and reporting of data relating to the activities of state assistive technology programs. For public information about individual state programs, go to the NISAT home page at http://nisat.info/index.php/page/home and select from the menu of states.
Re-Use of Assistive Technology
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has supported a number of activities to encourage and support AT re-use under the Assistive Technology Act. OSERS is now taking the lead on a national level to promote and encourage AT re-use through its sponsorship of a national conference on this issue, as well as through grants to state agencies, non-profit organizations, and other entities to support AT re-use (see the Pass It On Center at www.passitoncenter.org for more information).
Technical Assistance for State Assistive Technology Act Programs
The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)
The RESNA Catalyst Project