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 Opens new windowState 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 Opens new windowAssistive 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 Opens new windowhttp://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 Opens new windowwww.passitoncenter.org for more information).

Technical Assistance for State Assistive Technology Act Programs

Resource Description
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Opens new windowThe Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)
ATAP is a national, member-based organization, comprised of state assistive technology act programs funded under the Assistive Technology Act.

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Opens new windowThe RESNA Catalyst Project
The Catalyst Project is sponsored by RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. RESNA operates the Catalyst Project under a new grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education. The RESNA Catalyst Project provides assistance to the AT Act Grantees to assist them in increasing awareness, access, acquisition and advocacy to assistive technology (AT) devices and services for consumers with disabilities of all ages. The project works with 56 statewide AT programs, 57 protection and advocacy for AT programs, and 33 alternative financing programs. It also works with 19 access to telework financial loan programs.

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Last Updated: 11/26/2013

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