Office of Consumer Access and Self Determination
Assistive Technology Program
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Reuse Your AT
Over many years, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has supported research in assistive technology (AT), as well as making AT more available to people with disabilities. More recently, OSERS has supported a number of activities to encourage and support AT reuse under the Assistive Technology Act. OSERS is now taking the lead on a national level to promote and encourage AT reuse 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 reuse (visit www.passitoncenter.org for more information).
The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Catalyst Project is the grantee for the Assistive Technology National Activities Training and Technical Assistance Program. This program supports the AT Programs funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (AT Act of 2004). The goal of this national level program is to improve the effectiveness of the AT programs as they work to get AT into the hands of individuals who need it. The program also serves other entities nationwide that are not funded under the act.
The University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability maintains a National Assistive Technology Public Internet Site. This website assists people with disabilities, their family members, caregivers or guardians, professionals working with individuals with disabilities, or anyone looking for assistive technology (AT) product information. It supports entities funded under the AT Act and entities not funded under the AT Act to increase access to and acquisition of AT devices and services for individuals with disabilities. The goal of this national level program is to provide a Web site to increase awareness of and access to AT.
CATADA AT Data Collection
The Center for Assistive Technology Act Data Assistance (CATADA) is a project housed at the University of Massachusetts—Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion and funded under grant #90AN0001-01-00 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL). CATADA provides technical assistance and support to State AT Programs funded under Section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (P.L. 108–364).
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