ACL's National Paralysis Resource Center (managed by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation) opened the new grant application cycle for the High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grants program with applications due September 15. Eligible applicants are restricted to state programs funded through the State Assistive Technology Act, including implementing agencies and agencies subcontracted for Assistive Technology activities.
Launched in 2015 in partnership with ACL, the National Paralysis Resource Center’s HIIAT grant program is a competitive grant program that awards a small number of one-year grants of up to $75,000. These additional grant funds will help state programs expand their reach in the field of assistive technology through new innovations that will impact people living with paralysis in their homes and communities. Funding for this new cycle of grants was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living.
Awarded grant funds support innovative programs or services that:
- Target a specific, well-defined underserved population within the broader disability community in their state;
- Through assistive technology devices or services, increase access to services, increase the independence or inclusion of people within the underserved population within their communities; and
- When complete, will have a demonstrable, direct impact on people affected by the project.
Applications are due September 15.
Previously funded organizations are eligible to apply, however past grantees must submit proposals for new and innovative projects. Past grantees must also be in good standing, having successfully closed out past grant awards with a final report outlining accomplishments and fully expending grant funds awarded.
ACL administers the State Assistive Technology (AT) Act Program to support programs that increase knowledge about, access to, and acquisition of assistive technology devices and services for people with disabilities and older adults. Each State and Territory AT Program serves individuals with disabilities of all ages through device demonstrations, device loans, device reutilization, training, technical assistance, public awareness, information and referral, and assistance with obtaining funding for assistive technology, including durable medical equipment and home modifications.
ACL funds the Paralysis Resource Center to provide comprehensive information for people living with spinal cord injury, paralysis and mobility-related disabilities and their support networks. Resources include information and referral by phone and email in multiple languages including Spanish; a peer and family support mentoring program; a military and veterans program; multicultural outreach services; quality of life grants; and a national website.