Assistive Technology Data Collection Project
This document provides quantitative information from a Web-based reporting system used by state grantees receiving funds under the Assistive Technology (AT) Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-394 Title I, State Grant Program). The system was developed under a grant awarded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to InfoUse. InfoUse subcontracted with RTI International1 to develop a new grantee progress form and to design and implement a Web-based data collection system. RTI’s analyses are based on the annual progress reports of 51 of 56 state grantees for Fiscal Year (FY) 2001. Use of the Web-based system was optional during the initial year of implementation, and five grantees elected to report to NIDRR through hard-copy reports.2 Information for those five states is not included here. In this summary, we provide a brief overview of each topic addressed in the full report, including: --the funding that grantees received --the legislative and policy changes they accomplished to reduce barriers for individuals with disabilities --the grantee activities that were supported by federal funds in FY 2001 Those activities include four that are required by federal law: public awareness efforts, which may include developing and disseminating information on AT devices and services; interagency coordination to facilitate coordination among entities that serve individuals with disabilities; training and technical assistance (TA); and outreach. Grantees may also establish alternative financing programs, conduct demonstrations of AT devices, provide advocacy services, inform individuals about options for securing devices and services, pay for expenses to ensure access to a state’s AT program and enter into cooperative agreements with other states.