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AT Manufacturers, Service Providers & AT Reuse Programs. Presented by: Caroline Van Howe Director of Programs, ATIA Email: programs@atia.org Web Site: www.atia.org Reuse Conference, Sept 15-17, 2009 Atlanta, GA. Assistive Technology Industry Association.

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at manufacturers service providers at reuse programs

AT Manufacturers, Service Providers & AT Reuse Programs

Presented by: Caroline Van Howe

Director of Programs, ATIA

Email: programs@atia.org Web Site: www.atia.org

Reuse Conference, Sept 15-17, 2009

Atlanta, GA

assistive technology industry association
Assistive Technology Industry Association
  • The Assistive Technology Industry Association ("ATIA") is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of technology-based assistive devices and/or services.
  • AT Education programs including:
    • Online: On Demand & Live Webinars
    • In person: Conferences & Leadership Forum
atia member segments
ATIA Member Segments
  • AAC
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Deaf/hard of hearing
  • Education/Learning
  • Physical/ Computer Access/Mobility
  • Transition/Vocational
  • Includes 130+ private, non-profit, charitable and government agencies
at devices software reuse landscape
AT Devices/Software Reuse Landscape
  • Data Collection Results
    • Based on programs included
    • Broadest definition of AT – includes DME & IL
    • Approximately 5% are AT devices/software
  • Other unsurveyed sources
    • Blind/Low Vision: Lighthouses, NFB chapters
    • Physical Access/Mobility: Easter Seals, UCP
    • Schools – “own” AT devices and reuse for next generation of students
some models of success
Some Models of Success
  • Statewide /AT Act Programs
    • Kansas – local manufacturer/s
    • Delaware - excess device donation
    • NEAT Collaborative
  • AT Pass It On Reuse Centers
    • Alabama STAR Center
  • Virtual networks
    • Virginia email/listserv practitioner network
  • Manufacturer programs
considerations
Considerations
  • Keep in mind the 4 Keys of Reuse
    • Safe - Effective
    • Appropriate - Consumer Choice
  • Challenges – same as DME & Computers
    • Personal data issues /Sanitization
    • Legal & Safety
    • Shipping and storage
    • Specialized expertise e.g. SLP or OT
    • Specialized device/s for specific needs
looking ahead increase reused at devices
Looking Ahead: Increase Reused AT Devices
  • Consider including AT devices in existing programs where appropriate
  • Partner with existing reuse units in other programs e.g. Lighthouse network
  • Partner locally
  • Partner with AT practitioner networks e.g. ASHA
  • Broaden survey scope to include 3rd party/virtual network data
  • Raise awareness about AT Reuse at ATIA events and with ATIA members
questions answers
Questions & Answers
  • Over to you….
  • Thanks so much for your time and ideas!
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