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this powerpoint will allow you to
This PowerPoint will allow you to…
  • Briefly describe the history of AT legislation
  • Describe the purpose of the AT Act
  • Describe basic requirements for Statewide AT Programs
history of at act legislation
History of AT Act Legislation

1988-Technology Related Assistance Act 1988 (Tech Act)

Defines AT devices and services, recognized value of AT

Creates state programs focused on use of AT

Oversight - National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

1994- Tech Act Reauthorized

Systems change activities to promote access to AT

Mandates stakeholder involvement in activity planning

1998- Assistive Technology Act of 1998

Systems change activities to promote access to AT

Alternative Financing Programs Introduced

2004-AT Act of 1998, as Amended

Focus on direct service by Statewide AT Programs

Oversight - Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

purpose of the at act
Purpose of the AT Act

Supports state efforts to improve the provision of assistive technology to individuals with disabilities.

Covers people with disabilities of all ages and all disabilities, in all environments.

at act entities
AT Act Entities
  • Statewide AT Programs
  • Alternative Financing Programs (AFPs)
  • Protection and Advocacy for AT Programs (PAATs)
statewide assistive technology programs
Statewide Assistive Technology Programs
  • Information about what assistive technology devices and services are available and where to obtain them
  • Device loan and demonstration centers in which an individual can try-out devices and/or borrow devices for a short period of time
  • Funding resources for purchasing or acquiring assistive technology
  • Device exchange and recycling programs that provide individuals with used equipment at little to no cost
  • Affordable loan programs that allow individuals to borrow money to purchase AT.
alternative financing programs afps
Alternative Financing Programs (AFPs)
  • Assists Individuals in obtaining affordable financial loans to purchase assistive technology
  • Typical assistive technology purchased through this funding include: modified vehicles, home modifications, hearing aids, vision aids, and adapted computers
protection and advocacy for assistive technology programs paats
Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology Programs(PAATs)
  • Offers legal and advocacy services to assist

individuals with disabilities obtain assistive technology.

  • Works with numerous funding sources, including Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance companies, special education programs, and state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies.
goals of the statewide at programs

Goals of the Statewide AT Programs

Increase access to and the acquisitionof AT across all ages & all disabilities in 4 functional areas of life:



Community Living

Information Tech & Telecommunications

lead agency implementing agency
Lead Agency & Implementing Agency

Lead Agency

Controls and administers the funds made available

through the grant awarded to the state.

Implementing Agency

Carries out responsibilities under the Act through a

subcontract or another administrative agreement

with the Lead Agency.

state level activities core activities
State-Level Activities Core Activities
  • State Financing Systems (includes alternative finance programs)
  • Device Reutilization Programs
  • Device Loan Programs
  • Device Demonstrations Programs
state leadership activities
State Leadership Activities
  • Training and Technical Assistance
  • Transition Assistance
  • Public Awareness
  • Coordination & Collaboration
statewide at program requirements
Statewide AT Program Requirements


  • The program must geographically reach the entire state


  • The program must serve all disability types and AT needs
statewide at program requirements1
Statewide AT Program Requirements
  • Advisory Council

Provides consumer responsive, consumer driven advice to plan, implement, and evaluate state program.

  • State Plan

Outlines three year plan for services developed with input from Advisory Council.

  • Data Collection

Annual collecting and reporting of data on activities.

  • Program Review

Verifies state program is conducting program consistent with intent of AT Act.

program planning use of funds
Program PlanningUse of Funds
  • At least 60 % of funds must support State Level Activities.
  • States can claim “flexibility” and use 70% of funds to carry out only two or more State Level Activities
  • States can claim “comparability” for a particular State Level Activity if that service is already performed by another in the state.
  • At least 5% of funds used for State Leadership Activities must be spent on Transition Activities.
  • Funds cannot be used for direct payment of an AT device.
  • Supplement vs Supplant - Funds cannot be used to supplement (take the place of) other federal funding required to provide service/ device.
  • Activities carried out in state must comply with Section 508 standards.
section 6 of at act national at programs and resources
Section 6 of AT ActNational AT Programs and Resources
  • RESNA Catalyst Project -National Technical Assistance Project for all AT Act Entities (Statewide, AFP, Telework, PAATs)
  • National Information System for Assistive Technology (NISAT) National Technical Assistance for Data Collection and Reporting Data
  • Public Internet Site

For more information contact:

RESNA Catalyst Project1700 North Moore Street, Suite 1540Arlington, VA 22209-1903Phone: 703/524-6686  Fax: 703/524-6630  TTY: 703/524-6639Email: