Assistive Technology Act Programs and Projects

Since the passage of the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988, there has been federal legislation supporting assistive technology activities in the states and territories.  The current legislation is the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (For more information, please see Wikipedia). 

Over the years, several types of programs and projects with distinct goals and objectives have emerged.  They all have one thing in common however, the promotion of assistive technology solutions to assist with all life functions. 

Every U.S. state and territory has a State Assistive Technology Act Program.  The programs offer services and conduct activities in two broad areas.  Programs offer training, outreach and professional development to promote knowledge and understanding of how to apply AT in various sectors of society.  AT can play a role in Education, at Work, at Home and in Recreation and Sports.  For some people AT is critical to survival, for some it makes life a lot easier, but for all users, assistive technology increases independence and community life.  Programs also offer Demonstrations, Loans, and the Reassignment of used assistive technology.  These services are designed to provide users the opportunity to “try before you buy” as well as access to solid technology solutions at an affordable price.  To learn more about the program in your state or territory, please click on the State AT Act Programs link in the menu on the left.

In addition to the State AT Act programs, all states and territories have access to a Protection and Advocacy Program for Assistive Technology.  These programs offer legal, regulatory and policy advice and advocate on behalf of AT users.  To find your local program, please click on Legal Assistance & Advocacy in the left menu.

A lot of states are also home to more specialized projects focusing on particular strategies for access to AT or specific uses of assistive technology. Some assistive technologies are quite expensive, often too expensive for an individual or family to pay for by themselves.  Well over half the states and territories offer individuals access to financial loan products to make necessary AT more affordable through Alternative Financing Programs.  In addition, some states operate so called Telework projects to facilitate access to AT that enables a person with a disability to work remotely.  For more information, please visit the Funding and Telework links in the menu to the left.