Past and Current Projects

Between 2015-2020, 27 grants have been awarded totaling $1,984,330.

See below for information on current projects and outcomes from previously funded projects. You can contact the State AT Act program for more information by using the Find Your State Directory.

2020 Awards

CT Tech Act Project (CTTAP), Hartford, CT: $75,000

The Connecticut Tech Act Project will work with two hospitals, the Gaylord Specialty Healthcare and Hartford Hospital to provide patients with access to Assistive Technology services and devices through AT demonstrations and AT lending to allow them to experience how AT can enhance their quality of life and help them to maintain and/or increase their independence and quality of life as they return home after discharge.

Horace Mann Educational Associates DBA TechACCESS of RI (HMEA), Cranston, RI: $75,000

HMEA will provide home-based technology, training, and support to individuals with paralysis to allow them to maximize their independence at home and maintain communication with doctors, family members, friends, and colleagues during the pandemic and beyond.

SC Assistive Technology Program (SCATP), Columbia, SC: $74,542

SCATP provides mobility aids to people living with paralysis. Mobility is the very essence of community living. Providing mobility equipment through short-term loans while individuals with disabilities are waiting for their permanent devices to arrive or providing mobility during a brief recovery period from an accident or surgery will allow people to maintain their mobility and independence in their home and community. These devices allow people with paralysis to stay connected with people in their spiritual communities at houses of worship or individual's homes and to have access to public buildings, including gyms, stores, museums, and even outdoor spaces such as parks.

Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR), Laramie, WY: $75,000

This HIIAT grant will help to support the sustainable state-wide residential ramp loan and education program. The WyRamp Project will have an immense direct and significant impact on Wyoming residents with newly acquired or progressive conditions causing paralysis, enabling them to return to living in their homes faster, remain living in their homes longer, and increasing independence in daily activities and community participation.

2019 Awards

Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), Parsons, KS: $75,000

Accessible Recreation: Playing Electronic Games Independently to Increase Health & Social Connection
This High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grant will increase access to electronic gaming through the creation of an accessible gaming equipment loan program. Grant funds will support the development of the accessible gaming equipment loan program in three of ATK’s locations throughout the state. Demonstrations and device assessments will be made available in-home to ensure compatibility with the player and their home. ATK will deliver the equipment, set it up, and provide training and support throughout the loan period. This statewide program will serve a minimum of 30 Kansans with paralysis and 60 caregivers and family members in all 105 counties; many of the residents that are impacted by this program are likely to be from low-income households, with many being children, active duty soldiers and veterans with disabilities. These funds will not only increase ATK’s impact but will create an awareness of the value of assistive gaming technology for those living with disabilities.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Louisville, KY: $75,000

My New Kentucky Smart Home

This High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grant supports a program that will provide smart home AT equipment loans to Kentuckians living with paralysis to enable them to begin automating various functions in their home that will increase and enhance independence, promote safety and help make informed smart home AT decisions to affect their quality of life. My New Kentucky Smart Home project will seek to remedy the lack of availability and information among the disability community in Kentucky by loaning Smart Home Starter Kits individualized to persons with paralysis and their family members. Equipment for each kit will be selected based upon each individual’s specific needs and compatibility. Approximately 60 Kentucky residents with paralysis and their family members and caregivers will benefit from this grant. Many will be from low-income, rural households with limited access to resources and information. Not only will people with paralysis have greater access to life-changing technology and information, they will also experience a greater quality of life, with a new level of both safety and independence.

Oklahoma ABLE Tech, Stillwater, OK: $75,000


This High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grant supports a program that will purchase, store, and provide short-term loans of portable ramps, thresholds and other equipment to Oklahomans with paralysis. #Oklahoma4Ramps seeks to provide free, safe equipment to allow individuals with paralysis and cross disabilities to leave their homes, participate in community activities and live a more active, independent lifestyle. ABLE Tech staff will work with each recipient, teaching safety and proper use of each piece of equipment and provide educational information about additional loans, non-HIIAT related purchase and gift programs available to them, such as free smoke alarms and specialized alert equipment, device reuse programs, and nutrition assistance and food delivery services. During the grant year the increase in ramp loans and information will impact approximately 118 people living with paralysis that currently lack access to these necessities and will greatly improve their quality of life.

West Virginia University Foundation, Morgantown, WV: $75,000

Pay It Forward WV: Assistive Technology Device Reuse Project

This High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grant supports a loan closet and device reuse program that provides youth aged 3-12 with mobility assistance and other durable medical equipment not covered by West Virginia Medicaid or private insurance. Pay It Forward WV places assistive technology directly into the hands of children and families in West Virginia who would otherwise be unable to access such equipment. The developmental growth period of children, especially with disabilities, is critical and providing equipment to assist with increasing strength and mobility can reduce the potential for secondary injuries to the child and decrease the amount of strain on families and caregivers. By providing them with this equipment, children can continue to receive interventions that directly impact their physical abilities and opens access to recreational and community options for families. With over 19% of the West Virginia population living at or under poverty level, a large portion of those benefitting from this equipment will be low-income, rural residents. Funding for the loan closet aspect of this grant is expected to improve the lives of at least 17 children living with paralysis.

2018 Awards

North Dakota Assistive, Fargo, ND: $75,000

The Smart Home First Project

This High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grant will increase the number of smart home AT equipment demonstrations and equipment loans provided to rural North Dakotans with paralysis to help them control entire home environments, give independence and promote safety as well as make informed smart home AT decisions to affect their quality of life. Grant funds will support the creation of two state-of-the-art Smart Homes within existing Home First Demonstration Centers in Fargo and Mandan. Demonstrations will be made available on site and virtually via video conferencing. Funds will also support the expansion of an assistive technology loan library. The grantee/agency, Assistive will deliver the AT loan equipment, set it up, and provide training and technical support throughout the loan period.

The Center for Independent Living (CIL), Alameda, CA: $75,000

The CIL Residential Access Program for Victims of Violent Crime

This High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology (HIIAT) grant supports an innovative and important program that provides assistive technology support to people who have been paralyzed due to a violent crime. The aim of this project is to provide residents living in/near northern Alameda County, CA who have been paralyzed as a result of a violent crime with the home modifications, household durable medical equipment (DME), and/or vehicle hand controls they need in order to effectively avail themselves of existing services, reintegrate into their communities, and regain financial independence. The residents the CIL will serve through this project will be individuals who acquired their disability recently enough that they still struggle to identify and access the resources they need to live independently. Not only will newly paralyzed individuals experience greater ability to retain employment and access to their community through these modifications, they will also experience greater quality of life, experiencing both safety and independence.

2017 Awards

Assistive Technology Resource Centers (ATRC) of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI : $75,000

This HIIAT grant supported the expansion of ATRC’s assistive technology demonstration and lending library to include a wider variety of available assistive technology. Hawaii’s remote island geography presents myriad significant challenges to getting assistive technology to residents with paralysis living outside of the metropolitan area of Honolulu. There are few, if any, assistive technology and/or durable medical equipment vendors physically located in Hawaii, which makes it impossible for individuals to try equipment unless it is available for demonstration at ATRC. Through the grant program ATRC conducted six assistive technology demonstrations on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai. They are currently collecting and reviewing data and will share those results in October 2019. In providing the demonstrations, ATRC collaborated with 14 partnering organizations, including Aloha Independent Living Center, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, Center for Disability at University of Hawaii Manoa, Hawaii Aging and Disability Resource Center, and the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii.

Crossroad Rehabilitation Center, Indianapolis, IN: $74,881

This HIIAT grant supported the Assistive Technology Mobile Unit (ATMU), a specially outfitted Fort Transit Van equipped to provide free device demonstrations to individuals referred through the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI). The ATMU offered one-on-one technology device demonstrations that helped to improve the way individuals living with a spinal cord injury experience life activities. Bringing the ATMU directly to RHI or to an individual’s home eliminated the added stress, cost and time traveling to and from a dedicated facility. The Center met with 3-4 RHI referrals each month and exceeded projected number of individuals to serve from 100 to 200: 25 of those were individuals with SCI/paralysis, 100 family were members and 75 were caregivers.

Assistive Technology trainings were provided to 180 attendees and included 40 Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Staff, 40 Community Rehabilitation Hospital Staff, and 100 Easterseals Crossroads Staff.

Many individuals are discharged from rehabilitation and are unaware of their particular assistive technology needs until they are home for a while. And, these needs may change as an individual increases their post-injury activity and begins to set new goals. To serve the needs of those individuals, the ATMU was equipped with a standard set of assistive technology devices commonly used by people with spinal cord injury and other conditions. These devices ranged from basic feeding, grooming, and self-care items; home automation technology; and computer access solutions for socialization, employment and education (note taking systems, positioning equipment, switches). For each visit, the equipment on board was supplemented with assistive technology specific for the individuals visited, for the purpose of demonstration and trial of the most appropriate and effective devices. The van also included a variety of carts and tables to facilitate the movement of equipment from the van into an individual’s home, public venues for awareness activities, or other locations that are accessible to program participants. Crossroads is able to ensure sustainability through federal funding from INDATA which pays for the library, staff and adding equipment to existing library.

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc. (FAAST), Tallahassee, FL: $75,000

This HIIAT grant supported an initiative to broaden opportunities for increased physical activities to individuals living with paralysis that reside in rural areas of Florida, where access to health and wellness programs can be difficult to find or simply are not available. Access to these kinds of programs can be even more difficult for individuals living with disabilities. This project focused on the three areas of Florida that consist of several congruent rural populated counties and penetrated areas of state where quality of healthcare, hospitals, resources, opportunities, etc. were lacking. FAAST partnered with the Florida Disabled Outdoor Association (FDOA) to offer a series of three outdoor activity events focusing on exercise and outdoor recreation to individuals living with spinal cord injury; providing access to both land and water sporting equipment for those individuals living in the more rural areas of the state. The three events held focused on: adaptive wheelchair activity including hand-cycles, lever powered chairs and wheelchair sports; water activity including adaptive paddling; wheelchair accessible outdoor activity (archery, hunting, disc golf); and alternative outdoor activity (track chairs, accessible boating, beach access mats, and chairs)The events also included both active participation and educational materials to provide hands-on experiences for participants while at the events, allowing them to leave with a better understanding of how activity and fitness can play an important role in their overall health and independence. In total, the events impacted 298 individuals: 96 people with spinal cord injuries, paralysis or other mobility-related disabilities, 112 family members and care-givers, and 90 volunteers & staff members. FAAST is in a position to maintain sustainability of this project and is financially poised to continue these events annually & improve/modify them based on evaluation results & indicators. Purchased equipment use will be ongoing throughout the state for similar events and through its device loan program. Since the assistive technology is already purchased through this grant, the largest recurring expense is travel cost. FAAST budgets this cost annually which will enable this program to continue. Reliance on electronic media will reduce marketing cost. FAAST sees great opportunity for collaboration with other organizations throughout the state to share these resources and continue to increase health and wellness.

North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP), Raleigh, NC: $71,618

This HIIAT grant purchased, stored, and provided short-term loans of 43 portable ramps across the state of North Carolina, with particular emphasis on rural areas. Portable ramps were purchased and placed in each of the nine NCATP centers or partner agencies, ensuring that individuals with newly-acquired mobility impairments, and individuals with established mobility impairments who have been displaced from their homes due to adverse weather or emergency events, have safe access to their homes or the facility where they are sheltering. The project’s primary objectives were to ensure that individuals have a safe and timely transition from a healthcare facility or emergency shelter to their home or community by providing short-term ramp loans when the lack of a ramp is a barrier to the individual’s discharge or return home; reduce the transition time by providing access to short-term loans (up to three months) of portable ramps during the transition period; increase education around the use of and need for ramp access across North Carolina by providing awareness events of NCATP services, including the portable ramp loan program, within the medical discharge planning, emergency preparedness, and the disability service communities. Twenty outreach events were held in which NCATP distributed information to 13,200 individuals statewide. In addition, they provided direct information to 1,250 people, 250 of those were people with spinal cord injuries, 375 with other mobility impairments, and 625 family members/caregivers. 19,000 copies of the RAMMP brochure have been distributed.

South Carolina Assistive Technology Program, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Center for Disability Resources, Columbia, SC: $74,808

This HIIAT grant supported Eye Gaze Communications Solutions, a project that improved access to eye gaze devices focused on improving communication for individuals living with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, ALS, and cerebral palsy. The project focused on underserved, low-income South Carolinians with these conditions, and was accomplished by creating partnerships with agencies to identify individuals for which eye gaze technology was appropriate, training these individuals to use the devices through a personal demonstration, and by providing training for caregivers and professional staff who provided care for the individuals with paralysis. A goal of this project was to capture the entire lifespan of the process to identify barriers to success and, more importantly, the strategies used to overcome these barriers to ultimately lead to increased communication, independence, and socialization as well as furtherance of additional life goals. Device loans were made to 23 individuals and hands-on training was provided not only to those individuals, but to 136 people representing: 28 family members/caregivers, 62 professionals, and 46 attendees. The project allowed for a longer loan period of the devices - 2 months instead of 2 weeks. Assistive equipment purchased is now part of loan closet program which will enable key activities of this project to continue.

2016 Awards

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Boston, Massachusetts: $74,878

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s award funded “The Weight and Seating Independence Project,” which provided wheelchair accessible scales and digital pressure mapping technology to four Independent Living Centers in rural and/or low-income communities throughout the state to enable people with spinal cord injury to proactively control their weight and prevent skin breakdown; both essential to staying healthy and maintaining their independence. The CILs included the Stavros Center for Independent Living in both Amherst and Springfield, the Center for Living and Working in Worcester (which runs a support group and early intervention program for SCI community members), and AdLib in Pittsfield. 46 device loans have been made. The project also provided six two-hour pressure mapping trainings and demonstrations with a total of 110 participants. A webinar presentation on Pressure Mapping Technology systems was provided to 35 participants. The PMT trainings were expanded to include education on pressure injuries and a hands-on opportunity with the range of cushions available. A training was also provided to a local school system in the Berkshires to help raise awareness of proper seating and positioning to educators, families and clinicians. Since the end of the grant period, MRC has continued the grant activities under the program and expanded its geographic area. They are also partnering with the Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) which is borrowing the PMT system for use in their Wound clinic and Wheelchair Seating Clinic.

Northern Arizona University-Institute for Human Development, Flagstaff, Arizona: $74,926

The Institute for Human Development of Northern Arizona University created “Up a Go,” a project to facilitate early mobility and assisted walking of young children with physical challenges so that they can engage in age-appropriate activities. The project significantly expanded the inventory of available early mobility equipment to loan out to families, provided training to therapist and service providers, and offered a hands-on DIY workshop for parents to create customized cost-effective mobility equipment. Through the grant 58 devices were purchased to increase and diversify inventory. Most of these devices were distributed among 4 partners locations. Remaining devices were placed in AzTAP's inventory for demonstration and loans. A total of 63 children and their families were served. Four trainings were provided to 44 participants. DIY workshops were achieved through restructured format - "pick up" & delivery event at which 16 power scooters were constructed and 11 participant families were able to take home customized scooters. Five scooters were placed at partner sites to be used with children receiving ongoing therapy. Since the grant closed, families and service providers continue to have access to the 58 pediatric mobility items that were purchased with grant funds. This equipment is available for demonstrations, trial use and short-term loans to help family and therapists determine if access to these types of devices supports improved levels of independent mobility for their children or clients respectively. An additional 53 children and their families have been served.

Temple University, Institute on Disabilities, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: $75,000

Temple University’s project entitled Adaptive Design of Greater Philadelphia improved access to assistive technology focused on improved seating, positioning and access that facilitated inclusion and education for individuals with paralysis, particularly very young children, ages birth to 6 years old. Further, staff and area service providers were trained in methods for designing and fabricating low-technology, low-cost solutions that are customized, safe, and durable. In total, over 120 children with paralysis received 155 adaptive devices. Temple also trained 172 individuals in the basics of cardboard carpentry and 34 people in extensive adaptive design. The philosophy behind this project was to create inclusion throughout the steps of creating Assistive Technology. Temple found that parent involvement from design to fabrication prevents abandonment of technology after acquisition. All stakeholders were given a "buy in" & knowledge.

Continued collaboration with core groups of committed stakeholders, leveraging a contract with Philadelphia Intellectual disAbility Services to provide AT technical assistance to intervention groups, using trained individuals to train others, using the Adaptive Design Association (NY City) model to develop other sources of labor (high school & vocational students), etc. are some of the ways through which this project will be sustained.

University of New Hampshire – Assistive Technology in New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire: $75,000

The University of New Hampshire - Assistive Technology in New Hampshire’s project entitled I CreATe for Paralysis developed a self-sustaining open- ended loan program to increase awareness of types of low-cost solutions that can be made in minutes to support individuals with paralysis that reside in rural areas.

Inadequate or non-existent access to residences may result in longer and otherwise unnecessary stays for individuals in hospital or rehabilitation facilities, and can ultimately force individuals to move into long-term care facilities, removing them from their families and communities. Lack of access may cause undue hardship on caregivers who must struggle physically to get individuals into and out of their homes, severely limiting independence and community involvement and increasing risk of injury for both the person with paralysis and the caregiver. Finally, lack of accessibility presents a serious and potentially fatal safety hazard if it causes a person to be stuck in their home with no way out. This project mitigated the basic but critical problem of lack of home accessibility. Over 200 individuals were identified and received a minimum of 1 device. A total of 1,248 devices were provided to people with paralysis. UNH conducted 18 statewide workshops with 156 participants and 1,335 devices were fabricated. 90% of participants showed an increase in their knowledge and skills using tools and materials for creating AT. Based on follow up responses to a survey, all individuals who received the device increased their independence and autonomy. UNH Partnered with 10 organizations - state and community organizations such as Granite State Independent Living, service delivery partners, suppliers, churches, libraries, schools, etc. One of these partners, Zoo New England donated thousands of dollars' worth of corrugated plastic, material used to create over 114 different AT products. Sustainability of this project is guaranteed due to the vast number of partners, ability to leverage resources, and unique history of delivering low-cost innovative approaches to creating solutions in a timely manner.

Illinois Assistive Technology Program, Springfield, Illinois: $74,935

The Illinois Assistive Technology Program’s Temporary Ramp Project alleviated barriers to independence by providing long-term loans of temporary metal ramps to low-income adults with paralysis living in rural counties of Illinois for their residences. Twenty-one ramps were purchased. IATP partnered with CILs throughout the state to provide loans to 28 individuals living with paralysis. IATP participated in three conference calls with the other two ramp program grantees during which they discussed common barriers such as difficulties in purchasing and distributing the ramps, understanding ramp safety and how to better conduct better outreach. In addition, they discussed issues faced by the target populations such as rural environment, home design (raised porches with raised steps), injury to the caregiver from carrying the person with paralysis and/or wheelchair up and down steps, transportation, financial resources, etc. They also shared with the group that they had faced challenges in getting the program off the ground due to administrative procedures. The group also discussed state funding impacts. The project is being sustained through Illinois Assistive Technology Program's Reutilization Program.

Virginia Assistive Technology System, Henrico, Virginia: $75,000

The Virginia Assistive Technology System’s PAKD! – Portable Accessibility Kits on Demand project provided loans of temporary ramps, accessible pathways and raised thresholds to individuals with newly acquired paralysis and their caregivers, as well as older Virginians and their caregivers that develop barriers to mobility. VATS purchased 28 ramps, 12 thirty-foot accessible pathways and 24 thresholds serving 23 people living with paralysis. VATS reports that the program is set up to self-sustain. Ramps and pathways will be used multiple times with no additional cost but the incidental maintenance. Additionally, they observed that there has been more of a demand in the more rural southwestern part of the state vs the heavily populated area of Northern Virginia.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Frankfort, Kentucky: $71,257

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s project entitled Ramp Up Kentucky provided temporary ramp solutions to individuals with recently acquired disabilities and people aging in their homes so that they are not confined to their homes while waiting for a long-term solution to accessibility to be put into motion. OVR purchased 150 ramps and 27 building kits and collaborated with 18 distribution sites, including regional assistive technology resource centers, CILs, and other state and community organizations at which trainings were conducted with the site personnel. A marketing plan was developed, and the program was marketed through a press release from the Governor’s Office, organization website, social media, etc. 1,500 brochures and marketing material were distributed. Throughout the grant year, OVR provided 138 loans.

2015 Awards

The University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies, Newark, Delaware: $75,000

This High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology grant supported “Nowhere Else to Turn: Home Safety & Comfort for People with Disabilities and Their Caregivers.” The singular goal of this project was to assist people whose interactions with their environment are compromised by paralysis-causing conditions to live more safely and comfortably in the community via use of assistive technology and home modifications. Support was made available to four people living with paralysis who needed assistive technology and/or home modifications, did not have the financial means to acquire them, and who could not acquire them through insurance or another agency or organization. Assistance included stair lifts, transport chairs, and ramps. The project objectives were as follows: finalize all application and evaluation protocols and documents; promote the value of assistive technology and home modifications and address the means for acquiring them; expand the existing DATI equipment inventory to include more home automation products that individuals/families may try before making acquisition decisions; individualized needs assessments for individuals/families for assistive technology and assistive technology and/or home modifications; procurement and installation of assistive technology and/or home modifications and instruction to individuals/families in their use; and evaluation of impact.

Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN), Baton Rouge, Louisiana: $75,000

This High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology grant supported the “Stand Up, Louisiana” project, which purchased 12 standers that were provided on a loaner basis to 10 individuals with paralysis throughout the grant year. Adult (upper teen & older) residents of Louisiana with onset of paralysis between one and five years, due to spinal cord injury, traumatic head injury, or stroke, were the specific population on whom this project focused. The project also included upgrading and then marketing The AT Marketplace database to provide a higher quality of service for members of target population; educating members of target population, caregivers, family, and rehab professionals on the benefits of stander use; and assisting members of target population to gain access to permanent standers. LATAN developed a stronger working relationship with its vendor partner Mobility Depot who supported the project by assisting in the delivery and set up of the standers. This resulted in transportation cost savings which facilitated the purchase of 3 additional standers. Collaboration was also increased - more rehabilitation facilities and hospitals were incorporated then initially anticipated. Sustainability is guaranteed as the key activities of this project align with LATAN's core services, i.e. device reutilization, device loans and demonstrations.

Maryland Department of Disabilities Technology Assistance, Baltimore, Maryland: $43,560

This High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology grant supported the “Statewide Portable Ramp Access Project,” which worked closely with four statewide independent living centers to provide extended (90-day to 120- day) loans of portable ramps for anyone needing access in and/or out of their home or vehicle. These ramps served as a temporary solution for families and individuals as they assessed long-term solutions to their ramp needs, such as having their home modified, permanent ramps built, or while they secure funding for adapted transportation. Each of the four Maryland regions were provided with multiple-length portable ramps, a bariatric portable ramp, an adjustable threshold ramp, a rear door wheelchair van ramp, and a track ramp available for loan to families in their region. 32 portable ramps were purchased, serving 30 people with paralysis and other mobility issues. In addition, information about and marketing of the program was disseminated statewide through a press release, newsletters, social media, and other outreach outlets to raise awareness. MDDTA strongly believes that this program increased access to medical care and community integration. Performance measure data was collected and has been used to support accessible housing initiatives and shape future policy initiatives around accessible housing in Maryland. MDDTA noted “Ensuring that Maryland is continuing to serve its citizens by making accessible housing options a key initiative in each legislative session has been integral to the expansion of housing options." Additionally, the program will continue to be sustainable without needing additional funding in the future.

University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, Missoula, Montana: $75,000

This High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology grant supported “Wheels Across Montana,” a project that targeted aging rural-dwelling adults with disabilities and/or chronic diseases that faced difficult barriers in meeting health needs for physical activity and social engagement. The Institute purchased 45 trikes, bikes, and hand cycles which were distributed among 4 loan centers and a total of 44 loans were made. A medical provider was paired with a recreation provider in each of the 4 loan centers to identify participants, train them on proper and safe use of the loaned equipment. This collaboration increased awareness of the program and assured that the equipment was safe for use by the participants. The Institute collaborated closely with the Missoula Coalition on Aging & Disability, the MT Gerontology Society and the MT chapter of the NCOA’s Falls Free initiative, and 4 CILs as well as other recreation and wellness centers. Each partner provided input regarding focus of this project. All recreational partners are working to expand their adaptive & inclusive recreational programs. Since the close of this grant 189 adaptive trike transactions have occurred.

Utah Assistive Technology Program, Logan, Utah: $73,925

This grant supported the “Utah Assistive Technology Lab, Roosevelt Branch.” The project established an effective interdisciplinary project team that: provided services related to assistive technology to 135 children and adults with disabilities, many of which were individuals living in rural areas, persons with newly acquired disabilities, older adult caregivers, and Native Americans; provided in-person assistive technology demonstrations and trainings to 50 professionals, people with disabilities and their families; disseminated 50 assistive technology devices on loan; provided re-utilized assistive technology to 80 persons with disabilities who could not afford the assistive technology, had no insurance, or were unable to locate the equipment they needed; recruited volunteer assistive technology mentors; and increase disability awareness and resource availability. These services enabled and empowered individuals to have more independence in daily life activities, increased employment opportunities, educational prospects, and an increased quality of life. UATP collaborated with Utah State University Uintah Basin campus, Roosevelt/Vernal, Active-Re-Entry (CIL), and University Centers of Excellence Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service, Early Intervention, PTs/OTs, public schools, Adult Day Services as well as aging and rehab centers. Because significant savings were realized through the reuse program, the organization was able to leverage state funding and infuse it into the AT Program to maintain sustainability.

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