Assistive Technology for Kansans
Purpose of Assistive Technology for Kansans: increase statewide access of assistive technology devices and services to people of all ages and abilities. Kansans of all ages with any type of disability or health condition can request information/referral, evaluation, technical assistance or training supports by calling 1-800-KAN-DO-IT. Assistive Technology for Kansans have five regional Assistive Technology Access sites that have assistive technology specialists, funding specialists, access to technology devices, and contacts with experts in all areas of technology. Areas of assistive technology covered: computer access devices and software, activities of daily living, assisted listening, communication, education/learning, environmental control, leisure/play, and mobility. The project is guided by an Executive Advisory Board composed of consumers and disability agency and organization representatives. This group reviews barriers to technology access and suggests strategies for changing practices, policies, regulations or laws to increase access to technology devices and services. The project's legislative and policy analysis component addresses issues at the local, state, and national levels. ATK Services: 5 access sites across the state, provide AT services to people with disabilities of all ages in Kansas Technical consultation in selecting appropriate devices to meet an individuals needs, hands-on demonstration of AT, an equipment loan program with more than 12,000 items that can be borrowed on a trial basis, funding resource information, assistance locating a funding source for a device, advocacy for individuals & their families on their rights to AT services, provide assistive technology evaluation for entities such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Veteran's Administration, Worker's Compensation, Infant-Toddler Services and Ability presentations to groups on specific AT topics related to community resource information & referrals provide home modification evaluations for individuals who qualify for the Kansans Accessibility Modification Program (KAMP). ATK Serves: children, adults, & older adults with disabilities & their families, older adults experiencing difficulty with daily activities, professionals in various fields, i.e. health care, social services, or education employers and employees in private and public settings.