The RESNA Catalyst Project (Catalyst) Fact Sheets:
A sponsored program of the Rehabilitation, Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North AmericaThe RESNA Catalyst Project is a federally-funded initiative that provides assistance to the State Grant for Assistive Technology Programs, Alternative Financing Programs, and the Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology Programs.These organizations all work to provide resources and assistance to individuals with disabilities and their families. The mission of the RESNA Catalyst Project is to help each of these unique programs provide the best services possible. The Project provides technical assistance to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations. The goal of the RESNA Catalyst Project is to improve the effectiveness of the Assistive Technology Act Entities. Read More
Options to Help Live Independently: Statewide Assistive Technology Programs
Statewide Assistive Technology Programsare designed to help people living with disabilities live more independently through the use of AT. Each year, Statewide Assistive Technology Programsare funded to help people learn about, try out, and get AT that they need. The term "Assistive Technology" means any item, piece of equipment, orproduct that is used to increase, maintain, or improvefunctional capabilities of individuals living with disabilities. AT can be any number of things; even things that are not normally thought of as technology. For example, in addition to computers and "high tech" devices,items such as ramps, doorknobs, and pencil grips are considered to be AT. Learning more about AT is easy and can be an exciting experience! All one has to do is visit their Statewide AT Program to begin unlocking the door to what AT has to offer! Read More
Having trouble buying the devices you need? Alternative Financing Programs can help!
Affording the assistive technology (AT) that can increase participation in home, work, school and community settings often proves difficult for individuals with disabilities and their families. The high price of AT often puts these devices out of reach. Many other possible funding sources, such as health insurance and vocational rehabilitation programs, may not pay for many needed devices. To respond to the pressing need for ATfunding options, Congress supported the establishment and operation of state-based Alternative Financing Programs (AFPs). Authorized under Title III of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, AFPs have provided an essential financial service to people with disabilities by offering a variety of affordable AT loans during the past thirteen years. The availability of AFP loans for people with disabilities has expanded access to AT. When these programs first started in 2001, 548 AFP loans worth $6 million were provided for individuals with disabilities across the nation. In 2013, that number has skyrocketed to 14,743 loans worth almost $160 million. Read More