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AFP Chartbook 2000-2008:
Data from the Alternative Financing Programs
By: The National Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Partnership
Alternative Financing Program (AFP) provide financial loans to people with disabilities to enable them to purchase assistive technology. AFPs are located in 33 states and territories. Federal grants for AFPs were first provided to financial loan bprograms in fiscal year 2000, under the Assistive Technology Act. These grants established or expanded financial loan programs in the states.
The Rehabilitation Services Administration in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), of the U.S. Department of Education, has administered the AFP since December 2004. Prior to that time, the AFP was administered by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, also located in OSERS. Data reported here are derived from the eight-year period from federal fiscal years 2000-2008.
About the Data
Annual program data were submitted by state AFP grantees to the Alternative Financing Technical Assistance Project (AFTAP), operated by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Individual applicant data were submitted to a Web-based reporting system operated and maintained through the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Occupational Therapy Department, under a subcontract with RESNA.
Tables for this report were created using the Web-based outcomes reporting system at UIC and the annual program data survey. Sources for the data are noted at the end of each data table.
Variations in the processes used across the states for collecting information affect reliability of the data. These variations were a function of program structure, human resource availability, and relationships with banks or other financial institutions. Some states collected data at the time of application while others collected it later, and therefore may be more subject to recall bias.
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