State Demonstration Programs - Descriptors
State name Page identifier [A] Type of Program [B] Targeted types of consumers and/or devices [C] Targeted Agency, or Program Purpose [Z] What is shared with device loan program [T1] Primary type of demonstrations [T2] Secondary type of demonstrations Devices in the demonstration pool also made available for:
[X1] device loans [X2] evaluations and assessments [X3] training [X4] public awareness
Alabama 1 of 1 A D A B Yes No No No
Alaska 1 of 3 B ATLA is primarily targeted for consumers who need assistance with vision (low-vision), hearing (deaf and hard of hearing), communication, computer software, language and literacy and learning, computer access, organization, environmental controls, switches, and mounting systems related to the above devices. There are other organizations, hospitals, outreach programs with specialists that provide demonstration and services in the areas of mobility, recreation, activities of daily living and cognition. N/A C A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alaska 2 of 3 A Independent Living Centers provide demonstrations in regional locations and primarily to individuals who live in their communities. The IL Centers each have a "section" of the state to include: Southeast Alaska, Southcentral, Kenai Peninsula and surrounding areas, Northern region - Fairbanks and Northwest Arctic region. Not every center has the same equipment however the focus more on vision, hearing, computer access, home modifications, mobility, and daily living. If staff are not trained in all areas they will contact the lead AT agency to provide the demonstration or technical support and distance support to build the skills of the IL provider. The turnover of staff in the IL Centers has been frequent although we are starting to see more stability in the past year or two. C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alaska 3 of 3 B The Alaska Center for Blind and Visually Impaired provides demonstrations that are specifically targeting to individuals who are blind or visually impaired as well as demonstrations to employers, IT personnel and educators to make them aware of vision loss, accessible materials and websites that are needed etc. In addition to braille and computer devices / software for the blind, they also provide demonstrations on low-vision daily living AT devices. The Center for Blind mission is to equip Alaskans who are blind and visually impaired with skills for success in life and work. C A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
American Samoa 1 of 1 A High school students with access to telecommunications. Intended to gain information for off-island schools, researching information on subjects for their classes, etc. C C A No No Yes Yes
Arizona 1 of 2 A C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Arizona 2 of 2 B AzTAP has a contract with the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, to provide a network of demonstration centers for the Arizona Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program (AzTEDP). This program offers free telecommunications devices to qualified Arizona residents who are hard of hearing, deaf, late deafened, deafblind or speech impaired. Telecommunication equipment includes amplified telephones, voice carry over telephones, TTYs, telebrailllers, speech generation devices, and telephone alerting devices. Through a network of regional sites in Arizona or during a home visit, consumers meet with a trained staff member knowledgeable about assistive technology to determine which telecommunications device will best meet their needs. As part of the demonstration, the staff member makes sure that all required paperwork is complete, advises the consumer about the process for obtaining the phone or other device, and what rights and responsibilities the consumer has. The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will then send a voucher to the consumer; the consumer sends the voucher to an approved vendor of their choice and the device is sent directly to the consumer. C B D No Yes Yes Yes
Arkansas 1 of 1 A C A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Colorado 1 of 2 A C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Colorado 2 of 2 A C E B Yes Yes Yes Yes
Connecticut 1 of 3 A n/a n/a C B B Yes Yes Yes Yes
Connecticut 2 of 3 B Vision Dynamics specializes in AT devices for individuals who have low vision or who are blind and provide demonstrations of AT devices specifically for this population. Consumers may come on their own or may be referred by an agency such as the state Vocational Rehabilitation agency for the Blind. The Statewide AT Program subcontracts with Vision Dynamics and primarily provides funds for maintaining an inventory of updated devices for demonstration purposes, as well as for staff time for collection of federally required data and training of Tech Mentors. n/a D A A No No Yes Yes
Connecticut 3 of 3 B This Assistive Technology demonstration center is not limited by disability or type of devices, but the intended use of the devices is focused on an employment setting. The purpose of this AT demonstration center is to demonstrate an accessible office and the Assistive Technology that might be found at a place of employment. The main target audience is individuals with disabilities who want to work or who are working, as well as employers who may have or may be hiring an employee with a disability. The Connecticut Tech Act Project funds were used primarily to purchase AT inventory and pay for personnel to operate the demonstration center. n/a D A A No No No Yes
Delaware 1 of 1 A C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
District of Columbia 1 of 1 A C A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Florida 1 of 1 A C C B Yes Yes Yes Yes
Georgia 1 of 1 A C A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Guam 1 of 1 A C A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hawaii 1 of 1 A D A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Idaho 1 of 1 A N/A N/A C B E Yes Yes Yes Yes
Illinois 1 of 1 A C A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Indiana 1 of 1 A C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Iowa 1 of 1 B IPAT contracts with Iowa Easter Seals to manage an assistive technology demonstration center that focuses on activities of daily living and independent living. The services are available to consumers of all ages, but there is an emphasis on the elderly and adult population. It would also be appropriate for youth transitioning to adult settings. Iowa Easter Seals has secured separate funding for demonstration devices specific for children with Autism. It was decided to focus the limited IPAT funding on activities of daily living for several reasons: the state vocational rehabilitation department had recently closed its employment AT demonstration center because it was not cost effective, so it seemed fiscally inappropriate to replicate that service at this time; the Department of the Blind and the School for the Blind have inventories of devices for demonstration, loan or trial use; there is a state ITS/telecommunications demonstration center; and the Area Education Agencies and the Center for Disabilities and Development provide educational demonstrations/evaluations statewide. In addition, IPAT has working closely with the Olmstead Real Choices projects in the state, including those relating to the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waivers, Consumer Choice, and the Money Follows the Person projects that is assisting in moving 500 consumers from the state institutions over the next five years. C A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kansas 1 of 1 A C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kentucky 1 of 2 A A B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kentucky 2 of 2 B The focus of this activity is to explore collaboration possibilities with OFB for specialized demo/ device loan activities in transition from secondary to post-secondary or work, transition from institutional care to community based care, and/ or including Deafblind. This will be a 4 phase pilot project targeting; 1) Transition students, 2) Transition to employment, 3) Transition from institutional living to community based living and 4) Deafblind, with a benefit of providing additional services to underserved populations or individuals (Deafblind). The program will allow the KATS Network to better target populations that have been difficult for the AT Act programs to reach and to expand the reach by virtue of age and type of disability. OFB has the expertise, knowledge, and understanding of the technology needed for the Deafblind population, but is limited to a segment of that population by program design focusing on employment. Early impact would be made on students and adults in transition from secondary schools to higher education or work or from institutional care to community living. C A C Yes No Yes Yes
Louisiana 1 of 1 A C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maine 1 of 5 A N/A N/A C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maine 2 of 5 B ALLTech is an organization that promotes the use of technology to enable all individuals with disabilities to lead full and independent lives. Using a large inventory of AT, ALLTech provides device demonstrations to children and their families, adults and seniors who may use AT at school, home, work and in the community. AT demonstration services are provided to youth with learning disabilities as well as to children and adults who have communication disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. N/A C C A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maine 3 of 5 B Pine Tree Society (PTS), a statewide organization, offers Maine children and adults with disabilities a variety of services and programs. AT device demonstrations are provided to children and individuals who need augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assistance through the Communication Pathways Program. PTS holds a summer session for children and youth who are non- speaking and use AAC devices. The session, called Camp Communicate, shows the young people, their families and caregivers various AAC device options along with information on resources and funding. N/A C C A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maine 4 of 5 B C.A.R.E.S. Inc., a statewide disability advocacy agency, provides AT demonstrations to assist with dcision making related to employment and community living. This agency provides services to people receiving help from the ovacational rehabilitation agency or from the Veterans Administration's Independent Living. N/A D C C No No No No
Maine 5 of 5 C N/A The University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) houses the AT Collection as part of the Kalikow Curriculum Materials Center. UMF students and faculty provide AT device demonstrations to area educators, early intervention specialists & therapy professionals from the community as well as children with disabilities and their families. C A A Yes No Yes Yes
Maryland 1 of 1 A C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Massachusetts 1 of 1 A C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Michigan 1 of 1 A The programs Device Demonstration Program assists individuals in making informed choices regarding assistive technology by providing experiences with the devices and services using personnel who are familiar with such devices and services and their application. The program has two local sites in previously unserved/underserved areas where people can obtain demonstrations on a variety of devices. Both are Centers for Independent Living. Community Connections serves Berrien and Cass Counties in Southwestern Michigan. The Superior Alliance for Independent Living (SAIL) serves the 15 counties of Michigans Upper Peninsula. SAIL has partnered with UCP of Michigans UP AT Assessment Center to expand services throughout the UP, including outreach to Native Americans. These two organizations maintain and inventory of devices on site and also borrow equipment from vendors and other subcontractors of the AT Program. Both sites provide demonstrations on site and in locations through their service areas. In the tri-county area of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties, the program has started demonstration of devices to assist people to communicate in emergency situations. Portable equipment kits are located at the Disability Networks (Centers for Independent Living) of Wayne County-Detroit and Oakland/Macomb and also at UCP of Metro Detroit. Trained demonstrators use the devices on site or at other locations. The topic of Communication in Emergencies was decided by focus groups and a local advisory group of people with disabilities, family members and organizations from the area. People who are Hard of Hearing can contact the Hearing Loss Association of Michigan. This group provides device demonstrations through its trained Hearing Assistive Technology Specialists at locations throughout the state. The program also maintains equipment kits related to Community Living. These are located at different organizations around the state with staff members who are trained to provide demonstrations. Locations are determined based on need and interest by local organizations. The kits are also located at Community Connections and the Superior Alliance for Independent Living and the AT Program office. The program will begin to provide demonstration of devices for cognitive disabilities. Kits will be developed similar to the Community Living kits and moved to various locations around the state. AT Program staff will also be available to provide demonstration using items in this device kit. D C A No No Yes Yes
Minnesota 1 of 2 C STAR has a computer, large screen monitor, various sotfware, keyboards, and alternative access methods available for demonstration to state employees to try when returning to work following an injury or experiencing a change in their abilities to operate a computer. STAR is coordinating this program with human resource staff and staff from the Risk Management Division within the Department of Administration. The purpose of the STAR computer demonstration program is to educate state employees about alternative access methods and software that may assist them when performing their job duties. The focus is on employees with disabitilies and those returning to work following an injury or illness who may need an accommodation on the job. D A A No No No No
Minnesota 2 of 2 A C C A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mississippi 1 of 1 A C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Missouri 1 of 2 A D B C No No Yes Yes
Missouri 2 of 2 B These demonstrations are limited to telecommunications access devices, specifically adaptive telephone equipment and computer adaptations necessary for internet access. Demonstrations are provided as a mechanism to select devices that will be provided by the state funded telecommunication equipment distribution program. There is no limit on the type of consumer, all disabilities and all ages are included. D B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Montana 1 of 1 A D A E Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nebraska 1 of 1 A NA NA C C B Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nevada 1 of 1 A D A B Yes Yes Yes Yes
New Hampshire 1 of 3 C Strafford Learning Center, a membership based technical assistance provider to member school districts, operates this program. ATinNH established the ATeam at SLC to enhance the agencys ability to provide AT support to member schools. We have created a pool of equipment to offer demonstrations to students and school personnel, to offer trainings and awareness and exploration opportunities. The devices were purchased with AT Program funds and remain property of ATinNH. All requests for demonstrations are facilitated by SLC staff. SLC provides ATinNH with quarterly reports and receives technical assistance form ATinNH. C C A Yes No Yes Yes
New Hampshire 2 of 3 A A A C No No Yes Yes
New Hampshire 3 of 3 A C A A Yes Yes No Yes
New Jersey 1 of 2 A N/A N/A D A D Yes Yes Yes Yes
New Jersey 2 of 2 B The mission of Family Resource Associates (FRA) is helping children, adolescents and people of all ages with disabilities to reach their fullest potential. FRA connects individuals to independence through modern therapies and advanced technology. Acknowledging the powerful influence of the family, FRA remains committed to them by offering both support and education. FRA primarly serves children with delayed or disabled development. FRA services encompasses expertise, innovation and concern in every aspect of service. Shaped by parental involvement and a caring professional staff FRA serves as a vital, positive influence on the child and the family. N/A D A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
New Mexico 1 of 1 A The NMTAP Device Demonstration program is available statewide on a request basis. Demonstrations are also provided in our Santa Fe Demonstration Room. Assistive Technology Demonstrations are provided by staff or vendors for anyone with a disability or for provider organizations. C C A Yes No Yes Yes
New York 1 of 1 A C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
North Carolina 1 of 3 A C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
North Carolina 2 of 3 B NCATP has a contract to provide device demos and loans to individuals with disabilities, age birth to 5, and professionals serving this population through a contract with the Dept. of Public Health (DPH). Adapted toys, devices, software, books, independent living aids, and positioning and mobility aids are provided on both short-term and open-ended loans. Demonstrations and training on the devices, as well as technical assistance on the benefit of such devices is provided to family members, children, and professionals. C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
North Carolina 3 of 3 B NCATP works with the Catfish Hunter Chapter of the ALS Society and operates 3 device demo/loan closets established for individuals with ALS and other degenerative neurological disorders. Loan Closets offer AT devices for loan as long as the device is needed by the individual. ALS Loan Closets are physically located at NCATP AT Centers in Winston-Salem, Morganton and Greenville, however, the devices are shared statewide. The loan closets are a result of a partnership between the Catfish Hunter Association and NCATP. NCATP staff at one of the loan centers participates in ALS Clinic located at a 3rd party agreement location, WFBMC, where many of the patients are followed. As a member of the clinic team, the NCATP AT Consultant meets with patients and their families providing information about AT and exploring with them ways that AT may be beneficial in maintaining communication and independence in daily living activities as the disease progresses. NCATP staff identifies the appropriate AT for an individual with ALS, noting that each person is unique and that for many people technology can be overwhelming. The AT Consultant starts with paper and pencil and a conversation about what the person wants to do and then goes from there, introducing AT according to the interest level and comfort level of the individual and their family. Devices include environmental control systems, augmentative communication devices, independent living aids, computer access hardware and software. C C B Yes Yes Yes Yes
North Dakota 1 of 1 A NA NA A B E Yes Yes Yes Yes
Northern Marianas 1 of 1 A C A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ohio 1 of 1 A C A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oklahoma 1 of 2 A C B E Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oklahoma 2 of 2 B ABLE Tech has a partnership, via a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), with SoonerStart, the early intervention program funded under IDEA Part C, which serves children with disabilities birth to 3 years old. The MOA outlines an arrangement whereby ABLE Tech provides AT demonstration kits for 26 regional offices. In turn, SoonerStart will allow professionals to utilize the AT kits for the purposes of demonstrating AT devices for appropriate consideration of AT for the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The AT demonstration kits include devices across various AT categories that include: 1) vision, 2) assistive listening, 3) self care, 4) positioning, 5) mobility, 6) communication, 7) early reading, 8) early writing, 9) early math, 10) computer access, 11) play, and 12) environmental control. D C B No Yes Yes No
Oregon 1 of 1 A C C C Yes No No Yes
Pennsylvania 1 of 1 A C A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Puerto Rico 1 of 1 A B C D Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rhode Island 1 of 5 B The Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP) contracts with ATEL to operate demonstrations for the telecom distribution program. Targeted individuals for this statewide program include those who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, have a speech disability or who suffer from neuromuscular damage disease. Devices demonstrated are amplified phones, speaker phones, emergency devices, alerting devices, relay devices. In addition, training is provided for CAPTEL, and traditional 711 relay. The purpose of this program is to match the appropriate equipment for this specific disability and make adjustments to devices to accommodate additional disabilities in order to facilitate communication at home. Devices are provided free of charge for qualified individuals. Individuals not eligible are referred to vendors or other funding sources. N/A D A C No No Yes Yes
Rhode Island 2 of 5 A The ATAP demonstration center at TechACCESS is a statewide AT demonstration center focusing on technologies for communication, computer access, blind/low vision technologies, hearing technologies, and learning/cognitive technologies. A variety of activities including public demonstrations, after school activities, exploration in an adaptive computer lab, and individual demonstrations are provided to assist people in learning about the AT devices that are available which can impact significantly on their lives. Following demonstrations, consumers are either directed to service providers for assessment and recommendation, vendors to select/purchase equipment, or referred to appropriate other resources for funding. All demonstrations are provided by individuals who have expertise and experience in selecting and using a variety of assistive technologies. N/A C A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rhode Island 3 of 5 B Staff from the ATAP Children and Youth Center located at EBEC, one of the states 5 educational collaboratives, provides demonstrations statewide on a variety of AT including educational software and hardware, low vision tools, communication devices, computer access, alternative keyboards for school age children, transitioning youth, and their educational teams. Students, families, professionals and educators participate in hands on exploration of AT to build capacity in school districts and affiliated agencies. Vendor demonstrations are held to introduce new technologies and provide introductory trainings to the targeted audience. Demonstrations and staff development assist with better decision making for educational teams. N/A C A B Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rhode Island 4 of 5 B The Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP) contracts with OSCIL to provide a statewide device demonstration program to adults with disabilities that also offers recommendations for a variety of AT to assist individuals with activities of daily living at home and in the community. AT includes mobility aids, alerting devices, communication devices, and other equipment to address barriers to independent living. Specialized assistance is also provided to individuals transitioning from nursing homes to the community by identifying AT devices needed for a successful transition. N/A D C A No Yes No Yes
Rhode Island 5 of 5 B PARI maintains a statewide demonstration center showcasing a variety of DME and AT equipment, including lift chairs, hospital beds, bathroom safety equipment, daily living aids, and manual/electric mobility equipment. Individuals with disabilities and their families are provided an opportunity to compare different equipment, receive instruction, and view available devices that can assist in their daily living. PARI provides device demonstration presentations in rehabilitation facilities, as well as assisted living and support group settings. N/A C A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
South Carolina 1 of 1 A C A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
South Dakota 1 of 1 A C C B Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tennessee 1 of 1 A C B E Yes Yes Yes Yes
Texas 1 of 1 A D B C No Yes Yes Yes
Utah 1 of 1 A The Utah Assistive Technology Program provides device demonstrations for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, individuals with motor disabilities, individuals with communication disorders and for family members of individuals with disabilities. For blind individuals, device demonstrations include screen reading software such as JAWS or Window Eyes and notetaking devices such as the BrailleNote, and magnification devices such as CCTV's, and portable video magnifiers. For individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, device demonstrations include FM systems, TTY's, and various daily living aids for the home. For individuals with motor disabilities, device demonstrations include switches, XM Systems for daily living, and wheelchairs and scooters. For individuals with communication disorders, device demonstrations include communication devices such as Dynavox, Tango, and various communication boards. For family members we address their demonstration requests based on an individual needs. Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DSBVI) - Offer device demonstrations on various technology for the blind and training on how to use these devices. Center for the Deaf and Hard or Hearing - Offer device demonstrations or various hearing devices and some training on how to get these devices set up for users. Independent Living Centers - Offer information and training on low-tech devices that enable individuals to be more independent in home and community settings. Division of Services for People with Disabilities - Demonstrations are provided to clients when it is applicable for the clients needs. Educators (teachers and administrators)- Demonstrate AT that benefits students. This generally done in collaboration with Utah's ATA organization, the Computer Center for Citizens with Disabilities/ Utah Center for Assistive Technology. D A E No Yes Yes Yes
Vermont 1 of 2 A n/a n/a C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vermont 2 of 2 B This device demonstration program is operated by the Vermont Family Network through a subcontract with the AT Program. VFN serves children and their families. n/a C A C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virgin Islands 1 of 1 A A C A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virginia 1 of 2 A C B E Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virginia 2 of 2 C C B C No Yes Yes Yes
Washington 1 of 1 A N/A N/A C B C Yes Yes Yes Yes
West Virginia 1 of 1 A N/A N/A C C A Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wisconsin 1 of 1 A C C B Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wyoming 1 of 1 A C C B Yes Yes Yes Yes
Notes:
A.  Type of Program :  A=General Program; B= Targeted entities; C=Targeted entities
Z.  Shared with Device Loan:  A= staff; B= space; C= Both staff and space; D= n/a
T1 and T2:  Demonstration Location:  A= In person demonstration fropm fixed location; B= In person demonstration from fixed regional sites; C= In-person demonstrations that move to multiple sites; D= In-person demonstrations from mobile units; E= Virtual demonstrations via technology