State Financing Programs (non-loan programs)

(Missouri)

Background

Missouri Assistive Technology (MoAT) administers several programs that provide for the acquisition of assistive technology (AT) devices and services. Each involves funding and agreements through other State entities as well as with regional disability organizations and individuals to put AT into the hands of Missouri residents with disabilities. Below are details of four of the programs. Additional information about each is available on the Missouri Assistive Technology web site: www.at.mo.gov.

PROGRAM

PURPOSE

DESCRIPTION

AT Reimbursement Program

To assist school districts with the costs of needed AT for special education students.

School districts submit requests to MoAT for reimbursement for AT that is specified in a student's IEP. The cost of the device must be between $1,000 and $5,000. Applications must include documentation as to how the school determined that the AT is the most appropriate for the student. A district may get the AT funding pre-approved before they make the purchase. Funding for the program is through the Missouriís Division of Special Education. More information and the application form is available on the MoAT website: www.at.mo.gov

Kids Assistive Technology (KAT)

To provide grant funding to families for AT that is needed by children and adolescents through age 20.

Parents submit KAT applications to MoAT for grant funding for AT devices, home access improvements and vehicle access modifications. The AT must not be available through another entity such as Medicaid or a school district. Lower income families are given priority. Home access modifications, wheelchair lifts for vans, hearing aids, Braille devices, augmentative communication devices are some examples of AT that has been provided. Funding for the program is through Missouriís Department of Health and Senior Services. More information is available on the MoAT website: www.at.mo.gov

Telecommunications Access Program for Telephone

(TAP - T)

To provide equipment that allows access to basic voice telephone calling for persons unable to use traditional telephones due to a disability.

Individuals submit applications to MoAT for equipment such as text telephones, voice carry over phones, phones for hearing carry over, amplified phones, Braille phones, hands-free phones and photo phones. Individuals try out the devices with the help of trained personnel at agencies throughout the state to match the most appropriate equipment to the person. Funding is through the telephone relay surcharge. More information is available on the MoAT website: www.at.mo.gov

Telecommunications Access Program for Internet

(TAP-I)

To provide adaptive computer equipment/ software for persons who cannot use a traditional computer due to a disability. The equipment/ software is for the purpose of allowing persons basic Internet and e-mail access.

Individuals submit applications to MoAT for computer input adaptations (such as an alternative keyboard or mouse or voice recognition) or for output adaptations (such as screen reading or screen magnification software). TAP-I also provides consumer support in selecting the adaptation most appropriate for the consumer as well as training on how to use the adapted equipment/software when needed. Funding is through the telephone relay surcharge. More information and the application form is available on the MoAT website: www.at.mo.gov