DRNJ’s Assistive Technology Advocacy Center works to expand information about and access to assistive technology services to people with disabilities throughout New Jersey. Each year DRNJ awards a number of mini-grants to expand New Jersey’s assistive technology network. This year’s grant awards focused on providing training to ensure that individuals with disabilities transitioning from school to work have continued access to assistive technology, providing services to underserved communities, and providing additional funding for previous year’s grantees that have been particularly successful.
This year’s grantees include:
Adam Krass Consulting, LLC will partner with Heightened Independence & Progress, a local center for independent living, and the Region V Council for Special Education of the New Jersey Department of Education to provide device demonstrations and self-advocacy training for students with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to higher education or careers.
Advancing Opportunities will continue its partnership with students from Rider University to expand its series of award-winning YouTube videos highlighting how assistive technology provides opportunities for people with disabilities to live independently. To view the videos, visit YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwgZQTd7adPQZMeUqyRg2gg.
The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter lends medical equipment to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), such as power wheelchairs or lifts, and provides demonstrations of augmentative assistive communication devices. Funding from DRNJ will expand in-home demonstrations of both durable medical equipment and communication devices for individuals with ALS.
The Leaguers, Inc. provides educational programs and services to the diverse communities in Essex and Union Counties, including Head Start programs, and will expand its program by purchasing additional equipment that allows children with autism and other communication barriers to participate more effectively in education.
Middlesex County College will purchase new equipment, such as closed-circuit televisions, magnifiers, and talking scientific calculators, to better serve individuals with low vision, and will loan the equipment to students and academic departments for the semester, and to provide loans to affiliated centers in Perth Amboy and New Brunswick.
Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC is working collaboratively with The Arc of Monmouth on a project supporting transition-age individuals with disabilities in New Jersey and will design and deliver a training curriculum for transition students with disabilities to ensure successful integration of technology supports.
The College of New Jersey, Center for Assistive Technology & Inclusive Education Studies (CATIES) will build on previous ATAC funding to purchase additional tablet computers, accessories, and applications to allow additional participants to attend training sessions at the college.