Request For Proposal: One-Time Grant for Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey
Disability Rights New Jersey/Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center
Request For Proposal (RFP)
*** New Due Date – March 15, 2014 ***
One-Time Grant for Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey
Introduction and Description
Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the federally-funded, independent non-profit designated as New Jersey’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities. It provides legal and non-legal advocacy, information and referral, technical assistance and training, outreach and education in support of the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities.
The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ is the designated state program authorized by the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (AT Act) to provide enhanced access to assistive technology products and services on a comprehensive, statewide basis through a system of device loan, demonstration, equipment reuse, training and technical assistance, and public awareness activities.
The grant(s) are available under the following activities:
- Device reutilization programs – provide for the exchange, repair, recycling, or other reutilization of assistive technology devices, which may include redistribution through device sales, loans, rentals, or donations.
- Device loan programs – provide short-term loans of assistive technology devices to individuals, employers, public agencies, or others seeking to meet the needs of targeted individuals and entities.
- Device demonstration programs – demonstrate a variety of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services (including assisting individuals in making informed choices regarding, and providing experiences with, the devices and services), using personnel who are familiar with such devices and services and their applications.
- Transition training – conduct training on the provision of assistive technology services for individuals transitioning from school to career, from early intervention to school, or from a restrictive environment to a nonrestrictive environment.
- Evaluation – work with a past or current RFP recipient to evaluate their performance in the grant program and to create narratives, disseminated through photography, video, websites, print, or other media, that provide a positive message about how assistive technology can help individuals with disabilities.
ATAC is providing one-time funding to enhance the scope of existing assistive technology services available to people with disabilities in New Jersey. The primary focus for this year’s funding includes:
- Expansion of AT services for people with autism.
- Expansion of AT services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Provision of training on issues related to transition.
- Evaluation and dissemination of information about programs funded under this RFP.
The total estimated amount under this RFP is $98,000. This funding is contingent on availability of funds.
ATAC intends to award grants ranging from approximately $7,500 to a maximum of $15,000.
Scope of Work
The successful applicants will, under these one-time grants, develop and implement a plan for expanding existing assistive technology activities currently operating in New Jersey, consistent with the ATAC state plan, which is available on the ATAC website (http://www.drnj.org/atac/?p=4603), or by request.
Examples of possible activities that ATAC may fund through this RFP include, but are not limited to:
- Updating and purchasing state-of-the-art AT devices, such as augmentative communication devices, for loan and/or demonstration;
- Widening the statewide reach of AT services, particularly in underserved communities;
- Assisting families of students with disabilities who are transitioning out of K-12 education or out of restrictive environments;
- Expanding services to include specialized populations of individuals with disabilities, and;
- Helping to highlight positive stories across New Jersey about how AT services improve the lives of people with disabilities.
Qualifications of Applicant
Individuals or organizations in New Jersey with recognized expertise in the field of assistive technology, or those demonstrating an understanding of assistive technology devices and services. Organizations that provide services for people with autism or people who are deaf or hard of hearing are specifically invited to apply. Familiarity with currently existing services within New Jersey is a definite plus. The applicant must be able to communicate well in writing and work well with DRNJ staff in order to meet the goals of the RFP. The applicant must be willing to work with DRNJ staff to disseminate information about the activities under the RFP.
The application is limited to six pages, minimum 1.15-spaced. The first five pages should contain the application narrative, as described below. The sixth page should be reserved for the proposed project budget. The application must be delivered in an accessible, electronic format, such as Microsoft Word. The application must include:
- Relevant information about the applicant, including contact name, organization name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail;
- Description of the applicant or organization and the relevant personnel, experience, expertise, and technical abilities that make it possible to carry out the research activity;
- Description of the work plan, rationale, and means to accomplish the plan.
- Details of specific sub-tasks and schedules to accomplish the tasks, and
- Detailed proposed budget, as described below.
The proposed one-page budget shall be appropriate for meeting the goals of the proposal. All requests for specific AT devices or equipment should be itemized where possible.
The applicant will include assurances of compliance with all federal mandates and requirements applicable to recipients of federal funding and assurances that the applicant has no conflict of interest that bars the applicant from completing the proposal.
DRNJ staff, in collaboration with the ATAC Advisory Council, will evaluate all applicants based on their expertise, knowledge, familiarity with New Jersey service providers, and ability to complete the activity in the given amount of time. Criteria include:
- Contribution to expansion of AT network in New Jersey
- Ability to successfully execute the activity on time
- Relevant experience in the assistive technology field
- Expertise and ability of the applicant
- Quality of services provided
- Ability to meet deadlines
Application Due Date
The deadline for submitting applications under this RFP is March 1, 2014. DRNJ prefers e-mail submissions, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. DRNJ will accept mail and overnight mail submissions provided that an accessible electronic copy is submitted as well.
Date of Award
The contract for this RFP will be submitted to the winning applicants on or before April 1, 2014, with work to begin immediately.
Date of Completion of Project
The project will end on September 30, 2014.