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ATAC Announces 2012 Request for Proposal (RFP)

Disability Rights New Jersey/Assistive Technology Advocacy Center

Request For Proposal (RFP)

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 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:

State-Level 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.

State Leadership Activities

  • Training and technical assistance – develop and disseminate training materials, conduct training, and provide technical assistance, for individuals from local settings statewide, including representatives of State and local educational agencies, other State and local agencies, early intervention programs, adult service programs, hospitals and other health care facilities, institutions of higher education, and businesses.
  • Public-awareness activities – conduct public-awareness activities designed to provide information to targeted individuals and entities relating to the availability, benefits, appropriateness, and costs of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services.
  • Coordination and collaboration – coordinate activities among public and private entities that are responsible for policies, procedures, or funding for the provision of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services to individuals with disabilities, service providers, and others to improve access to assistive technology devices and assistive technology services for individuals with disabilities of all ages in the State.

Background

ATAC is providing one-time funding to enhance the scope of existing assistive technology services available to people with disabilities in New Jersey. The total amount under this RFP is $46,000. This funding is contingent on availability of funds.
ATAC intends to award grants ranging in size from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $10,000. In compliance with the provisions of the AT Act, ATAC expects that the majority of funding will be provided to projects that focus on the three state-level activities (device loan, device demonstration, device reutilization) rather than on the three state leadership activities (training, public awareness, and coordination and collaboration).

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, in one or more of the six areas of device loan, device demonstration, device reutilization, training, public awareness, and coordination and collaboration. Such activities must be consistent with the ATAC state plan, which is available on the ATAC website, or by request.

Examples

Examples of possible activities that ATAC may fund through this RFP include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing joint enterprises between agencies, organizations, or centers;
  • Expanding services to groups that are underserved;
  • Updating and purchasing state-of-the-art equipment for loan and/or demonstration;
  • Expanding services to include specialized populations, particularly those that are not being served, and;
  • Developing collaborations with organizations that provide services for people with disabilities related to assistive technology training or public awareness.

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 serve individuals with disabilities, including centers for independent living, 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.

Requirements

The application is limited to five pages, single-spaced, plus a one-page 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.

Budget

The applicant will include a proposed one-page budget appropriate for meeting the goals of the proposal. All requests for specific AT devices or equipment should be itemized where possible.

Assurances

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.

Evaluation Criteria

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
  • Budget
  • Ability to meet deadlines

Application Due Date

The deadline for submitting applications under this RFP is April 1, 2012. DRNJ prefers e-mail submissions, sent to cedmonds@drnj.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 15, 2012, with work to begin immediately.

Date of Completion of Project

The project will end on September 30, 2012.

 

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