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2017 Request For Proposal (RFP) 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)

Expansion of Assistive Technology Services to People with Disabilities in New Jersey  

RFP #ATAC-17-01

Deadline for Receipt of Proposals: 5:00 pm, Friday, March 17, 2017

Proposal Inquiries: All questions about this Request for Proposals (RFP) should be submitted in writing by Monday, March 6, 2017 via e-mail to:

Mike Marotta

Director, The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC)

Disability Rights New Jersey

210 South Broad Street, Third Floor

Trenton, NJ 08608


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 grants 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. Please note: this could include innovative uses of technology to support individuals with disabilities.
  • 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 non restrictive environment.


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:

2017 Focus areas:

  • Expansion of AT device demonstration and device loan services for veterans with disabilities.
  • Developing a pilot program for device reutilization services in Northern New Jersey.
  • Building capacity for AT services related to increasing the independence of individuals with cognitive disabilities: such as developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, frail elderly and/or dementia, including innovative technology solutions, for example:
    • Using new “Smart home” technology / Internet of Things (IoT) devices (such as Amazon Echo, Google Home) as Assistive Technology
    • Services for individuals who provide caregiving services for people with cognitive disabilities.
  • Pre-Employment Transition Services, as described in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that increase opportunities for student success.

The total estimated amount under this RFP is approximately $50,000 – $60,000.  The number of successful project applications is contingent on availability of funds.  ATAC intends to award grants ranging from approximately $7,500 to a maximum of $12,500.  

A second year of funding may be available for selected grantees whose proposal and performance presents opportunities for further expansion of assistive technology services within the state.

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 (, or by request.   

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 have received prior funding from DRNJ under the small grants program may 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 applicant must be able to have a representative attend and present at the annual AT summit in September 2017, as well as participate in the Abilities Expo (May 5-7, 2017).

The applicant must certify that it is capable of complying with the federal Uniform Guidance requirements, be capable of demonstrating fiscal soundness, and not barred from contracting with the federal government.


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.
  • Provide justification for why this project is important to individuals with disabilities in New Jersey.


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.

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 5:00 PM March 17, 2017.  DRNJ prefers e-mail submissions in Microsoft Word format, sent to   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 14, 2017, with work to begin immediately.  

Date of Completion of Project

The project will end on September 30, 2017.  Grantees will provide survey data to ATAC through September 30, 2017.


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