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ATAC Awards 8 Small Grants to Expand NJ AT Network

The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of Disability Rights New Jersey has announced grant awards for projects to expand access to assistive technology services and devices in New Jersey.
The following eight grants have been awarded:
Penns Grove – Carneys Point Regional School District
The Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional School District will build a collaborative device reutilization program for assistive technology devices that have been purchased by public, charter, and private school districts in Cumberland and Salem counties. This program will provide for reutilization of assistive technology devices that are currently not being used or being kept in storage. These devices were previously purchased for students who are no longer attending or utilizing the assistive technology. The grant will also enable short term borrowing or loans of available and unused assistive technology devices to other school districts (public, private, or charter) within Cumberland and Salem counties.
AssistiveTek, LLC
The purpose of the Assistive Technology for Independence 2017 project will be to expand existing assistive technology capacity of AssistiveTek’s partner, DAWN, a Center for Independent Living (CIL) serving Sussex, Morris and Warren counties, especially in supporting underserved populations.  Capacity will be expanded by creating partnerships between AssistiveTek and DAWN, increasing staff and consumer knowledge of available assistive technology as it relates to “smart home” technology and how it can be used to support individuals with traumatic brain injuries and cognitive, motor, learning, and communication disabilities; increasing staff knowledge of available off-the-shelf assistive technology; and supporting the CIL’s goals of updating and upgrading of its existing assistive technology.
The Center for Assistive Technology & Inclusive Education Studies (CATIES), located at The College of New Jersey
The goal of this project is to provide assistive technology training to expand transition services. CATIES will educate transition personnel, teachers, high school and college students with disabilities, and parents on how to prepare youth for transition to college and/or employment through the use of iPad technology and instruction in self-advocacy. A series of 15 on-site trainings will be delivered to expand community knowledge and a resource website will be developed to contain up-to-date transition-related assistive technology information.
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. will provide greater local access to assistive technology and information through public awareness activities, product demonstration, and training in the focus area of Pre-Employment Transition Services.  These services will assist students transitioning from school to career to become more independent at home and in the community. In addition to working with various school districts to provide transition services to high school students, staff at Goodwill also works collaboratively with funding partners such as the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to meet the needs of program participants.  Goodwill will work with DVRS and DDD referrals as well as staff to demonstrate how specific devices assist transitioning students in completing needed tasks.
Atlantic Cape Community College
Atlantic Cape will enhance the scope of existing assistive technology services available to people with disabilities in Atlantic County and Cape May counties. Many college students with disabilities in this region and across the state lack access to assistive technologies, do not even know they exist, or are not properly trained on their use. The aim of this project is to close these gaps. Workshops and trainings for students, staff, and faculty will demonstrate a variety of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services, with a focus on innovative uses of technology to support individuals with disabilities. Transition training will be provided on assistive technology services for individuals transitioning from school to career.
Alternatives, Inc. – Bridges to Employment
The Bridges to Employment program mission is to provide an outstanding level of career-related services, supporting individuals who are seeking to obtain and maintain competitive employment and employers seeking qualified candidates to fill their employment needs. The Career Development Center will create a device demonstration lab focused on equipment available to meet the needs of all types of hearing loss for the consumers, employers and the community. The lab will be outfitted with modifications, accommodations, and resources enabling employers to hire qualified candidates.
Kingsway Learning Center
Kingsway Learning Center will develop a community-based assistive technology demonstration center showcasing technology supports to meet an array of needs. Monthly trainings will be provided to interested community members on various AT topics.
Advancing Opportunities
The Technology Enhanced Transition project will focus on three New Jersey regions by partnering with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services offices in Camden, Somerset, and Morris counties. By collaborating with the DVRS staff, a set of trainings will be developed that will help each county make use of assistive technology in support of Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) outlined in the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

 

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