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New Jersey State Plan for FY 2015-2017

State Grant for Assistive Technology Program – RSA-664
New Jersey State Plan for FY 2015-2017 (submitted FY 2015) H224A150030

Section A – Identification and Description of Lead Agency and Implementing Entity; Change in Lead Agency or Implementing Entity

  1. Name Given to Statewide AT Program:  Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC)
  2. Website dedicated to Statewide AT Program:  http://www.drnj.org/atac/
  3. Name and Address of Lead Agency

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

1 John Fitch Plaza, P.O. Box 398

Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0398

  1. Name, Title, and Contact Information for Lead Agency Certifying Representative.

Alice Hunnicutt

Executive Director

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

1 John Fitch Plaza, P.O. Box 398

Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0110

(609) 292-7318

alice.hunnicutt@dol.state.nj.us

  1. Information about Program Director at Lead Agency:

Alice Hunnicutt

Executive Director

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

1 John Fitch Plaza, P.O. Box 398

Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0110

(609) 292-7555

alice.hunnicutt@dol.state.nj.us

Program FTE: 5%

  1. Information about Program Contact(s) at Lead Agency:

Robert E. Paige

Chief, Program Development

NJ DVRS

1 John Fitch Plaza – 12th Floor

P.O. Box 398

Trenton, NJ 08625-0398

(609) 777-4930

Robert.Paige@dol.state.nj.us

  1. Telephone at Lead Agency for Public:  866-871-7867
  2. E-mail at Lead Agency for Public:  dvradmin@dol.state.nj.us
  3. Descriptor of the agency:  General or Combined Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
  4. If Other was selected for question 9, identify and describe the agency:

N/A

  1. Contract with an Implementing Entity?  Yes
  2. Name and Address of Implementing Entity:

Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC)

Disability Rights New Jersey

210 S. Broad Street, Third Floor

Trenton, New Jersey 08606

(800) 922-7233 (voice)

(609) 633-7106 (TTY)

advocate@drnj.org

  1. Information about Program Director at the Implementing Entity:

Curtis D. Edmonds

Program Director

Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC)

Disability Rights New Jersey

210 S. Broad Street, Third Floor

Trenton, New Jersey 08606

(800) 922-7233 (voice)

(609) 633-7106 (TTY)

cedmonds@drnj.org

  1. Information about Program Contact(s) at Implementing Entity:

N/A

  1. Telephone at Implementing Entity for Public:  800-922-7233
  2. E-mail at Implementing Entity for Public:  advocate@drnj.org
  3. Type of organization:  Protection and Advocacy organization
  4. If Other was selected, identify and describe the entity:

N/A

  1. Describe the mechanisms established to ensure coordination of activities and collaboration between the Implementing Entity and the state:

In 1992, the Governor designated the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) in the New Jersey Department of Labor as the lead agency for the Statewide Assistive Technology Act Project. The Department is now known as the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD). DVRS is the designated state agency dedicated to providing vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with physical or mental disabilities as provided under the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The goal of DVRS is to prepare and place in employment eligible persons with disabilities who, because of the significance of their disabling conditions, would otherwise be unable to secure and/or maintain employment. An additional goal is to provide and promote comprehensive services for independent living designed to meet the current and future needs of individuals whose disabilities are so significant that they do not presently have potential for employment, but who may benefit from rehabilitation services that will enable them to live and function as independently as possible. DVRS also administers a program of vocational rehabilitation under state legislation for those consumers not yet ready for placement in competitive jobs.

Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) is the implementing agency of the Statewide Assistive Technology Act Program and has titled the effort the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC). DRNJ was awarded the grant to manage the Statewide Assistive Technology Act Program by DVRS after a competitive bidding process in 2013. DRNJ is ideally situated to implement the program in a statewide, comprehensive manner. DRNJ is a private, non-profit organization designated as the protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in the State of New Jersey. DRNJ’s mission is to advocate and advance the human, civil and legal rights of persons with disabilities. Its activities are grounded in its belief in the inherent value and worth of all individuals and their right to equality of opportunity and full participation in their communities. DRNJ has functioned as the implementing agency for the Statewide Assistive Technology Project since 1997, when the project was moved from the public to the private sector at the urging of consumers, the ATAC advisory council, and with support from DVRS with the goal of increased consumer-direction. The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) of DRNJ is an integral part of DRNJ.

DRNJ and DVRS work collaboratively in drafting the budget for ATAC and developing priorities for funding. A DVRS representative also serves on the ATAC advisory board, and DRNJ makes regular reports to DVRS regarding the progress of the project. DVRS and DRNJ also plan to continue collaborative efforts to ensure that VR counselors have access to training and technical assistance on AT products and services through DRNJ

  1. Is the Lead Agency named new or different Lead Agency?  No
  2. Explain why the Lead Agency previously designated by your state should not serve as the Lead Agency:

N/A

  1. Explain why the Lead Agency newly designated by your state should not serve as the Lead Agency:

N/A

  1. Is the Implementing Entity named in this State Plan a new or different Implementing Entity from the one designated by the Governor in your previous State Plan?  No

If you answered no or not applicable to question 23, you may skip ahead to the next page. Otherwise, you must answer the following questions.

  1. Explain why the Implementing Entity previously designated by your state should not serve as the Implementing Entity:

N/A

  1. Explain why the Implementing Entity newly designated by your state should serve as the Implementing Entity:

N/A

Section B – Advisory Council, Budget Allocations, and Identification of Activities Conducted

  1. In accordance with section 4(c)(2) of the AT Act of 1998, as amended our state has a consumer-majority advisory council that provides consumer-responsive, consumer-driven advice to the state for planning of, implementation of, and evaluation of the activities carried out through the grant, including setting measurable goals. This advisory council is geographically representative of the State and reflects the diversity of the State with respect to race, ethnicity, types of disabilities across the age span, and users of types of services that an individual with a disability may receive.  Yes
  2. The advisory council includes a representative of the designated State agency, as defined in section 7 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 705)  Yes
  3. The advisory council includes a representative of the State agency for individuals who are blind (within the meaning of section 101 of that Act (29 U.S.C. 721));  Yes
  4. The advisory council includes a representative of a State center for independent living described in part C of title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 796f et seq.);  Yes
  5. The advisory council includes a representative of the State workforce investment board established under section 111 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2821);  Yes
  6. The advisory council includes a representative of the State educational agency, as defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965  Yes
  7. The advisory council includes other representatives

Richard Olsen, Ph.D.

Joseph Amoroso, Director, New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services

Traci Burton, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist, New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  1. The advisory council includes the following number of individuals with disabilities that use assistive technology or their family members or guardians  8
  2. If the Statewide AT Program does not have the composition and representation required under section 4(c)(2)(B), explain.

N/A

  1. Proposed Budget Allocations

State Financing Activities   Not performed due to comparability

Device Reutilization Activities  $80,001-$90,000

Device Loan Activity Proposed   $40,001-$50,000

Device Demonstration Activity   $40,001-$50,000

State Leadership Activities   more than $100,000

  1. For every activity for which you selected “claiming comparability” in item 10, describe the comparable activity.

Support for state financing activities is provided by PNC Bank’s Self-Reliant Loan and Grant Program. The Self-Reliant Loan and Grant Program is offered by PNC Bank in conjunction with New Jersey Citizen Action. PNC is a major regional bank with several hundred branches, including approximately 100 branches throughout New Jersey. New Jersey Citizen Action is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that encourages the active involvement of New Jersey residents with public and private institutions. PNC Bank is undertaking this program to meet its responsibilities under the Community Reinvestment Act, which requires banks to invest their own funds in various community-based financing projects. The loans are being offered across New Jersey and are targeted to people with disabilities of all ages who have a low or moderate income.

Participation in the Self-Reliant Loan and Grant Program is determined by income. PNC Bank caps the income for participants at 80% of the median income in the county where the applicant lives. This income cap is set by the Federal Deposit Insurance Company, the federal agency that oversees compliance with the Community Investment Act. Although prospective borrowers may not be eligible for this specific program due to their incomes, they are still eligible for personal loans at the market interest rate.

The loans can be used for any type of accessibility or assistive technology device, including, but not limited to, ramps, service animal maintenance, scooters, and computers with adaptive software. The loan amounts are from $1,000 to $5,000, the interest rate is 3.5% lower than the current pricing for unsecured loans, there is no application fee, and repayment terms are competitive. Additionally, the first 100 individuals who secure loans through this program will receive the first $1,000 as a grant that does not have to be repaid. Approval is based on a credit score of 620 or higher. PNC recently announced a three-year extension of this program.

In order to ensure that financing is provided in the most comprehensive way, ATAC will continue to review alternative means of financing for persons who exceed the income guidelines for this program, both through PNC Bank, as well as other financing programs, including Bank of America’s Access Loan program, which does not have income restrictions.

In 2014, the Department of Education awarded a grant to the National Disability Institute (NDI) to create a new Alternative Financing Program (AFP) project in New York and New Jersey. ATAC will work with NDI to implement the AFP project by disseminating information about the project to stakeholders. The ATAC program director serves on the advisory committee for the AFP project.

  1. Describe your planned procedures for tracking expenditures for State-level and State Leadership activities.

ATAC maintains a detailed budget setting forth the allocation of grant money to both state-level and state leadership activities. ATAC allocates a significant portion of funds earmarked for state-level activities to subcontractors that primarily carry out state-level activities with ATAC funds, thereby ensuring that the 60/40 split is maintained.

  1. State Financing Activities Performed

Financial loan program   No

Access to telework loan fund   No

Cooperative buying program   No

Financing for home modifications program  No

Telecommunications distribution program   No

Last resort program   No

Other program   No

Other Activities Performed

How many device exchange programs do you support?   1

How many device reassignment programs do you support?   1

How many device loan programs do you support?   2

How many device demonstration programs do you support?   3

  1. What is the baseline year for the measurable goals for this state plan?  2011

Section D – Device Reutilization Activities – Device Exchange

  1. Select the option that best describes the type of exchange. General device exchange

 

  1. If you indicated this is a general exchange, describe it. If this is exchange is part of a collaborative among states, identify the states and how the collaborative works as part of your description.

ATAC of DRNJ operates the Back-In-Action Equipment Exchange Program in partnership with Goodwill Home Medical Equipment (GHME), a division of Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey & Philadelphia, located in Ewing, New Jersey. ATAC handles promotion and hosting for the program, while GHME manages the day-to-day operations of the site.

Back-In-Action is a matching database program, designed to match those individuals selling or donating a device with those in need of such a device. The Back-In-Action program is available statewide through the 800 telephone number, on the DRNJ website at www.drnj.org, and through the print catalogue that is currently updated twice a year. This program provides a significant alternative to individuals who might otherwise not be able to obtain assistive technology devices, as they are offered used, at no, or low cost.

Information about the Back-In-Action program is provided through ATAC’s public awareness activities, specifically through information and referral, outreach and education, and dissemination of the catalog in print and on the website. Consumers interested in either listing or obtaining a device may contact ATAC by telephone, through e-mail, and through a form provided in the catalog, where the item is listed for up to six months, or longer if desired.

 

  1. If you indicated that your device exchange serves a particular entity or agency, identify the entity or agency and describe the purpose of the exchange:

N/A

 

  1. Enter the year when the program began conducting this activity. 2005

 

  1. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.

The Statewide AT Program   Yes

Other entities (e.g. contractors)  Yes

 

  1. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).

Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   Yes

Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   No

Receives financial support from the state.   No

Receives in-kind support from the state.   No

Receives financial support from private entities.   No

Receives in-kind support from private entities.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service.   Yes

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services.   No

 

7. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received

If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.

Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT Yes No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No No No Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

 

  1. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

 

  1. This activity is available (choose all that apply)

By website:  Yes

By phone :  Yes

By e-mail :  Yes

By mail :  Yes

In person :  Yes

 

  1. The online page for this activity can be found at http://backinaction.drnj.org/

 

  1. Select the option that best describes what happens when a device is exchanged. the transaction is direct consumer-to-consumer

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for a device. Nothing

 

  1. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.

Information about the Back-In-Action program is provided through ATAC’s public awareness activities, specifically through information and referral, outreach and education, and dissemination of the catalogue in print and on the website. Consumers interested in either listing or obtaining a device may contact ATAC by telephone, through e-mail, and through a form provided in the catalogue, where the item is listed for up to six months, or longer if desired. ATAC uses an outside contractor to manage the Back-In-Action database and to collect survey information from users.

ATAC participates in the AgoraNet online assistive technology exchange, which provides an enhanced website that allows individual web users to view the inventory of items at any time. To view contact information and /or post their own items, individuals are able to log onto the website by creating an account, including username, password, contact information, etc. Automatic status e-mails are sent to individuals posting items in order to keep the inventory current. For those who do not have Internet access, Back-In-Action can still be accessed by contacting ATAC.

ATAC operates Back In Action through a contract with Goodwill Home Medical Equipment (GHME), a division of Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey & Philadelphia. GHME offers a practical solution by recirculating quality gently used DME to people in the community, by utilizing effective reuse and recycling strategies.

ATAC’s subcontract with GHME contains the following specific goal and objectives related to the Back In Action program:

Goal III Back In Action

Objective 3.1 Facilitate ongoing activities of Back in Action program through approving all new postings, manually posting information as requested, following up with sellers as necessary, and following up with buyers to collect survey data.

Objective 3.2 Conduct monthly reporting by following up with buyers and sellers to complete needed data and preparing monthly reports to ATAC.

Objective 3.3 Explore ways to promote the visibility and use of the Back in Action website, using GHME website and outreach connections.

Objective 3.4 Maintain a listing of at least 20 items per month on Back In Action website that are available through GHME.

 

Section D – Device Reutilization Activities – Device Reassignment

  1. Select the option that best describes the reassignment program reassigns general AT

 

  1. Enter the year when the program began conducting this activity. 2007

 

  1. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.

The Statewide AT Program   No

Other entities (e.g. contractors)  Yes

 

  1. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).

Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   Yes

Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   No

Receives financial support from the state.   No

Receives in-kind support from the state.   No

Receives financial support from private entities.   No

Receives in-kind support from private entities.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service.   Yes

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services.   No

 

5. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received

If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.

Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT Yes No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No No No Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. A combination of a central location and regional sites

 

  1. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 26

 

  1. This activity is available (choose all that apply)

By website:  Yes

By phone :  Yes

By e-mail :  Yes

By mail :  Yes

In person :  Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for a device. A fee on a variable or sliding scale

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging professionals for a device. A fee on a variable or sliding scale

 

  1. How do you get the device to the consumer? The consumer picks up the device at a designated site

 

  1. In the following table, select by device type how the device is reassigned. Select the top two used by the program.
Type of device Based on consumer choice and/or request A professional recommendation is required Qualified program staff match it to the consumer Qualified consultants and/or volunteers match it to the consumer The device is provided through a qualified third-party Not applicable – this type of device is not made available
Vision Yes No Yes No No No
Hearing Yes No Yes No No No
Speech Communication No No No No No Yes
Learning, Cognition, and Developmental No No No No No Yes
Mobility, Seating, and Positioning Yes No Yes No No No
Daily Living Yes No Yes No No No
Environmental Adaptations No No No No No Yes
Vehicle Modification and Transportation Yes No Yes No No No
Recreation, Sports, and Leisure Equipment Yes No Yes No No No
Computer and Associated Equipment No No No No No Yes

 

  1. If applicable, describe how consumers demonstrate the need for devices.

Consumers are not required to demonstrate a need for a particular device.

 

  1. Describe any supports provided to the consumer to ensure successful use of the device.

The program ensures that items are sized (height & width) correctly for the consumer, and guides consumers to the equipment which will benefit them the most. The program demonstrates use of the AT and provides technical assistance on an ongoing basis.

 

  1. Describe the activity.

ATAC operates its repair and refurbishment program through a contract with Goodwill Home Medical Equipment (GHME), a division of Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey & Philadelphia, located in Ewing, New Jersey. GHME offers a practical solution by recirculating quality gently used DME to people in the community, by utilizing effective reuse and recycling strategies. Individuals may pick up the items at the Ewing center, and delivery is available for some items.

The following describes how this mission was derived:

* A significant amount of DME is issued to insured patients and used in healthcare settings.

* Once these items are no longer needed or become outdated, there is no system to manage the excess equipment that has accumulated in homes, hospitals, and clinics. Much of it is thrown in the trash.

* There are increasing numbers of individuals who need equipment, have no access to it and can benefit from the abundance of gently used equipment currently being stored or discarded.

* Not having the necessary or proper piece of equipment can easily reduce an individual’s physical level of functioning as well as their emotional well being.

ATAC’s subcontract with GHME contains the following specific objectives:

Goal I Enhanced Access to Assistive Technology in New Jersey

To expand current services to additional individuals with disabilities throughout New Jersey:

Objective 1.1 Provide AT devices to individuals with disabilities through device reutilization

Objective 1.2 Survey recipients of device reutilization services and report survey results to ATAC, consistent with data reporting goals in ATAC’s state plan.

Objective 1.3 Collect data on the county of recipients.

Objective 1.4 Collect data on the age of recipients.

Goal II Outreach and Education

To conduct specific outreach/marketing activities (information packet or visit) in new locations in New Jersey targeting individuals with disabilities, families, caregivers and professionals in order to make them aware of equipment access and affordability.

Objective 2.1 Contact 12 Centers for Independent Living in NJ to introduce GHME and provide resource brochures and flyers with updated information.

Objective 2.2 Contact 20 County Offices for Disability Services to introduce GHME and provide brochures and flyers with updated information.

Objective 2.3 Contact Office of Minority and Multicultural Health to introduce GHME and identify outreach opportunities with listed cultural clubs in NJ

Objective 2.4 Contact and/or visit homecare agencies, clinics and community agencies to introduce GHME and/or maintain updated agency information.

Objective 2.5 Advertise home medical equipment availability via 26 Goodwill Stores in the Southern NJ Region.

 

Section E – Device Loan Activity – Device Loan Activity 1 of 2

  1. Select the option that best describes the type of program. General program

 

  1. If you indicated that you have a device loan program for targeted consumers or devices, describe the specific types of consumers or devices for whom this device loan program is intended and why.

N/A

 

  1. If you indicated that you have a device loan program for targeted agencies or entities, identify the entity or agency and describe the purpose of the program.

N/A

 

  1. If you selected other, describe

N/A

 

  1. Enter the year when the program began conducting this activity. 2007

 

  1. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.

The Statewide AT Program   No

Other entities (e.g. contractors)  Yes

 

  1. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).

Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   Yes

Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   No

Receives financial support from the state.   No

Receives in-kind support from the state.   No

Receives financial support from private entities.   No

Receives in-kind support from private entities.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service.   Yes

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services.   No

 

8. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received

If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.

Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization Yes No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No No
Other No No No No

 

  1. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

 

  1. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

 

  1. This activity is available (choose all that apply)

By website:  Yes

By phone :  Yes

By e-mail :  Yes

By mail :  Yes

In person :  Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for a loan. An annual fee or similar regular payment arrangement

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging professionals for a loan. An annual fee or similar regular payment arrangement

 

  1. Describe any supports provided to the consumer to ensure a successful loan.

Advancing Opportunities provides telephone support through its Technology Lending Center Coordinator to answer questions about devices being loaned. Advancing Opportunities also works to provide training to school district staff who help students with disabilities use devices more effectively.

 

  1. Devices in the loan pool also are made available for the following (choose all that apply)

Device demonstrations:  Yes

Evaluations and assessments:  Yes

Training:  Yes

Public awareness:  Yes

 

  1. How do you get the device to the consumer? The device is shipped via mail or other commercial delivery

 

  1. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.

ATAC operates its device loan program through a subcontract with Advancing Opportunities, a statewide organization. Under its subcontract with ATAC, Advancing Opportunities conducts device loan activities and collects, reviews, and analyzes data on devices that are most-requested by individuals with disabilities and evaluates the need for new equipment to serve individuals with a wide range of disabilities in New Jersey. Advancing Opportunities is also purchasing new equipment to expand the scope of devices available for loans.

ATAC’s subcontract with Advancing Opportunities contains the following goal and objectives related to device loan:

Goal I Assistive Technology Device Loan Services

To provide quality device loan services to individuals throughout in New Jersey.

Objective 1.1 Provide AT devices to individuals with disabilities through loan program.

Objective 1.2 Survey recipients of device loan services and report survey results to ATAC, consistent with data reporting goals in ATAC’s state plan.

Objective 1.3 Collect data on the county of recipients.

Objective 1.4 Collect data on the age of recipients.

ATAC will continue to monitor the work of its subcontractor, and may elect to seek out additional subcontractors over the course of the next three years.

 

Section E – Device Loan Activity – Device Loan Activity 2 of 2

  1. Select the option that best describes the type of program. General program

 

  1. If you indicated that you have a device loan program for targeted consumers or devices, describe the specific types of consumers or devices for whom this device loan program is intended and why.

N/A

 

  1. If you indicated that you have a device loan program for targeted agencies or entities, identify the entity or agency and describe the purpose of the program.

N/A

 

  1. If you selected other, describe

N/A

 

  1. Enter the year when the program began conducting this activity. 2007

 

  1. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.

The Statewide AT Program   No

Other entities (e.g. contractors)  Yes

 

  1. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).

Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   Yes

Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   No

Receives financial support from the state.   No

Receives in-kind support from the state.   No

Receives financial support from private entities.   No

Receives in-kind support from private entities.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service.   Yes

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services.   No

 

8. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received

If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.

Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center Yes No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No Yes
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No No No Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. A combination of a central location and regional sites

 

  1. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 1

 

  1. This activity is available (choose all that apply)

By website:  Yes

By phone :  Yes

By e-mail :  Yes

By mail :  Yes

In person :  Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for a loan. An annual fee or similar regular payment arrangement

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging professionals for a loan. An annual fee or similar regular payment arrangement

 

  1. Describe any supports provided to the consumer to ensure a successful loan.

FRA provides technical assistance and help to families who are borrowing items.

 

  1. Devices in the loan pool also are made available for the following (choose all that apply)

Device demonstrations:  Yes

Evaluations and assessments:  Yes

Training:  Yes

Public awareness:  Yes

 

  1. How do you get the device to the consumer? The consumer picks up the device at a designated site

 

  1. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.

ATAC subcontracts with Family Resources Associates of New Jersey, a Monmouth County non-profit, to conduct device loan activities. The activities conducted by FRA focus on educational devices and software to serve children with developmental disabilities.

ATAC’s subcontract with FRA contains the following goal and objectives related to device loans:

Goal I Expanding Access To Assistive Technology Device Loan Services Throughout New Jersey

To provide quality device loan services to individuals in New Jersey.

Objective 1.1 Provide AT computer-related devices to individuals with disabilities through loan program.

Objective 1.2 Survey recipients of device loan services and report survey results to ATAC, consistent with data reporting goals in ATAC’s state plan.

Objective 1.3 Collect data on the county of recipients.

Objective 1.4 Collect data on the age of recipients.

ATAC will continue to monitor the work of its subcontractor, and may elect to seek out additional subcontractors over the course of the next three years.

 

Section F – Device Demonstration Activity – Device Demonstration Activity 1 of 3

  1. Select the option that best describes the type of program. General program

 

  1. If you indicated that you have a device demonstration program for targeted consumers or devices, describe the specific types of consumers or devices for whom this device demonstration program is intended and why.

N/A

 

  1. If you indicated that you have a device demonstration program for targeted agencies or entities, identify the entity or agency and describe the purpose of the program.

N/A

 

  1. If you selected other, describe

N/A

 

  1. Enter the year when the program began conducting this activity. 2007

 

  1. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.

The Statewide AT Program   No

Other entities (e.g. contractors)  Yes

 

  1. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).

Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   Yes

Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   No

Receives financial support from the state.   No

Receives in-kind support from the state.   No

Receives financial support from private entities.   No

Receives in-kind support from private entities.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service.   Yes

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service.   Yes

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services.   No

 

8. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received

If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.

Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization Yes No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No No
Other No No No No

 

  1. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

 

  1. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

 

  1. This activity is available (choose all that apply)

By website:  Yes

By phone :  Yes

By e-mail :  Yes

By mail :  Yes

In person :  Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the primary type of demonstrations provided by the program. In-person demonstrations from a fixed location

Select the option that best describes the secondary type of demonstrations provided by the program. In-person demonstrations from mobile units

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for a demonstration. An annual fee or similar regular payment arrangement

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging professionals for a demonstration. An annual fee or similar regular payment arrangement

 

  1. Devices in the demonstration pool also are made available for the following (choose all that apply)

Device loans:  Yes

Evaluations and assessments:  Yes

Training:  Yes

Public awareness:  Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes what is shared with the device loan program. N/A

 

  1. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.

ATAC operates its device demonstration program through Advancing Opportunities, a statewide organization.

Under its subcontract with ATAC, Advancing Opportunities conducts device demonstration activities and collects, reviews, and analyzes data on devices that are most-requested by individuals with disabilities and evaluates the need for new equipment to serve individuals with a wide range of disabilities in New Jersey. Advancing Opportunities is also purchasing new equipment to enhance its mobile demonstration center, which will allow Advancing Opportunities to greatly expand its demonstration efforts.

ATAC’s subcontract with Advancing Opportunities contains the following goal and objectives related to device demonstration:

Goal II Assistive Technology Device Demonstration Services

To provide quality device demonstration services to individuals throughout in New Jersey.

Objective 2.1 Provide 150 AT device demonstrations to individuals with disabilities and others, including center-based demonstrations, mobile demonstrations, and conference-based demonstrations.

Objective 2.2 Survey recipients of device demonstration services and report survey results to ATAC, consistent with data reporting goals in ATAC’s state plan.

Objective 2.3 Collect data on the county of recipients.

Objective 2.4 Collect data on the age of recipients.

ATAC will continue to monitor the work of these subcontractors, and may elect to seek out additional subcontractors over the course of the next three years.

 

Section F – Device Demonstration Activity – Device Demonstration Activity 2 of 3

  1. Select the option that best describes the type of program. Program for targeted consumers

 

  1. If you indicated that you have a device demonstration program for targeted consumers or devices, describe the specific types of consumers or devices for whom this device demonstration program is intended and why.

The mission of Family Resource Associates (FRA) is helping children, adolescents and people of all ages with disabilities to reach their fullest potential. FRA connects individuals to independence through modern therapies and advanced technology. Acknowledging the powerful influence of the family, FRA remains committed to them by offering both support and education. FRA services encompasses expertise, innovation and concern in every aspect of service. Shaped by parental involvement and a caring professional staff FRA serves as a vital, positive influence on the individual and family.

 

  1. If you indicated that you have a device demonstration program for targeted agencies or entities, identify the entity or agency and describe the purpose of the program.

N/A

 

  1. If you selected other, describe

N/A

 

  1. Enter the year when the program began conducting this activity. 2007

 

  1. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.

The Statewide AT Program   No

Other entities (e.g. contractors)  Yes

 

  1. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).

Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   Yes

Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   No

Receives financial support from the state.   No

Receives in-kind support from the state.   No

Receives financial support from private entities.   No

Receives in-kind support from private entities.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service.   Yes

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services.   No

 

8. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received

If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.

Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center Yes No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No Yes
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No No No Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

 

  1. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

 

  1. This activity is available (choose all that apply)

By website:  Yes

By phone :  Yes

By e-mail :  Yes

By mail :  Yes

In person :  Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the primary type of demonstrations provided by the program. In-person demonstrations from a fixed location

Select the option that best describes the secondary type of demonstrations provided by the program. In-person demonstrations that move to multiple sites

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for a demonstration. Nothing

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging professionals for a demonstration. Nothing

 

  1. Devices in the demonstration pool also are made available for the following (choose all that apply)

Device loans:  Yes

Evaluations and assessments:  Yes

Training:  Yes

Public awareness:  Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes what is shared with the device loan program. N/A

 

  1. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.

ATAC subcontracts with Family Resources Associates of New Jersey, a Monmouth County non-profit, to conduct device demonstration activities. The activities conducted by FRA focus on educational devices and software to serve children with developmental disabilities.

ATAC’s subcontract with FRA includes the following goal and objectives related to device demonstration:

Goal II Assistive Technology Device Demonstration Services

To provide New Jersey residents with disabilities enhanced access to assistive technology by providing device demonstration services.

Objective 2.1 Provide AT device demonstrations to individuals with disabilities and others.

Objective 2.2 Survey recipients of device demonstration services and report survey results to ATAC, consistent with data reporting goals in ATAC’s state plan.

Objective 2.3 Collect data on the county of recipients.

Objective 2.4 Collect data on the age of recipients.

 

Section F – Device Demonstration Activity – Device Demonstration Activity 3 of 3

  1. Select the option that best describes the type of program. Program for targeted consumers

 

  1. If you indicated that you have a device demonstration program for targeted consumers or devices, describe the specific types of consumers or devices for whom this device demonstration program is intended and why.

Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ) is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and other special needs by supporting personal growth, independence and participation in the community. The organization has steadily grown over the years and today it is a $27 million dollar organization with more than 500 staff members at 14 program sites serving more than 1,400 infants, children and adults with disabilities.

 

  1. If you indicated that you have a device demonstration program for targeted agencies or entities, identify the entity or agency and describe the purpose of the program.

N/A

 

  1. If you selected other, describe

N/A

 

  1. Enter the year when the program began conducting this activity. 2013

 

  1. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.

The Statewide AT Program   No

Other entities (e.g. contractors)  Yes

 

  1. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).

Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   Yes

Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   No

Receives financial support from the state.   No

Receives in-kind support from the state.   No

Receives financial support from private entities.   No

Receives in-kind support from private entities.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service.   Yes

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services.   No

 

8. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received

If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.

Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities Yes No No No
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No No
Other No No No No

 

  1. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

 

  1. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted?

 

  1. This activity is available (choose all that apply)

By website:  Yes

By phone :  Yes

By e-mail :  Yes

By mail :  Yes

In person :  Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the primary type of demonstrations provided by the program. In-person demonstrations from a fixed location

Select the option that best describes the secondary type of demonstrations provided by the program. In-person demonstrations that move to multiple sites

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for a demonstration. A fee on a variable or sliding scale

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging professionals for a demonstration. A fee on a variable or sliding scale

 

  1. Devices in the demonstration pool also are made available for the following (choose all that apply)

Device loans:  No

Evaluations and assessments:  Yes

Training:  Yes

Public awareness:  Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes what is shared with the device loan program. N/A

 

  1. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.

ATAC subcontracts with Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ), an Essex County non-profit, to conduct device demonstration activities. The activities conducted by CPNJ focus on educational devices and software to serve children with developmental disabilities, as well as augmentative communication devices.

ATAC’s subcontract with CPNJ includes the following goal and objectives related to device demonstration:

Goal I Assistive Technology Device Demonstration Services

To provide New Jersey residents with disabilities enhanced access to assistive technology by providing device demonstration services.

Objective 1.1 Provide AT device demonstrations to individuals with disabilities and others.

Objective 1.2 Survey recipients of device demonstration services and report survey results to ATAC, consistent with data reporting goals in ATAC’s state plan.

Objective 1.3 Collect data on the county of recipients.

 

Section G – State Leadership Activities – Training

  1. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.

The Statewide AT Program   Yes

Other entities (e.g. contractors)  Yes

 

  1. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).

Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   Yes

Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   No

Receives financial support from the state.   No

Receives in-kind support from the state.   Yes

Receives financial support from private entities.   No

Receives in-kind support from private entities.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service.   Yes

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services.   No

 

3. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received

If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.

Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization Yes No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No No
Organization focused specifically on providing AT Yes No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No Yes No No

 

  1. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

 

  1. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

 

  1. This activity is available (choose all that apply)

By website:  Yes

By phone :  No

By e-mail :  No

By mail :  No

In person :  Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes how training is primarily provided. At sites arranged by those receiving the training

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging individuals with disabilities for training. Nothing

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging professionals for training. Nothing

 

  1. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.

ATAC has provided extensive training statewide to people with disabilities of all ages, their family members, advocates, professionals from the fields of education, including state and local education agencies, early intervention and higher education programs, hospitals and health care facilities, vocational rehabilitation, independent living, and other state and local agencies and adult service providers, as well as other interested parties throughout its history. ATAC staff have developed specific trainings on Home Modifications, Assistive Technology and the Individualized Educational Program, Web Accessibility, and AT Resources in New Jersey, and has provided training individually as well as in collaboration with other entities. ATAC has also created, and will continue to provide, customized training for organizations upon request. ATAC has created video-based trainings and released them on its website and through other channels, including YouTube.. The AT Act requires that ATAC provide specific focus on transitioning populations, including students transitioning into adult services, and individuals transitioning from institutions into the community.

ATAC also provides support to Advancing Opportunities, a statewide organization that conducts assistive technology training. ATAC’s subcontract with Advancing Opportunities contains the following goal and objectives related to training:

Goal III Training

To assist ATAC in efforts to provide training on assistive technology for New Jersey residents.

Objective 3.1 Host training sessions for attendees on assistive technology issues, including one training session focused on transition.

Objective 3.2 Survey training attendees and report survey results to ATAC, consistent with data reporting goals in ATAC’s state plan.

Objective 3.3 Collect data on the county of recipients.

Objective 3.4 Collect data on the age of recipients.

 

Section G – State Leadership Activities – Technical Assistance

  1. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.

The Statewide AT Program   Yes

Other entities (e.g. contractors)  Yes

 

  1. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).

Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   No

Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   No

Receives financial support from the state.   No

Receives in-kind support from the state.   Yes

Receives financial support from private entities.   No

Receives in-kind support from private entities.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service.   Yes

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services.   No

 

3. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received

If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.

Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No Yes No Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

 

  1. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

 

  1. This activity is available (choose all that apply)

By website:  Yes

By phone :  Yes

By e-mail :  Yes

By mail :  Yes

In person :  Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes the policy of the program for charging for technical assistance. Nothing

 

  1. Provide any additional information about this activity you wish to share.

ATAC provides technical assistance to agencies and organizations by request, and will continue to do so over the next three years. ATAC’s technical assistance services have a significant focus on the accessibility of internet sites for people with disabilities, and compliance with Section 508 and W3C accessibility standards. It is difficult to anticipate the types of requests that will be made over the next three years of the state plan.

ATAC provides technical assistance to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Community Choice Program through the maintenance of a fund designed to be a payer of last resort for recipients of Medicaid in nursing homes, in order to transition them to the community. ATAC provides continuous technical assistance to counselors around available assistive technologies, provides evaluations for consumers, and facilitates the purchase and construction activities of the fund. It is anticipated that this technical assistance will be provided beyond the availability of the monies.

ATAC also provides technical assistance to the New Jersey Department of Education with regard to their implementation of the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard in New Jersey school districts. ATAC has assisted the Department in developing training curriculum for school district officials in purchasing accessible textbooks that work with assistive technology, and will continue to collaborate with the Department on future initiatives.

 

Section G – State Leadership Activities – Public Awareness

  1. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.

The Statewide AT Program   Yes

Other entities (e.g. contractors)  No

 

  1. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).

Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   No

Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   No

Receives financial support from the state.   No

Receives in-kind support from the state.   Yes

Receives financial support from private entities.   No

Receives in-kind support from private entities.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service.   Yes

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services.   No

 

3. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received

If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.

Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No No
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No Yes No Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

 

  1. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

 

  1. This activity is available (choose all that apply)

By website:  Yes

By phone :  Yes

By e-mail :  Yes

By mail :  Yes

In person :  Yes

 

  1. Describe the activity.

ATAC provides a fully accessible website with close to 1,000,000 hits this past year. The website has comprehensive information about AT, including brochures and publications, as well as links to additional disability and assistive technology resources, including the national assistive technology site,. ATAC provides its brochures in alternate format upon request. ATAC also provides information through social networking platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn.

ATAC disseminates print brochures, flyers, bulletins, and publications about AT at the rate of 10,000 copies each year, in addition to authoring bulletins on a variety of AT topics distributed through the mail and on the website.

ATAC co-sponsors the Abilities Expo, the largest exhibit of assistive technology devices and services in the northeast region, held annually in Edison. ATAC staffs an exhibit booth providing approximately 5,000 consumers, family members, and professionals annually information regarding ATAC/DRNJ services, information, funding, and advocacy for AT.

Last year, DRNJ authored and published two newsletters and e-mailed them to 1334 subscribers through the Constant Contact e-mail service. DRNJ distributed over 15,000 brochures at a variety of venues. DRNJ produced three videos that showed demonstrations of specific AT devices related to brain injury. All videos were disseminated through YouTube and Facebook.

DRNJ also participated in two public-access television programs, with an estimated 1,000 viewers each.

DRNJ, the Boggs Center (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities), the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Office for Multicultural Affairs, and the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development continued its collaboration with a diverse collation of community and advocacy organizations involving persons of color, planning and sponsoring initiatives to promote increased information, knowledge, and awareness of the state’s culturally diverse underserved populations within the service delivery system for people with all types of disabilities. The working group pulls together organizations from the specific ethnic group, along with state agencies and private groups/organizations, to organize and present workshops specific to the identified ethnic/racial group of consumers, family members, and professionals. The workshops include information on disability rights and available services and resources.

DRNJ collaborated with the New Jersey Coalition for the Advancement of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology (NJCART), a non-profit organization established in 1987 to promote the appropriate applications of technology for individuals with disabilities, assure access to resources and provide continuing education to its members and the community at large. DRNJ works with NJCART to distribute, update, and publicize the CARTWHEEL, a directory of suppliers and vendors of assistive technology devices and services. The ATAC Program Director serves on the Board of Trustees of NJCART.

ATAC has established a network system of providers, including consumer groups, self-advocates, non-profit and public agencies, manufacturers, vendors, therapists, and school districts, and has provided them with a common and centralized connection and a means of communicating with one another through a web portal and annual meeting, all hosted and marketed through ATAC. ATAC continually updates and disseminates information to all members of the AT Network. ATAC serves as the one-stop entry point for the disability community and the public seeking information about AT devices, device demonstration and loan opportunities, and recycling and reutilization of used AT devices. The AT Network is marketed by ATAC through information and referral, outreach, and training and education, including newsletters, advertisements, press releases, public service announcements, and social media.

The initial idea for the AT Network originated with DVRS, the lead agency for ATAC, and its goal of having a single resource for its counselors and clients to access information about AT. The vision was further developed through the collaboration of participants at the annual Assistive Technology Summits, whose participants identified three values as the foundation for New Jersey’s AT Network. These values are the participation of a wide range of network participants; ongoing, consistent and timely communication; and inclusion and diversity in reaching all geographic areas of the state, people with disabilities of all ages, and people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds, as well as emerging disability populations such as veterans and individuals who are newly disabled.

 

Section G – State Leadership Activities – Information and Assistance

  1. Who conducts this activity? Check all that apply.

The Statewide AT Program   Yes

Other entities (e.g. contractors)  No

 

  1. The Statewide AT Program provides and/or receives the following support (choose all that apply).

Provides financial support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   No

Provides in-kind support to other entities via an agreement with the Statewide AT Program.   No

Receives financial support from the state.   No

Receives in-kind support from the state.   Yes

Receives financial support from private entities.   No

Receives in-kind support from private entities.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of establishing a new program or service.   No

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of expanding an existing program or service.   Yes

Coordinates and collaborates with other entities for the purpose of reducing duplication of programs or services.   No

 

3. Table of financial or in-kind support provided or received

If you conduct this activity by providing financial or in-kind support to other entities, identify the kinds of entities you support in column (a) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from the state to conduct this activity, identify the state entities that provide this support in column (b) of the following table.
If you receive financial or in-kind support from private entities, identify the private entities that provide this support in column (c) of the following table.
If you coordinate and collaborate with other entities in conducting this activity, identify those entities in column (d) of the following table.

Organization or Activity a. You provide support b. Receive support from the state c. Receive support from these private entities d. Collaborate with
AgrAbility Program No No No No
Alliance for Technology Access Center No No No Yes
Bank or other financial institution No No No Yes
Community Living agency No No No Yes
Easter Seals No No No No
Education-related agency No No No Yes
Employment-related agency No No No Yes
Health, allied health, and rehabilitation-related agency No No No Yes
Independent Living Center No No No Yes
Institution of Higher Education No No No Yes
Non-categorical disability organization No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are blind or visually impaired No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with developmental disabilities No No No Yes
Organization that primarily serves individuals with physical disabilities No No No Yes
Organization focused specifically on providing AT No No No Yes
Protection and Advocacy Organization No No No Yes
Technology agency No No No Yes
UCP No No No Yes
Other No Yes No Yes

 

  1. Select the option that best describes from where this activity is conducted. One central location

 

  1. If you indicated the use of regional sites, from how many regional sites is the activity conducted? 0

 

  1. This activity is available (choose all that apply)

By website:  Yes

By phone :  Yes

By e-mail :  Yes

By mail :  Yes

In person :  Yes

 

  1. Describe the activity.

ATAC uses a multi-faceted approach, including the AT network, mailings, the website, exhibits, outreach presentations, social networking and trainings to increase awareness about the benefits of assistive technology devices and services, the types of AT devices and services available, funding for AT, and policies related to AT. ATAC continues to provide a statewide 800 telephone number, responding to requests for information and referral about assistive technology. The telephone number may be accessed by individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, and others who work in the field of assistive technology, or have an interest in assistive technology. This is a free service that provides information on the types and availability of AT, benefits, cost, and appropriateness of AT. Resource information will be mailed to many callers to assist them in making the most appropriate choices to meet their needs.

In its role as the central agency for the AT Network for New Jersey, ATAC has constructed a comprehensive website with links to AT resources, training and education, technical assistance, outreach, and individual legal and non-legal advocacy assistance to support people with disabilities of all ages to access the AT that they need.

 

Section H – Assurances, Measurable Goals and Signatures

  1. As Certifying Representative of the Lead Agency for the State of New Jersey, I hereby assure the following.  Yes
  2. The Lead Agency prepared and submitted this State Plan on behalf of the State of New Jersey.  Yes
  3. The Lead Agency submitting this plan is the State agency that is eligible to submit this plan.  Yes
  4. The State agency has authority under State law to perform the functions of the State under this program.  Yes
  5. The State legally may carry out each provision of this plan.  Yes
  6. All provisions of this plan are consistent with State law.  Yes
  7. A State officer, specified by title in this certification, has authority under State law to receive, hold, and disburse Federal funds made available under the plan.  Yes
  8. The State officer who submits this plan, specified by title in this certification, has authority to submit this plan.  Yes
  9. The agency that submits this plan has adopted or otherwise formally approved this plan.  Yes
  10. The plan is the basis for State operation and administration of the program.  Yes
  11. The Lead Agency will maintain and evaluate the program under this State Plan.  Yes
  12. The State will annually collect data related to the required activities implemented by the State under this section in order to prepare the progress reports required under subsection 4(f) of the Act.  Yes
  13. The Lead Agency will submit the progress report on behalf of the State.  Yes
  14. The State will prepare reports to the Secretary in such form and containing such information as the Secretary may require to carry out the Secretary’s functions under this Act and keep such records and allow access to such records as the Secretary may require to ensure the correctness and verification of information provided to the Secretary.  Yes
  15. The Lead Agency will control and administer the funds received through the grant.  Yes
  16. The Lead Agency will make programmatic and resource allocation decisions necessary to implement the State Plan.  Yes
  17. Funds received through the grant will be expended in accordance with Section 4 of the Act, and will be used to supplement, and not supplant, funds available from other sources for technology-related assistance, including the provision of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services.  Yes
  18. The Lead Agency will ensure conformance with Federal and State accounting requirements.  Yes
  19. The State will adopt such fiscal control and accounting procedures as may be necessary to ensure proper disbursement of and accounting for the funds received through the grant.  Yes
  20. Funds made available through a grant to a State under this Act will not be used for direct payment for an assistive technology device for an individual with a disability.  Yes
  21. A public agency or an individual with a disability holds title to any property purchased with funds received under the grant and administers that property.  Yes
  22. The physical facility of the Lead Agency and Implementing Entity, if any, meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) regarding accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Section 4(d)(6)(E)  Yes
  23. Activities carried out in the State that are authorized under this Act, and supported by Federal funds received under this Act, will comply with the standards established by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (20 U.S.C. 794d). Section 4(d)(6)(G)  Yes
  24. The Lead Agency will coordinate the activities of the State Plan among public and private entities, including coordinating efforts related to entering into interagency agreements.  Yes
  25. The Lead Agency will coordinate efforts related to the active, timely, and meaningful participation by individuals with disabilities and their family members, guardians, advocates, or authorized representatives, and other appropriate individuals, with respect to activities carried out through the grant.  Yes
  26. Describe how your program will conform to section 427 of General Education Provisions Act by describing the steps you propose to take to ensure equitable access to, and participation in, your program for students, teachers, and other program beneficiaries with special needs.

ATAC will provide equitable access to all students, teachers, and other program beneficiaries with special needs. ATAC does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, national origin, color, disability or age. ATAC takes steps to provide outreach to underserved and minority populations, and will continue to do so through the three years of the state plan.

 

  1. Access Goal Table
  Education Employment Community Living IT/Telecomm
a. Long-term Goal 70.00 70.00 70.00 70.00
b. Long-term Goal Status Met [d] Met [d] Met [d] Met [d]
c. FY 2011 Performance 89.43 100.00 79.41 100.00
d. FY 2012 Short-term goal 70.00 70.00 70.00 70.00
e. FY 2012 Performance 92.74 95.59 82.84  
f. FY 2012 Status Met Met Met
g. FY 2013 Short-term goal 70.00 70.00 70.00 70.00
h. FY 2013 Performance 87.46 95.93 80.52 91.67
i. FY 2013 Status Met Met Met Met
j. FY 2014 Short-term goal 70.00 70.00 70.00 70.00
k. FY 2014 Performance 94.04 98.59 97.44  
l. FY 2014 Status Met Met Met

 

  1. Acquisition Goal Table
  Education Employment Community Living
a. Long-term Goal 75.00 75.00 75.00
b. Long-term Goal Status Met [d] Met [d] Met [d]
c. FY 2011 Performance 100.00 100.00 83.67
d. FY 2012 Short-term Goal 75.00 75.00 75.00
e. FY 2012 Performance 94.33 96.30 90.12
f. FY 2012 Status Met Met Met
g. FY 2013 Short-term Goal 75.00 75.00 75.00
h. FY 2013 Performance 98.10 98.44 96.10
i. FY 2013 Status Met Met Met
j. FY 2014 Short-term Goal 75.00 75.00 75.00
k. FY 2014 Performance 100.00 100.00 100.00
l. FY 2014 Status Met Met Met

 

  1. Name of Certifying Representative for the Lead Agency Curtis D. Edmonds
  2. Title of Certifying Representative for the Lead Agency Program Manager
  3. Signed? Yes
  4. Date Signed 02/06/2015

 

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