Grant Awards for 2018
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 nine grants have been awarded:
Adam Krass Consulting
The AT For Veterans With Disabilities 2018 project, in partnership
with Heightened Independence and Progress (hip) and the Bergen County
Division of Veteran Services, seeks to provide veterans with disabilities
with AT Device Demonstrations. There will be a special focus on
older veterans and their AT needs related to independent living,
access to community and veteran-specific resources, reading, writing,
time management, communication, and activities of daily living.
This project will focus on three groups of stakeholders: veterans
with disabilities, their families, and their support professionals.
The second year of the Technology Enhanced Transition project will
focus on three NJ regions by partnering with Division of Vocational
Rehabilitation Services offices in Camden, Somerset and Morris counties.
By collaborating with the DVR 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 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
The AT For Independence 2018 project will focus on: building capacity
for AT services related to increasing the independence of individuals
with cognitive disabilities: such as developmental disabilities,
traumatic brain injury, frail elderly and/or dementia, including
innovative technology solutions.
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 on-site trainings will be delivered to
a minimum of 275 transition coordinators, teachers, teacher candidates,
high school and college students with disabilities, and parents
in order to expand community knowledge and a resource website will
be developed to contain up to date transition related assistive
This project will provide support of assistive technology (AT) device
demonstration and transition training to High School students with
disabilities who are transitioning to adult life. The emphasis of
the training program will focus on how assistive technology can
be used to increase success and opportunity in employment, vocational
pursuits and post-secondary school education for independence in
adult life. Services will include school-based AT learning sessions,
linkage to available devices to support informed choices, training
on and experience with device use, limited equipment loans where
feasible/relevant and an evaluation of participants’ increased knowledge
and awareness as to how AT can advance opportunities.
Building capacity for AT services related to increasing the independence
of individuals with developmental disabilities with the integration
of Voiceitt – an innovative solution that enables people who have
motor, speech, and language disorders to easily communicate using
their own voice.
Through this project, four educational inservices will be provided
which continue our work educating others on the selection and implementation
of Assistive Technology devices and software to enhance the participation
and independence of individuals with disabilities. The four specific
technologies we would present include: Alternative and Augmentative
Communication (AAC)--language software options; Eyegaze technology--
controlling the computer/AAC, device options and software; Switch
access--computer access/mobile devices/appliances; and, Accessibility
options for iPad/iPhone.
New Jersey Institute
Development of the iPad Communication Assistance Network, which
will serve Serving children on the autism spectrum from underserved
urban communities in Middlesex County, is a Lending library of iPads
(with suitable communication language apps) for children(age 1 ½
-3 years) with language disorders. Bi-lingual Training for Parents/Caregivers
on appropriate use of iPad. When appropriate, provide advocacy of
having iPads included in IEPs (during transition from early intervention
to school settings).
Ocean County College’s Assistive Technology Loan & Demonstration
Program assists both New Jersey student-veterans with a disability,
their families, caregivers as well as non-student veterans with
a disability, their families and caregivers ultimately obtain the
assistive technology devices and services they need to enhance independence
and productivity in the community, education and employment with
an improved quality of life.
For more information
about the grant awards, or the ATAC program, contact DRNJ.