Assistive Technology for Kansans met in Salina on Thursday, December 5 with staff from Oakley, Garden City, Salina, Topeka, Wichita and Parsons for a day filled with training, data and celebration. The hands-on training focus was Eye Gaze Access technology presented by Tobii ATI representatives, Dani Mohn and McKenzie Sauser.
ATK is data driven. The past year’s highlights include: 1) over 2,000 people completed over 4,000 goals last year; 2) the ATK-KEE reuse program saved Kansas more than $1,000,000 with more than 700 people receiving more than 800 devices they used to be more independent in their homes, at school, at jobs, and in their communities, and 3) ATK staff secured $624,373 in funding for needed technology for 661 Kansans. And as Gaye Calhoun, an ATK funding specialist, says, “If you call them enough, they will fund it.”
The celebration began with breakfast, continued through lunch, and was highlighted with presents for everyone. ATK staff, having learned new information, analyzed data and fully re-energized, made the quarterly ‘equipment trade’ and headed back to the four corners of Kansas ready to provide quality service to Kansans with any disability, of any age, located any where in the state.