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Connecting Kansans and Supporting Increased Independence and Employment Through Access to Technology

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Project Director, Sara Sack, PhD

Project Coordinator, Sheila Simmons, PhD

The project is funded by Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services.

Subcontractors/Collaborating Agencies: Western Assistive Technology Access Site, Northwest Kansas Educational Service Center, Oakley; North Central Assistive Technology Access Site, Occupational Center of Central Kansas, Salina; Northeast Assistive Technology Access Site, Resource Center for Independent Living, Topeka; South Central Assistive Technology Access Site, Wichita; Southeast Assistive Technology Access Site, Southeast Kansas Independent Living, Parsons

Project Summary This project prioritizes support of consumer directed device demonstrations and short-term borrowing of devices to address the needs of eligible vocational rehabilitation customers who are blind or visually impaired.

Project funds are used to increase the assistive technology vision device inventory for loan and demonstration available through the ATK Loan System. Qualified ATK Loan System and AT Access staff provide technical assistance to help individuals narrow device options and use the device effectively during the loan period. ATK Loan System staff and AT Access Site staff conduct a variety of public awareness activities to promote acquisition of loan and demonstration inventory to increase the numbers of eligible individuals who use these services. A priority of this outreach effort includes conducting workshops with centers for independent living to promote use of vision technology in competitive employment settings.



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