Highlights: July 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019
- 97 children ages birth to three and their families received AT services
- 1,144 individuals participated in 23 workshops (communication devices, switch access, independent eating, adapted literacy, vision and hearing supports)
- 53 devices were loaned to children and their families or to service providers.
The Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) Loan System offers providers and families the opportunity to borrow equipment to determine if it meets the child’s needs. The loan of equipment has saved thousands of dollars for both public funding agencies and families. Equipment that is determined to be the appropriate AT solution can be made available through the project by arranging for trial use or lease of equipment not already a part of the ATK Loan system inventory. This practice ensures family service coordinators and parents do not fund inappropriate technology. In some cases, families have been able to borrow a piece of equipment for as long as the child needs it. The loan policy for infants and toddlers is to allow the piece to stay in the home for as long as the child needs it, unless another child needs to try it out.
Devices recently added to the ATK Loan program include: Rifton gait trainer; Jenx positioning system; Switches (trigger, chin, penguin race, battery adapters); iPad, 6th gen with case, screen protector, and keyguards; Communication apps; Switch accessible toys.
For more information, visit the ATK website, Infant Toddler AT Services page.