Assistive Technology for Kansans Project (ATKP)

Purpose of Assistive Technology for Kansans: Increase statewide access of assistive technology devices and services to people of all ages and abilities. Kansans of all ages with any type of disability or health condition can request information/referral, evaluation, and demonstration of equipment, technical assistance or training supports by calling 1-800-KAN-DO-IT. Assistive Technology for Kansans has five regional Assistive Technology Access sites that have assistive technology specialists, funding specialists, access to technology devices, and contacts with experts in all areas of technology. Areas of assistive technology covered: computer access devices and software, activities of daily living, assisted listening, communication, education/learning, environmental control, leisure/play, and mobility. The project is guided by an Executive Advisory Board composed of consumers and disability agency and organization representatives. This group reviews barriers to technology access and suggests strategies related to finance of technology, reutilization/recycling of technology to increase access at low to no cost, increased demonstration and loan or trial use of possible technology solutions.

ATK Services:

  • Five Access Sites across the state, provide AT services to people with disabilities of all ages in Kansas
  • Technical consultation in selecting appropriate devices to meet an individual's need
  • Hands-on demonstration of AT
  • An equipment loan program with more than 12,000 items that can be borrowed on a trial basis
  • An equipment reassignment/reutilization program to promote access at low to no cost devices
  • Funding resource information and assistance locating a funding source for a device
  • Provide assistive technology evaluation for entities such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Veteran's Administration, Worker's Compensation, Infant-Toddler Services and AgrAbility
  • Presentations to groups on specific AT topics
  • Related community resource information & referral
  • Provide home modification evaluations

ATK Serves:

  • Children, adults, and older adults with disabilities and their families
  • Older adults experiencing difficulty with daily activities
  • Professionals in various fields (i.e., health care, social services, or education)
  • Employers and employees in private and public settings
Funding Agencies: 

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS)

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

Sara Sack
Senior Scientist, Director, Assistive Technology for Kansans Program, PhD, Developmental and Child Psychology University of Kansas
University Center on Developmental Disabilities Parsons

Sheila Simmons
Research Project Manager, MS, Speech-Language Pathology, University of Northern Iowa
University Center on Developmental Disabilities Parsons

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