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Assistive Technology Act Projects Published: 2001
2000 State Legislative and Policy Report
The Assistive Technology Act of 1998, (P.L. 105-394) and its forerunner, the Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988, as amended (Tech Act), provide discretionary grants to states to assist them in developing and implementing consumer-responsive, comprehensive statewide programs of technology-related assistance for individuals of all ages who have disabilities. All 50 States, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have established assistive technology projects (AT Act Projects) funded under these laws. The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services of the U. S. Department of Education, administers the AT Act program. The AT Act requires projects to examine barriers to accessing and obtaining assistive technology in their states and then work to permanently eliminate those barriers. Over the 11 years that the AT Act Projects have been in operation, projects have focused on changing legislation, policies, practices, and organizational structures to overcome barriers and make technology more accessible for individuals with disabilities at home, at school, at work, and in the community.