National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Alaska 2018

General Information

Statewide AT Program (Information to be listed in national State AT Program Directory)

State AT Program Title:
Assistive Technology of Alaska
State AT Program Title:
State AT Program URL
www.atlaak.org
Mailing Address:
3330 Arctic Blvd, Suite 101
City:
Anchorage
State:
AK
Zip Code:
99503
Program Email:
atla@atlaak.org
Phone:
907-563-2599
TTY:
907-563-0699

Lead Agency

Agency Name:
Department of Labor & Workforce Development - Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Mailing Address:
1111 W. 8th St., Ste 210
City:
Juneau
State:
AK
Zip Code:
99801
Program URL:
http://www.labor.state.ak.us/dvr/at-prog.htm

Implementing Entity

Name of Implementing Agency:
Assistive Technology of Alaska
Mailing Address:
3330 Arctic Blvd Ste 101
City
Anchorage
State:
AK
Zip Code:
99503
Program URL:
www.atlaak.org

Program Director and Other Contacts

Program Director for State AT Program (last, first):
Rail, Mystie
Title:
Executive Director
Phone:
907-563-2599
E-mail:
mystie@atlaak.org
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
Caputo, Jason
Title:
Project Assistant
Phone:
907-465-6933
E-mail:
jason.caputo@alaska.gov
Primary Contact at Implementing Agency (last, first) - If applicable:
Rail, Mystie
Title:
Executive Director
Phone:
907-563-2599
E-mail:
mystie@atlaak.org

Person Responsible for completing this form if other than Program Director

Name (last, first):
Rail, Mystie
Title:
Executive Director
Phone:
907-563-2599
E-mail:
mystie@atlaak.org

Certifying Representative

Name (last, first):
Caputo, Jason
Title:
Project Assistant
Phone:
907-465-6933
E-mail:
jason.caputo@alaska.gov

State Financing

Did your approved state plan for this reporting period include any State Financing? Yes
Did your approved state plan for this reporting period include conducting a Financial Loan Program? No

B. State Financing Activities that provide consumers with resources and services that result in the acquisition of AT devices and services

1. Overview of Activities Performed

How many other state financing activities that provide consumers with access to funds for the purchase of AT devices and services were included in your approved state plan? 02
Activity 1
How would you describe this state financing activity? last resort activity
2. Geographic Distribution, Number of Individuals Who Acquired AT Devices and Services and Number for whom Performance Measure Data are Collected
Geographic Distribution
County of Residence Individuals Served
A. Metro (RUCC 1-3) 09
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9) 02
C. Total Served 11

Performance Measure Number
Performance Measure Number
D. Excluded from Performance Measure 00
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 11

If a number is reported in D you must provide a description of the reason the individuals are excluded from the performance measure:

3. Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Funded
Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Funded
Type of AT Device / Service Number of Devices
Funded
Value of
AT Provided
Vision 04 $492
Hearing 12 $816
Speech communication 02 $352
Learning, cognition, and developmental 01 $100
Mobility, seating and positioning 00 $0
Daily living 01 $19
Environmental adaptations 00 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 00 $0
Computers and related 25 $5,210
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 45 $6,989

Activity 2
How would you describe this state financing activity? telecommunications distribution
2. Geographic Distribution, Number of Individuals Who Acquired AT Devices and Services and Number for whom Performance Measure Data are Collected
Geographic Distribution
County of Residence Individuals Served
A. Metro (RUCC 1-3) 47
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9) 20
C. Total Served 67

Performance Measure Number
Performance Measure Number
D. Excluded from Performance Measure 00
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 67

If a number is reported in D you must provide a description of the reason the individuals are excluded from the performance measure:

3. Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Funded
Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Funded
Type of AT Device / Service Number of Devices
Funded
Value of
AT Provided
Vision 41 $19,568
Hearing 94 $30,436
Speech communication 04 $3,480
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 00 $0
Daily living 00 $0
Environmental adaptations 12 $2,746
Vehicle modification and transportation 00 $0
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 151 $56,230

C. State Financing Activities that Allow Consumers to Obtain AT at Reduced Cost

1. Overview of Activities Performed

How many state financing activities that allow consumers to obtain AT at a reduced cost were included in your approved state plan? 01
Activity 1
How would you describe this state financing activity? AT Leasing Program
2. Geographic Distribution and Number of Individuals Served
Geographic Distribution
County of Residence Individuals Served
A. Metro (RUCC 1-3) 04
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9) 07
C. Total Served 11

Performance Measure Number
Performance Measure Number
D. Excluded from Performance Measure 00
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 11

If a number is reported in D you must provide a description of the reason the individuals are excluded from the performance measure:

3. Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Funded
Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Funded
Type of AT Device / Service Number Provided Total Estimated
Current Retail
Purchase Price
Total Price for
Which Devices
Were Sold
Savings
to Consumers
Vision 02 $9,000 $0 $9,000
Hearing 00 $0 $0 $0
Speech communication 01 $2,000 $0 $2,000
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0 $0 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 04 $2,000 $0 $2,000
Daily living 00 $0 $0 $0
Environmental adaptations 00 $0 $0 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 00 $0 $0 $0
Computers and related 16 $10,100 $0 $10,100
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0 $0 $0
Total 23 $23,100 $0 $23,100

D. Anecdote

Jocelyn Williams is a lifelong Alaskan resident, mother of seven children, and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), which causes severe mobility and vision loss. She also experiences a speech impairment, making it difficult for her to speak and for others to hear or understand her. She contacted ATLA seeking assistance to secure an accessible computer system, as she hopes to write a book about her adventures and family history. Upon determining her AT needs, staff reached out to the Computers for the Blind in Texas. Jocelyn was awarded a laptop with NVDA. In addition to the laptop and screen reading software, Ms. Williams’ required switch access to comfortably and independently navigate the computer. Thanks to available equipment funds, she was able to receive the AT she needed to gain full access to the computer. Ms. Williams’ safety was another concern for her family. Due to the deterioration of her speech, it was difficult for her to call for her caregiver when she needed something, therefore, her caregivers made every attempt to always be in the room with her. The Serene two-way pager with a Big Red switch was purchased to make it possible for Ms. Williams to communicate with her caregiver. After receiving her equipment, Ms. Williams’ caregiver said the pager system is her favorite, and the family wishes everyone could have one. The caregiver said, “If I can’t hear Jocelyn, then she can buzz me. It’s better than an intercom, because it’s more portable and doesn’t have to be hardwired.”