National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Connecticut 2018

General Information

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

State AT Program Title:
Connecticut Tech Act Project
State AT Program Title:
State AT Program URL
www.CTtechact.com
Mailing Address:
55 Farmington Avenue, 12th Floor
City:
Hartford
State:
CT
Zip Code:
06105
Program Email:
arlene.lugo@ct.gov
Phone:
860-424-4881
TTY:
711

Lead Agency

Agency Name:
Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
Mailing Address:
55 Farmington Avenue, 12th Floor
City:
Hartford
State:
CT
Zip Code:
06105
Program URL:
www.CT.gov/BRS

Implementing Entity

Name of Implementing Agency:
Mailing Address:
City
State:
Zip Code:
Program URL:

Program Director and Other Contacts

Program Director for State AT Program (last, first):
Lugo, Arlene
Title:
Program Director
Phone:
860-424-4881
E-mail:
arlene.lugo@ct.gov
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
Doukas, David
Title:
Vocational Rehabilitation Director
Phone:
860-424-4862
E-mail:
David.Doukas@ct.gov
Primary Contact at Implementing Agency (last, first) - If applicable:
Title:
Phone:
E-mail:

Person Responsible for completing this form if other than Program Director

Name (last, first):
Title:
Phone:
E-mail:

Certifying Representative

Name (last, first):
Doukas, David
Title:
Vocational Rehabilitation Director
Phone:
860-424-4862
E-mail:
David.Doukas@ct.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? Yes

Loan Applications
Area of Residence Total
Metro
RUCC 1-3
Non-Metro
RUCC 4-9
Approved Loan made 04 00 04
Approved Not made 00 00 00
Rejected 02 00 02
Total 06 00 06

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $8,820 Highest Income: $36,000

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$99,820 04 $24,955

Number and Percentage of Loans Made to Applicants by Income Range
Income Ranges Total
$15,000
or Less
$15,001-
$30,000
$30,001-
$45,000
$45,001-
$60,000
$60,001-
$75,000
$75,001
or More
Number of Loans 01 01 02 00 00 00 04
Percentage of Loans 25% 25% 50% 0% 0% 0% 100%

3. Loan Type

Loan Type
Type of Loan Number of Loans Percentage of loans
Revolving Loans 00 0%
Partnership Loans
Without interest buy-down or loan guarantee 00 0%
With interest buy-down only 00 0%
With loan guarantee only 04 100%
With both interest buy-down and loan guarantee 00 0%
Total 04 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 00 $0
Partnership Loans 04 $25,042
Total 04 $25,042

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 4%
Highest 4.5%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
18 04 4.375%

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 00
2.1% to 4.0% 01
4.1% to 6.0% 03
6.1% to 8.0% 00
8.1% - 10.0% 00
10.1%-12.0% 00
12.1%-14.0% 00
14.1% + 00
Total 04

5. Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Financed

Types and Dollar Amounts of AT Financed
Type of AT Number of Devices Financed Dollar Value of Loans
Vision 00 $0
Hearing 02 $5,037
Speech communication 00 $0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 00 $0
Daily living 00 $0
Environmental adaptations 00 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 02 $20,005
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 04 $25,042

6. Defaults

Defaults
Number Loans in default 02
Net loss for loans in default $804

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? 01
Activity 1
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) 08
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9) 01
C. Total Served 09

Performance Measure Number
Performance Measure Number
D. Excluded from Performance Measure 00
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 09

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 14 $10,916
Hearing 06 $906
Speech communication 00 $0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 00 $0
Daily living 00 $0
Environmental adaptations 00 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 00 $0
Computers and related 07 $7,746
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 27 $19,568


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? 00

D. Anecdote

A young woman diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia was completing college and needed assistance to hear better in the classroom setting and meeting rooms and for future employment. Her audiologist recommended a microphone/receiver system that works with her hearing aids and costs $2330. She applied for a loan through the Assistive Technology Loan Program. She also received two grants from Raising Awareness for Friedreich’s Ataxia and The FA Project which combined gave her $1300.00 and left her with a more manageable loan amount and monthly payments. This individual’s challenge to obtain work was hindered by not being able to hear in large group settings and this is where the amplification device most positively impacted her. Since obtaining it she has not only done well in college, but she also spoke at a conference and has participated in presentations at Quinnipiac University. She also interned at her town's Court House in the Protective Service Department with Victim Crimes and they are currently working with her towards a permanent position within their department.

Young woman sitting in conference. Presenter is holding the microphone that amplifies directly into her hearing aids.
Impact Area

As part of our National Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), an evaluator visited a an elderly couple to assess the wife for her telecommunication technology needs, as she was withdrawing from communicating with others and would wait for the phone to ring, but could not dial out. While assessing the wife, the evaluator noticed the husband also had low vision and relied on his daughter to read his mail to him. The evaluator recommended a voice recognition device for the landline phone through the NDBEDP which was approved and provided for the mother and he was able to help the father obtain a grant for a device that would allow him to scan his mail into an electronic format. As a result, the daughter wrote a very kind letter stating, the "two technology-based tools have opened the small world they live in into a wider scope. My mom, who is 97% blind, is now able to call family and friends without needing someone to dial for her. … My dad is so very excited to have the Eye Pal Solo because he can now hear his mail being read to him. These tools have made their lives better and … has given them a piece of their independence that they had lost."