National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Kansas 2018

General Information

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

State AT Program Title:
KU AT Program: Assistive Technology for Kansans
State AT Program Title:
State AT Program URL
www.atk.ku.edu
Mailing Address:
2601 Gabriel Ave.
City:
Parsons
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
67357
Program Email:
ssack@ku.edu
Phone:
620-421-8367
TTY:
620-421-0954

Lead Agency

Agency Name:
The University of Kansas Center for Research Inc.
Mailing Address:
Youngberg Hall 2385 Irving Hill Road
City:
Lawrence
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66044
Program URL:
http://www.atk.ku.edu

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):
Sack, Sara
Title:
Senior Research Professor
Phone:
620-421-8367
E-mail:
ssack@ku.edu
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
Sack, Sara
Title:
senior Research Professor
Phone:
620-421-8367
E-mail:
ssack@ku.edu
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):
Reed, Alicia
Title:
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Office of Research
Phone:
785-864-7231
E-mail:
amreed@ku.edu

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 42 38 80
Approved Not made 01 03 04
Rejected 03 05 08
Total 46 46 92

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $8,820 Highest Income: $124,332

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$2,798,500 80 $34,981

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 26 18 13 10 05 08 80
Percentage of Loans 32.5% 22.5% 16.25% 12.5% 6.25% 10% 100%

3. Loan Type

Loan Type
Type of Loan Number of Loans Percentage of loans
Revolving Loans 80 100%
Partnership Loans
Without interest buy-down or loan guarantee 00 0%
With interest buy-down only 00 0%
With loan guarantee only 00 0%
With both interest buy-down and loan guarantee 00 0%
Total 80 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 80 $733,810
Partnership Loans 00 $0
Total 80 $733,810

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 5.5%
Highest 5.5%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
440 80 5.5%

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 00
2.1% to 4.0% 00
4.1% to 6.0% 80
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 80

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 16 $62,394
Speech communication 00 $0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 13 $28,484
Daily living 10 $28,169
Environmental adaptations 01 $5,800
Vehicle modification and transportation 39 $608,239
Computers and related 01 $724
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 80 $733,810

6. Defaults

Defaults
Number Loans in default 06
Net loss for loans in default $46,541

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? Other: Funding Eligibility Assistance
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) 107
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9) 287
C. Total Served 394

Performance Measure Number
Performance Measure Number
D. Excluded from Performance Measure 00
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 394

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 62 $30,485
Hearing 48 $15,298
Speech communication 37 $86,093
Learning, cognition, and developmental 27 $6,748
Mobility, seating and positioning 61 $57,114
Daily living 116 $45,635
Environmental adaptations 12 $10,069
Vehicle modification and transportation 09 $22,741
Computers and related 13 $11,295
Recreation, sports, and leisure 09 $9,479
Total 394 $294,957

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) 218
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9) 437
C. Total Served 655

Performance Measure Number
Performance Measure Number
D. Excluded from Performance Measure 00
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 655

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 209 $42,667
Hearing 217 $45,391
Speech communication 13 $7,800
Learning, cognition, and developmental 59 $8,578
Mobility, seating and positioning 157 $25,737
Daily living 00 $0
Environmental adaptations 00 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 00 $0
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 655 $130,173

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

Robert contacted his regional Assistive Technology for Kansans AT Site for help raising funds for repair of his van lift. The lift is essential so he can travel to medical appointments. Due to significant circulation issues, Robert has to travel with his legs elevated so he can’t transfer into any vehicle. Since he is in rural Kansas, he travels over at least 70 miles to meet with three different specialists on his medical team; he averages two medical appointments a month. When his lift was out of commission, Robert had to miss his aquatherapy sessions which improve his circulation, provides cardio exercise, and an opportunity to meet with friends. ATK staff worked with two different nonprofit foundations to cover the cost of the van lift repair and Robert is back on the road. As Robert told ATK staff, “you can’t understand what this means to me. My life just opens up again.”

Man in power chair on wheelchair van lift.
Impact Area

Impact Area

E. Performance Measures

Performance Measures
Response Primary Purpose for Which AT is Needed Total
Education Employment Community Living
1. Could only afford the AT through the AT program. 115 111 609 835
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 75 106 80 261
3. AT was available through other programs, but the system was too complex or the wait time too long. 03 00 30 33
4. Subtotal 193 217 719 1,129
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 193 217 719 1,129
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
8. Total 193 217 719 1,129
9. Performance on this measure 100% 100% 100%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 769 68.11%
Satisfied 345 30.56%
Satisfied somewhat 15 1.33%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 00 0%
Total Surveyed 1,129
Response rate % 100%

G. Notes:

Reutilization

A. Number of Recipients of Reused Devices

Activity Number of Individuals Receiving a Device from Activity
A. Device Exchange 00
B. Device Refurbish/Repair - Reassign and/or Open Ended Loan 693
C. Total 693

Performance Measure
D. Device Exchange - Excluded from Performance Measure 00
E. Reassignment/Refurbishment and Repair and Open Ended Loans - Excluded from Performance Measure because AT is provided to or on behalf of an entity that has an obligation to provide the AT such as schools under IDEA or VR agencies/clients 00
F. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 693

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

B. Device Exchange Activities

Device Exchange
Type of AT Device Number of Devices Exchanged Total Estimated Current Purchase Price Total Price for Which Device(s) Were Exchanged Savings to Consumers
Vision 00 $0 $0 $0
Hearing 00 $0 $0 $0
Speech Communication 00 $0 $0 $0
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 00 $0 $0 $0
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 00 $0 $0 $0
Daily Living 00 $0 $0 $0
Environmental Adaptations 00 $0 $0 $0
Vehicle Modification & Transportation 00 $0 $0 $0
Computers and Related 00 $0 $0 $0
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 00 $0 $0 $0
Total 00 $0 $0 $0

C. Device Refurbish/Repair - Reassignment and/or Open Ended Loan Activities

Device Reassign/Repair/Refurbish and/or OEL
Type of AT Device Number of Devices Reassigned/Refurbished and Repaired Total Estimated Current Purchase Price Total Price for Which Device(s) Were Sold Savings to Consumers
Vision 04 $7,420 $0 $7,420
Hearing 00 $0 $0 $0
Speech Communication 00 $0 $0 $0
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 00 $0 $0 $0
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 306 $426,928 $0 $426,928
Daily Living 374 $180,004 $0 $180,004
Environmental Adaptations 03 $1,800 $0 $1,800
Vehicle Modification & Transportation 01 $6,000 $0 $6,000
Computers and Related 04 $5,100 $0 $5,100
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 01 $75 $0 $75
Total 693 $627,327 $0 $627,327

D. Anecdote

Matthew and his brother, Buddy, live in a 2-story farm house in rural Kansas. Matthew uses a manual wheelchair with a mount for his communication device. He uses an eye gaze bar with his device to tell really corny jokes at school. His manual chair was six years old and breaking down. Matthew and his mom contacted the Assistive Technology for Kansans office in their region to request a refurbished manual wheelchair. The ATK staff were able to match him with a tilt in space manual wheelchair that works with his mounting system and delivered it to his house the next week. Matthew is preparing for transition from high school to the community and has the technology he needs to stay mobile.

Impact Area

E. Performance Measures

Performance Measures
Response Primary Purpose for Which AT is Needed Total
Education Employment Community Living
1. Could only afford the AT through the AT program. 23 00 603 626
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 00 00 42 42
3. AT was available through other programs, but the system was too complex or the wait time too long. 00 00 21 21
4. Subtotal 23 00 666 689
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 23 00 666 689
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 04 04
8. Total 23 00 670 693
9. Performance on this measure 100% NaN% 99.4%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 539 77.78%
Satisfied 144 20.78%
Satisfied somewhat 04 0.58%
Not at all satisfied 03 0.43%
Nonrespondent 03 0.43%
Total Surveyed 693
Response rate % 99.57%

G. Notes:

Device Loan

A. Short-Term Device Loans by Type of Purpose

Loans By Purpose
Primary Purpose of Short-Term Device Loan Number
Assist in decision-making (device trial or evaluation) 371
Serve as loaner during service repair or while waiting for funding 06
Provide an accommodation on a short-term basis for a time-limited event/situation 115
Conduct training, self-education or other professional development activity 15
Total 507

B. Short-Term Device Loan by Type of Borrower

LOANS By Borrower Type
Type of Individual or Entity Number of Device Borrowers
Individuals with Disabilities 383
Family Members, Guardians, and Authorized Representatives 14
Representative of Education 35
Representative of Employment 18
Representatives of Health, Allied Health, and Rehabilitation 26
Representatives of Community Living 25
Representatives of Technology 06
Total 507

C. Length of Short-Term Device Loans

Length of Short-Term Device Loan in Days 28

D. Types of Devices Loaned

Types of Devices Loaned
Type of AT Device Number
Vision 47
Hearing 24
Speech Communication 66
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 211
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 63
Daily Living 99
Environmental Adaptations 06
Vehicle Modification and Transportation 00
Computers and Related 82
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 18
Total 616

E. Anecdote

A young boy with cerebral palsy used a gait trainer and adapted tricycle funded by Assistive Technology for Kansans staff to get around. His education team was concerned that he couldn’t keep up with his peers and clearly wanted to be part of playground activities. His mother was concerned about moving from a gait trainer to manual wheelchair. Assistive Technology for Kansans staff offered to go with her and her son to the seating clinic to see what was possible. The mom declined but agreed to have a service provider come to the school if ATK staff could arrange it. The family and school team participated in the evaluation, several wheelchairs were demonstrated, and a sample chair was left for short term loan. Everyone agreed the loaner wheelchair worked for him but his mom was concerned that he might be teased. ATK staff suggested adding special wheel cover decals to increase the cool factor – Spider Man wheel covers were added to the recommendations. To lower costs, ATK staff worked with seating clinic staff to provide a pediatric wheelchair base. Funds were raised through private foundations to cover remaining costs. He and his friends agree the bright red wheelchair with Spider Man wheels is awesome!

Impact Area

F. Access Performance Measures

Access Performance Measures
Response Primary Purpose for Which AT is Needed Total
Education Employment Community Living
Decided that AT device/service will meet needs 210 48 109 367
Decided that an AT device/ service will not meet needs 01 01 02 04
Subtotal 211 49 111 371
Have not made a decision 00 00 00 00
Subtotal 211 49 111 371
Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
Total 211 49 111 371
Performance on this measure 100% 100% 100%

G. Acquisition Performance Measures

Acquisition Performance Measures
Response Primary Purpose for Which AT is Needed Total
Education Employment Community Living
1. Could only afford the AT through the AT program. 23 13 27 63
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 60 00 13 73
3. AT was available through other programs, but the system was too complex or the wait time too long. 00 00 00 00
4. Subtotal 83 13 40 136
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 83 13 40 136
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
8. Total 83 13 40 136
9. Performance on this measure 100% 100% 100%

H. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 428 84.42%
Satisfied 59 11.64%
Satisfied somewhat 04 0.79%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 16 3.16%
Total Surveyed 507
Response rate % 96.84%

I. Notes:

Device Demonstration

A. Number of Device Demonstrations by Device Type

Type of AT Device / Service Number of Demonstrations of AT Devices / Services
Vision 72
Hearing 39
Speech Communication 62
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 148
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 47
Daily Living 61
Environmental Adaptations 11
Vehicle Modification and Transportation 00
Computers and Related 39
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 06
Total # of Devices Demonstrated 485

B. Types of Participants

Demonstrations by Participant Type
Type of Participant Number of Participants in Device Demonstrations
Individuals with Disabilities 296
Family Members, Guardians, and Authorized Representatives 88
Representatives of Education 41
Representatives of Employment 02
Health, Allied Health, Rehabilitation 34
Representative of Community Living 16
Representative of Technology 08
Total 485

C. Number of Referrals

Referrals
Type of Entity Number of Referrals
Funding Source (non-AT program) 379
Service Provider 569
Vendor 1,137
Repair Service 00
Others 03
Total 2,088

D. Anecdote

Robert left his job as an auto mechanic due to increasing vision loss associated with Retinitus Pigmentosa and a progressive hearing loss. He contacted Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) for technology to access the Internet, pay bills online, and stay in contact with family, friends since travel and communication in crowds is difficult for him. ATK staff demonstrated a range of tablets, laptops, smartphones, and input devices. He decided he would like to try an iPad Pro tablet with a rugged keyboard case with backlighting and a few Bluetooth (BT) noise cancelling headsets. After loan of the devices, he agreed the loaned equipment were the right devices for him. ATK staff obtained funds for the tablet with case, smartphone, noise cancelling BT headset, and wi-fi booster to support remote rural access. Now he can order materials for home improvement projects online, manage his bills, and stay in contact with family and friends across the country using FaceBook, iMessage, and texts.