National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

North Dakota 2018

General Information

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

State AT Program Title:
Assistive
State AT Program Title:
State AT Program URL
www.ndassistive.org
Mailing Address:
3240 15th St. S., Suite B
City:
Fargo
State:
ND
Zip Code:
58104
Program Email:
info@ndassistive.org
Phone:
800-895-4728
TTY:
800-895-4728

Lead Agency

Agency Name:
Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Mailing Address:
1000 E Divide Avenue
City:
Bismarck
State:
ND
Zip Code:
58501
Program URL:
https://www.nd.gov/dhs/dvr

Implementing Entity

Name of Implementing Agency:
Assistive
Mailing Address:
3240 15th St S, Suite B
City
Fargo
State:
ND
Zip Code:
58104
Program URL:
https://ndassistive.org/

Program Director and Other Contacts

Program Director for State AT Program (last, first):
Krull, Jeannie
Title:
Program Director
Phone:
800-895-4728
E-mail:
jmkrull@ndassistive.org
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
Robyn Throlson
Title:
Acting State Director
Phone:
701-328-8950
E-mail:
rthrolson@nd.gov
Primary Contact at Implementing Agency (last, first) - If applicable:
Jeannie Krull
Title:
Program Director
Phone:
800-895-4728
E-mail:
jmkrull@ndassistive.org

Person Responsible for completing this form if other than Program Director

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

Certifying Representative

Name (last, first):
Robyn Throlson
Title:
Acting Director
Phone:
701-328-8950
E-mail:
rthrolson@nd.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 01 00 01
Approved Not made 00 00 00
Rejected 01 01 02
Total 02 01 03

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $100,000 Highest Income: $100,000

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$100,000 01 $100,000

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 00 00 00 00 00 01 01
Percentage of Loans 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 100% 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 01 100%
With both interest buy-down and loan guarantee 00 0%
Total 01 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 00 $0
Partnership Loans 01 $6,865
Total 01 $6,865

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 2%
Highest 2%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
00 01 0%

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 01
2.1% to 4.0% 00
4.1% to 6.0% 00
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 01

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 00 $0
Speech communication 00 $0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 00 $0
Daily living 00 $0
Environmental adaptations 01 $6,865
Vehicle modification and transportation 00 $0
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 01 $6,865

6. Defaults

Defaults
Number Loans in default 00
Net loss for loans in default $0

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? 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) 24
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9) 09
C. Total Served 33

Performance Measure Number
Performance Measure Number
D. Excluded from Performance Measure 00
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 33

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 11 $10,689
Hearing 14 $2,881
Speech communication 01 $741
Learning, cognition, and developmental 02 $592
Mobility, seating and positioning 03 $3,763
Daily living 06 $944
Environmental adaptations 07 $3,514
Vehicle modification and transportation 00 $0
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 01 $311
Total 45 $23,435


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 Veteran and member of the Lakota Nation lost part of her hearing due to the war and health issues. She struggled to hear and comprehend in most situations. Thanks to generous donations to our Possibilities Fund, ND Assistive was able to provide this Veteran a personal listening device called the PocketTalker Personal Amplifier through our Last Resort program. The woman stated that the PocketTalker aids her in hearing the TV at a "normal" loudness level, which prevents angry calls from her neighbors. She can understand her doctor during medical appointments, and she enjoys meeting with friends now that she can grasp what they are saying. She said, "It is amazing how these devices work. These devices are really handy! They make my life so much easier! I can hear a lot more than I did before!" Now, she can even hear her cat, Nimrod's meow!

Woman with her Service Dog, a black lab coonhound. She is holding the pocketalker.
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. 00 03 31 34
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 00 00 00 00
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 00 03 31 34
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 00 03 31 34
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
8. Total 00 03 31 34
9. Performance on this measure NaN% 100% 100%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 33 97.06%
Satisfied 01 2.94%
Satisfied somewhat 00 0%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 00 0%
Total Surveyed 34
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 174
C. Total 174

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 174

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 33 $4,330 $0 $4,330
Hearing 84 $7,405 $0 $7,405
Speech Communication 02 $104 $0 $104
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 07 $2,133 $0 $2,133
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 03 $304 $0 $304
Daily Living 31 $4,966 $0 $4,966
Environmental Adaptations 02 $551 $0 $551
Vehicle Modification & Transportation 00 $0 $0 $0
Computers and Related 12 $3,682 $0 $3,682
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 00 $0 $0 $0
Total 174 $23,475 $0 $23,475

D. Anecdote

Due to macular degeneration, a rural ND woman was having extreme difficulty seeing and reading most things in her life. From reading her medications to walking safely in her home, she found it very challenging to be independent. After an equipment demonstration at ND Assistive to find assistive technology solutions for her vision needs, she decided that an electronic handheld magnifier would help her read again. Yet, the woman did not have the funds to purchase the magnifier. Thanks to ND Assistive’s Open-Ended Loan program, she was able to obtain a used handheld video magnifier (originally valued at $500) at no cost to her, to use as long as she needed. This created immediate independence for her! She said “This magnifier camera helps me see things better when it’s hard to read. I like it a lot and was so happy and grateful to receive it. You all have been so gracious and helpful to me. God bless!”