National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Puerto Rico 2018

General Information

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

State AT Program Title:
Puerto Rico Assistive Technology Program (PRATP)
State AT Program Title:
State AT Program URL
www.pratp.upr.edu
Mailing Address:
Jardin Botanico Sur, 1187 Calle Flamboyan
City:
San Juan
State:
Puerto Rico
Zip Code:
00926
Program Email:
pratp@pratp.upr.edu
Phone:
787-474-9999
TTY:

Lead Agency

Agency Name:
University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Central Administration
Mailing Address:
Jardin Botanico Sur, 1187 Calle Flamboyan
City:
San Juan
State:
Puerto Rico
Zip Code:
00926
Program URL:
www.pratp.upr.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):
Miranda, Maria I
Title:
Program Director
Phone:
787-474-7292
E-mail:
mariamiranda@pratp.upr.edu
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
Miranda, Maria I
Title:
Program Director
Phone:
787-474-7292
E-mail:
mariamiranda@pratp.upr.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):
Miranda, Maria I
Title:
Program Director
Phone:
787-474-7292
E-mail:
mariamiranda@pratp.upr.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? 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? 00


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 Fabrication Program
2. Geographic Distribution and Number of Individuals Served
Geographic Distribution
County of Residence Individuals Served
A. Metro (RUCC 1-3) 25
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9) 00
C. Total Served 25

Performance Measure Number
Performance Measure Number
D. Excluded from Performance Measure 00
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 25

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 00 $0 $0 $0
Hearing 00 $0 $0 $0
Speech communication 02 $260 $0 $260
Learning, cognition, and developmental 01 $42 $0 $42
Mobility, seating and positioning 08 $8,891 $40 $8,851
Daily living 05 $596 $0 $596
Environmental adaptations 08 $3,780 $123 $3,657
Vehicle modification and transportation 00 $0 $0 $0
Computers and related 01 $114 $0 $114
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0 $0 $0
Total 25 $13,683 $163 $13,520

D. Anecdote

Diego (not his real name) is a 36-year-old professional photographer who lives in a small town in the east part of Puerto Rico, an area recently devastated by Hurricane Maria. He owns a digital art studio where he transforms his photos into masterful pieces for his clients. Diego told us that he had wanted for some time to use bigger cameras with large format lenses in his work, but due to his severe physical disabilities and small body size, the bulk and weight of the equipment was too much for him to handle. He wanted “something” that could hold the camera for him while at the same time allowing him to rotate, tilt and angle the camera effortlessly. Existing devices on the market could not handle the weight nor provide the flexibility of movement needed (the closest comparable device being the $850 Robo Arm Mount). Through PRATP's Low Cost Device Design and Development (LD3) initiative a prototype was created with the help of mechanical engineering students and Diego’s input. The prototype was tested and optimized to a final version that is fully adjustable, lightweight and can hold over 20lbs of equipment (the total cost of materials was $53). Diego can easily move the camera and access its controls while the device handles all the weight; once finished, the holder just slides-out or swings away. Immediately after installing the final version, Diego started taking pictures using the largest and heaviest lens he could find. He has now added several of these previously inaccessible tools to his professional inventory.