National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Connecticut 2019

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 13 00 13
Approved Not made 01 00 01
Rejected 00 00 00
Total 14 00 14

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $9,169 Highest Income: $100,000

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$601,082 13 $46,237

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 02 04 01 01 02 03 13
Percentage of Loans 15.38% 30.77% 7.69% 7.69% 15.38% 23.08% 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 13 100%
With both interest buy-down and loan guarantee 00 0%
Total 13 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 00 $0
Partnership Loans 13 $225,380
Total 13 $225,380

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 4%
Highest 5%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
53 13 4.07692307692308%

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 00
2.1% to 4.0% 11
4.1% to 6.0% 02
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 13

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 01 $3,500
Hearing 00 $0
Speech communication 00 $0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 01 $3,185
Daily living 00 $0
Environmental adaptations 00 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 11 $218,695
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 13 $225,380

6. Defaults

Defaults
Number Loans in default 01
Net loss for loans in default $4,551

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) 05
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9) 02
C. Total Served 07

Performance Measure Number
Performance Measure Number
D. Excluded from Performance Measure 00
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 07

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 $5,318
Hearing 02 $1,155
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 02 $163
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 08 $6,636


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

The Connecticut Tech Act Project assisted a family who had been trying for many years to obtain a much needed Modified Vehicle for an individual with Anoxic Encephalopathy a degenerative disease of the brain. He uses a power wheelchair and had to rely on public transportation, friends and good weather to get to doctor and therapy appointments, while the sole provider for the family of five worked 2 jobs to keep them going. Unfortunately, they were previously denied a loan due to insufficient funds, however this time we worked with the family to pursue grant funds and they also raised $2550 through a GoFundMe campaign. Through our connections with various agencies who provide grants, the consumer was able to receive $7000 in grants from one agency and $3028 from another leaving a balance that was small enough to allow us to approve a loan. In the words of the family, “If it wasn’t for the generous donations and hard work of everyone this wouldn’t have been possible. We are forever grateful for this has changed our family’s lives for the better.”