National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Illinois 2019

General Information

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

State AT Program Title:
Illinois Assistive Technology Program
State AT Program Title:
State AT Program URL
www.iltech.org
Mailing Address:
1020 S. Spring Street
City:
Springfield
State:
Illinois
Zip Code:
62704
Program Email:
wgunther@iltech.org
Phone:
217-522-7985
TTY:
800-852-5110

Lead Agency

Agency Name:
Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services
Mailing Address:
100 S. Grand Avenue, East
City:
Springfield
State:
Illinois
Zip Code:
62794
Program URL:
http://www.dhs.state.il.us

Implementing Entity

Name of Implementing Agency:
Illinois Assistive Technology Program
Mailing Address:
1020 S. Spring Street
City
Springfield
State:
Illinois
Zip Code:
62704
Program URL:
http://www.iltech.org

Program Director and Other Contacts

Program Director for State AT Program (last, first):
Gunther, Wilhelmina
Title:
Executive Director
Phone:
217-522-7985
E-mail:
wgunther@iltech.org
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
McCoy, Sarah
Title:
Project Officer
Phone:
217-782-9432
E-mail:
sarah.mccoy@illinois.gov
Primary Contact at Implementing Agency (last, first) - If applicable:
Gunther, Wilhelmina
Title:
Executive Director
Phone:
217-522-7985
E-mail:
wgunther@iltech.org

Person Responsible for completing this form if other than Program Director

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

Certifying Representative

Name (last, first):
Patrick, Rahnee
Title:
Director
Phone:
217-557-0401
E-mail:
Rahnee.Patrick@illinois.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 07 03 10
Approved Not made 00 01 01
Rejected 20 10 30
Total 27 14 41

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $15,792 Highest Income: $113,136

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$511,392 10 $51,139

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 02 02 03 02 01 10
Percentage of Loans 0% 20% 20% 30% 20% 10% 100%

3. Loan Type

Loan Type
Type of Loan Number of Loans Percentage of loans
Revolving Loans 10 100%
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 10 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 10 $172,433
Partnership Loans 00 $0
Total 10 $172,433

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 3%
Highest 5%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
35 10 3.5%

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 00
2.1% to 4.0% 09
4.1% to 6.0% 01
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 10

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 01 $5,000
Daily living 02 $7,466
Environmental adaptations 01 $19,594
Vehicle modification and transportation 06 $140,373
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 10 $172,433

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? Other: Vocational Rehabilitation Open Ended Equipment Purchasing Program
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) 350
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9) 59
C. Total Served 409

Performance Measure Number
Performance Measure Number
D. Excluded from Performance Measure 409
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 00

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

This program is funded through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services as a bulk purchase program to increase the cost savings to the state for AT equipment and devices purchased for customers served through VR.

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 283 $369,153
Hearing 00 $0
Speech communication 05 $480
Learning, cognition, and developmental 226 $88,360
Mobility, seating and positioning 29 $11,093
Daily living 00 $0
Environmental adaptations 11 $1,698
Vehicle modification and transportation 00 $0
Computers and related 794 $503,003
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 1,348 $973,787


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

Meet Bart! At eleven years old Bart is now in a wheelchair and has outgrown all car seats. The family needed a vehicle that would provide him the ability to travel safely and in comfort. They also wanted the opportunity to take Bart out of the house more frequently, not only when it’s absolutely required. The family worked very hard to make this happen. It was a long journey but with personal savings, crowd funding, family assistance, and the help of the Tommy Finnegan Legacy Foundation, Division of Specialized Care for Children and Exceptional Children's Charities, the family was able to obtain an affordable financial loan through IATP. The family’s note: Thank you so much for your help and for the support of our collection, which lasted almost two years. All documents were completed and we could pick up the car. It is awesome. Bart is very happy and the first week using new car is behind us. Now we are able to leave the house without any problem. Thank you all very much that you helped to make our life easier and more normal. Bart got a great gift for Children's Day, a new car and possibility for more going out of home!

Bart in his family's new van
Impact Area

Spencer received an Apple Watch through the Fast Track Open-Ended Loan Program after a workplace evaluation determined that wearable technology will increase his independence by sending reminders of tasks to complete, decreasing his need for a job coach.

Picture of Spencer with his Apple Watch
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 00 09 09
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 01 01
4. Subtotal 00 00 10 10
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 00 00 10 10
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
8. Total 00 00 10 10
9. Performance on this measure NaN% NaN% 100%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 418 99.76%
Satisfied 01 0.24%
Satisfied somewhat 00 0%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 00 0%
Total Surveyed 419
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 727
C. Total 727

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 727

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 101 $76,512 $0 $76,512
Hearing 11 $3,431 $0 $3,431
Speech Communication 44 $132,408 $0 $132,408
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 06 $1,187 $0 $1,187
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 344 $113,763 $0 $113,763
Daily Living 473 $30,465 $0 $30,465
Environmental Adaptations 01 $2,000 $0 $2,000
Vehicle Modification & Transportation 01 $300 $0 $300
Computers and Related 45 $18,906 $0 $18,906
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 05 $1,603 $0 $1,603
Total 1,031 $380,575 $0 $380,575

D. Anecdote

Elnora has a print disability that was never diagnosed or addressed when she was a child. When she married, she depended on her husband to read all of their mail, newspapers . . . anything in print aloud to her. Unfortunately, her husband passed away last year and Elnora has few people to rely on. Also, there were things coming through the mail that she did not necessarily want other people reading. She visited IATP because she had received a document from the WIPA program that she felt was personal and asked for assistance from a WIPA staff member to read the document. The staff member was happy to assist and made sure Elnora had a complete understanding of the document. The Reuse Program was called into the meeting to see if they might have any devices that could help her read her mail. A Reuse staff member found a scanning pen and trialed it with Elnora. She picked up on the operation of the pen very quickly. An open-ended loan was made to her meaning she could use it as long as it was of benefit to her. Elnora was literally in tears when she was leaving. She said that she had never been treated with such kindness. A follow-up visit was made to her home to ensure that everything was working out and she brought out her mail to show how she now reads it independently.

woman using scanning pen to read mail
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. 25 18 647 690
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 03 03 28 34
3. AT was available through other programs, but the system was too complex or the wait time too long. 00 00 03 03
4. Subtotal 28 21 678 727
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 28 21 678 727
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
8. Total 28 21 678 727
9. Performance on this measure 100% 100% 100%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 726 99.86%
Satisfied 01 0.14%
Satisfied somewhat 00 0%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 00 0%
Total Surveyed 727
Response rate % 100%

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) 1,145
Serve as loaner during service repair or while waiting for funding 75
Provide an accommodation on a short-term basis for a time-limited event/situation 94
Conduct training, self-education or other professional development activity 79
Total 1,393

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 223
Family Members, Guardians, and Authorized Representatives 225
Representative of Education 691
Representative of Employment 29
Representatives of Health, Allied Health, and Rehabilitation 106
Representatives of Community Living 112
Representatives of Technology 07
Total 1,393

C. Length of Short-Term Device Loans

Length of Short-Term Device Loan in Days 35

D. Types of Devices Loaned

Types of Devices Loaned
Type of AT Device Number
Vision 145
Hearing 70
Speech Communication 786
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 269
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 57
Daily Living 159
Environmental Adaptations 83
Vehicle Modification and Transportation 00
Computers and Related 158
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 04
Total 1,731

E. Anecdote

My experience with the Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) in Springfield exceeded my expectations in each step of the process of AAC. I was impressed with the speed and efficiency of communication from the very first email inquiry. Each person with whom I spoke was courteous and knowledgeable. The team's ability to immediately connect me to resources was much appreciated. I was thankful for the expertise from the SLP who evaluated my student and also pleased with the respectful collaboration we shared. Written reports and loaner devices were received more quickly than expected and instructions were easy to follow for device return and new device funding. I highly commend the IATP for their professionalism, expertise and courteous service to me, my student and his family. This thank you note below was dictated by him, then he signed it and drew arms for a great big hug to you!