National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Washington 2019

General Information

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

State AT Program Title:
Washington Assistive Technology Act Program
State AT Program Title:
State AT Program URL
http://watap.org
Mailing Address:
UW Box 357920
City:
Seattle
State:
Wa
Zip Code:
98195
Program Email:
watap@uw.edu
Phone:
800-214-8731
TTY:
866-866-0162

Lead Agency

Agency Name:
UW Center for Technology and Disability Studies
Mailing Address:
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE Box 359472
City:
Seattle
State:
Wa
Zip Code:
98195
Program URL:
http://www.washington.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):
Knue, Alan
Title:
Director
Phone:
2066856836
E-mail:
aknue@uw.edu
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
Knue, Alan
Title:
Director
Phone:
2066856836
E-mail:
aknue@uw.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):
Rhodes, Carol
Title:
Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Phone:
2065434043
E-mail:
osp@uw.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 93 06 99
Approved Not made 17 02 19
Rejected 16 02 18
Total 126 10 136

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $9,252 Highest Income: $202,404

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$4,894,788 99 $49,442

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 19 24 13 11 09 23 99
Percentage of Loans 19.19% 24.24% 13.13% 11.11% 9.09% 23.23% 100%

3. Loan Type

Loan Type
Type of Loan Number of Loans Percentage of loans
Revolving Loans 98 98.99%
Partnership Loans
Without interest buy-down or loan guarantee 00 0%
With interest buy-down only 01 1.01%
With loan guarantee only 00 0%
With both interest buy-down and loan guarantee 00 0%
Total 99 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 98 $480,097
Partnership Loans 01 $1,154
Total 99 $481,251

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 0%
Highest 5%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
490 99 4.94949494949495%

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% 98
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 99

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 $1,154
Hearing 50 $171,358
Speech communication 00 $0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 16 $62,823
Daily living 06 $55,327
Environmental adaptations 00 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 13 $164,901
Computers and related 11 $10,140
Recreation, sports, and leisure 03 $15,548
Total 100 $481,251

6. Defaults

Defaults
Number Loans in default 04
Net loss for loans in default $17,087

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: Individual Development Accounts
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) 12
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9) 02
C. Total Served 14

Performance Measure Number
Performance Measure Number
D. Excluded from Performance Measure 00
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 14

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 00 $0
Hearing 00 $0
Speech communication 00 $0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 14 $7,847
Daily living 30 $19,580
Environmental adaptations 00 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 00 $0
Computers and related 04 $1,433
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 48 $28,860

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) 56
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9) 00
C. Total Served 56

Performance Measure Number
Performance Measure Number
D. Excluded from Performance Measure 00
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 56

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 28 $43,304
Hearing 11 $3,399
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 76 $46,071
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 115 $92,774

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

Arlene and Eric came to the Northwest Access Fund, WATAP’s state financing partner, for a loan to purchase a modified vehicle that would accommodate their daughter Evie, a 21-year-old woman, who uses a wheelchair due to Lissencephaly. Previously Evie had used a car seat, but their SUV would not accommodate Evie's wheelchair. The family worked with a local mobility dealer to find a reliable, used vehicle that would provide suitable transportation not only for necessary trips to the doctor but also "to get out to see the sights." Both Arlene and Eric are employed, but significant medical expenses linked to their daughter's disability and other family circumstances contributed to accrued debts and limited savings. The Access Fund’s flexible financing was able to accommodate this higher debt-to-income ratio, and the family was approved for an affordable loan. Their new modified vehicle has made a dramatic difference in their day-to-day lives. The affordable financing goes further in allowing room in their budget so the family can work toward other financing goals, including paying off credit card debt and purchasing an accessible home in the coming years.

Impact Area

Burt, a 56-year-old man with Cerebral Palsy, has lived with his brother and sister-in-law in a manufactured home in Pierce County, WA for 18 years. He loves the outdoors, but the wheelchair he uses has limited his ability to go exploring on his own or hiking with his family. He recently found out about the Action Trackchair, an all-terrain powerchair that can handle the rugged Washington terrain. At more than $12,000, however, Burt could not afford this life-changing technology. He applied for financing through the Northwest Access Fund, WATAP’s state financing partner. Burt’s SSDI income was sufficient to be approved for an affordable loan, which he is now repaying over 5 years. Today, Burt reports dramatically increased independence and quality of life as a direct result from having the all-terrain powerchair.

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 23 130 153
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 00 00 01 01
3. AT was available through other programs, but the system was too complex or the wait time too long. 00 03 03 06
4. Subtotal 00 26 134 160
5. None of the above 00 00 08 08
6. Subtotal 00 26 142 168
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 01 01
8. Total 00 26 143 169
9. Performance on this measure NaN% 100% 93.71%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 161 95.27%
Satisfied 08 4.73%
Satisfied somewhat 00 0%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 00 0%
Total Surveyed 169
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 01
B. Device Refurbish/Repair - Reassign and/or Open Ended Loan 3,294
C. Total 3,295

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 3,295

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 01 $529 $60 $469
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 00 $0 $0 $0
Total 01 $529 $60 $469

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 03 $646 $0 $646
Hearing 42 $18,346 $1,550 $16,796
Speech Communication 00 $0 $0 $0
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 01 $65 $0 $65
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 2,551 $3,073,420 $0 $3,073,420
Daily Living 1,987 $642,993 $0 $642,993
Environmental Adaptations 142 $11,135 $0 $11,135
Vehicle Modification & Transportation 00 $0 $0 $0
Computers and Related 00 $0 $0 $0
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 00 $0 $0 $0
Total 4,726 $3,746,605 $1,550 $3,745,055

D. Anecdote

LaKeith is rebuilding his life by overcoming addiction while managing joint and bone pain from a rare condition, SAPHO Syndrome, which makes even small movements difficult. Trips to doctors, grocery outlets, the pharmacy and to his drug rehab program were impossible without someone to take him. LaKeith came with his case worker to WATAP’s reuse partner, Bridge Disability Ministries’ Meyer Medical Equipment Center, to look a mobility options to not only help him move from place to place within his apartment but to help him get around the community more independently. He received a “new” power wheelchair and was smiling as he left the Center on a beautiful summer day, heading to the bus stop for his first independent trip home. His power wheelchair has greatly improved his quality of life- LaKeith now makes all of his trips around town on his own. He is very thankful for his newfound independence and is positive about his chances for success.