National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

North Dakota 2020

General Information

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

State AT Program Title:
ND 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:
ND 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 07 04 11
Approved Not made 00 00 00
Rejected 00 00 00
Total 07 04 11

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $9,249 Highest Income: $116,000

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$388,579 11 $35,325

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 03 02 04 01 00 01 11
Percentage of Loans 27.27% 18.18% 36.36% 9.09% 0% 9.09% 100%

3. Loan Type

Loan Type
Type of Loan Number of Loans Percentage of loans
Revolving Loans 11 100%
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 11 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 11 $157,694
Partnership Loans 00 $0
Total 11 $157,694

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 2%
Highest 2%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
22 11 2%

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 11
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 11

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 02 $4,173
Daily living 00 $0
Environmental adaptations 00 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 09 $153,521
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 11 $157,694

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) 11
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9) 19
C. Total Served 30

Performance Measure Number
Performance Measure Number
D. Excluded from Performance Measure 00
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 30

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 07 $3,551
Hearing 05 $1,232
Speech communication 04 $1,584
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 06 $5,761
Daily living 08 $5,958
Environmental adaptations 06 $3,148
Vehicle modification and transportation 07 $6,000
Computers and related 03 $1,910
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 46 $29,144


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 twenty-something man with quadriplegia applied for the ND Assistive Last Resort program, the Possibilities Grant, to help him acquire a special lighting package for his wheelchair. This lighting package would allow him the freedom to go out at night and still be seen by others, especially oncoming vehicles and bikes. This particular wheelchair add-on, recommended by his physical therapist, was not covered by his insurance or any other funding avenue, so his therapist suggested that he contact ND Assistive. ND Assistive raises dollars through donations and various fundraisers to help ND residents with disabilities obtain the assistive technology (AT) they need for independence. All the dollars raised go directly toward the purchase of AT through the ND Assistive Possibilities Grant program. This program is intended to be a last resort, and cannot supplant other public funding avenues (e.g., vocational rehabilitation or public schools). The man reported, “Prior to me getting my LED lights on my electric wheelchair, I was limited to taking trips only during the day. Otherwise, if I was out in the dark I could not see what was exactly in front of me or it made it hard for me to be visible to cars. Thanks to the Possibilities Grant I now can be out and take trips in the dark with my electric wheelchair with my LED Lights. These lights are on the fender both in the front and back of my electric wheelchair. They allow me now to see about 5 feet in front of me as well as I am more visible to cars now. These LED lights allow for more independence and safety for me. Some insurance plans will help pay for needed assistive technology; but if they will not cover it, I would encourage them to reach out to ND Assistive and fill out an application!”