National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Louisiana 2021

General Information

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

State AT Program Title:
Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN)
State AT Program Title:
State AT Program URL
www.latan.org
Mailing Address:
10988 N. Harrells Ferry Rd., Ste. 5
City:
Baton Rouge
State:
Louisiana
Zip Code:
70816
Program Email:
info@latan.org
Phone:
8002706185
TTY:
2259259500

Lead Agency

Agency Name:
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Mailing Address:
628 North 4th Street
City:
Baton Rouge
State:
LOUISIANA
Zip Code:
70808
Program URL:

Implementing Entity

Name of Implementing Agency:
Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN)
Mailing Address:
10988 N. Harrells Ferry Rd., Ste. 5
City
Baton Rouge
State:
Louisiana
Zip Code:
70816
Program URL:
www.latan.org

Program Director and Other Contacts

Program Director for State AT Program (last, first):
Black, Yakima
Title:
President & CEO
Phone:
2259259500
E-mail:
yblack@latan.org
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
Thomas, Mark A.
Title:
Deputy Secretary
Phone:
2253427095
E-mail:
mark.thomas@la.gov
Primary Contact at Implementing Agency (last, first) - If applicable:
Black, Yakima
Title:
President & CEO
Phone:
2259259500
E-mail:
yblack@latan.org

Person Responsible for completing this form if other than Program Director

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

Certifying Representative

Name (last, first):
Black, Yakima K.
Title:
President & CEO
Phone:
2259259500
E-mail:
yblack@latan.org

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 00 07
Approved Not made 00 00 00
Rejected 01 01 02
Total 08 01 09

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $16,680 Highest Income: $88,112

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$276,096 07 $39,442

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 00 03 01 02 00 01 07
Percentage of Loans 0% 42.86% 14.29% 28.57% 0% 14.29% 100%

3. Loan Type

Loan Type
Type of Loan Number of Loans Percentage of loans
Revolving Loans 04 57.14%
Partnership Loans
Without interest buy-down or loan guarantee 00 0%
With interest buy-down only 00 0%
With loan guarantee only 02 28.57%
With both interest buy-down and loan guarantee 01 14.29%
Total 07 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 04 $13,011
Partnership Loans 03 $79,280
Total 07 $92,291

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 2%
Highest 4%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
21 07 3%

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 04
2.1% to 4.0% 03
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 07

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 $454
Hearing 00 $0
Speech communication 00 $0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 02 $13,801
Daily living 01 $3,700
Environmental adaptations 02 $550
Vehicle modification and transportation 02 $71,881
Computers and related 02 $1,905
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 10 $92,291

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? 2
Activity 1
How would you describe this state financing activity?Other:

2. Geographic Distribution, Number of Individuals Who Acquired AT Devices and Services and Number for whom Performance Measure Data are Collected

County of ResidenceIndividuals Served
A. Metro (RUCC 1-3)1
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9)0
C. Total Served1

Performance Measure
D. Excluded from Performance Measure0
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures1

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

Type of AT Device / ServiceNumber of Devices
Funded
Value of
AT Provided
Vision 00.00
Hearing 00.00
Speech communication00.00
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00.00
Mobility, seating and positioning00.00
Daily living 00.00
Environmental adaptations00.00
Vehicle modification and transportation 136014.00
Computers and related 00.00
Recreation, sports, and leisure00.00
Total136014.00

Activity 2
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

County of ResidenceIndividuals Served
A. Metro (RUCC 1-3)7
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9)1
C. Total Served8

Performance Measure
D. Excluded from Performance Measure0
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures8

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

Type of AT Device / ServiceNumber of Devices
Funded
Value of
AT Provided
Vision 47250.00
Hearing 00.00
Speech communication1499.00
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00.00
Mobility, seating and positioning511739.00
Daily living 00.00
Environmental adaptations1588.00
Vehicle modification and transportation 00.00
Computers and related 00.00
Recreation, sports, and leisure00.00
Total1120076.00



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? 0

D. Anecdote

Mr. Marshall is a 61-year-old man who reports that he has lived with Dyslexia for his entire life. He regularly gets mail from his family and reads scriptures from his bible with the assistance of the nurses at the facility where he lives. Mr. Marshall discovered LATAN while browsing the internet one day and was moved by the testimonials and accolades on the website. He called 211 who then referred him to LATAN. Upon calling LATAN, he was curious about what devices could help his situation. Staff provided additional information about LATAN and answered the questions he had about services and the availability of devices that may be able to assist him with reading. A device demonstration of numerous of OCR devices was scheduled with Mr. Marshall. Ultimately, Mr. Marshall selected the Orcam Reader and was interested in the AT Lease program to assist with acquisition. Today, Mr. Marshall is currently enrolled in the AT lease program and expresses his gratitude stating that he has never felt more independent. He plans to use the Orcam Reader to pursue his GED. “After I first called 211 and they referred me to y'all, I called LATAN. The first person I spoke with was Jay. I was really excited because all my questions were answered and I felt like God was showing me the way. I don't have to get people to help me read my mail anymore. I don't have to get the nurses to help me read my bible anymore or anything. It's really a blessing. I want to thank Jay and LATAN for everything they've done. It's just a blessing.”