National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

North Dakota 2022

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
Mailing Address:
3240 15th St. S., Suite B
Zip Code:
Program Email:

Lead Agency

Agency Name:
Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Mailing Address:
1000 E Divide Avenue
Zip Code:
Program URL:

Implementing Entity

Name of Implementing Agency:
ND Assistive
Mailing Address:
3240 15th St S, Suite B
Zip Code:
Program URL:

Program Director and Other Contacts

Program Director for State AT Program (last, first):
Krull, Jeannie
Assistant Executive Director
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
Damian Shlinger
Vocational Rehabilitation Director
Primary Contact at Implementing Agency (last, first) - If applicable:
Jeannie Krull
Assistant Executive Director

Person Responsible for completing this form if other than Program Director

Name (last, first):

Certifying Representative

Name (last, first):
Damian Schlinger
Vocational Rehabilitation Director

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
RUCC 1-3
RUCC 4-9
Approved Loan made 05 02 07
Approved Not made 00 00 00
Rejected 00 00 00
Total 05 02 07

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $50,000 Highest Income: $126,000

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$629,000 07 $89,857

Number and Percentage of Loans Made to Applicants by Income Range
Income Ranges Total
or Less
or More
Number of Loans 00 00 00 02 01 04 07
Percentage of Loans 0% 0% 0% 28.57% 14.29% 57.14% 100%

3. Loan Type

Loan Type
Type of Loan Number of Loans Percentage of loans
Revolving Loans 07 100%
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 07 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 07 $150,116
Partnership Loans 00 $0
Total 07 $150,116

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 2%
Highest 2%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
00 07 0%

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 07
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 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 00 $0
Hearing 00 $0
Speech communication 00 $0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 00 $0
Mobility, seating and positioning 01 $2,182
Daily living 01 $1,399
Environmental adaptations 00 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 06 $146,535
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 08 $150,116

6. 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? 1
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

County of ResidenceIndividuals Served
A. Metro (RUCC 1-3)18
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9)8
C. Total Served26

Performance Measure
D. Excluded from Performance Measure0
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures26

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
Value of
AT Provided
Vision 0$0
Hearing 2$177
Speech communication0$0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 1$124
Mobility, seating and positioning12$14,093
Daily living 10$2,610
Environmental adaptations11$7,101
Vehicle modification and transportation 2$4,000
Computers and related 1$1,495
Recreation, sports, and leisure0$0

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

A North Dakota family applied for funding through the ND Assistive Possibilities Last resort Grant Fund to help finance a stairlift for their mother. She was living in Assisted Living after chemotherapy and rehab due to cancer and wanted to move back home. She was unable to climb the stairs in her home to get to the bathroom and her bedroom. A stairlift was recommended to remedy this, but funding was a problem. Thanks to funding from the Possibilities Fund and the Rehab Accessibility Program Grant Fund that ND Assistive referred her to, she was able to move back home with the installation of the stairlift. The family said the following: ‘I am writing this “Big” “Thank you” on behalf of my mom and myself. We can’t thank all of you enough for the grant given to my mom to install a [stair] lift in her home! It has been a life changer that she can finally get back to her home and get from the main level of her condo upstairs to her bedroom and bathroom. All the work you do is amazing to help others continue to be independent in their homes!’

Woman sitting on a stairlift in a stairwell.
Impact Area

A rural North Dakota family needed an accessible van to transport their little girl to many outings including medical appointments, school, and fun kid activities. Their current mode of transportation just wasn’t cutting it. They were hurting their backs trying to transport her in a regular minivan because they had to transfer her back-in-forth from her wheelchair to the car seat. They also had to lift her wheelchair in and out of the vehicle. “She is a growing girl, and her equipment is also growing, so we know a regular minivan is not a good long-term option”. Her parents also had no way to transport her 450-pound power chair. An accessible van would also “allow her to finally use her power chair out of the home, which will help rest the joints in her arms that will be very much needed to protect her long term.” A modified van is extremely expensive, so the family applied to the ND Assistive Possibilities Grant Fund to help with the van purchase. “We love it and I can't tell you how much of a difference this makes for our family. We are able to safely get [her] to school and her appointments, and we no longer need to spend several minutes transferring her from her seat to her wheelchair. This has been the biggest improvement we've been able to make for her mobility since her cancer diagnosis in 2017. Thank you so much!”