National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Alabama 2023

General Information

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

State AT Program Title:
Alabama AT Act Program
State AT Program Title:
State AT Program URL
www.rehab.alabama.gov/services/vr/star
Mailing Address:
236 Goodwin Crest Drive
City:
Homewood
State:
Alabama
Zip Code:
35209
Program Email:
ashley.mcleroy@rehab.alabama.gov
Phone:
(205) 290-4466
TTY:

Lead Agency

Agency Name:
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
Mailing Address:
602 S. Lawrence Street
City:
Montgomery
State:
Alabama
Zip Code:
36104
Program URL:
https://www.rehab.alabama.gov

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):
McLeroy, Ashley
Title:
Director
Phone:
(205) 290-4466
E-mail:
ashley.mcleroy@rehab.alabama.gov
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
Jenkins, Karen
Title:
Deputy Commissioner
Phone:
(334) 293-7108
E-mail:
karen.jenkins@rehab.alabama.gov
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):
Burdeshaw, Jane Elizabeth
Title:
Commissioner
Phone:
(334) 293-7200
E-mail:
JE.Burdeshaw@rehab.alabama.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? No

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? 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

No anecdote available to report.

Impact Area

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 00 00
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 00 00
4. Subtotal 00 00 00 00
5. None of the above 00 00 00 00
6. Subtotal 00 00 00 00
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 00 00
8. Total 00 00 00 00
9. Performance on this measure NaN% NaN% NaN%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 00 NaN%
Satisfied 00 NaN%
Satisfied somewhat 00 NaN%
Not at all satisfied 00 NaN%
Nonrespondent 00 NaN%
Total Surveyed 00
Response rate % NaN%

G. Notes:

This year we started our AT Maker Program by acquiring tools and materials for projects such as switch adaptations and custom device fabrication. However, we were unable complete a service, so we have no data to report. We no longer have a partnership with our alternative financing program so data is not available for AFP.

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 5,174
C. Total 5,174

Performance Measure
D. 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
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures 5,174

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

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 00 $0 $0 $0
Hearing 13 $24,365 $0 $24,365
Speech Communication 01 $18,500 $0 $18,500
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 00 $0 $0 $0
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 4,034 $1,428,480 $0 $1,428,480
Daily Living 2,734 $805,883 $0 $805,883
Environmental Adaptations 54 $4,414 $0 $4,414
Vehicle Modification & Transportation 05 $7,459 $0 $7,459
Computers and Related 00 $0 $0 $0
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 02 $177 $0 $177
Total 6,843 $2,289,278 $0 $2,289,278

D. Anecdote

At his 6-year-old birthday party, Maverick broke his leg while playing with his friends. For eight long weeks, Maverick couldn’t put any weight on his leg. His parents began looking for a child-sized wheelchair, knowing he would need it to manage first grade. They couldn’t find one anywhere. During their search, they found the “We Share” project at Goodwill Gulf Coast, a reuse project of Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. Because child-sized medical equipment is scarce, “We Share” staff got to work: they found a small adult wheelchair that had potential. Adjusting the height kept it as low to the ground as possible and a few tweaks to brakes, upholstery and arm rests made the chair like new. The final touch was an elevating leg rest so that Maverick could keep his leg straight out. Maverick was able to ride through the holidays in style!

A 6 year old boy sits in a wheelchair in front of a Christmas tree. He's got a candy cane striped cast on his leg.
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. 13 89 4,923 5,025
2. AT was only available through the AT program. 02 01 70 73
3. AT was available through other programs, but the system was too complex or the wait time too long. 00 00 54 54
4. Subtotal 15 90 5,047 5,152
5. None of the above 00 00 21 21
6. Subtotal 15 90 5,068 5,173
7. Nonrespondent 00 00 01 01
8. Total 15 90 5,069 5,174
9. Performance on this measure 100% 100% 99.57%

F. Customer Satisfaction

Satisfaction
Customer Rating of Services Number of Customers Percent
Highly satisfied 5,091 98.4%
Satisfied 83 1.6%
Satisfied somewhat 00 0%
Not at all satisfied 00 0%
Nonrespondent 00 0%
Total Surveyed 5,174
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) 28
Serve as loaner during service repair or while waiting for funding 00
Provide an accommodation on a short-term basis for a time-limited event/situation 02
Conduct training, self-education or other professional development activity 06
Total 36

B. Short-Term Device Loan by Type of Borrower

LOANS BY TYPE OF BORROWER
Type of Individual or Entity Number of Device Borrowers
Desicion-making All other Purposes Total
Individuals with Disabilities 04 02 06
Family Members, Guardians, and Authorized Representatives 05 00 05
Representative of Education 07 00 07
Representative of Employment 01 02 03
Representatives of Health, Allied Health, and Rehabilitation 01 00 01
Representatives of Community Living 02 00 02
Representatives of Technology 08 04 12
Total 28 08 36

C. Length of Short-Term Device Loans

Length of Short-Term Device Loan in Days 30

D. Types of Devices Loaned

Types of Devices Loaned
Type of AT Device Number of Devices
Desicion-making All other Purposes Total
Vision 01 00 01
Hearing 00 00 00
Speech Communication 05 02 07
Learning, Cognition and Developmental 06 02 08
Mobility, Seating and Positioning 06 01 07
Daily Living 27 01 28
Environmental Adaptations 02 00 02
Vehicle Modification and Transportation 00 00 00
Computers and Related 13 07 20
Recreation, Sports and Leisure 00 01 01
Total 60 14 74

E. Anecdote

Our program was invited to a training event for community rehabilitation partners to teach them more about assistive technology and our services. A participant of the training from Easterseals of Birmingham was excited to learn about our new lending library. After learning of our program she began borrowing items that she could use for her consumers as well as her own professional development. Her role is to provide job training services to consumers with disabilities and she commonly integrates technology into her activities but our lending library expanded her access to technology she would not have otherwise been able to use. She provided this photo of an individual trialing the Envision glasses which articulate visual information into speech. We are excited to have developed this partnership with such a valued service provider and we're so happy to see our trainings and loan programs grow in value this year.