National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

California 2023

General Information

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

State AT Program Title:
Ability Tools
State AT Program Title:
State AT Program URL
http://www.abilitytools.org/
Mailing Address:
1000 G Street, Suite #100
City:
Sacramento
State:
CA
Zip Code:
95814
Program Email:
info@abilitytools.org
Phone:
916-390-2690
TTY:
800-900-0706 (TTY)

Lead Agency

Agency Name:
Department of Rehabilitation
Mailing Address:
721 Capitol Mall
City:
Sacramento
State:
CA
Zip Code:
95814
Program URL:
https://dor.ca.gov/Home/AssistiveTechnology

Implementing Entity

Name of Implementing Agency:
California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
Mailing Address:
1000 G Street, Suite 100
City
Sacramento
State:
CA
Zip Code:
95814
Program URL:
www.abilitytools.org

Program Director and Other Contacts

Program Director for State AT Program (last, first):
Crowley, Kathrine
Title:
Deputy Director
Phone:
(661) 703-6292
E-mail:
kathrine@cfilc.org
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
Cademarti, Regina
Title:
ILATS Chief
Phone:
(916) 558-5866
E-mail:
regina.cademarti@dor.ca.gov
Primary Contact at Implementing Agency (last, first) - If applicable:
Crowley, Kathrine
Title:
Deputy Director
Phone:
(661) 703-6292
E-mail:
kathrine@cfilc.org

Person Responsible for completing this form if other than Program Director

Name (last, first):
Acton, Ana
Title:
ILCAD Deputy Director
Phone:
(916) 558-5820
E-mail:
ana.acton@dor.ca.gov

Certifying Representative

Name (last, first):
Xavier, Joe
Title:
Director of CA Dept. of Rehabilitation
Phone:
(916) 558-5800
E-mail:
Joe.Xavier@dor.ca.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 00 00 00
Approved Not made 00 00 00
Rejected 02 00 02
Total 02 00 02

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $0 Highest Income: $0

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$0 00 $0

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 00 00 00 00 00 00
Percentage of Loans 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 100%

3. Loan Type

Loan Type
Type of Loan Number of Loans Percentage of loans
Revolving Loans 00 0%
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 00 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 00 $0
Partnership Loans 00 $0
Total 00 $0

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 0%
Highest 0%

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

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 00
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 00

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 00 $0
Daily living 00 $0
Environmental adaptations 00 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 00 $0
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 00 $0

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: DOR speech and communication AT distribution program

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)24
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9)0
C. Total Served24

Performance Measure
D. Excluded from Performance Measure0
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures24

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 0$0
Hearing 0$0
Speech communication96$17,890
Learning, cognition, and developmental 0$0
Mobility, seating and positioning0$0
Daily living 0$0
Environmental adaptations0$0
Vehicle modification and transportation 0$0
Computers and related 0$0
Recreation, sports, and leisure0$0
Total96$17,890

Activity 2
How would you describe this state financing activity?Other: DOR speech and communication AT distribution program

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)487
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9)26
C. Total Served513

Performance Measure
D. Excluded from Performance Measure0
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures513

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 0$0
Hearing 0$0
Speech communication2014$445,891
Learning, cognition, and developmental 0$0
Mobility, seating and positioning0$0
Daily living 0$0
Environmental adaptations0$0
Vehicle modification and transportation 0$0
Computers and related 0$0
Recreation, sports, and leisure0$0
Total2014$445,891



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

Minna required placement of a tracheostomy due to a compromised airway. Since then, she was unable to vocalize, was not a candidate to have the tracheostomy removed, and was not a candidate for use of a speaking valve due to granulation tissue. When she was transferred to Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, her inpatient Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) contacted the Center for Applied Rehabilitation Technology (CART) for assistance in determining possible communication solutions. CART provided Minna a demonstration of TouchChat, Proloquo4text, and Predictable on an iPad. Minna borrowed an iPad with a variety of communication applications. She found it extremely helpful to type her wants/needs and novel thoughts to communicate with medical staff and therapists. Minna’s SLP informed CART she was bilingual Swedish/English and wanted to be able to communicate over the phone to her family who speaks Swedish. CART assisted with setting up the loan iPad with Proloquo4Text which allowed her to easily switch between English and Swedish. She was extremely excited and was able to communicate with her family. It was determined that Minna would benefit from having her own iPad and communication application because she will need to continue using a tracheostomy. CART assisted Minna and her SLP with contacting the Voice Options program and obtaining an iPad with Proloquo4Text. CART set up the iPad ensuring she had access to Swedish language voices and keyboards. Training was provided to help Minna become familiar with programming her own custom messages into the device. When Minna was discharged, she was able to take her Voice Options iPad with her. She was extremely thankful to everyone who helped her.

Narrative Picture
Impact Area

Rylie is an adorable and energetic little girl who has Autism. Rylie has never spoken and as a result, her wants and needs have not been met like her neurotypical peers and this has led to some behavioral challenges. Rylie’s mom, Michelle, reached out to FREED’s Assistive Technology/Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) Specialist to ask about the Voice Options program. FREED and Rylie’s family met for a demonstration of an iPad with speech generating applications and discussed the applications that would be beneficial to Rylie. As soon as Rylie was holding it and recognized its capabilities, her smile was huge. Michelle was amazed at the ease of the Voice Options Program and the communication ability it provided to Rylie. After a few weeks testing a loaned iPad, Rylie had chosen a speech application that served her needs best. When asked about her favorite color, she was able to express “red” was her favorite color using her “new voice” as Michelle referred to the device. FREED and Rylie’s family all came together once more to set up her new device, its speech application, and accessories. When Rylie saw her new device in its new red case, she smiled and said, “I like it” on the device. Rylie was so excited, and Michelle cried. It was a good day at FREED!