National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

Illinois 2023

General Information

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

State AT Program Title:
Illinois Assistive Technology Program
State AT Program Title:
State AT Program URL
www.iltech.org
Mailing Address:
701 N. Walnut Street
City:
Springfield
State:
Illinois
Zip Code:
62702
Program Email:
wgunther@iltech.org
Phone:
217-522-7985
TTY:
800-852-5110

Lead Agency

Agency Name:
Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services
Mailing Address:
100 S. Grand Avenue, East
City:
Springfield
State:
Illinois
Zip Code:
62704
Program URL:
http://www.dhs.state.il.us

Implementing Entity

Name of Implementing Agency:
Illinois Assistive Technology Program
Mailing Address:
701 N. Walnut Street
City
Springfield
State:
Illinois
Zip Code:
62702
Program URL:
http://www.iltech.org

Program Director and Other Contacts

Program Director for State AT Program (last, first):
Gunther, Wilhelmina
Title:
President/CEO
Phone:
217-522-7985
E-mail:
wgunther@iltech.org
Program Director at Lead Agency (last, first):
McCoy, Sarah
Title:
Project Officer
Phone:
217-524-0695
E-mail:
sarah.m.mccoy@illinois.gov
Primary Contact at Implementing Agency (last, first) - If applicable:
Gunther, Wilhelmina
Title:
President/CEO
Phone:
217-522-7985
E-mail:
wgunther@iltech.org

Person Responsible for completing this form if other than Program Director

Name (last, first):
Zinck, Jeannine
Title:
Data Manager
Phone:
217-522-7985
E-mail:
jzinck@iltech.org

Certifying Representative

Name (last, first):
Patrick, Rahnee
Title:
Director
Phone:
217-557-0401
E-mail:
Rahnee.Patrick@illinois.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 01 00 01
Approved Not made 03 00 03
Rejected 16 02 18
Total 20 02 22

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $36,288 Highest Income: $36,288

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$36,288 01 $36,288

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 01 00 00 00 01
Percentage of Loans 0% 0% 100% 0% 0% 0% 100%

3. Loan Type

Loan Type
Type of Loan Number of Loans Percentage of loans
Revolving Loans 01 100%
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 01 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 01 $30,000
Partnership Loans 00 $0
Total 01 $30,000

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 5%
Highest 5%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
05 01 5%

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% 01
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 01

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 01 $30,000
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 01 $30,000

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? 4
Activity 1
How would you describe this state financing activity?Other: Tech Kitchen

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)25
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9)6
C. Total Served31

Performance Measure
D. Excluded from Performance Measure0
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures31

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 communication0$0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 0$0
Mobility, seating and positioning0$0
Daily living 220$3,725
Environmental adaptations0$0
Vehicle modification and transportation 0$0
Computers and related 0$0
Recreation, sports, and leisure0$0
Total220$3,725

Activity 2
How would you describe this state financing activity?Other: Open Ended Loan (OEL)

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)495
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9)66
C. Total Served561

Performance Measure
D. Excluded from Performance Measure0
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures561

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 400$431,380
Hearing 9$3,445
Speech communication0$0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 2$178
Mobility, seating and positioning4$1,791
Daily living 3$410
Environmental adaptations26$5,576
Vehicle modification and transportation 0$0
Computers and related 2106$752,755
Recreation, sports, and leisure0$0
Total2550$1,195,535

Activity 3
How would you describe this state financing activity?Other: ICC

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)389
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9)145
C. Total Served534

Performance Measure
D. Excluded from Performance Measure0
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures534

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 communication0$0
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 678$312,512
Recreation, sports, and leisure0$0
Total678$312,512

Activity 4
How would you describe this state financing activity?Other: Smart Home

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)31
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9)13
C. Total Served44

Performance Measure
D. Excluded from Performance Measure0
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures44

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 communication0$0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 0$0
Mobility, seating and positioning0$0
Daily living 251$18,518
Environmental adaptations0$0
Vehicle modification and transportation 0$0
Computers and related 0$0
Recreation, sports, and leisure0$0
Total251$18,518



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? 1
Activity 1
How would you describe this state financing activity?AT Fabrication or AT Maker Program

2. Geographic Distribution and Number of Individuals Served

County of ResidenceIndividuals Served
A. Metro (RUCC 1-3)61
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9)10
C. Total Served71

Performance Measure
D. Excluded from Performance Measure0
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures71

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 ProvidedTotal Estimated
Current Retail
Purchase Price
Total Price for
Which Devices
Were Sold
Savings
to Consumers
Vision 20$27$0$27
Hearing 0$0$0$0
Speech communication 3$0$0$0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 0$0$0$0
Mobility, seating and positioning 0$0$0$0
Daily living 70$476$0$476
Environmental adaptations 0$0$0$0
Vehicle modification and transportation 9$0$0$0
Computers and related 4$20$0$20
Recreation, sports, and leisure 5$0$0$0
Total 111$523$0$523


D. Anecdote

Myshaun was born with a rare condition called Thrombocytopenia-absent radius (TAR) Syndrome. The absence of radial bones impacts his ability to use his hands safely and efficiently for activities of daily living. Myshaun was referred to the IATP Tech Kitchen program after visiting the IATP Demonstration Center and expressing his desire to become more independent in the kitchen as he starts college and looks forward to eventually living independently. The shortened length of Myshaun’s arms results in items held in his hands being close to his face. This proximity creates a dangerous situation in the kitchen, where sharp and hot tools are often used. Few adapted kitchen utensils are on the market to address this need. Unfortunately, extended kitchen tools are typically no longer than 16 inches, 6-12 inches short of what would allow safe access to a standard-height stove for Myshaun. Myshaun was also interested in learning about other tools that would make some tasks more accessible and developing alternative cooking techniques that would allow him to prepare his favorite foods. The Tech Kitchen worked with IATP Makers to design an adapted handle for a 16” spatula. With feedback from an IATP Occupational Therapist, Makers developed an angled loop handle that added about 14 inches of length and clipped directly onto the original utensil. Myshaun was successful in using the prototype handle at his first training. He was very excited to have a tool that allowed him to access the stove top safely and flip foods such as quesadillas, pancakes, and eggs. During this first training, Myshaun also found existing tools like the automatic jar opener, an adjustable height table, and a one-handed cutting board to be effective.