National Assistive Technology Act Data System

Annual Progress Report - Full Report

North Dakota 2023

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:
North Dakota Health and Human Services, 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 Schlinger
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 16 02 18
Approved Not made 00 00 00
Rejected 00 00 00
Total 16 02 18

2. Income of Applicants to Whom Loans Were Made

Lowest/Highest Incomes
Lowest Income: $28,000 Highest Income: $222,000

Average Income
Sum of Incomes Loans Made Average Annual Income
$1,580,099 18 $87,783

Number and Percentage of Loans Made to Applicants by Income Range
Income Ranges Total
or Less
or More
Number of Loans 00 01 02 02 04 09 18
Percentage of Loans 0% 5.56% 11.11% 11.11% 22.22% 50% 100%

3. Loan Type

Loan Type
Type of Loan Number of Loans Percentage of loans
Revolving Loans 18 100%
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 18 100%

Loan Type Summary
Type of Loan Number of Loans Dollar Value of Loans
Revolving Loans 18 $580,760
Partnership Loans 00 $0
Total 18 $580,760

4. Interest Rates

Interest Rates
Lowest 2%
Highest 2%

Interest Rate Summary
Sum of Interest Rates Number of Loans Made Average Interest Rate
00 18 0%

Number of Loans Made by Interest Rate
Interest Rate Number of loans
0.0% to 2.0% 18
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 18

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 02 $40,708
Daily living 00 $0
Environmental adaptations 00 $0
Vehicle modification and transportation 16 $540,052
Computers and related 00 $0
Recreation, sports, and leisure 00 $0
Total 18 $580,760

6. Defaults

Number Loans in default 01
Net loss for loans in default $1,554

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)13
B. Non-Metro (RUCC 4-9)5
C. Total Served18

Performance Measure
D. Excluded from Performance Measure0
E. Number of Individuals Included in Performance Measures18

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 2$95
Hearing 3$240
Speech communication0$0
Learning, cognition, and developmental 7$2,003
Mobility, seating and positioning8$8,373
Daily living 7$1,560
Environmental adaptations1$2,000
Vehicle modification and transportation 3$1,613
Computers and related 1$2,000
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 ND family wanted their son, with cerebral palsy, to thrive in his school and community. They learned about the Trexo Robotic walker and its ability to help with mobility and independent walking. With this device, he would be able to eventually walk on his own at school, home, and in the community. He would also be able to interact with his peers and everyone else at his actual eye level. The catch? The Trexo had a $38,000 price tag and the unappealing prospect of a personal loan with an interest rate that's best left unmentioned. Fortunately, the ND Assistive Financial Loan Program was available, and they were able to get a loan with a 2% fixed interest rate with flexible terms. Below are words from his mother a month after having the device: “We are thriving here. He is just meeting goal after goal. We crossed the threshold of 25,000 steps-- That’s 12 miles!... We’ve taken it to gym class at school twice and the kids are thrilled. When they first saw him upright and walking, their little 10-year-old minds were blown. This machine—it’s not only benefiting his body and mind, but socially, he can join in on more with the kids. The kids help him steer, they tag him “it” during play, they slow down just enough for him to graze past their shirts to tag them back, they cheer him on as he—the last one remaining—crosses the finish line. It’s transforming his physical skills, but also transforming the kids around him too…They are seeing a world of possibility. The kids would have never believed that Beckett would be able to walk this year, but they now see how possible life can be. It’s messy, fragile, sometimes not easy, but also so, so beautiful.”

A White woman guides a young White boy on a robotic walker down the sidewalk. It is winter and there is snow on the ground.
Impact Area

The guardian of a gentleman with Alzheimer’s connected with ND Assistive after his robotic cat ceased to function. She emphasized that it was imperative that they find a way to purchase a replacement because it was a true companion for him, and he could no longer care for a live pet. According to the guardian, this device not only induced a sense of calmness and relaxation in him, but also contributed to improved sleep. However, funding was an issue for him, so the guardian applied to the Possibilities Grant program, ND Assistive’s Last Resort Program, and received funding. A couple of months later, she reported that he takes the cat with him everywhere and is back to being calmer and sleeping better because of it. This robotic cat reduces staff time and gives the guardian peace of mind.