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Update from the NCIL Technology Subcommittee

NCIL Members and Staff Chat at the 2012 ConferenceNCIL was encouraged by Congress’s support of the Assistive Technology Act by infusing an additional two million dollars into the Act to support Alternative Finance Programs (AFPs) and strengthening consumer control measures for new entities competing for those funds.

NCIL was also encouraged that a new round of AFPs recently took place and we are hopeful that the number of states with a program will increase. Many states have no AFP or have a limited program. By supporting the Alternative Financing Programs and increasing its funding, Congress can help people with disabilities purchase the technology they need. 

NCIL Technology Subcommittee supports funding of the Assistive Technology Act by Congress because it assists consumers in learning about, experimenting with, and acquiring assistive technology in pursuit of their independence.  Eight years after the 2004 amendments, many of the state AT Programs, not including the territories, have yet to receive the $410,000 minimum grant award authorized in the Assistive Technology Act.

We will continue to educate legislators and stakeholders of the importance of the Act and appreciate recent attempts to increase funding.

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