The Colorado Assistive Technology Program was initially funded in 1989 by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) and the U.S. Department of Education as Colorado's "Assistive Technology Act" project. Under the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 P.L. 108-364, a new State Plan was developed and is known as the Assistive Technology Program of Colorado.
The program coordinates and collaborates with other state agencies and organizations to provide:
- Assistive technology awareness training
- Training on the use of technology
- Ongoing technical assistance
Accomplishments to date include:
The program is governed and advised by the Colorado Assistive Technology Coalition, comprised of assistive technology users and state leaders of organizations that provide assistive technology training, devices and services.
The purpose of the program is to improve access to an acquisition of assistive technology devices and services for individuals in education, employment, community living, information technology and telecommunications.
Establish an Advisory Council:
More than fifty percent of membership is persons with disabilities who use assistive technology or are parents or guardians of people who use assistive technology. Other members include representatives of state agencies and organizations that service people with disabilities. The Assistive Technology Coalition fulfills the responsibilities of the Council.
Establish Measurable Goals:
To improve access in education, employment, community living, information technology and telecommunications.
State Level Activities:
State Leadership Activities:
Coordination and collaboration with other agencies and organizations to:
- Increase public awareness about assistive technology
- Improve access to assistive technology devices and services
- Provide training and technical assistance on the use of assistive technology
Assistive Technology Webinars
The Colorado Assistive Technology Program is part of the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs, or ATAP. Beginning in January, 2015, ATAP began offering a series of free webinars intended to help participants to learn and understand information and communication technology accessibility. Webinars have been archived and are available online.
To sign up to view archives of the webinars, and to find more details, read about the webinars on the ATAP website.