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Capitol Correspondence - 09.27.22

New Assistive Technology Grants Awarded

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living (ACL), through its Center for Innovation and Partnership, announced three new discretionary grant awards, totaling $1,981,653, in response to the Assistive Technology Alternative Financing Program Funding Opportunity. The grants establish or expand alternative financing programs designed to enable people with disabilities of all ages and their family members, advocates, and authorized representatives to purchase assistive technology devices or services to achieve community living, education, and employment goals.  

 

The grants are authorized by the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, which provides grants to states for addressing assistive technology needs of people with disabilities. The goal is to increase awareness of and access to assistive technology devices and services that may help with education, employment, daily activities, and inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities. For more information, visit the ACL Assistive Technology page.