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“Assistive Technology will help anyone access they environment in whatever way they need through technology.” Vicki Souter Assistive Technology Specialist with the Assistive Technology for Kansans program. Explained how the program covers the entire state of Kansas. “It might be simple technology like special pen. Or it might be complicated technology like access to a computer.
Administered by the University of Kansas, Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) is a program that connects people with disabilities and health conditions of all ages with the assistive technology they need to learn, work, play and participate in the community.
Assistive Technology has four core services. They are fund, request, demonstration, and loan.
There are five AT Access Sites in Kansas. Each has the experienced staff that can assist Kansans see and try a device, borrow a device, get a used device or help locate funding for a new or used device, or teach individuals or groups how to maintain and use technology. The AT Access Sites are located in Oakley, Salina, Wichita, Topeka and Parsons. An affiliate office for obtaining high quality refurbished technology is located in Garden City.
Vicki works with the Southeast Kansas Access site. As an Assistive Technology Specialist she helps people to increase access to and acquisition of assistive technology devices and services to promote independence and productivity in the areas of education, employment, and community living. The assistive technology provided through this service covers a wide range of categories, including vision; hear; speech communication; mobility, seating, and position; learning, cognition and developmental; daily living; environmental adaptations; vehicle modifications and transportation; computers; and recreation, sports, and leisure.
As part of this service, SEK Assistive Technology will provide demonstrations of devices with a focus on helping the consumer make an informed decision. They also provide a device loan program, which allows people the opportunity to try a specific device or allows for a brief accommodation or a loaner during repair of another device.
Kansas Equipment Exchange
SEK Assistive Technology program also works with the Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE), a statewide project guided by individuals with disabilities, family members and Medicaid. Durable medical equipment is purchased with public funds and loaned to Kansans, with the State of Kansas maintaining ownership, while the original consumer has the use of the equipment for as long as it is needed. The equipment is registered and identified with a tracking number, and as part of the exchange network, KEE will work to handle the pick-up, clean-up and relocation when the equipment is no longer needed. To view current inventory of items in KEE program click here. http://atk-kee.org/reuse/avail_equipment-public.php?
You can contact your regional AT Access Site by calling 800-KAN DO IT (800-526-3648). Management staff can be reached by calling 620-421-8367.