Public Listening and Information Session
Office of Aging and Disability Services Virtual Listening Session
Assistive Technology Professional Grants
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Aging and Disability Services is hosting a virtual listening session to gather input on Supporting Access to Technology by Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).
The emergence of both generic smart home and disability-specific Assistive Technologies (AT) has resulted in unprecedented opportunities for individuals with IDD to live more independently and to participate more fully in their communities. Unfortunately, many individuals with IDD, their family members, and providers remain unaware of the opportunities that these technologies offer, how to obtain those technologies, and how they might be integrated to meet individual needs. Waiver funding for assistive technology is available for Maine adults with IDD but only after individuals have received an assessment/evaluation from an Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, or Assistive Technology Professional.
A cohort of individuals trained to provide AT assessments will be created who will be able to continue providing assessments using existing waiver funding after this project has ended. Ongoing participation in the Maine Cite AT Consortium will allow them to obtain up-to-date information on AT and assessment. The majority of the funding for the online technology resource site will be used in creating and populating the site. Funds will be sought to maintain the site after the project has ended.
Listening/Information Session Date:
August 10, 2022
11:30a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
All are welcome to attend. To register, please use the link below. Interpreter services will be provided during the listening session. Written comments may also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org until Friday, August 26, 2022.
Please register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.