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Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs

Membership

The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) is a national, member-based organization, comprised of state Assistive Technology Act Programs funded under the Assistive Technology Act (AT Act). ATAP’s mission is to focus national attention on assistive technology and to advocate for AT Act programs. ATAP promotes and supports quality performance of the State AT programs. ATAP is the national voice of the AT Programs, representing their needs and interests.

ATAP provides a collective voice for State AT Programs at the highest levels of government. The advocacy efforts of ATAP through its members and staff resonate throughout the halls of Congress, executive agencies and the White House. ATAP was established in 1997 to provide support to state AT Program members to enhance the effectiveness of AT Programs on the state and local level, and promote the national network of AT Programs. ATAP facilitates communication and coordination among the state AT Programs nationally and supports program improvement and expansion through a variety of services and programs. Fifty-four of the 56 State AT Programs funded under the AT Act of 1998, as amended are ATAP members.

Member Benefits:

  • ATAP provides a specialized forum for member programs to network and support each other and collectively act upon matters impacting assistive technology e.g. negotiating AT product discounts, group purchase of marketing materials, etc.
  • ATAP provides systematic information to members via the weekly Washington Update and other timely communications that include policy updates, events, funding opportunities, job postings, and other items of interest to members.
  • ATAP weights in on legislative and regulatory changes of interest to State AT Programs and ensures their interests are represented in Washington, D.C.
  • ATAP provides leadership on legislative activities related to the AT Act including requests for information about implementation to potential discussions of reauthorization. ATAP ensures that State AT Programs are driving both the conversation, content, and momentum on any issue related to the AT Act. Efforts to engage Congress and educate them on ATAP’s priorities for a reauthorization, along with engaging members, developing strategies and informational materials and engaging external partners and stakeholders will continue until a reauthorization of the law occurs in Congress.
  • ATAP aggressively pursues Congress’s support to fully fund the AT Act to bring all State AT programs to the minimum allocation outlined in statute.
  • ATAP serves as a liaison between State AT Programs and the Administration on Community Living advocating for the needs of ATAP members and sharing issues or challenges member programs are facing at the state level.
  • ATAP represents members and serves in leadership roles on national coalitions such as the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and applicable subcommittees and Task Forces; ITEM Coalition; National Universal Design for Learning Task Force; and alliance partner of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA).
  • ATAP’s annual Hill briefing and Hill day along with national policy panel as part of the Leadership Symposium provides an opportunity to learn about current policy issues, hear directly from Hill staff and visit with Congressional delegates and staff to educate them on State AT Program activities.