What is ATAP?

The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) is a national, member-based non-profit organization, comprised of state Assistive Technology Act Programs funded under the Assistive Technology Act (AT Act). ATAP facilitates the coordination of state AT Programs nationally and provides technical assistance and support to its members. Established in 1997, the organization strives to enhance the effectiveness of AT Programs on the national, state, and local level. ATAP promotes the national network of AT Programs, represents the needs and interests of the programs, and serves as the national representative of state AT programs.

Mission and Purpose

To maintain and enhance a strong, effective, and efficient national network of Statewide Assistive Technology Programs, which enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology (AT) needed for education, employment, and community living. ATAP accomplishes its mission by

  • Enhancing the effectiveness of AT Programs on the national, state, and local level
  • Providing a forum for member states and territories to study, deliberate, and act upon matters affecting the national network of Statewide AT Programs.
  • Providing resources for the formulation and expression of the collective points of view of Statewide AT Programs on critical issues that impact access to and acquisition of AT.
  • Serving as an advisory body to the Administration on Community Living, other federal agencies, organizations, and entities, on issues affecting access to and acquisition of AT.
  • Providing a means of communication and joint action with other organizations promoting access to and acquisition of assistive technology.
  • Supporting and participating in research and demonstration projects that increase access to and acquisition of assistive technology.
  • Advocating for the enhancement of the national network of Statewide Assistive Technology Programs, the reauthorization of the Assistive Technology Act and increasing federal appropriations for the Assistive Technology Act.
  
 

Device Demonstration

AT Demonstration Activities provide opportunities for people to become familiar with specific types of AT by comparing and contrasting the functions and features of devices through hands on exploration.

 

Device Loan

AT Device Loan Activities allow individuals to borrow AT for a limited time period to try out and determine if a device will meet their needs before a purchase is made.

 

Reutilization

AT Reutilization Activities support the reuse of assistive technology that is no longer needed or used by its original owner and is acquired by a new owner at substantial cost savings.

 

State Financing

State Financing Activities support the purchase/acquisition of AT through financial loans or other initiatives that directly provide AT to consumers at no cost using dollars from non-AT Act sources or save consumers money when purchasing AT.