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Assistive Technology Advocacy Project

What Is Assistive Technology (AT)? It is any device or piece of equipment used to maintain or improve a person with a disability's functional capabilities.

AT should be interpreted broadly to include:

  • Mobility Devices motorized or custom made wheelchairs
  • Vehicle Modifications wheelchair lifts, hand controls
  • Computer Equipment and Adaptations Braille printers, voice output, touchscreens
  • Assistive Listening Devices hearing aids. personal FM units
  • Home Modifications ramps, lifts, stair glides
  • Work Site Modifications office equipment, environmental control devices
  • Classroom Modifications adaptive seating

The AT Advocacy Project Provides A Range of Services:

  • Representation of individual clients where case outcome may have a significant impact beyond one individual
  • Bank of attorneys for client referrals
  • Statewide clearinghouse for information, regulations and resources needed to advocate for AT
  • A bank of pleadings, briefs, court papers
  • Technical assistance to callers statewide ranging from brief advice to extensive consultation on how best to present a case at a hearing or court appeal
  • Publisher of the newsletter titled IMPACT to "get out the word" on AT

How You Can Help The AT Advocacy Project?

  • Tell others about us
  • Get on the IMPACT mailing list
  • Collect IMPACT issues for future reference
  • Tell us about changes in law, regulation or policy which affects AT funding
  • If you are an attorney - Agree to accept referrals in your area of the state
  • Send us your hearing decisions, court decisions, pleadings, briefs and other relevant documents

Impact is a newsletter designed as a curriculum on AT advocacy. Bi-monthly issues describe criteria of key funding sources:

  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • VESID & the Commission for the Blind
  • Physically Handicapped Children's Program
  • SSI's Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS)
  • Private Insurance
  • Veteran's Administration Benefits
  • Special Education
  • Charities & other Funding Sources

To get on the IMPACT mailing list send your name, address and phone number to:

ATTN: Marge Gustas
AT Advocacy Project
Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.
295 Main Street Room 495
Buffalo NY 14203

 (716) 847-0650
FAX: (716) 847-0227
TDD: (716) 847-1322

Supported by:

NYS Office of Advocate for Persons with Disabililies TRAID Project, a project funded by The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research U.S. Department of Education

Information

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901