The overall goal of the AT3 Center is to provide training and technical assistance for State AT Programs to support quality implementation of state level and state leadership activities and to support a national assistive technology internet site that makes general AT information available to the public and other stakeholders. The AT3 Center will ensure all state level and state leadership activities are equitably addressed and will focus on integration and synergy across all authorized activities. Major deliverables of the AT3 Center include:
- Establishing a vetted and curated web portal with robust information about State AT Programs that also serves as a national public AT internet resource along with digital and social media based AT awareness activities.
- Completing a systematic review of State AT Program activities and characteristics (using a standardized taxonomy) and identifying innovative practices that can be adopted/adapted and scaled up to improve services, assisting each grantee in identifying an annual program improvement goal, and delivering training and technical assistance to support accomplishment of that goal.
- Developing and delivering quality training and technical assistance aligned with each state level activity area at a level of intensity appropriate for the individual and collective needs of State AT Programs.
- Developing and delivering quality training and technical assistance aligned with state leadership activities, including high impact state policy improvement initiatives and efforts designed to secure leveraged funding, at a level of intensity appropriate for the individual and collective needs of State AT Programs.
- Developing and delivering quality training and technical assistance to improve/expand State AT Program organization and administration including fiscal management, personnel training and deployment, resource allocation, data management, program evaluation and succession planning at a level of intensity appropriate for the individual and collective needs of State AT Programs.
The AT3 Center will be led and staffed by individuals with extensive personal experience and expertise implementing all Section 4 authorized AT Act activities as State AT Program Directors. Staff will be located geographically across the country (east, central and west) to support ready access to TA across the country. Primary staff and contract partners include:
- C. Marty Exline will be retiring from the Missouri AT Program and will serve as the full-time AT3 Center Director. He will be responsible for overall Center management and will have primary TA responsibility for the central states. He has over 30 years of administrative experience in disability services including 23 years with a State AT Program. He has been directly responsible for implementation of all State AT Program activities. He also has executive and TA expertise in community living and implementation of the ADA. He is a nationally recognized policy expert in AT funding especially in the area of Medicaid, Medicaid waivers, and health insurance.
- Dr. Kathy Laurin will join the AT3 Center as a Technical Assistance Specialist at 75% time. She will have primary TA responsibility for western states. Kathy has over 25 years of experience in disability services and over 16 years of experience with State AT Act Programs in rural states including implementation of all State AT Program activities. She is recognized for her expertise in grant and contract management, AT and outdoor accessible recreation, workplace accommodations, transition to postsecondary education, aging in place, and home modifications for safety and functioning.
- Amy Goldman will be retiring from the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University and will join the AT3 Center as a Technical Assistance Specialist at 75% time. She will have primary TA responsibility for eastern states. Amy has administered the Pennsylvania AT program since its inception in 1992 and has an extensive list of accomplishments. Amy is intimately familiar with the UCEDD network in which a number of state AT Act Programs operate. She has a strong relationship with ATIA, AUCD, ASHA and the Pass It On Center (PIOC) where she formerly served as the coordinator of emergency management efforts.
- Dr. Diane Cordry Golden, ATAP and Center for Assistive Technology Act Data Assistance (CATADA), will serve as a liaison between CATADA and AT3 Center ensuring that TA is aligned with data identified needs. She will also support AT3 Center program evaluation, provide TA for State Plan submission, lead the State Plan revision/update initiative and will provide TA for accessible voting initiatives. Dr. Golden has over 35 years of experience in AT, disability program administration, evaluation, and data analysis. She served almost 20 years as a State AT Program Director and has provided TA to State AT Programs for 7 years as part of the current and past national Data Collection and Reporting Assistance projects.
- The Georgia Tech Accessibility Solutions and Research Center and the Pass It On Center will lead in the development, coordination and implementation of the AT Reuse activities and will develop a robust public internet site clearinghouse of AT resources with links to federally funded AT- related websites and will track emerging trends in AT on the national internet site.
- The Washington Access Fund (Jack Brummel and staff) will lead the development and delivery of training and technical assistance for AT financial loan activities including financial literacy and credit building, CDFI creation and management, establishment and oversight of direct lending, and establishment of new financial loan programs.
- Rob Carr, with Oklahoma ABLE Tech, will continue to coordinate and provide Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility training to support State AT Program ICT accessibility efforts.
- ATIA will provide access for State AT Programs and their affiliates/contractors to their webinar offerings including some priority topics identified by the AT3 Center. The AT3 will work with ATIA to host an event/session(s) focused on program issues of interest to State AT Program staff and to provide networking opportunities during the annual ATIA Conference.
Policy Steering Committee:
The AT3 Center will facilitate a policy steering committee comprised of representatives of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), and the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) to continuously surveil the AT policy landscape to identify current issues impacting access to and acquisition of AT. These national partners provide not only a structure that will address all major policy areas (e.g. education, employment, community living, health care, voting, etc.) but will also support work with the major lead agencies for State AT Programs (e.g. VR state agencies and UCEDDs).