Technical Assistance Initiatives Communities of Practice
The AT3 Center has convened “Communities of Practice” (CoP) to promote sharing and problem solving for AT Act Section 4 grantees and their partners in implementing state level activities as well as technical assistance and training (state leadership) related to information and communication technology (ICT) access. Although the primary members of the CoPs should be staff or program partners directly engaged in directing or implementing the activities, others with interest in the topic(s) are welcome to join. The CoPs will communicate via periodic, topical and focused webinars and/or conference calls, through online discussions, as well as involvement in other training events. To join a CoP, contact Crystal Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- State Financing: This Community of Practice focuses on the ins and outs of state financing activities, including but not limited to alternate financing (e.g. cash loan programs); device distribution programs; cooperative buying; and other strategies that help people acquire AT.
- Reuse: This Community of Practice focuses on practices and problem solving in device repair, redistribution and recycling (both reassignment and open ended loan) and device exchange by developing resources and addressing reuse policy issues.
- Device Demonstration and Lending: Because of the shared focus on device inventory selection, acquisition and maintenance, these two state level access activities are addressed by a single CoP. Topics addressed include identifying current “hot” AT products, strategies for inventory management, challenges with device maintenance and security, and other issues germane to providing device loan and demonstration.
- Information and Communication Technology Accessibility (ICT): Training in this areas is required for State AT Programs along with reporting of specific performance measure outcome data. This CoP supports State AT Program staff, contractors and other external partners responsible for implementing ICT accessibility initiatives at the state level supplementing an expertise gap present in many states in this area.