While most of our readers are from Indiana, many are from other regions of the United States. We wanted to share information and a website with you about other Assistive Technology Projects around the country. How the INDATA Project and other similar projects acquire funding is a bit complicated to explain and understand, but I’ll try my best to break it down for you.
The INDATA Project (other projects in other U.S. states) is funded by the RESNA Catalyst Project. The RESNA Catalyst Project’s mission is to provide assistive technology resources to people to increase awareness, access, acquisition and advocacy for AT devices. The Catalyst Project is a program sponsored by RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. It is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities by increasing access to technology. RESNA (and therefore the INDATA Project and all other similar projects in other U.S. states) is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration, a part of the U.S. Department of Education. The Rehabilitation Services Administration oversees grant programs that assist people with mental or physical disabilities.
Basically, the INDATA Project and similar projects in other states are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. You can find the project in your state here. Each project is run independently, so not all projects offer the same services that the INDATA Project offers. However, all the organizations do promote and educate people with disabilities about assistive technology devices. All organizations are dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities.
We hope you learned something and thanks for reading!