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Advocacy Spotlight: Assistive Technology

In Advocacy, Assistive Technology Articles, Blog, Featured, News by eri

Did you know? People with disabilities of all ages have the right to receive needed assistive technology (AT) and related services. These rights are outlined in the Assistive Technology Act (AT Act of 2004), a federal law that provides funding to states to assist people with disabilities obtain:

  • information on technological resources
  • necessary assistive technology

Assistive Technology Advocacy

If you or someone you work with has a disability and are having issues with getting funding for AT and related services, Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) could be a valuable resource for you. DRW advocates for people with disabilities to ensure they receive the information and assistive technology they need to pursue the greatest possible quality of life.

Advocacy Strategies

DRW’s advocacy strategies include:

  • Funding – If a person needs assistive technology and related services but is denied funding for it by a school, Medical Assistance, or private insurance, DRW will challenge the denials.
  • AT in Education – DRW helps parents work with their children’s schools to get assistive technology (AT) assessments and get assistive technology incorporated into their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).  If necessary, Disability Rights Wisconsin’s advocates can assist parents with mediation and due process.

Contact Disability Rights Wisconsin to get more information about advocacy for assistive technology.