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Infinetic is the assistive technology project of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago. Its mission is to advance independence and promote inclusive opportunities for children and adults with disabilities through technology. Its goal is to provide access to assistive technology opportunities to all children and adults with disabilities in the state of Illinois in four targeted areas --access to information, access to equipment, access to training, and access to assistive technology specialists.

Toward these ends, Infinitec has been working with school districts and agencies statewide to establish partnerships that will maximize available resources to achieve its goals and serve its mission. Thus far, 92 school districts in and around the southwest suburbs of Chicago have formed what is called the Infinitec Southwest Coalition. The coalition will soon begin its third year of service and boasts an assistive technology equipment pool as well as training and consultation services for its member districts. Another coalition has been established which includes 87 school districts in the northern Cook County and Lake County areas. This began operation on July 1, 2000. Other similar coalitions are in various stages of planning in mid-state Illinois, northern Illinois, DuPage County, etc.

These coalitions are funded via an annual fee of 50 cents per general education student and additional fees for equipment rental, training program participation, and professional consultation services. The Illinois State Board of Education has budgeted matching funds in the amount of $1 million for distribution in the next school year.

Infinitec is presently working on a distance learning component and 24-hour delivery of AT equipment statewide to requesting coalition members. Infinitec also operates the Assistive Technology Exchange Network (ATEN), a computer recycling program now in its third year of existence and distributed 45,000 pieces of technology to learners with disabilities in 210 Illinois cities. This program is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education and relies on the support of corporate partners like Service Master.

Infinitec is grateful to the Illinois Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities for planning and development support.
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