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1988 - Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act

Authors: U.S. Congress


The Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (P.L. 100-407) was designed to help people with disabilities gain access to assistive technologies. In the introduction, the law cites the many ways that people were reliant on technology to assist them with daily functions, the fact that these technologies included those designed for use with people with disabilities as well as generic technologies used by everyone, and cost savings that occur when people use technology in lieu of humans support.

In it's original form, the law contained two Titles:

- Title I was designed to assure people with disabilities were given information and access to assistive technology. This was accomplished by funding each of the 50 states to have a consumer-responsive state system of assistive technology services. These led to the current system of the state programs that provide things like training sessions, that introduce people with disabilities and those who support them to the many possibilities afforded by assistive technology, and loaning libraries that allow people with disabilities to borrow devices and try them for a while before purchasing.

- Title II was designed to assist states in setting up funding mechanisms to help people with disabilities use Medicaid to purchase assistive technology devices. These activities included: A study to be undertaken by the National Council on Disability to identify practices which facilitate or impede financing of assistive technology devices and services, and; A study of the need for a National Information and Programs Referral Network to assist states to respond to technology related information needs.

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