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1 Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services U.S. Department of Education Overview of the Rehabilitation Services Administrations Initiative on Assistive Technology Reuse Jeremy Buzzell, Program Specialist St. Paul, MN July 24, 2007

2 1 Why focus on reuse? Reauthorization of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998Reauthorization of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 New Freedom InitiativeNew Freedom Initiative Hurricane KatrinaHurricane Katrina

3 2 Goal of Reuse Initiative To increase the availability of assistive technology (AT) through promoting and supporting the appropriate, effective reuse of AT devices at the state and local level.

4 3 Goal of Reuse Initiative (contd.) To increase the availability of assistive technology through promoting and supporting the appropriate, effective reuse of AT devices at the state and local level.

5 4 Who, What, When, Where and Why? Increase the availability of AT for... Persons of any agePersons of any age Persons with any type of disabilityPersons with any type of disability Persons who use all types of ATPersons who use all types of AT

6 5 Who, What, When, Where and Why? Increase the availability of AT for... Any reasonAny reason In any environmentIn any environment Anywhere people need itAnywhere people need it *Victims of disaster*

7 6 Lack of Data We lack reliable national data about: How many people receive reused ATHow many people receive reused AT Who uses recycled ATWho uses recycled AT Why users want or need ATWhy users want or need AT Why users want or need reused ATWhy users want or need reused AT What happens after users get AT, reused or newWhat happens after users get AT, reused or new

8 7 Lack of Data (contd.) We lack reliable national data about: What AT is donated (and where donations come from)What AT is donated (and where donations come from) What AT is recycledWhat AT is recycled How much AT is recycledHow much AT is recycled The value of recycled equipmentThe value of recycled equipment

9 8 Lack of Data (contd.) Some data will come from grantees under the Assistive Technology Act and demonstration grants, but...

10 9 Lack of Data (contd.) We lack reliable national data about: How many AT reuse programs existHow many AT reuse programs exist Where they are locatedWhere they are located What they doWhat they do

11 10 National Scope of Reuse To address the lack of national data, RSA is helping to develop a national network of AT reuse programs. A formal preliminary survey has been completed.A formal preliminary survey has been completed. Further survey work and classification will be done.Further survey work and classification will be done. Venues for networking and communication are to be establishedVenues for networking and communication are to be established The end result will be a central place for AT reusers and consumers to find reuse programsThe end result will be a central place for AT reusers and consumers to find reuse programs *Network response to disasters*

12 11 Goal of Reuse Initiative (contd.) To increase the availability of assistive technology through promoting and supporting the appropriate, effective reuse of AT devices at the state and local level.

13 12 Promoting Reuse National Conference on AT ReuseNational Conference on AT Reuse Brochure on AT reuseBrochure on AT reuse Visits to AT reuse programs and forumsVisits to AT reuse programs and forums Participation in conferencesParticipation in conferences Listserv messagesListserv messages Interagency discussionsInteragency discussions Press coveragePress coverage Pass It On CenterPass It On Center

14 13 Goal of Reuse Initiative (contd.) To increase the availability of assistive technology through promoting and supporting the appropriate, effective reuse of AT devices at the state and local level.

15 14 Supporting Reuse State and local entities OSERS supports include: Statewide AT Programs funded under the Assistive Technology Act and supported by the National Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Partnership (NATTAP) and the Pass It On CenterStatewide AT Programs funded under the Assistive Technology Act and supported by the National Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Partnership (NATTAP) and the Pass It On Center Demonstrations of AT reuse funded under the Rehabilitation Act and supported by the Pass It On CenterDemonstrations of AT reuse funded under the Rehabilitation Act and supported by the Pass It On Center Nonaffiliated community-based programs supported through technical assistance and networking through the Pass It On CenterNonaffiliated community-based programs supported through technical assistance and networking through the Pass It On Center

16 15 Provision of Technical Assistance

17 16 Goal of Reuse Initiative (contd.) To increase the availability of assistive technology through promoting and supporting the appropriate, effective reuse of AT devices at the state and local level.

18 17 What Is Appropriate Reuse? Appropriate reuse: Is safe for consumers and reusersIs safe for consumers and reusers Results in positive outcomes for consumersResults in positive outcomes for consumers Is environmentally friendlyIs environmentally friendly

19 18 Safe for Consumers and Reusers Work needs to be done on: Clinical issuesClinical issues Sanitary and hygienic issuesSanitary and hygienic issues Useful life issuesUseful life issues Liability issuesLiability issues Industrial design issuesIndustrial design issues

20 19 Positive Outcomes for Consumers What is the benefit of reuse to the consumer:What is the benefit of reuse to the consumer: - receipt of AT? - cost savings? - clinical outcomes? - other? How do we measure this benefit?How do we measure this benefit? What practices produce this benefit?What practices produce this benefit?

21 20 Environmentally Friendly Useful life issues: Deciding when enough is enoughDeciding when enough is enough Internal and external recycling of partsInternal and external recycling of parts State and local disposal laws (electronics, batteries)State and local disposal laws (electronics, batteries)

22 21 What Is Effective Reuse? Effective reuse: Meets the needs of consumersMeets the needs of consumers Produces cost savingsProduces cost savings Is sustainableIs sustainable Has a positive or neutral effect on the AT fieldHas a positive or neutral effect on the AT field

23 22 Effective Reuse Meets Consumer Needs We need to know more about: What kinds of consumers most need reused ATWhat kinds of consumers most need reused AT What kinds of AT are most availableWhat kinds of AT are most available How reuse programs properly match device to consumerHow reuse programs properly match device to consumer What kind of follow-up is necessaryWhat kind of follow-up is necessary

24 23 Effective Reuse Produces Cost Savings Who saves as a result of reuse? Consumers?Consumers? Funding sources (public or private)?Funding sources (public or private)? Both?Both? What does savings mean and how is it determined? What about cost neutrality?

25 24 Effective Reuse Is Sustainable In the long term, how does a reuse program produce cost savings or remain cost neutral while covering: - Inventory management? - Labor? - Marketing and outreach?- Storage? - Transportation? - Overhead? - Supplies (cleaners, spare parts, tools, etc)? What practices make this viable?

26 25 Effective Reuse Has a Positive Or Neutral Effect on the AT Field Effective AT reuse does not undermine: AT manufacturers and vendorsAT manufacturers and vendors - It does not create bad impressions of good products - It does not create bad impressions of good products - It does not create liability problems - It does not create liability problems The responsibility of funding sources to provide ATThe responsibility of funding sources to provide AT - It does not make reuse the primary or only option - It does not make reuse the primary or only option

27 26 Whats Next? Make decisions about what data we need about reuse and how to get it Make decisions about what makes programs appropriate and effective Inform the field Find out what data exists Learn about current appropriate and effective programs Inform the Task Force and The Pass It On Center


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