In June of this year, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), introduced the 21st Century Assistive Technology Act. This would update and reauthorize the Assistive Technology Act, originally passed in 1998 and amended in 2004, by clarifying that the program serves all people with disabilities, including veterans and older adults who developed disabilities later in life.

The reauthorization of this bill would not only increase access to assistive technology, but would also help reduce the low employment and high poverty rates of older adults and people with disabilities by helping them live independently and maintain employment.

“Assistive technology helps millions of people live independently, remain engaged in their community and improves the quality of life for seniors and people with disabilities,” said Senator Casey.  “It is important that we update this bill to support the advances in assistive technology over the last 15 years, so that those who need it can be full participants in every aspect of their lives.”

Since 1994, the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network has been providing disabled Louisiana residents of all ages and their caregivers with the assistive technology they need to attend school, to work, and to enjoy quality lives within the community.

With the reauthorization of the 21st Century Assistive Technology Act, LATAN will continue to put much needed adaptive devices and equipment in the hands of citizens whose lives and livelihoods depend on it.

LATAN is a 501(c)(3) statewide nonprofit organization with the mission to help people of all ages with functional limitations or disabilities to gain greater independence at work, home, or school through the use of Assistive Technology(AT).

Payment Options: We accept Healthy Blue, LA Healthcare Connections, AmeriHealth, Caritas, Medicare, Private Pay and a Sliding Fee Scale is available.

Device Demonstrations and items available on the AT Marketplace are available at no charge. For other services, such as the availability of Hotspots and tablets, assistance via the AT Lease program or Device Loan is available.

Note: For low-income families, additional options for acquisition are available.

For these services and more, LATAN can assist with navigating or even, tailoring a program to meet individual needs as applicable to ensure access to technology.

Safety: As an accredited AT/DME provider, LATAN has PPE available and has been following OSHA, CDC, and Medicare guidelines for proper cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing all devices on display in our Demo Center, as well as those available for borrowing and on the AT Marketplace. For individuals and families who are uncomfortable with face to face visits, services may be conducted virtually, and "some" devices may be shipped by mail.

Contact us for additional information.



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