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).

 

 

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