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As a result of the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act 2014 (WIOA), the lead agency of the Assistive Technology Act Programs, the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, has transferred to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL). ACL has placed the same reporting requirements onto the Assistive Technology Act programs across the nation; therefore there are no changes in the data elements. Partners will report to ABLE Tech.
I wanted to remind you that beginning October 1, 2014; the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) (and now administered through the ACL) updated the data collection system to include a NEW Acquisition Performance Outcome Measure for devices that were loaned for a purpose other than to assist in decision making (highlighted below). The second table below shows a high percentage of short-term loan outcomes being noted as either “None of the Above” or “Non Respondent”, which is problematic for data collection purposes!
Some possible examples of situations to appropriately report an outcome could include:
|Primary Purpose of Short-Term Device Loan||Number of Loans|
|Assist in decision making (device trial or evaluation)||1472|
|Serve as loaner during device repair or while waiting for funding||23|
|Provide an accommodation on a short-term basis for a time-limited event/situation||20|
|Conduct training, self-education or other professional development activity||30|
|Primary Purpose for which AT is needed|
|Could only afford through statewide AT program||16||6||2||24|
|AT was only available through statewide AT program||8||2||1||11|
|Other systems too complex / long wait||0||0||0||0|
|None of the above||15||2||6||23|
|Performance on this measure||61.53%||80.00%||33.33%|
It would be very helpful if your program has been reporting loans as either “None of the Above” or “Non Respondent” to go back to the loan record and edit the Performance Measure. Currently, 33.33% would not meet the minimum outcome standard set by RSA/ACL, which is clearly below the national expectation set by RSA/ACL as well as the expectation set by ABLE Tech. If needed, we are more than happy to assist you in this effort!
September is fast approaching, so it is time for me to set the date for the MOA FY2015 Partner Meeting. Please let me know by Tuesday, June 16th if you cannot attend a meeting in Stillwater the morning of:
Since attendance to this meeting is required for partner contact personnel, I will work diligently to try and not have the final date conflict with your schedule.
Joshua is a patient from Perry that received therapy from NewView. Joshua worked on activities of scanning and tracking in his environment to increase mobility and reading and to find items in the environment. The therapist also worked with him on buttoning, zipping and snapping clothing. He also benefited from a good task lamp to increase light for activities such as reading and game playing. Joshua has a 4x dome magnifier that helps him see better and will benefit from it more as his reading and math skills increase. At the end of his treatment Joshua was able to put his coat on and zip it up. The therapist definitely saw Joshua’s confidence increase through the therapy process.
Talking Bilingual Blood Pressure Arm Monitor
The Moshi Upper Arm Electronic Blood Pressure Monitor is an easy-to-use talking blood pressure indicator for all who need it. The cuff wraps around your upper arm, just above the elbow, while a clear English or Spanish voice reads the blood pressure measurement aloud. The accompanying digital LCD screen will display a heart icon if an irregular heartbeat is detected.
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