Some likely candidates for special weighting are likely to be: how a state describes the designated entity and related organizational and management factors; how it describes agency and consumer involvement; how it describes its approach to measuring progress toward a consumer-responsive statewide program of technology-related assistances for people of all ages with disabilities; what its goals, objectives, functions, activities and outcomes will be; and, as a total application, how responsive it is to the purposes of the State Grants Program.
The Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988
On June 23, 1988, Congressman Jim Jeffords of Vermont and Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa introduced the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988.
Funding for technology and support services is uncoordinated, severely limited and primarily dependent on a personal source of assistance or aggressive action by an individual to make it available from a nonpersonal source.
The primary purpose of the Technology Act is to assist states to develop comprehensive, consumer-responsive programs in technology-related assistance for disabled people of all ages and, thereby, overcome these serious problems.