Assistive Technology


To provide States with financial assistance that supports programs designed to maximize the ability of individuals of all ages with disabilities and their family members, guardians, advocates, and authorized representatives to obtain assistive technology devices and assistive technology services.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/05/2016 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available
Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and outlying areas may apply. Applicants are designated by Governors.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals with disabilities, States, and community-based organizations providing services to individuals with disabilities will benefit.
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments and OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The Education Department General Administrative Regulations at 34 CFR Parts 76 and 80 apply. Unless otherwise directed in the Federal Register Announcement, applications should be submitted to the Department of Education, Application Control Center, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202.
Award Procedure
State plans are reviewed by Department of Education staff.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are included in the regulations. Contact the Program Office for more information.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are awarded to carry out the functions authorized under the Act. States may provide assistance to Statewide community-based organizations or directly to individuals with disabilities of all ages. Technical assistance contracts support States and other entities. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.563. For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group at (202) 708-7770.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual reports are required. Quarterly cash reports are required. Progress reports are not applicable. Annual expenditure reports are required. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Recordkeeping requirements and regulations are included in the statute.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: In accordance with the Act Federal funds are distributed on the basis of a statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. States and territories are allocated a base amount that is not less than the amount they received in FY 2004. Funds appropriated in excess of the base amount are divided in half and distributed equally to each State, and by a State population-based formula.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Annual formula grants. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Robert Groenendaal, Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 245-7393.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 12 $25,560,599; FY 13 est $24,223,626; and FY 14 est $25,560,599
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
To be determined.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Contact the Program Office for information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available


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