As of August 17, 2017, two new pages have been added to the Assitive Technology Council website:
The Assistive Technology Advisory Council (AT Council) is composed of no fewer than 9 and no more than 13 members.
At least fifty-one percent of the elected membership of the AT Council are people with disabilities, who use assistive technology.
Other members of the AT Council are appointed as the AT Act prescribes a set of representatives from agencies and organizations. These are representatives from:
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction,
- Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation,
- Council on Workforce Investment,
- An Independent Living Center, and
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Office of Blind and Visually Impaired.
In addition, the AT Council may appoint additional representatives from other state agencies, public agencies, or private organizations, as long as the consumer majority is maintained. As the State AT Council recruits consumer members and makes additional appointments, care should be taken to maintain a council that reflects the diversity of the State "with respect to race, ethnicity, types of disabilities across the age span" as well as the types of AT devices and services used by its citizens with disabilities.
The purpose of the AT Council is to provide advice and guidance to the Wis Tech program and assure that it is in compliance with the provisions of the Assistive Technology Act (AT Act) of 1998, as amended. The requirement to establish an advisory council "to provide consumer-responsive, consumer-driven advice to the State for, planning of, implementation of, and evaluation of the activities carried out through the grant, including setting the measurable goals" is in the AT Act.
Specifically, the AT Council will provide advice and guidance on the following:
- Submission of Wisconsin’s State Plan for Assistive Technology (AT) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL),
- Monitoring the WisTech program according to the State Plan for AT,
- Developing and maintaining collaborations with other agencies, organizations, and bodies providing AT services and devices throughout the State, and
- Monitoring of program data and outcomes.
If interested in becoming a member, please visit the Members and Liaisons section of this website.
For more information about the Assistive Technology Advisory Council, please contact:
Wisconsin Assistive Technology Advisory Council
1 W. Wilson Street, Room 551
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659