State Assistive Technology Plan

Section 4(d)(1) of the AT Act requires that state formula grantees submit an application to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to receive a grant. ACL calls the application a State Plan for Assistive Technology (State Plan for AT). The State Plan for AT must be developed, prepared, and submitted with the state's Advisory Council by the Lead Agency (Wisconsin Department of Health Services) designated by the Governor to carry out the Statewide AT Program. The State AT Plan describes how the state will conduct its Statewide AT Program during the three year period covered by the plan. The plan is reviewed and approved by ACL to ensure it conforms to the requirements of the AT Act.

Wisconsin State Plan for AT Plan (Federal Fiscal Year 2015-2017) (PDF)

The State of Wisconsin is in the process of drafting our next State Plan for AT (Federal Fiscal Year 2018-2020). We will post information about the development of the plan, input opportunities, and updates on this page.

Update 10/11/2017:

The Assistive Technology Advisory has developed three subcommittees that have directives that will assist in the development of the State Plan. The subcommittees and their role in the State Plan development are as follows:

  • Assistive Technology and State Plan Development – This committee will work on identifying the latest and most up-to-date assistive technology devices cross-disability, cross-age to assist consumers statewide. This committee with also work with DHS staff on developing survey instruments and other related materials to collect data for the State Assistive Technology Plan (3-year plan). 

    • State Plan Role: The Assistive Technology and State Plan Development Committee will work on developing an outline for the state plan that is understandable to the public. This Committee will begin developing information (context/text) on required program goals and an explanation/context about Wisconsin and WisTech program so the data has some explanation to support data/number/as well as a context for AT needs.

  • Collaboration and Outreach – This committee will work on marketing, social media, website, and other related items for WisLoan and WisTech Programs to improve public knowledge about these programs and to increase referrals and utilization of assistive technology statewide. This committee will also work with staff to the AT Council to identify key partners and funding resources to expand the state’s AT program.

    • State Plan Role: The Community and Outreach Committee of the Council will work on developing a WisTech mission and program description.

  • Data Collection and Analysis – This committee will review quarterly data from the AT Network and related data analysis to identify unmet AT needs throughout the state. This committee will also work with DHS staff to improve reporting of AT data to ensure compliance with the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended in 2004 (Tech Act) and to improve AT outcomes statewide. This committee may also identify additional data that the AT Network should be collecting to get a more accurate picture of AT needs throughout Wisconsin.

    • State Plan Role: The Council will review current data including the needs assessment completed by Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute, current consumer evaluation surveys, and WisTech program data. The Data Collection and Analysis Committee of the Council will review this information for the current federal fiscal year (FFY) and FFY 2016 to create baselines for measureable goals. DHS staff will assist with calculating the baseline for federal program data.