Assistive Technology_State Grants for Protection and Advocacy

To support protection and advocacy services through the systems established to provide protection and advocacy services under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act for the purpose of assisting the acquisition, utilization, or maintenance of assistive technology or assistive
technology services for individuals with disabilities.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Projects support information, advocacy and representation, training, technical assistance, and general guidance for protection and advocacy entities to increase access to and provision of assistive technology devices and services.

The emphasis is on consumer advocacy and capacity building through protection and advocacy agencies in the States.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Program Accomplishments

The Department made 56 grant awards in FY 08.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to support protection and advocacy services related to assistive technology services and devices.

This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate that is referenced under 34 CFR 75-564-76.569.

For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group at (202) 708-7770.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Designated protection and advocacy agencies in States and outlying areas only.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Persons with disabilities who may benefit from assistive technology services and devices.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is covered under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as point of contact in his or her State to be followed in applying for assistance has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

The standard application forms as furnished by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration and required by OMB Circular No. A-102. Contact the Program Office for more information.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by Department of Education staff.


Contact the program office for deadline information.


Assistive Technology Act of 1998, Title I, Section 5, Public Law 105-394.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time



The State may appeal to the Office of Administrative Law/udges (34 CFR 81).



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Annual formula grants.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual progress reports, expenditure reports, and quarterly cash reports.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit 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.


As stated in grant or contract terms and conditions, the awardee shall mail accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, review other applicable credits acquired under this grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $4,341,000; and FY 08 est $4,265,000; and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range of awards was approximately $50,000 - $415,188 in FY 07.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact the Program Office for this information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-2500. Contact: Fred Isbister. E-mail Address: Telephone: (202) 245-7385.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Contact the Program Office for information.

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