WHAT IS ATAP?
The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) is a national, member-based organization, comprised of state Assistive Technology Act Programs funded under the Assistive Technology Act (AT Act).
ATAP was established in 1997 to provide support to state AT Program members to enhance the effectiveness of AT Programs on the state and local level, and promote the national network of AT Programs. ATAP facilitates the coordination of state AT Programs nationally and provides technical assistance and support to its members. ATAP represents the needs and interests of the state AT Programs and is the national voice of the AT Programs.
MISSION OF ATAP
ATAP will set the national direction and advocate for AT Act programs. ATAP will promote and support quality performance of the State AT programs.
GOALS of ATAP
ATAP’s goals are founded on the needs of the AT Programs. ATAP’s goals include:
- Position ATAP as the premier national organization to contact about assistive technology policy by enhancing external relationships with federal agencies not limited to the Department of Education, Department of Labor, FCC, National Council on Disabilities, FEMA and other national organizations, along with other partners and stakeholders.
- Promote and formalize the collaboration of AT Programs with persons with disabilities, providers, industry, advocates and others at the state and national level and to increase the availability and utilization of accessible information technology (IT) and assistive technology devices and services (AT) for all individuals with disabilities in the United States and territories.
- Enhance relationships with network members through increased communications and networking opportunities.
- Along with stakeholders, ensure AT Act reauthorization and continuation.
- Secure external funding to increase ATAP's sustainability.