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.
To maintain and enhance a strong, effective and efficient national network of Statewide Assistive Technology Programs which enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology (AT) needed for education, employment, and community living.
- To provide a forum for member states and territories to study, deliberate, and act upon matters affecting the national network of Statewide AT Programs.
- To provide a resource for the formulation and expression of the collective points of view of Statewide AT Programs on critical issues that impact access to and acquisition of AT.
- To serve as an advisory body to the Administration on Community Living, other federal agencies and other organizations and entities on issues affecting access to and acquisition of AT.
- To provide a means of communication and joint action with other organizations promoting access to and acquisition of assistive technology.
- To support and participate in research and demonstration projects that increase access to and acquisition of assistive technology.