Building Capacity for Assistive Technology Service Delivery in Ohio

Award Amount: $75,000 per year

Years of Grant: 2020-2021

Grantee: OCALI AT & ATEM Center

Council staff responsible: Kim Shoaf

Goal of Grant

To build the capacity of Service and Support Administrators (SSAs) within the county board of developmental disabilities system who will have expertise in assistive technology/services. This will increase the number of people with developmental disabilities in each of Ohio’s 88 counties to learn about and get assistive technology to enable them to lead more independent and self-determined lives.

Grant Activities

SSA Assistive Technology (AT) Training Needs Survey

February 6, 2020: The Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials Center (AT&AEM) Center at OCALI received a two-year grant from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council to focus on building the knowledge of SSAs to improve the provision of assistive technology supports and services within the county boards of developmental disabilities. The grant activities began in January 2020 with the development of a training needs survey that can be accessed through the link below. The survey will gather information from Ohio SSAs about their disposition regarding AT awareness and their preferences regarding AT training needs. The feedback obtained from this survey will guide selection of training formats and topics to be provided during the fall of 2020 and throughout 2021.

If you are an SSA in Ohio, please complete the survey by February 28th, 2020. Your opinions are important to the planning of relevant assistive technology training activities. 

If you require an alternate format of this survey, please contact Daniel Gruber at If you have questions about the content of the survey, please contact Heather Bridgman at

Take the survey: SSA Assistive Technology Training Needs Survey 

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