Assistive technology can increase independence and improve quality of life for older adults and people with disabilities. The Connecticut Tech Act Project's Assistive Technology Loan Program (ATLP) provides Connecticut residents access to devices and services they need to remain active and engage with their communities. Qualifying individuals receive a low-interest loan to purchase the devices and related services they need.
An individual with a disability, parent, guardian, family member or legal representative of the person with the disability or an older adult who has been a Connecticut resident for at least 1 year and has a disability that affects a major life activity.
Types of services and supports that can be used for Assistive Technology Loan Program
Assistive technology is any device that helps a person maintain or improve functional capabilities with major daily life activities. Such activities include walking, talking, hearing, seeing, performing manual tasks, working and other essential functions important to most people's daily lives.
Loans can be used for a broad range of assistive devices, home modifications and mobility including:
Wheelchairs and scooters
Assistive listening devices
Augmentative communication devices
Electronic aids to daily living
Visual aids with voice output or magnifying features
Computers and adaptive peripherals
Home modifications for accessibility
Motor vehicles that have/need modifications
Training to learn how to use the AT device
Eligible individuals may borrow an amount between $500 to $30,000 with repayment periods between 1 to 10 years dependent on the amount of the loan and the borrower's ability to repay the loan. Loans are serviced by Berkshire Bank. Interest rates are a fixed 4% or 4.5% for the life of the loan. Loan approval takes an average of two weeks to one month.
The Connecticut Tech Act Project is available to offer assistance or clarification throughout the application process. For assistance, or to check on the status of your application, contact (860) 424-4881, toll-free in CT at(800) 537-2549or send anemail through their website.