October 13, 2022 By CDHD IATP: celebrating 30 years of service! How time flies! The Idaho Assistive Technology Project (IATP) is celebrating 30 years in the state of Idaho and as an integral program at the Center on Disabilities and Human Development (CDHD). Join us in thanking the IATP for 30 years of amazing work! Here's a few staff memories from years past. The IATP was initiated by Dr. Bryce Fifield, in 1992 funded through Technology Act appropriations, which were reauthorized in 2004 as the AT Act. Over time the IATP has leveraged additional funding through the Idaho State Department of Education’s Special Education Division, AgrAbility through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Federal Communication Commission’s national iCanConnect program, and a Communication Access Program through Southwest Idaho’s Area Agency on Aging. The AT program helps support people living with disabilities across the age span. Using both low and high technology applications, our AT practitioners conduct assessments, demonstrated and loan equipment, support universal design across educational and home settings, create access to low interest loans for items such as accessible van lifts, facilitate access to speech generating devices for individuals with limited verbal skills or access to the outside world (e.g., during the pandemic), and finally, make a difference in people’s lives. “As we celebrate and reflect over the past 30 years, we are humbly grateful to those who have had a hand in building the Idaho Assistive Technology Project. We look forward to a bright future of continued growth in our mission to serve Idahoans with disabilities along with their families, and older persons, as they live, work, and play in their communities,” said Dr Janice Carson, Project Director.