Illinois Assistive Technology Program

Independent Living Through Technology

Welcome to IATP

We are a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1989. Our mission is to provide Illinoisans of all ages with disabilities and health conditions greater access to assistive technology devices and services so that they may enhance their independence and participation in all aspects of life.

Illinois CARE Connections

IATP is excited to collaborate with the Illinois Department on Aging, Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities, and the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services on a new program that provides technology devices for socially isolated seniors and persons with disabilities in Illinois.

Illinois CARE Connections

Changes to IATP's Programs and Services Due to COVID-19

IATP is following all CDC and Illinois state guidelines. In response to medical, public health, and other governmental recommendations regarding COVID-19, we have altered operations as follows to reduce the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus for all individuals. The information below will be continually updated as things change. The last information update was October 1, 2020. Please contact us with any questions.

Borrowing Equipment

When possible and appropriate, IATP will make every attempt to fill customer’s requests to borrow Assistive Technology devices and reused Durable Medical Equipment (DME). Arrangements will be made to ship the equipment to the customer’s home. Customers picking up reused DME will have to follow the CDC’s recommendation of social distancing of no less than 6 feet.  Masks are required for in office visits. If preferred, the transfer of equipment can take place outside of IATP’s office by appointment.

Assistive Technology Demonstration Center

Device demonstrations are available by appointment for in-person visits and through video conferencing. All in-person visits must follow CDC and Illinois state guidelines. Masks are required. If you do not have one, IATP will provide one. For everyone's safety and whenever possible, we ask that the person requesting the demo have only one other person attend.  

Tours can be arranged by appointment. They are limited to a maximum of ten people and all CDC guidelines must be followed. Call for more information.

Equipment Donations

IATP is accepting donations of used Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and/or Assistive Technology Devices by appointment. Please call the office at 217-522-7985 to make arrangements for a no contact drop off of donated equipment. Please do not leave any equipment outside the IATP office without prior arrangements.

All donated equipment will be evaluated prior to being moved to a sanitizing room where it will be placed in a cleaning and disinfecting machine, and/or cleaned and sanitized with a UV wand, whichever is applicable. After equipment is dried and reassembled, it will be moved to a clean storage area and made available to customers.

Financial Loan Customers

Support and repayment options are available for our loan customers who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Please contact us if you need to defer loan payments. AT loans for new customers are available and being processed in a timely manner. Please call with any questions.

Onsite AT Assessments for VR Customers

IATP is conducting in-person and remote assessments to fulfill customer's needs. Home assessments are also being conducted. Some assessments only require outside access. If in-home access is necessary, it is up to the customer whether or not they wish to have that service. Please contact us for more information.

ISBE Evaluations

We want to assure staff, families, and students that IATP’s ISBE 3-21 Evaluation program is available to conduct AT and AAC evaluations throughout the state of Illinois for the 2020-21 school year. Please visit the ISBE Evaluation page for more information on the evaluation process and procedures. Contact us with any questions.

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)

IATP-WIPA Services are continuing to be conducted remotely throughout 102 Illinois Counties. For more information on IATP-WIPA services, visit our WIPA web page and/or contact us.

IATP Event Participation

Staff’s planned participation as presenters, exhibitors, and participants at indoor events, which anticipate attendance of over 250 individuals, are cancelled as recommended by the Governor until further notice.

IATP apologizes for any inconvenience these actions may cause but feels that it must do its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 217-522-7985. Staff are working remotely so there may be a slight delay in response time. Thank you for your understanding.

What is Assistive Technology (AT)?

Assistive technology device.--The term `assistive technology device' means any item, piece of equipment, or  product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

Assistive technology service.--The term `assistive technology service' means any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.