Project One: “Nine Lending Library”
Price: $60,000 as a set Budget
Description: “This program consists of a chain of nine libraries that lend supplies and products to various persons throughout the community, assisting “individuals with disAbilities to live, learn, work and play” in the most efficient, beneficial manner. This program aims to improve the technical and dexterous aspects of the human life in addition to expanding the overall mental capacity of a client. Almost all of the products that the Bluegrass technology Center offers are able to be checked out for a total of thirty days with little to no cost to the “individuals, families and organizations” using the items. The purpose for this is to “try before they buy,” in the sense that they can decide whether or not the product will benefit the client’s condition. This aids people who are forced to purchase “private health insurance,” “public schools,” and various other “entities.”
Products Available: specialized IPAD’s targeting “learning, communication and memory,” Television systems with special screens for people with difficulty in seeing, phones geared specifically toward people who are considered “hard of hearing, Medical chairs for people who cannot stand, walkers and wheelchairs for people who cannot walk, etc. …See website for complete list.
Project Two: Adapted Book Project: Library of Accessible Digital Books
Price: $30,000 as a budget
Description: Basically this project aims to create “talking books,” which are recreated digitized children’s books that are readily available for lending to “families, teachers, and therapists” who aid children who are labeled as “print challenged.” The Goal of this is to aid children in reaching the potential at which their peers are capable of reading. There are numerous medical factors that could affect a client’s movement, such as flipping the page or holding a book properly. These books aid children and adults who cannot read by serving as a form of an audiobook. This offers both entertainment to the client and a challenge for enhancing the client’s comprehension and reading skills. A program known as LOAD Books is beneficial for helping the community. This process requires 17 different steps, totaling approximately 15 hours to complete each book. Though there are options, there is a high demand for volunteers.
These 17 steps include: “scan book into computer (just like using a copier), crop images, record audio, place images into PowerPoint, create basic comprehension questions, create visual language supports using a specialized program, quality checks, or prepare books for distribution.”
Project Three: CARAT: Coordinating & Assisting the ReUse of Assistive Technology
Description: This program focuses primarily on distributing the equipment necessary for an efficient life to the physically disabled. This program also allows others to dispose of their equipment in a manner that avoids the use of “landfills.” This program is most helpful to those who are currently living in a state with little to no health insurance, “or do not have funds to support their Assistive Technology/Durable Medical Equipment needs.” A volunteer’s job in this case would be to clean and “refurbish” the donations, label and physically log the item’s serial number, condition, brand name and model number onto a piece of paper. Other volunteers will be asked to log the incoming items into the computers offered within the Bluegrass Technology Center’s facility. Most likely, if you are a university student or a new volunteer, you will be placed in this position, as it is the most simple. Another facet of CARAT involves meeting with other organizations thorugh what is known as a “linking partners” in order to efficiently expand its borders and enhance its current partners.
Suggested Donations (though anything in the field would suffice): “Aids for Daily Living (reachers, memory aids), Mobility, Seating & Positioning (walkers, crutches, wheelchairs), Sensory Aids (amplified telephone, screen magnifier), Computers with adapted input/output devices (talking word processors), Adapted Toys, and Speech Generating Devices (picture/word boards, talking boxes).”
These projects can be found by following this link.