The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) represents State Assistive Technology (AT) Programs funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 (PL 108-364). This network of federally funded State AT Programs exists in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico along with four territories. The mission of State AT Programs is to increase access to and acquisition of assistive technology for individuals with all types of disabilities of all ages.
Collectively, State AT Programs house tremendous expertise in assistive technology and many have been actively involved with the implementation of HAVA requirements for deployment of accessible voting systems. The Missouri AT Program participated in both the development of the HAVA State Plan and was part of the review team for certification of accessible voting equipment. The North Dakota State AT Program was also part of the equipment review and selection process in that state. In many instances, State AT Programs have partnered with the Protection and Advocacy agency and/or Centers for Independent Living to provide training on accessible voting equipment for voters with disabilities and many provided technical assistance to election officials as they purchased and deployed such equipment. ATAP has also provided national level leadership in reviewing accessible voting equipment, developing reference materials on such reviews, providing comments to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) on proposed requirements for accessible voting systems, and in testifying before Congress on issues related to accessible voting systems. ATAP partnered with the National Disability Rights Network as a subcontractor for implementation of the HAVA funded national technical assistance grant for Protection and Advocacy (P&A) agencies providing technical assistance and training on accessible voting equipment to P&A agencies across the country and to Department of Justice staff.