The Arc of Illinois New Assistive Technology Program
We are pleased to share with you a new resource from The Arc.
The Arc of Illinois, through a generous donation, has developed a new Assistive
Technology Program. This program will fund, or partially fund, the purchase of
assistive technology for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities,
such as an iPad, for social and communication skills. There must be an evaluation/
assessment completed by a qualified provider to prove need and reason for the
The goal of The Arc of Illinois Assistive Technology Program is to enhance and
improve the quality of life for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities by
providing opportunities for individuals to receive technology to help with education,
employment, community living and independence. With today’s technology, there
are assistive features on devices, such as iPads, that can really improve learning
for students with special needs. One mom recently told us, “I am so excited about
the possibility of this program especially for people like my son, who has autism.
A device like an iPad would mean such a difference to him in being able to
communicate with the people in his life.”.
The maximum amount funded will be $500.00 per person or family. Upon approval,
the device will be shipped directly to the applicant. Once the device is received it
is the responsibility of that person and/or family to make sure it is used in the
appropriate manner and that an evaluation is filled out to assure future funding for
this project. There are not many programs like this in the state of Illinois and The
Arc of Illinois is overjoyed to be able to provide this much needed assistive
technology for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
The Arc of Illinois is a non-profit statewide advocacy organization representing
individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and has
emerged as a leading advocacy organization in Illinois. The Arc is committed to
enhancing the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and their families
and insuring persons with disabilities have services and supports available to them
when needed. For more information about The Arc of Illinois visit our website:
www.www.thearcofil.org or call the office at 815-464-1832.
Tony Paulauski Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423