Assistive technology can increase independence and improve quality of life for older adults and people with disabilities. The Connecticut Tech Act Project’s Assistive Technology Loan Program (ATLP) provides Connecticut residents access to devices and services they need to remain active and engage with their communities. Qualifying individuals receive a low-interest loan to purchase the devices and related services they need.
Devices and Services to Improve Quality of Life
An individual with a disability, parent, guardian, family member or legal representative of the person with the disability or an older adult who has been a Connecticut resident for at least 1 year and has a disability that affects a major life activity.
Types of Services & Supports that can be used for Assistive Technology Loan Program
Assistive technology is any device that helps a person maintain or improve functional capabilities with major daily life activities. Such activities include walking, talking, hearing, seeing, performing manual tasks, working and other essential functions important to most people’s daily lives.
Loans can be used for a broad range of assistive devices, home modifications and mobility including:
- Wheelchairs and scooters
- Braille notetakers/equipment
- Assistive listening devices
- Augmentative communication devices
- Electronic aids to daily living
- Visual aids with voice output or magnifying features
- Computers and adaptive peripherals
- Home modifications for accessibility
- Motor vehicles that have/need modifications
- Assistance/Service Animals
- Training to learn how to use the AT device
Eligible individuals may borrow an amount between $500 to $30,000 with repayment periods between 1 to 10 years dependent on the amount of the loan and the borrower’s ability to repay the loan. Loans are serviced by Berkshire Bank. Interest rates are a fixed 4% or 4.5% for the life of the loan. Loan approval takes an average of two weeks to one month.
The Connecticut Tech Act Project is available to offer assistance or clarification throughout the application process. For assistance, or to check on the status of your application, contact (860) 424-4881, toll-free in CT at (800) 537-2549 or send an email through their website.
You can download the ATLP application here. Once completed, mail the completed application to:
CT Tech Art Project AT Loan Program (ATLP)
55 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105