Adaptive Technology Grants Committee

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The Adaptive Technology Grants Program Committee is comprised of a chairperson and two other members, and altogether we provide stewardship of the Adaptive Technology Grants Program by: drafting and refining program guidelines, applications and associated forms; receiving, reviewing and discussing program applications; responsibly managing program funds and treating all applicants fairly by ensuring that all applicants follow published instructions and adhere to MCB Board approved guidelines; contacting and communicating with applicants and guiding them through the application process; communicating with the MCB board regarding applicant appeals or proposed changes to program guidelines; documenting all contacts, communications and grant awards; and, tracking the individual award history of all grant recipients.

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Adaptive Technology Grant Committee :: December 2016

By Darrel Vickers, Chairman

Hi Everyone, I want to take a minute to give you an update on our technology grants and provide an overview of this great program for those of you who might not be aware of it and how it works.  Each year MCB sets aside grant money for blind persons of Missouri to help with the purchase of adaptive equipment.  Following is a summary for Adaptive Technology for the year ended August 31, 2016.  We had 47 applicants; 40 members, 3 non-members and 4 children.  We approved 45 and denied 2 applicants.  We granted $24,855.72 from our $25,000.00 budget.

Items purchased included eye Pal Solo, Braille Note taker, i-phones, computers, Victor Reader, magnifiers, CCTV, tablet, id Mate Quest and EZ Blaze book player.  We were able to convert several non-members to new members of MCB.

In August the MCB Board approved $25,000 for fiscal year 2017.  As of October 28 we have approved 12 grants. I can't give you any dollar amounts because many of these were approved this month and it takes a while for the money to clear our system. I will be able to give an approximant number in the Spring issue.

Purpose:  The MCB technology grant is a matching grant to help Missouri blind and low vision persons obtain all types of adaptive technology. The Missouri Council of the Blind (MCB) created this Adaptive Technology Grants Program to help fulfill its mission of enriching the lives of legally blind Missourians. Adaptive technology can be very expensive so MCB understands why many legally blind Missourians are not benefiting from its use. For the purpose of this grant program, adaptive technology is considered hardware, software, electronics, equipment, etc. that is standalone or works in conjunction with a computer that makes it possible for blind people to do things that sighted people can already do without using adaptive technology.

Coverage:  The Adaptive Technology Grants Program widely covers both hardware and software based adaptive technology, including upgrades and maintenance agreements, and narrowly covers computer systems as required by or used in conjunction with accompanying adaptive technology, such as screen magnification software, screen reader software, or a scanning system. Purchase of a computer along with or for use with accompanying adaptive technology is only eligible for up to a $400 matching funds grant. Only new adaptive technology and computers are covered, including adaptive technology upgrades to newer versions.  Used or previously owned adaptive technology and computers are not covered.

Note: A full copy of the grant guidelines as well as an application can be found on our web site at: http://moblind.org/programs/adaptive_technology_grants or by contacting the MCB office at (314) 832-7172. You can also contact me anytime.

How it works:  For MCB members, MCB will match dollar for dollar for most types of adaptive technology with a $3,000 limit over any five-year period. Any blind resident of Missouri who is not a member of MCB can also receive a grant but we will match 25% of the total cost with the same $3,000 limit.  This is a wonderful program and I encourage you to take advantage of it if you need to.

The Committee: The Adaptive Technology Committee is made up of three members; Darrel Vickers, Ruthie Clark and Donna Giger.

If you have any questions about the program please contact me via email at darrel@ww4b.org or call 636-667-3176.  Until next time, take Care.

Adaptive Technology Grant Committee :: September 2016

By Darrel Vickers, Chairman

Hi, everyone.  I want to take a minute to give you an update on our technology grants and provide an overview of this great program for those of you who might not be aware of it and how it works.

Each year MCB sets aside moneys that blind persons of Missouri can apply for. This year we had a budget of $25,000 for the grant program.

In June, we spent the remaining amount of our funds. So we were not able to fill any more grant requests.

As of this writing, the MCB budget has $25,000 for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. This goes before the MCB Board in August. I do not anticipate any problems with it being passed. So we will be able to accept applications starting in September.

Purpose: The MCB technology grant is a matching grant to help Missouri blind and low vision persons obtain all types of adaptive technology. The Missouri Council of the Blind (MCB) created this Adaptive Technology Grants Program to help fulfill its mission of enriching the lives of legally blind Missourians. Adaptive technology can be very expensive, so MCB understands why many legally blind Missourians are not benefiting from its use. For the purpose of this grant program, adaptive technology is considered hardware, software, electronics, equipment, etc. that is standalone or works in conjunction with a computer that makes it possible for blind people to do things that sighted people can already do without using adaptive technology.

Coverage: The Adaptive Technology Grants Program widely covers both hardware and software based adaptive technology, including upgrades and maintenance agreements, and narrowly covers computer systems as required by or used in conjunction with accompanying adaptive technology, such as screen magnification software, screen reader software, or a scanning system. Purchase of a computer along with or for use with accompanying adaptive technology is only eligible for up to a $400 matching funds grant. Only new adaptive technology and computers are covered, including adaptive technology upgrades to newer versions; used or previously owned adaptive technology and computers are not covered.

Note: A full copy of the grant guidelines as well as an application can be found on our web site at: http://moblind.org/programs/adaptive_technology_grants or by contacting the MCB office at (314) 832-7172. You can also contact me anytime.

How it works: For MCB members, MCB will match dollar for dollar for most types of adaptive technology with a $3,000 limit over any five (5) year period. Any blind resident of Missouri who is not a member of MCB can also receive a grant, but we will match 25% of the total cost with the same $3,000 limit.

This is a wonderful program and I encourage you to take advantage of it if you need to.

The Committee: The Adaptive Technology Committee is made up of three members: Darrel Vickers, Ruthie Clark and Donna Giger.  Until next time, take Care.

Adaptive Technology Grant Committee :: June 2016

By Darrel Vickers, Chairman

Hi Everyone, I want to take a minute to give you an update on our technology grants and provide an overview of this great program for those of you who might not be aware of it and how it works.

Year to date summary: so far this fiscal year 2016, we have awarded $22,711. Note: We have a total budget of $25,000. When the remaining funds are exhausted, we will no longer be able to award grants until our next fiscal year, providing there is money in the budget.

Purpose: The MCB technology grant is a matching grant to help Missouri blind and low vision persons obtain all types of adaptive technology. The Missouri Council of the Blind (MCB) created this Adaptive Technology Grants Program to help fulfill its mission of enriching the lives of legally blind Missourians. Adaptive technology can be very expensive, so MCB understands why many legally blind Missourians are not benefiting from its use. For the purpose of this grant program, adaptive technology is considered hardware, software, electronics, equipment, etc. that is standalone or works in conjunction with a computer that makes it possible for blind people to do things that sighted people can already do without using adaptive technology.

Coverage: The Adaptive Technology Grants Program widely covers both hardware and software based adaptive technology, including upgrades and maintenance agreements, and narrowly covers computer systems as required by or used in conjunction with accompanying adaptive technology, such as screen magnification software, screen reader software, or a scanning system. Purchase of a computer along with or for use with accompanying adaptive technology is only eligible for up to a $400 matching funds grant. Only new adaptive technology and computers are covered, including adaptive technology upgrades to newer versions; used or previously owned adaptive technology and computers are not covered.

Note: A full copy of the grant guidelines as well as an application can be found on our web site at: http://moblind.org/programs/adaptive_technology_grants or by contacting the MCB office at (314) 832-7172. You can also contact me anytime.

How it works: For MCB members, MCB will match dollar for dollar for most types of adaptive technology with a $3000 limit over any five (5) year period. Any blind resident of Missouri who is not a member of MCB can also receive a grant but we will match 25% of the total cost with the same $3000 limit.

This is a wonderful program, and I encourage you to take advantage of it if you need to.

The Committee: The adaptive technology committee is made up of three members: Darrel Vickers, Ruthie Clark and Donna Giger.  Until next time, take Care.

Adaptive Technology Grant Committee :: March 2016

By Darrel Vickers, Chairman

Hi Everyone,

I want to take a minute to give you an update on our technology grants and provide an overview of this great program for those of you who might not be aware of it and how it works.

Purpose: The MCB technology grant is a matching grant to help Missouri blind and low vision persons obtain all types of adaptive technology. The Missouri Council of the Blind (MCB) created this Adaptive Technology Grants Program to help fulfill its mission of enriching the lives of legally blind Missourians. Adaptive technology can be very expensive so MCB understands why many legally blind Missourians are not benefiting from its use. For the purpose of this grant program, adaptive technology is considered hardware, software, electronics, equipment, etc. that is standalone or works in conjunction with a computer that makes it possible for blind people to do things that sighted people can already do without using adaptive technology.

Coverage: The Adaptive Technology Grants Program widely covers both hardware and software based adaptive technology, including upgrades and maintenance agreements, and narrowly covers computer systems as required by or used in conjunction with accompanying adaptive technology, such as screen magnification software, screen reader software, or a scanning system. Purchase of a computer along with or for use with accompanying adaptive technology is only eligible for up to a $400 matching funds grant. Only new adaptive technology and computers are covered, including adaptive technology upgrades to newer versions; used or previously owned adaptive technology and computers are not covered.

Note: A full copy of the grant guidelines as well as an application can be found on our web site at: http://moblind.org/programs/adaptive_technology_grants or by contacting the MCB office at (314) 832-7172. You can also contact me anytime.

How it works: For MCB members, MCB will match dollar for dollar for most types of adaptive technology with a $3000 limit over any five (5) year period. Any blind resident of Missouri who is not a member of MCB can also receive a grant but we will match 25% of the total cost with the same $3000 limit.

This is a wonderful program and I encourage you to take advantage of it if you need to.

Year to date summary: So far this fiscal year, (2015 – 2016), we have awarded 15 grants for a total of $17,190.00. Note: We have a total budget of $25000.00. When the remaining funds are exhausted we will no longer be able to award grants until our next fiscal year, providing there is money in the budget.

The Committee: The adaptive technology committee is made up of three members: Darrel Vickers, Ruthie Clark and Donna Giger.

Until next time, take Care.
Email: darrel@ww4b.org
Phone: 636-667-3176

Adaptive Technology Grants :: June 2009

by Franklin Johnson

The Adaptive Technology Matching Grant funds have been expended for the year.  No additional funds will be available until if, or when, the board appropriates new funds for 2010.

Those applications that the Adaptive Technology Grant committee was unable to approve will be held over until next year.  At that time each individual will be contacted to see if they have found an alternate source to assist them in purchasing the device, or if they are still interested in MCB assisting them in purchasing that piece of equipment.

Franklin Johnson
Adaptive Technology Grant Chairperson