The Assistive Technology (AT) Advisory Council is composed of no fewer than 9 and no more than 13 members.
At least fifty-one percent of the elected membership of the AT Council is people with disabilities, who use assistive technology.
Other members of the AT Council are appointed as the AT Act prescribes a set of representatives from agencies and organizations. These are representatives from:
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction,
- Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation,
- Council on Workforce Investment,
- An Independent Living Center, and
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Office of Blind and Visually Impaired.
In addition, the AT Advisory Council may appoint additional representatives from other state agencies, public agencies, or private organizations, as long as the consumer majority is maintained. As the AT Advisory Council recruits consumer members and makes additional appointments, care should be taken to maintain a council that reflects the diversity of the State "with respect to race, ethnicity, types of disabilities across the age span" as well as the types of AT devices and services used by its citizens with disabilities.
AT Advisory Council Committees
The AT Advisory Council has created three committees that have directives to assist in the development and monitoring of the State Plan for AT. People interested in becoming members of these committees, do not have to be AT Council members.
- Assistive Technology and State Plan Development Committee – This committee works on identifying the latest and most up-to-date assistive technology devices cross-disability, cross-age to assist consumers statewide. This committee also works with DHS staff on developing survey instruments and other related materials to collect data for the State Plan for AT.
- Collaboration and Outreach Committee – This committee works on marketing, social media, website, and other related items for the WisTech and WisLoan programs to raise awareness and referrals to these programs. This committee also identifies key partners and funding resources to expand the state’s AT program and to increase the utilization of assistive technology statewide.
- Data Collection and Analysis Committee – This committee reviews quarterly WisTech program data to identify unmet AT needs throughout the state and works with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to improve quality and reporting of AT data. By analyzing data the this committee works to identify additional data needed to get a more accurate picture of AT needs throughout Wisconsin.
Interested in Becoming a Council Member?
People interested in becoming a member can complete an application in two ways:
- Online, via electronic survey form.
- Printed, via fillable pdf. Applications completed this way can be mailed or emailed to:
Assistive Technology Advisory Council
1 West Wilson St., Room 551
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659
If you have questions or need assistance with the membership application, please call 608-514-2513, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org