Illinois Assistive Technology Program

Independent Living Through Technology

About the Illinois Assistive Technology Program

What we do

Our mission is to provide Illinoisans of all ages with disabilities and health conditions greater access to assistive technology devices and services so that they may enhance their independence and participation in all aspects of life. To achieve this, we offer numerous assistive technology programs and services to learn about and try AT devices, financial loans to purchase AT, training, technical assistance, and professional AT evaluations for:

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Aging
  • Community Living
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Home Modifications

Please explore our website, read our annual report, and/or contact us to learn more about how we may help you or your organization.

Who we serve

We provide expertise in assistive technology and accessible information technology to:

  • All Illinois residents of all ages with disabilities and/or health conditions including family members, friends, and caregivers
  • Professional service providers in aging, community living, early childhood, education,  employment, health care, veteran's services, and other social services
  • Community Organizations
  • Large and small businesses
  • State Agencies and local governments

Our Staff

Our Executive Director leads our organization with the help of a dedicated and skilled staff of 34 individuals. Our team positions include:

  • Administrative and program support staff
  • Assistive Technology Professionals (ATP’s)
  • Chief Finance Officer (CFO)
  • Information technology accessibility specialists
  • Licensed/Certified therapists with AT expertise
  • Program Directors and Coordinators
  • Public policy, advocacy, and education consultants
  • Rehabilitation Engineer
  • Software and data base application developers

IATP’s work is also supported by program specific contractors, consultants, and volunteers.

Our Governance

Our nonprofit organization fully supports consumer choice and control and is governed by an ethnically diverse, consumer-majority, eight-member Board of Directors that has both programmatic and fiscal oversight. Seventy-five percent of Board members are individuals with disabilities.
IATP Board Officers:

  • Barbara Doyle, President
  • Rita Howells, Vice President
  • LuAnn Hickman, Treasurer
  • Cecile Perez, Secretary

IATP Board Members:

  • Joanne Blakley
  • Brian Dowd
  • Horacio Esparza
  • David Perez

Advisory Council

The organization also has an advisory council specifically for the State Assistive Technology Act program funding it receives. It is a 60% consumer-majority advisory council that reflects the diversity of the state in terms of disability, age, ethnicity, and geographic location. The 28-member Advisory Council consists of 11 individuals representing state agencies or other disability related organizations, and 17 council members who are individuals with disabilities that use AT and/or are family members or guardians of those who do. The advisory council reviews performance measures and provides programmatic input.

Our Funders

The Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is the nonprofit organization designated as the implementing entity for the federally funded State Grant for Assistive Technology Program authorized under the Assistive Technology Act of 2004. Illinois’s designated lead agency is the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services. This federal formula grant funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), Center for Innovation and Partnership. The office of Interagency Innovation within ACL oversees the State Grant for Assistive Technology Program.

In addition to the State AT Act Program funding, IATP has leveraged other funding and resources to provide needed services beyond what the AT Act funding can support. IATP has collaborative agreements with:

  • Illinois Department on Aging
  • Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Illinois State Board of Education
  • Social Security Administration

If you are interested in partnerships, collaborations, and/or sponsorships to support the assistive technology needs of Illinois and its residents, please contact our Executive Director.   

Our Impact - Annual Report

2019 Illinois Assistive Technology Annual Report

IATP 2019 Annual Report (PDF)

Our Values

We believe disability and aging is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes a person’s right to:

  • enjoy full inclusion and integration in mainstream society;
  • benefit from education;
  • pursue meaningful careers;
  • enjoy self-determination;
  • make informed choices; and
  • live in an environment of their choosing

IATP statement on racial discrimination and police conduct (PDF)

Our History

IATP was founded as a nonprofit in 1989 and has been providing statewide assistive technology services since that time.

Our Accessibility Statement

The Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) is committed to providing information communication technology (ICT) in the most accessible formats possible. IATP attempts to adhere to the strictest accessibility guidelines required by both Federal and State government. IATP promotes both WCAG 2.0 AA Compliance Guidelines and the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act web accessibility guidelines. If you find a page or document that is posted on this site that does not meet these guidelines, please contact us at and we will do our best to remediate any problems as fast as we can.

IATP Brochures

IATP Brochure

IATP Brochure (PDF)
IATP Spanish Brochure (PDF)

IATP Position Openings

Currently we have no available paid positions at this time. If you wish to volunteer, please contact us.