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The Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD) is pleased to announce the Access to Technology Project for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).  

Access to Technology Project Summary

KCDD will provide a limited number of smartphones including 6 months of prepaid service* to qualifying individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to improve skills and help address social isolation, as a result of Covid-19.

To be eligible, individuals must currently receive Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver services, are on the waiting list to receive I/DD HCBS Waiver services, and who currently do not have access to this type of technology. Lack of access to technology must be verified by the Targeted Case Manager (TCM), Care Coordinator, or Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO). Individuals must also be at least 18 years old and live in Kansas.

Selected recipients of the smartphones are expected to participate in virtual, online activities and agree to cooperate with project evaluation feedback about the use of the phones. Recipient expectations include:

  • Attend a minimum of 1 event online each month during a 6-month period. Approved activities include, but are not limited to: KCDD and/or Self-Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK) virtual events (such as KCDD Coffee House or the SACK Conference), Employment First Conference, Kansas Leadership Center leadership classes, telemedicine appointments, telehealth visits, televideo, national and state conferences and events, Person Centered Support Plans, BASIS/MFEI meetings, online community events, etc.
  • Report monthly about the online events or activities attended.
  • Participate in online evaluations and/or focus groups.
  • Return the phone if requested for failure to participate in attending virtual events.
  • The phone may not be used for any illegal activity.
  • Call or email KCDD or contracted staff for technical help if needed.
  • If the phone is lost or stolen report it immediately by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 785-296-2608.

 

Please apply if you lack access to technology for televideo, telemedicine, or telehealth appointments; if you want to attend online social events, trainings or conferences; if you are willing to participate in training offered to get the most out of the technology provided; and if you are willing to provide feedback on the benefit of the technology.

KCDD will provide 50 smartphones statewide to qualified individuals. Applicants who are selected to receive a smartphone will be notified by KCDD.  Applications received after initial funds are gone will be kept on file should additional resources become available.

For questions, please call: 785-296-2608 or toll free at 1-877-431-4604

 

Application Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KCDD_Access_to_Technology

 

* Recipients of a smartphone who cooperate with these requirements will be eligible for an additional 6 months of prepaid service, based on available funding.

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