NGO Funding Request


The recipient entity's full legal name:  Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network

The recipient entity's physical address:
           3042 Old Forge Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808


The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           (same as above)

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Mr. George Lee, President (1 year term, served 1994)
Mr. Daryl Thomas, Vice-President (1 year term, served 1994)
Ms. Margaret Gibson, Secretary/Treasurer (1 year term, served 1994)
Ms. Zena Percy, Board Member (1 year term, served 1994)


The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  1065

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $750,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Katherine Hoover, MHS, CRC
Board Chair
Disability Affairs Specialist Jefferson Parish Office for Citizens w/ Disabilities
Work address:
1221 Elmwood Park Blvd, Suite 403 Jefferson, LA 70123

Kendra Case, RN, MBA
Board Vice Chair
Chief Operating Officer
Louisiana Healthcare Connections Work Address:
8585 Archives Avenue, 3rd floor Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Roberto J. Aguilar
Board Secretary
Owner
Aguilar Consultants, LLC Work address:
17732 Highland Road, G-159 Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Neel Choudhury
Attorney
3443 Esplanade Ave., Apt. 408 New Orleans, LA 70119

Kathryn J. Crews
Retired (Social Work)
Home address:
155 Brent Lane
Ferriday, LA 71334

Ryan Finnan
Executive Vice President Investar Bank
Work address:
10500 Coursey Blvd., Suite 300 Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Jason Harris
Owner
High Definition Media Inc. Work and home address:
8108 Rainbow Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Maria Palmer
Programmer/President Photronics Research Work and home address: 109 Camille St.
Amite, LA 70422

James W. “Jim” Parks II
President & CEO
Louisiana Public Facilities Authority Work address:
2237 South Acadian Thruway, Ste. 650 Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Raman “Ray” Sharma
CEO/IT Consultant
Next Generation Solutions, LLC Work and home address:
7940 Jefferson Hwy, Apt. 101 Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Charles Tate
CEO
Community Directions, Inc. Work address:
130-A West South St. Opelousas, LA 70570


Provide a summary of the project or program:
           The Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN) assists individuals with disabilities to achieve enhanced quality of life and greater independence through access to assistive technology. LATAN accomplishes this mission through assistive technology (AT) programs including cash loans for AT, device hands-on demonstrations, device lending, acquisition of previously owned AT, information and assistance for finding and funding AT, device benefit awareness, AT technology training and technical assistance, statewide collaboration and coordination, and AT emergency preparedness and response. Access to low-, mid- and high-tech devices enable people of all ages and types of disabilities and limitations to remain active at work, in school and in community activities, including living in their own homes.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $440,000
          Professional Services. . . $40,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $80,000
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $190,000
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          The Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN) assists individuals with disabilities to achieve enhanced quality of life and greater independence through access to assistive technology. LATAN accomplishes this mission through assistive technology (AT) programs including cash loans for AT, device hands-on demonstrations, device lending, acquisition of previously owned AT, information and assistance for finding and funding AT, device benefit awareness, AT technology training and technical assistance, statewide collaboration and coordination, and AT emergency preparedness and response. Access to low-, mid- and high-tech devices enable people of all ages and types of disabilities and limitations to remain active at work, in school and in community activities, including living in their own homes.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?

Goal 1: Individuals with disabilities, older people, family members, service providers, and businesses will be able to try out assistive technology devices before purchase, while their own devices are being repaired, or for other reasons identified by the individuals.
Objective:
• To provide people with disabilities, older people, family members, service providers, and employers the information, the AT and the hands-on experience necessary to make informed decisions about different devices’ abilities to meet their personal needs or the needs of those they work with or employ.
GOAL 2: Individuals with disabilities and others will have options for acquiring assistive technology devices and services.
Objective(s):
• To provide people with disabilities opportunities to acquire assistive devices and services at lower cost or no cost, including devices previously-owned
• To provide people with disabilities the opportunity to apply for a lower-interest, fixed-rate, extended-term loans for the purchase of assistive technology devices and services.
• To provide information about potential public and private funding sources for AT.
• To provide vendor information for the purchase of AT.
GOAL 3: Awareness of the benefits of assistive technology for consumers, employers, agencies, and organizations that work to assist individuals with disabilities will increase through training workshops, device presentations, and public information events,.
Objective(s):
• To provide opportunities for Louisianians of all ages to learn about LATAN and the benefits of assistive technology in community, education, and employment settings.
GOAL 4: Support will continue for the Baton Rouge and Shreveport Assistive Technology Device Demonstration Centers.
Objective(s):
• To provide a place where individuals with disabilities and others can view and tryout an array of up-to-date assistive technology devices that would benefit them in their environments.
• To provide up-to-date assistive technology devices for loan for 35-day periods to allow individuals with disabilities and others to assess the devices in relation to their unique needs.


What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           1 Year or 12 Months

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
                 N/A
    
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:
                 N/A

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:
                 N/A

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:
                  N/A

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 
               N/A

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:
               N/A

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:
                N/A

          What is the nature of the relationship?  N/A

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 N/A

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               N/A


Contact Information
name:  Maria Yiannopoulos 
                                       address:  3042 Old Forge Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

                                       phone:  225.925.9500
                                       fax:  225.925.9560
                                       e-mail:  mariay@latan.org
                                       relationship to entity:  Public Information Officer