Funds will increase access to adaptive technology and support veterans
Easterseals Crossroads, one of Indiana’s largest providers of comprehensive services for people with disabilities, has secured grant renewals totaling nearly $2 million to support two of its most successful and long-running programs.
The first of the programs, Indiana Assistive Technology Act (INDATA), provides access to adaptive technologies that improve quality of life. The second, the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), supports Indiana veterans experiencing homelessness.
INDATA grant renewal impacts
The INDATA grant renewal is valued as high as $920,000 over two years with an option to renew for an additional two years. This federal and state grant program, sustained in partnership with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, has served Hoosiers since 2007. Its key services include: assistive technology training; an adaptive equipment demonstration and loan library; technology reuse services; and a low interest bank loan program for technology to assist people with disabilities.
“We are excited to recognize the 10th anniversary of the INDATA program at Easterseals Crossroads and grateful for the funding that will allow us to continue to provide these valuable assistive technology services to Hoosiers with disabilities,” said Brian Norton, director of assistive technology at Easterseals Crossroads.
To request services, to listen to podcasts or to read the popular blog on technology for people with disabilities, visit www.eastersealstech.com.
HVRP grant renewal impacts
The 2017 HVRP grant renewal is valued at just over $1 million over three years. Easterseals Crossroads was first awarded an HVRP grant in 2013. Since then, over 450 homeless veterans have received services, resulting in over 350 veterans securing gainful employment.
This grant renewal aims to enroll 155 veterans experiencing homelessness and place 113 into employment annually. The program focuses on helping veterans develop the skills necessary to achieve long-term self-sufficiency, while working closely with Indiana WorkOne offices and other community partners to provide intensive case management, wraparound support, training, and job development services.