The Montana Assistive Technology Program (MATP) is the Statewide AT Program funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended. MATP’s lead agency is Montana DPHHS: Disability Services Division, Vocational Rehabilitation Services. MATP is located within the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, Missoula and serves all Montanans with disabilities and their supports.
MATP provides AT information and services in the areas of education, employment, community living, and telecommunications. MATP’s services are consistent with the Rural Institute for Inclusive Community’s mission of enhancing the independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities through consumer responsiveness as defined in the AT act.
In achieving these goals, MATP provides the following free of charge:
- Short-term and long-term AT Equipment Loan Programs (MATP and MATP-LTL) for individuals to borrow and try AT devices for evaluation purposes before purchasing (available online and limited to 12 items at a time)
- A short-term Adaptive Tricycle Loan Program (WAM) funded by a Quality of Life High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation (available online)
- An AT Demonstration Lab for individuals and/or groups to explore, see, and try various AT devices
- An online Equipment Exchange forum for the reutilization of AT devices through giveaways, exchanges, and sales
- A low-interest Financial Loan program to allow individuals to purchase AT devices when other funding is unavailable
For more information about MATP services or equipment, please explore this website further or call MonTECH directly at 406-243-5751 or 877-243-5511 toll free.