A Program for Increasing the Availability of Quality Refurbished Computers for Students with Disabilities to Use in the Home

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a new program designed to increase the availability of high-quality refurbished computers to Idaho students with disabilities in grades K thru 14 to use in the home. This program has been developed through a partnership between Computers for Kids, the Idaho State Department of Education: Special Education Team (ISDE), and the Idaho Assistive Technology Project (IATP).

Computers for Kids, Inc. (CFK) is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization formed in 2002 that receives donated computers from individuals and businesses, then refurbishes and licenses them for distribution to students for their home use. As a part of this program, each student and the needs for home use are considered. Their mission is to offer Idaho students K to 21 the opportunity to access a variety of technological supports through their use of their own computer at home.

The IATP is the federally funded state program funded under authority of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 as amended. The Idaho Assistive Technology Project (IATP) is a federally funded program administered by the Center on Disabilities and Human Development at the University of Idaho. Our goal is to increase the availability of assistive technology devices and services for Idahoans with disabilities. The project provides a number of assistive technology services to Idahoans with disabilities of all ages and disability categories.

Who is Eligible?

The goal of the program is to increase the availability of refurbished computers to students with disabilities within the State of Idaho. In order for a student to be eligible for these services, they must have a disability, be in grades K thru 12 and live in Idaho.

The computers are being provided to students with disabilities at no cost. The partnership of the IATP/ISDE/Computers for Kids covers all fees and costs associated with processing the computers for distribution. This includes any of the computer upgrades offered by Computer for Kids with the exception of LCD (flat screen) monitors, which may be purchased by the students' family.

Technical Assistance: Computers for Kids provides technical assistance to anyone who receives a computer for one year after the distribution date. To receive this assistance, call 1-208-345-0346.

If you have any questions about this program for students with disabilities, please contact Sue House (208) 885-6117 or email sueh@uidaho.edu.

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Computers Still Available for Students with Disabilities on an IEP

We want to let you know our program designed to increase the availability of high-quality refurbished computers for students with disabilities, K thru 12, who are served on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is still going strong! This program is a partnership between Computers for Kids (CFK), the Idaho State Department of Education, and the Idaho Assistive Technology Project (IATP) and covers all fees and costs associated with processing the computers for distribution. The goal of the program is to increase the availability of refurbished computers to students, grade K thru 12, with a disability. In order for a student to be eligible for this program, they must have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in place at their school. The computers are being provided to students with disabilities on an IEP at no cost.

Computers are Available for any Student... CFK does not just offer computers to students with disabilities. If you know a student who does not qualify thru our program, they can still apply for a computer directly thru Computers for Kids. Students must be K thru grade 14 to qualify. Computers range in price from $35 to $65 depending on features included in the computer. They also offer a sponsorship program available to students on the free lunch program which would cover the cost of a $35 computer.

While Computers for Kids is a great place to receive computers, it is also a great place to donate computers! Computers for Kids is always in need of used computer equipment, in both non-working and working condition. They sell non-working parts to buy new parts and use working parts to build refurbished computers. It's a great way to help others while cleaning out the closet and garage of unused computer equipment! Contact the IATP at 1-800-432-8324 or email Sue House (sueh@uidaho.edu for more information about computers for students with disabilities and Computers for Kids at (208) 345-0346 or email, cfk@cfkidaho.org for more information about their program. Donations can be dropped off at the CFK office at 8540 W. Elisa St., Boise, ID, Monday thru Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.


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