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									                               MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
                           BETWEEN INDIANA EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE,
                            THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION/
                                 DIVISION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION,
                THE DIVISION OF DISABILITY, AGING AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES/
                             VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES
                                               AND
                                       THE ATTAIN PROJECT
I.     GOAL

The goal of this agreement is to enhance transition services for students with assistive technology needs in Indiana by
improving the cooperative and collaborative efforts between The Indiana Employment Initiative, The Indiana
Department of Education/Division of Special Education, The Division of Disability, Aging and Rehabilitative
Services/Vocational Rehabilitation Services and The ATTAIN Project.

II.    OBJECTIVES

To achieve the goal of enhanced service provision and support services, The Indiana Employment Initiative, The
Indiana Department of Education/Division of Special Education, The Division of Disability, Aging and Rehabilitative
Services/Vocational Rehabilitation Services and The ATTAIN Project will work together to accomplish the following
objectives:

A. The agencies will collaborate on developing a strategy packet for students, families, educators and adult service
agencies that will provide basic information on the following topics:

1. assistive technology,

2. job accommodations,

3. cooperative funding ideas, and

4. linkages between the school and future service providers.

B. The agencies will focus on getting adequate information and support to new entities, working together to identify
and address needed technological supports, funding. student involvement and decision making, and use of low
technology adaptation.
C. The agencies will collaborate on identifying six cross disabilities students in rural and unrban environments to
participate in a rehabilitation technology strategies project. This collaborative project shall not exceed $ 20,000.00
for the purchase of assistive technology devices and services with equal cost sharing by The Indiana Department of
Education/Division of Special Education and The Division of Disability, Aging and Rehabilitative
Services/Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

D. The agencies will collect data identifying needs, barriers, community access and potential supports of project
participants and compare collected data to assess impact of applied assistive technology and interagency
coordination on the quality of life of the individual and on access to
employment.

E. The Indiana Department of Education/Division of Special Education and The Division of Disability, Aging and
Rehabilitative Services/Vocational Rehabilitation Services will purchase assistive technology for six students with
cross disabilities needed for participation in a rehabilitation technology strategies project. This equipment will exit
with the student. These students must be eligible for services through The Indiana Department of
Education/Division of Special Education and Division of Disability, Aging and Rehabilitative Services/Vocational
Rehabilitation Services.

III. RESPONSIBILITIES

A. The Indiana Employment Initiative

1. The intent of the Indiana Employment Initiative is to effect broad improvements in the quality and availability of
supported employment services to persons with severe disabilities and to undertake the needed changes in state and
local systems to support those improvements through the following activities:

a. Develop models throughout the state to maximize supported employment for persons with severe disabilities.

b. Expand state level capacity for supported employment training and technical assistance.

c. Establish and monitor community goals related to transition to supported employment.

d. Document improvements in the availability of supported employment and the quality of consumer outcomes.
B. The Indiana Department of Education/Division of Special Education

1. The Division of Special Education is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA), Public Law (P.L) 101-476 (formerly the Education of the Handicapped Act of 1975, P.L
94-142), which requires that a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment, with related
and other supportive services as needed in order to assist students with disabilities to benefit from special
education, be provided to all students identified as disabled according to federal and state statutes and regulations.

2. The Division of Special Education is responsible for ensuring that all local education agency special education
programs are in compliance with the state regulations governing special education (511 IAC 7-3-1 through 511
IAC 7-16-1, Article 7).

C. The Division of Disability, Aging and Rehabilitative Services/Vocational Rehabilitation Services

1. Vocational Rehabilitation Services shall provide vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with
disabilities based upon the following eligibility criteria:

a. The individual has a physical or mental impairment which for such individual constitutes or results in a
substantial impediment to employment;

b. The individual can benefit in terms of an employment outcome from Vocational Rehabilitation Services; and

c. The individual requires vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for, enter, engage in, or retain gainful
employment.

2.For eligible individuals, the following services may be available:

a. Assessment for determining rehabilitation needs; eligibility and vocational rehabilitation needs;

b. Counseling, guidance, referral, and placement services;

c. Restoration;

d. Training;
e. Various other services including: interpreter services; attendant services; reader services; tutoring services;
notetaker services; uniforms and special clothing; rehabilitation technology; adaptive devices; telecommunications,
sensory and other modifications; occupational licensing services; occupational tools, equipment and supplies;
computer equipment.

f. Supporting services including: maintenance; transportation; services to family members.

D. The Accessing Technology Through Awareness in Indiana (ATTAIN) Project

1. The ATTAIN Project shall assist individuals with disabilities, their families and all other persons interested in the
rights and responsibilities of individuals with disabilities through the following activities:

a. Promote involvement and empowerment of consumers, professionals and the general public in working toward
technology-related systems change to enable consumers to secure and maintain devices and services from public and
private entities.

b. Increase the use of technology-related devices and services by consumers, professionals and general public by
promoting and increasing awareness and knowledge of the benefits assistive technology offers for individuals with
disabilities.

c. Increase consumer access to technology-related devices and services by creating community-based partnerships
and networks between consumers and existing local resources.

d. Collaborate with other public and private entities to expand and maintain a statewide Information and Referral
system, increase access to technology and disability-related resources available for consumers, professionals and the
general public.

e. Increase the capacity and the coordination of public and private entities who provide funding for
technology-related devices and services.
IV. EXECUTION AND MODIFICATION OF THIS AGREEMENT

A. This agreement is effective and shall remain in effect until modified or terminated as stated below.

B. Any party may terminate this agreement, in whole or in part, by submitting thirty (30) day written notice to the
other parties.

C. Any party may request modification of this agreement at any time by submitting thirty (30) day written notice.

D. This agreement may only be modified in writing, signed by all parties.

Susan Rinne
Project Coordinator
The Indiana Employment Initiative

Date

Richelynn C. Douglas
Deputy Director
Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Date




Paul M. Ash
Director
Indiana Department of Education
Division of Special Education




Date

Cris Fulford
Project Manager
The ATTAIN Project

Date

								
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