Independence Through Technology (ITT)
The Independence Through Technology program supports individuals and families in obtaining necessary adaptive equipment and assistive technology necessary for individuals to live as independently as possible. Technology and equipment are vital for many individuals to navigate their homes and communities safely.
Documentation of an intellectual/developmental disability
Exhaustion of funds from other available resources such as Medicaid Waiver, First Steps, Private Insurance, etc.
Annual spending caps may apply
Services are first come first served, and dependent on available funding
Eligible items include, but are not limited to:
Augmentative Communication Devices
Durable Medical Equipment
Certain Software Programs
Our Services Navigator team guides families throughout the entire process. Once eligibility is determined, an Occupational Therapist performs an evaluation and recommends the appropriate types of equipment or technology. Our navigator team then works with the family in purchasing, installation, and training.
The process of obtaining equipment/technology can be daunting. Our Services Navigator team is here to help every step of the way. While the process is subjective to each individual and their needs, below is a brief overview of what individuals and families can expect:
Initial referral to Navigator via individual/family, Support Coordinators, Advocates, etc.
Navigator then reaches out to the individual/family to gather some more information and provide an overview of the program and initial intake paperwork.
Once initial intake paperwork is received and reviewed, Navigator works with the individual, family, and any other necessary parties (DMH, First Steps, Private Insurance, Senate Bill 40 boards, etc.) to verify eligibility and determine if any other funding is available.
Once eligibility is determined and verification of other funds exhausted, Navigator supports family in scheduling an assessment by an Occupational or Physical Therapist with a contracted agency. Navigator receives Occupational/Physical Therapy assessment from Therapist that includes recommendations for equipment/technology that will support the individual’s independence.
Navigator then obtains bids from approved vendors for the cost of the equipment/technology and coordinates the purchasing, installation, and any training that may be needed.
*If an individual or family is ineligible or funds have been exhausted, Navigator will provide information and referral to other agencies and resources.
This program is funded by the Productive Living Board of St. Louis County (PLB), the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board of St. Charles County (DDRB), and the United Cerebral Palsy Elsie S. Bellows Fund.