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California Assistive Technology Coalition

The California Assistive Technology Coalition was launched in June 2008 to advance the development, testing and use of assistive technology in California so those who are aging and/or disabled can live independently in their homes and age in place to the extent possible. A collaborative effort of the Independent Living Partnership (ILP), California State University, Fullerton, and the California Department of Aging, the Coalition was charged with producing four reports for policy makers and the general public (see below). It completed its work and disbanded in October of 2011.

The impetus for convening the original roundtable discussion on June 5, 2008 came, in part, from the Assistive Technology (AT) movement evidenced at the 2005 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) in Washington, DC. Resolutions adopted by the California delegation prior to the conference and those discussed at the WHCoA reflected a growing acknowledgement that the future trend of caring for those seniors and adults with disabilities in need will be enhanced and sustained with the application of new technologies.

The Coalition was composed of representatives from government, community-based organizations, nonprofit associations, health care providers and private-sector companies.

During its three-year existence, the Coalition met twice


each year in Sacramento with a videocast to a location in Southern California.
JUNE 5, 2008
NOVEMBER 6, 2008
MARCH 24, 2009
FEBRUARY 18, 2010
OCTOBER 18, 2010
MARCH 30, 2011
OCTOBER 28, 2011

The Coalition’s FIRST REPORT (October 2010) presented a demographic trend analysis of California’s aging and disabled populations, including the social, health, economic, policy and regulatory challenges for meeting the assistive technology needs of the state’s aging and disabled residents created by the demographic trends.

The SECOND REPORT (March 2011) projected the kinds of assistive technology California’s aging and disabled residents will need in order to maintain their independence and age in place to the extent possible.

The THIRD REPORT (December 2011/revised) addressed how the assistive technology needs of California’s aging and disabled population are currently being met, focusing on identifying gaps, barriers, challenges and unmet needs.

The FINAL REPORT (June 2012) offered recommendations for policymakers and other public and private sector leaders on steps that can be taken to help the state meet the assistive technology needs of its aging and disabled populations, including promoting the AT industry as an economic engine and source of job creation for California’s economy.