We provided a home assessment to improve safety and functioning for an individual who was moving from a nursing home to a home in the community. Can we report this as technical assistance?
Technical assistance is defined as providing extensive assistance to state or local agencies or other entities (rather than individuals). Accordingly, this activity is best classified as I&A.
We worked with our state Agency on Aging to develop an AT resource guide that could be disseminated through the state’s Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). Do we report this as technical assistance?
Yes, this appears to meet the definition of “technical assistance”. If the guide contains significant information that would be useful to individuals planning to return to community living from an institution or nursing home, you may be able to count this as transition-related technical assistance.
The state Developmental Disabilities (DD) agency has called us every day for the last two weeks with questions about the kinds of experience, certification, and education AT providers should have. Is this TA?
This scenario appears to illustrate technical assistance, in that the DD agency is trying to answer the question “what should we require of assistive technology providers” (ostensibly to identify appropriate credentials for providers in its system) and there are multiple contacts occurring over time.
An aging services provider has asked us for assistance as they develop positions in each of its units to assess home safety and the need for AT. They have also asked us to create a series of three videos (for which they will pay us). Is this TA? Or training? If we put the videos on our website, is this public awareness?
In response to the targeted request, the work that you do helping the provider with developing AT specialists’ job descriptions, qualifications, recruitment strategies, etc. is likely to require multiple contacts and should be considered TA. Similarly, because the videos are likely to take a lot of time, the development of this product for the provider agency could be considered TA. If you use the videos with an audience (live or via webinar) and obtain the appropriate data, you could count that activity as “training” – if the content of the videos produces an increase in knowledge, skills and competencies and you are able to identify the recipients.