Project CARAT enables underserved individuals with disabilities throughout Kentucky by collecting, refurbishing and redistributing assistive technology (AT) and durable medical equipment (DME) through a collaborative network of partners.
Our vision is to make sure that individuals with disabilities in Kentucky will have improved health and quality of life through access to free assistive technology and durable medical equipment.
The project CARAT evaluation is performed by the Evaluation Unit, Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky. The purpose of the evaluation is to help partners meet the project goals in a timely and quality manner, and more importantly to document and disseminate the impact of Project CARAT on communities and individuals in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We also collect data on performance metrics to meet federal funding requirements.
The project was originally funded by grant #D04RH23586 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services / Health Resources and Services Administration. This grant provided funding over 3 years for Project CARAT to purchase equipment we need to sanitize and repair medical equipment, as well as funds for us to set up our distribution network.
Today, ProjectCARAT is funded through the KATS Network. The KATS Network is one of 56 statewide assistive technology programs federally funded through the Rehabilitation Services Adminstration, U.S. Department of Education under the Assistive Technology Actof 1998, as ammended in 2004. ProjectCARAT has served to enhance the refurbishing mission that is an intregal part of KATS.
- Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center
- Kentucky Assistive Technology Services Network
- University of Kentucky Division of Physical Therapy
- Lourdes Hospital, Paducah
- Enabling Technologies (enTECH) of Kentuckiana at Spalding University
- West Kentucky Community and Technical College
- Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network
- Appalachian Regional HealthCare System
- Center for Accessible Living - Murray
- Commission for Children with Special Healthcare Needs
- Bridges to Success
- Kentucky HomePlace
- Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation