STAR Network - Promoting AT Reuse in Southeast


ATIA 2009 Conference Session

Orlando, Florida

January 28-31, 2009



Session Title:

The STAR Network is promoting AT Reutilization in the Southeast!



Bob Rust, STAR Reboot™


Session Description:

Come find out how the Southeastern Assistive Technology Access & Reuse (STAR) Network is promoting access to Assistive Technology Reutilization in Georgia and surrounding states. This three-year grant funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) will work to promote a sustainable Assistive Technology Reutilization network for Georgians with disabilities by expanding the services of Reboot-ATRC, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) and the collaboration between Georgia's Assistive Technology Resource Centers (ATRC) and Independent Living Centers (ILC). This session will share the STAR Network growth process and how it will benefit you and the individuals with whom you work.


Session Objectives:

1. First Key Learning Point 

Discover how the STAR Network was created and how creative funding sources and marketing are being used for sustainability.

2. Second Key Learning Point 

Gain knowledge of how the STAR Network is collaborating with current network of statewide and regional partners.

3. Third Key Learning Point 

Hear lessons learned from obstacles encountered during Year One and Two and how these are being resolved.


Experience Level:



Session Format:

Tutorial (An informational tutorial/educational presentation e.g. practitioner tips and tricks)


Presentation Outline:

a. Assistive Technology, Computer and Durable Medical Equipment reuse is a concept that was born out of need. The Southeastern Assistive Technology Access & Reuse (STAR) Network was created to serve individuals with disabilities through increased access to and acquisition of AT, Computers and Durable Medical Equipment in underserved regions of Georgia and the Southeast and promotes increased independence and more participation in education environments, the workplace and the community.


b. The STAR Network, which builds on the strengths of the STAR Equipment Depots, is designed to be simple, effective, and replicable. It will allow for other projects to join the network as Outreach Centers and serve their communities without losing their identity. As part of the STAR Network, Tools for Life is collaborating with Atlanta's Touch the Future's ReBoot™ Program and Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, too! (FODAC). TTF and FODAC serve as central equipment depots to gather, refurbish, and distribute AT, computers and DME items. The STAR Equipment Depots develop new site partnerships, procedures, training programs, and skill transfer methods.


c. Now as the STAR Network embarks on its third year, plans for expansion into other states are rapidly underway. Directors and community leaders from Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee have contacted the STAR Network to explore opportunities for expanding the Network into their states. We now have seven Outreach Centers and continue to grow. The overwhelming statewide and regional support of the STAR Network has been an unanticipated outcome. Potential partners and opportunities to collaborate have been numerous. The most important outcome of the STAR Network lies in the stories of the individuals who received 382 wheelchairs, walkers and other aids for daily living with another 362 individuals receiving computers. These numbers are significantly higher than Year One and exceeded our Year Two projections for Network activities. These are individuals living in rural and under-served areas that we would not have been able to assist without the STAR Network.


d. Join us as we discuss the STAR Network. Learn from STAR's accomplishments and challenges as we established a successful AT, Computer and DME reuse network in the Southeast. You can gain from our lessons learned in creating your own reuse network in your region.



Pass It On/ AT Reuse


Presentation Type:

Educational Session


See attached presentation. (PowerPoint file converted to PDF file due to size.)




This work is supported under a five-year cooperative agreement # H235V060016 awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and is administered by the Pass It On Center of the Georgia Department of Labor – Tools for Life.  However, the contents of this publication do not necessarily represent the policy or opinions of the Department of Education, or the Georgia Department of Labor, and you should not assume endorsements of this document by the Federal government or the Georgia Department of Labor.





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Title: STAR Network - Promoting AT Reuse in Southeast
Module: Program Operations
Author: Bob Rust
Audience: Administrator
Sub Title: ATIA 2009 Session
Organization Source: STAR Network
Last Reviewed: 07-14-2009 11:04 AM