Human Services

Kern Assistive Technology Center

  • Bakersfield, CA
  • www.kernatcenter.org

Mission Statement

Change people’s lives for the better by providing tools to be independent.

Main Programs

  1. Assessment
  2. AT Training
  3. Equipment Loan Library
  4. Kern Regional Center IDA Program
  5. Speech Therapy
  6. Professional Development
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

KATC serves all of Kern County with our headquarters in Bakersfield. We will drive anywhere in Kern County to meet with you.

ruling year

2003

Executive Director

Self-reported

Aaron Markovits

Keywords

Self-reported

health, technology, disability, independence, education, vocational training, computer training, Computers, speech therapy, AAC, Communication Device

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Also Known As

KATC

EIN

80-0073571

 Number

7520697166

Physical Address

2600 F Street

Bakersfield, CA 93301

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In the past year we have completed the remodel of our Bakersfield Facility. We has restructures our organization to include three divisions: Assistive Technology, Asset Development, and Therapy. Our goals for the number of clients we plan to serve are higher than ever and we are looking at the way the services are provided to increase our professionalism and develop systems that work.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Assessment

Keeping pace with the pace of change in technology can be challenging. Does your professional staff have the basic confidence, training, and experience to make the right recommendations for Assistive Technology Services and Equipment? Kern Assistive Technology Center's staff is experienced with a broad range of technology solutions from low tech to high tech that can meet your needs. Our qualified staff make recommendations that will work for the students/patients you serve. When you work with us you also gain access to our Equipment Loan Library which contains more than 400 pieces of equipment providing the opportunity for equipment to be tried out before you recommend it. This increases the likelihood that equipment we recommend to be purchased can and will be used. Our staff walk with you from the consideration process all the way through the funding and implementation steps.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Other Named Groups

Budget

$45,437.00

Program 2

AT Training

KATC provides training to individuals who need to learn how to use their equipment. This training may take place wherever the client needs it: at home, school,work, KATC or other location(s).

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

Budget

$38,628.00

Program 3

Equipment Loan Library

This is KATC's flagship program. We have over 400 pieces of equipment available in our loan library to let people try before it's purchased. Clients and /or professionals may borrow the equipment for 30 days to try at no cost. The concept is to make sure someone gets something they will use before it's purchased, decreasing the likelihood of device abandonment.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$58,628.00

Program 4

Kern Regional Center IDA Program

KATC coordinates this KRC program. We recruit new participants and work with current participants to develop and acheive their savings goals. We work with partners that provide asset specific training to people with developmental disabilities. KATC monitors federal and non-federal matching funds from partners and works with the federal agency that administers the program to draw down federal funds as needed. We monitor the matched savings account making sure participants complete each requirement before funds are released.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$63,647.00

Program 5

Speech Therapy

We provide speech therapy by a licensed SLP to children and adults. Most major insurances are accepted. Our SLP is also experienced in provided Augmentative and Alternative Communication services.

Category

Rehabilitation Services

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

$61,296.00

Program 6

Professional Development

KATC provides training services to staff of organizations that provide services to people with disabilities. The services we provide are designed to equip other professionals so they are confident delivering AT Services to the population they serve.

Category

Professional Development & Training

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$20,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    This year our goal is to increase diversity in funding by reducing dependence on government sources from 2/3 to 1/3 of our annual budget.

    We will continue to increase services provided while growing our Speech Therapy Services to 25 visits/week.We will add an additional service of consultation with families to determine a budget and plan to remodel their home so it's accessible as well.

    We will continue to increase the number of equipment loans made to the community. (220 loans is our goal for this year)

    We will increase the number of AT Assessments completed to 35.

    We will increase the number of AT Trainings provided to 30.

    We will provide Professional Training to 95 people and hold another successful conference bringing in two nationally recognized experts in the field of AT to speak to 80 people.

    We will have 30 people enrolled in the KRC IDA Program.

    Ultimately, the people we serve will have their lives changes for the better by receiving tools they need to be more independent.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We will continue to reach our to local organizations that work with people with disabilities for referrals services.

    We will continue to reach out to local doctors who can refer people for speech therapy services.

    We will continue to attend health fairs and other events in the community to share information about services we provide directly to people who need our services.

    We will continue to speak to community organizations about the services and events we offer for the community.

    We have developed procedures to follow for processing referrals and completing services.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We will continue to partner with the Center for Independent Living and Department of Rehabilitation to provide the Device Lending Library. This partnership provides us with financial and technical resources to deliver an important service to our community.

    We will continue to develop our capacity to deliver Speech Therapy services to the community by adding therapists and additional insurance providers.

    We will identify a funding source to be able to provide consulting services to families of people with disabilities to remodel their home so it is accessible.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    All areas will be monitored monthly by our Executive Director to ensure we are making progress.

    Financial goals will be measured by reviewing financials at our monthly Board Meetings.

    Other measurables are documented by staff and reviewed by the Executive Director.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We are currently staffed to provide AT Services and Therapy Services.
    The Regional AT Conference is scheduled for November 14, 2014.
    Professional Trainings are scheduled to begin October 2014 for this fiscal year.
    We have 8 people enrolled in the KRC IDA Program.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

KATC serves all of Kern County with our headquarters in Bakersfield. We will drive anywhere in Kern County to meet with you.

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Funding Needs

Like most non-profits, we heavily rely on volunteers to aid us in our mission. When an individual volunteers with Kern Assistive Technology Center, we first attempt to put them to work using a special skill or interest they might have so their experience volunteering with us is not only good for us, it allows them to grow professionally as well. Key volunteer positions we are looking for are: Board Members-Leaders with a passion to see our community and organization grow. Ideal Board Members have a minimum of 5 hours a month to serve. Different skills and experience are appreciated: Finance, Marketing, Accounting, Banking, Business Owners and Managers, and Legal professionals are all needed. Volunteers to work on our committees. Standing committees include Marketing, Finance, Board Development, and Fundraising. Temporary committees are appointed from time to time examples are: Facility, Human Resources Clerical skills, Public Relations, Writing for Newsletter, Editing Newsletter, Photographer (candids at events and in the office), Videographer are examples. Another area we need support is with our capital campaign. We are continuing to raise funds to support the expanded services we will be providing in our our new facility. We need financial contributions and in-kind support to reach our goal of $100,000. Equipment for our Equipment Loan Library. We are in continual need of upgrading and maintaining the Equipment in our Equipment Loan Library. The Center does it's best to leverage money we receive with in kind support of new or gently used Assistive Technology. We focus equipment and software that helps people read, write, and talk. Price range per device is from $500-$20,000. Any amount you provide is appreciated.

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Financials

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KERN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Kern Assistive Technology Center

Leadership

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Executive Director

Aaron Markovits

BIO

Aaron has served people with disabilities since 1995. His experience is primarily with adults with disabilities who are seeking employment, but includes some time working in an after school program for youth with disabilities as well as seniors who live at a Skilled Nursing Facility. Aaron has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master's in Organizational Leadership.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Kern Assistive Technology Center was founded as a resource for our community. Our aim is to see people with disabilities live their lives to the fullest through the use of Assistive Technology. Anyone with any type of disability, any age, any color, any gender is eligible to receive services from us. My goal as Executive Director of the organization is to see lives changes for the better. We are doing that every day with the awesome leadership we've assembled. Our volunteer Board of Directors is committed to seeing us become all we can be so the people we serve receive all they deserve! All funds we receive towards this end remain in Kern County. Join us in our mission: www.kernatcenter.org"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Troy Tickle

Kern County Consortium SELPA

Term: July 2014 - June 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan