The mission of Bluegrass Technology Center is to support and assist all persons in their efforts to access technology and to increase their awareness and understanding of how technology can enhance their ability to participate more fully in the community. We seek to help redefine human potential by making technology a regular part of the lives of people with disAbilities.
With the assistance of technology tools and strategies, BTC's goal is to transform the lives of more individuals with disAbilities, enabling them to live, learn, work and play with less challenges. From our 25+ year experiences, we know our goals will enable us to continue to increase the quality and quantity of life for individuals with disAbilities by increasing our capacities to provide quality services to all.
Through the Center's information, demonstration and lending library programming individuals, families and professionals have the opportunity to explore specialized equipment before seeking funding supports or purchasing items. This is an invaluable service that enables not only families but also other support systems such as early childhood, schools, rehabilitation centers and medical assistance programs the opportunity to make wise purchasing decisions and conserve ever shrinking resources by knowing that items are a good fit for the user. Funding from grants, vendor demo units, discounts, sponsorships and donors combine to make this happen. This goal has four sub-parts: 1) to maintain/repair current equipment, 2) replace worn/dated items, 3) acquire newly released products and 4) to increase the variety of items available to accommodate the needs of all types of disability related conditions.
A facility committee has been established and is working to address how best to meet the Center's programming needs and remain financially viable. This is a tall order and we are asking for our community's help! With the growing Reuse program, we have maxed out our current facility and are looking for office space, showroom space with onsite warehouse space to accommodate this growing program!
BTC is blessed to have highly dedicated Board, Staff, community Volunteers/Trainees and our community to support the Center's efforts in achieving our dreams! Together, we are changing lives!
Some of our noted community partners include Lexmark, HP, IBM and other technology related companies. They share their products, talents and skills to help keep the Center moving! Our University and education partners include many colleges located at the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, Asbury and Transylvania as well as area school districts.
To date, we are excited to report that most all of our programming goals have been met or exceeded! People report high satisfaction with Center services (98%), receiving the equipment they need to live, learn, work and play, and by having the equipment they are experiencing better health and a higher quality of life and for some, more quantity of life!
One of the most important lessons learned, again with our Reuse programming, if you build it they will come! By expanding our Reuse programming to include Home Medical Equipment as well as other Assistive Technology devices, we have quickly outgrown our current facility. Word has spread rapidly and people are in need of equipment as well as people have equipment to donate. We are in desperate need of space with adjoining warehouse space to accommodate all of our programs under one roof. This is needed to accommodate the needs of our staff, volunteers and trainees. Our risk will be undertaking potential increases in facility cost to meet demanding programming needs with no/limited increases in program funds. We are really counting on the generosity of our community to enable us to locate the perfect spot at the right price to ensure that our programs continue to meet the demands of our community!
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