BLUEGRASS TECHNOLOGY CENTER FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES INC
817 Winchester Road
Suite 200
Lexington KY 40505-3730
Contact Information
Nonprofit BLUEGRASS TECHNOLOGY CENTER FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES INC
Address 817 Winchester Road
Suite 200
Lexington, KY 40505 3730
Phone (859) 294-4343
Fax 866 576-5625
Contact Name Susan Ellison
Web and Social Media
Let's play together and learn!
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1994
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Support for BTC comes in many sizes, shapes and forms!
 
Cash donations are always welcome no matter the size. To help you understand how BTC impacts people’s lives every day, consider:
  • $25 enables a young child with physical disAbilities to learn basic skills using specially adapted toys
  • $50 enables a teen struggling with dyslexia to use a special software program to help them learn how to read and write
  • $75 enables a veteran with a traumatic brain injury explore supportive tools and strategies to help him follow directions and remember daily tasks
  • $100 enables a person with a disAbility, unable to afford one, to receive a gently-used computer and explore supportive devices/software
We love to receive office equipment/furniture, especially a copier, as ours just bit the dust! Common office and cleaning supplies are always welcomed, too. And of course postage stamps never go out of style :)
 
For our Reuse program, CARAT, we are seeking computers, peripheals, assistive devices, and Home Medical Equipment. All items will be evaluated, refurbished and distributed to individuals in need who cannot afford new items. Together, we CAN change lives! We have wait lists on many items, please help today.
 
And if you are interested in sharing your most precious asset, your time, we would love to have you stop by the Center and select an area to get involved with, be it adapted toys for children, reading a book for a child, working with computers/special software or performing "handyman" chores. We have needs and "toys" for everyone, all sizes and interests!
 
With your support: Together, we are better!Together, we are redefining human potential! Together, we change lives!

 

Financial Summary
 
 
Statements
Mission Statement

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.

 

Background Statement
In 1989, driven by the needs of individuals with disAbilities, families, service providers and university professors, a core group of dedicated individuals recognized the needs of our community to have a Center for people to explore how technology can enable people to live, learn, work and play, regardless of disability-related challenges. BTC began in the dining room of one young mother, raising a child who had drowned and survived this traumatic event. Lexington was blessed to have one of the founding fathers of Assistive Technology on staff at the University of Kentucky. He guided the group to success!

Through the past twenty-five years, over a hundred thousand Kentuckians have been touched through the Center’s abilities to support individuals, families, and professionals looking to learn more about Assistive Technology and how it can help a person to live, learn, work and play! 
BTC’s highly-qualified staff is available to help seek out supports for the acquisition, training, implementation, and maintenance of devices to enable individuals the opportunity to be successful in everyday activities.
The Center operates similar to a library, offering information, demonstration, and loan of items to help an individual with a disAbility to live, learn, work and play. Center staff assists as they explore options, try out devices and gather information to make good decisions as they make equipment selections. Staff also can assist in guiding individuals to supportive programs that may help pay for needed devices. Training, technical assistance and advocacy services are also provided to support individuals, families and service providers. And now with CARAT,  our Reuse program, we can help move items no longer needed to people who need them but can not afford them, keeping those items out of our landfills and saving resources. With your support, the dedication of many volunteers and staff members, BTC continues to offer comprehensive Assistive Technology services to our community, 25 years later!
Impact Statement
2013 was fantastic! Our biggest accomplishment-we served more people-over 8,600 people, provided more opportunities for people to see equipment, trial it, learn how to use it and how to obtain it, especially for those with no/limited incomes. Outstanding considering the Center's resources were stretched to the max! Our highly qualified staff, dedicated volunteers/trainees, & fearless Board of Directors performed awesome jobs to make things happen for folks we serve! Keeping their needs first and foremost, kept us on track so that people, no matter their challenge, can achieve their wildest dreams!
 
We are blessed by the outpouring of our community that respond to our requests! Donations in 2013 exceeded our goals and helped us meet the needs of those in need. Thank you all!

2014 Goals include expanding the opportunities for more individuals to explore cutting-edge technology tools to enable individuals with disAbilities to live, learn, work and play. Adding more devices to all Nine Lending Libraries enable more people a wider variety of tools to explore and help determine the best tool to meet their needs to see, hear, touch, or move through the day. If you are interested in sponsoring a device or two, give us a call! 
 
Additionally, we will increase the awareness of CARAT: Coordinating & Assisting the Reuse of Assistive Technology. CARAT links people in need of specialized home medical equipment (walkers, wheelchairs, etc.) with those who have useable equipment they no longer need or want. Additionally, BTC accepts donations of these items. With the help of volunteers/trainees, BTC removes life debris, evaluates them for functionality, refurbishes as needed, sanitizes them and distribute to people in need who cannot afford these items. We hope you will join us in spreading the word about this valuable program and check your home/businesses for unwanted items. We have people waiting, we hope you can help.
 
Come get involved with the good works at BTC!
Needs Statement
Help!! Volunteers are critical to the Center's abilities to continue services to everyone in need. Requests for services/equipment continue to increase. We count on each and every volunteer/trainee to make things happen for individuals with disABILITIES. The folks we serve are counting on you to join us in 2014! Volunteers not only find rewarding activities at BTC, we also like to have fun and celebrate our hard work with Friday potlucks. Bring a dish and join us!
 
Worker Bees (Committee/Board of Director members):every agency needs them. We are especially looking for individuals with skills in networking, marketing, strategic planning but all are needed. Come share your talents as we move the Center forward!
 
InKind Supports: Donations of everyday products help us maintain programs. Batteries of all sizes for our Adapted Toy Lending Library program. Bleach, gloves, giant garbage bags are needed for Reuse program. Scholarships are needed to sponsor specialized equipment items for people with no insurance, underinsured or unable to afford needed items. Together, we can make a difference.
Every dollar counts, every dollar makes change happen in the life of a person with a disAbilitity. They are counting on you in 2014!
CEO/Executive Director Statement
People often complain that work is a four letter word. I like to say it's a seven letter word....passion....and if it is not for you, then you are in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have THE greatest job in the world. I am passionate about helping individuals with disABILITIES achieve their wildest dreams! I love helping people explore technology tools to help them participate in everyday activities: to live, learn, work and play. Each day we have the opportunity to assist a non-verbal person learn how to ask for chocolate milk at snack time, help a struggling student learn so they can get their diploma or GED leading to a better job; or see a person living with significant physical challenge eyes light up as they discover how easy it is to control the computer's mouse cursor with their eyes using a specially designed computer.
Each person who works and volunteers at the Center helps to create these experiences for the people we serve. At BTC, we work as a team to create the magic experienced every day at BTC and each person involved contributes a specific piece of that magic. My role as the Acting Director is to provide the energy, motivation and leadership support needed to make it happen! Who wouldn't like being the Fairy God Mother?
 
My biggest task is to maintain the overall spiritual and philosophical vision of the Center, which comes fairly easy for me as I am the family member of individuals with disAbilities as well as the current Center historian. (Just a nice way of saying I'm a bit old, LOL !)  I came to Bluegrass Technology Center as it was forming looking for help for my family, so I know first hand the power of technology for individuals with disAbilities and how it can help them achieve their dreams. The Center continues today to offer individuals and families the opportunity to explore how technology may benefit them to overcome every day challenges. Most of us with first-hand disAbility experiences, work together to provide information, demonstrations, short-term loans, and technical assistance. Most importantly, we don't just give you information about equipment, we help you select items to try out, share strategies for daily use and help you navigate funding resources to help transform your dreams into reality.
 
As Margaret Mead said: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed  citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. I hope you will consider joining us to make a real difference in the life of someone else, no matter how great their challenge may be!
Board Chair Statement
I invite you to take a moment to check out the many wonderful things happening at Bluegrass Technology Center. Stop by for a quick tour and see how easy it is to explore the possibilities for individuals with disAbilities to live, learn, work and play!
The needs of individuals with disAbilities in our community are great. I won't bore you with the statistics, just trust me or ask staff to share the nitty-gritty numbers when you visit! But most of all, come play with the toys and tools that make life possible for all of us, but most importantly, for our most vulnerable citizens in Kentucky. I know you will be glad you did.
 
At BTC, our Board of Directors is directed to be 51% or more of individuals with disabilities/family members. I was interested in volunteering at BTC because I like technology and I was referred from the United Way. Okay I admit it, I'm a bit of a geek! I also happen to have had a family member who endured many challenges every day in life. When I visited the Center and learned about what a difference a computer can make for someone who cannot speak or move parts of their body, I was hooked. The power of technology makes it possible for people to live, learn, work and play...every single day! For them technology is NOT a luxury, it is a necessity. At BTC we recognize that we all have limitations and may one day face even more challenges. But having spent time at BTC,  I know that together, we can and will help people to achieve their dreams through the use of technology!
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Special Education
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
Due to the nature of our services, staff expertise, vast libraries of specialized equipment, and our unique, rapidly growing Reuse programming, BTC reaches out to all individuals with disAbilities throughout Kentucky and bordering areas. Specific programs may have geographic priorities relating to funding supports, and generally reflect priority order: Fayette County, Central KY, Eastern KY, Northern KY, Western KY and Southern IN. We respond to all inquiries, no matter the geographic location!
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

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.

Our goals focus on: obtaining more equipment for demonstration & lending libraries; acquiring more staffing and space to support demands for services, especially rapidly expanding Reuse program.
 
Like all library programs, we need to maintain our inventory, increase the range of items available to meet needs, and as a technology-related Center, be on the cutting-edge of technology applications! With our new online database, individuals, families and professionals explore and make requests. As awareness increases of this tool, so will increased usage of our libraries.
 
Our Reuse program is working to meet the needs of individuals unable to afford new Home Medical Equipment (i.e.: walkers, wheelchairs, hospital beds) and other Assistive devices (i.e.: amplified telephones, magnification systems, speech boxes) needed to perform activities of daily living.  Donated items are evaluated, refurbished, cleaned, sanitized & prepared for distribution. Online inventory enables explore potential options. As the "Silver Tsunami" rapidly approaches, this is invaluable in meeting the needs of our aging populations, especially as more and more will be "aging in place". Furthermore, value-added is we keep useable items out of landfills and our activities are well suited for Volunteer/Trainee programs to help people maintain/build job readiness skills! We are excited about how we are combining our community's resources, enabling people to live more fully each day!
 
As a result of the needs of the Aging population, the increase in the number of people diagnosed with Autism, Learning Disabilities, and the growing requests from human service agencies, rehabilitation centers and educational systems, we have reached a critical need to bring on additional staffing to accommodate the requests of our community in order to avoid extensive time delays.
 
As you can imagine, our impact extends into all areas of life (medical, educational, vocational, recreational), responds to all of life's transitions (birth, developmental, educational, vocational, retirement, end-of-life), and with all types of service providers (developmental, educational, rehabilitation, vocational, assisted living, home health, skilled nursing). By working together, we can enable people to live, learn, work and play!
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

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!
 

CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

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. 

IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? Staff and data reports will keep us on track with reaching our goals. Due to limited staffing, we must balance our evaluation and tracking measures with the needs of the people we serve so we follow the Keep It Simple Silly approach as much as possible. Staff reports are submitted and reviewed monthly. Data points are collected throughout our service delivery and is reviewed quarterly with adjustments made as needed. To date, we are pleased to share that we have exceeded most all of our goals!
 
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

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!

The sub-programming goal that is what we would term is our "most challenging"  is also the goal that is most out of our control...the "cost savings" goal within our Reuse programming. This particular goal is dependent on many variables beginning with the Center receiving more "high end" Home Medical Equipment/Assistive Technology devices to evaluate and process for redistribution. Then consequently, we have to have a person in need of the equipment items that we have on hand. So it also involves the matter of "timing" which is most definitely out of our control and we certainly do not wish for more people to be in need of our equipment items! Since we do not gather this data point until we distribute it also does not take into account the high end devices that we currently have in our inventory available for distribution. Therefore, we feel comfortable with the efforts that we are making to properly match the right device to the person in need, with the assistance of outside service providers, of course. We continue to market our programming to ensure those in need have the opportunity to participate in our programming so we believe that this may be more obtainable as time goes by.

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!

Another lesson learned, continue to dream the dream and be leaders in the field. BTC was chosen to be the model Reuse program in Kentucky and we are collaborating with others to build a program in Eastern Kentucky and hopefully Central or Western Kentucky in the near future. We look forward to the day that we have a network of Reuse centers working together to meet the needs of all Kentuckians! 
 
 
Board Chair
Board Chair Robin Rice
Company Affiliation Model Laboratory School
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Odetta Carlisle Bluegrass Career ServicesVoting
Ginger James Model Laboratory SchoolVoting
Daryl Janisch Link-BeltVoting
Robin Rice Model Laboratory SchoolVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Odetta Carlisle
Company Affiliation Bluegrass Career Services
Standing Committees
Audit
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Executive
Finance
Nominating
Comments
CEO Comments
BTC is actively recruiting additional Board & Committee members to maintain and direct the Center's mission and operations in order to serve Kentuckians with disAbilities.
 
Interested individuals are encouraged to explore their opportunities by contacting the Center to arrange a tour and overview!
 
Your skills, talents and services are needed to help us keep BTC in our community. Call today! 
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Robin Rice
Term Start Sept 2015
Email rrice@bluegrass-tech.org
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 20
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Comments
CEO Comments
As a family member and staff member who has long been associated with the Center, I am passionate about finding the resources needed to meet the needs of our most vulnerable citizens and ensure the Center's viability.
 
One biggest challenge is the need for more financial resources to meet the growing demand for Center services. We have spent twenty five years creating, building and maintaining extensive networks and collaborations to spread the word about our valuable services. Ensuring that services are available to all, no matter the level of their disAbility, nor their level of income. BTC continues to offer sliding scale opportunities to ensure that people's needs are met.
 
As indicated elsewhere on this site, we need YOUR help!
 
We need stuff!!!! More gadgets, gizmos and other assistive devices to demonstrate and loan to people so they can "try before they buy"...helping avoid costly mistakes!  We are always most appreciative of batteries and battery-operated toys that can be adapted for single switch use for children with disAbilities. You can often find these on sale just after any holiday :) And, we need more gently-used Home Medical Equipment and Computers to refurbish for distribution to people in need. Let's keep these items out of our landfills and get them into the homes of people in need!
 
We need to find facility space to meet our growing programs, especially the Reuse program which desperately needs warehouse space!
 
We need steady funding to support additional staff members to meet the growing demands of individuals with disAbilities and the professionals that serve them. In particular, as the Acting Director and one who dreams of retiring down the road, I am looking for individuals who wish to come grow with us and become Assistive Technology leaders of tomorrow! Most importantly, we have to provide a living wage for our employees. We need to provide reasonable employee benefits (i.e.: health insurance) so that they can concentrate on their job of helping others without fear of hurting their family's stability due to health/injury.
 
Having been a part of the Center over its twenty five year history, I know our community appreciates the wonerful collection of resources found at BTC. Being here today is a testament to our community and its dedication of providing a place for individuals, families and professionals to explore how technology can impact and change lives. Join me and others, to ensure the Center continues to be here for those in need. Together, we can redefine human potential and make a difference in someone's life today!
Description
BTC operates lending libraries of assistive, adaptive equipment & materials to assist individuals with disAbilities to live, learn, work & play. Most items can be checked (30 days), all at no/low cost to individuals, families & organizations to enable users to "try before they buy". This is especially important when seeking funding assistance from entities such as private health insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, public schools, etc.
EXAMPLES of items available: iPADs with specialized Apps to support learning, communication and memory; CCTV and portable screen magnification devices for people with low vision; amplified telephones for people Deaf/Hard of Hearing; speech generating devices for people struggling to speak; specialized seating/mobility systems for children needing support to sit, stand, walk; specialized keyboards for people with physical challenges; specialized software for people who learn differently; memory aids and other daily living aids for people with brain injuries; and special seating, learning aids & timers for individuals with Attention/Behavioral challenges.
Budget 62000
Category Health Care, General/Other Assistive Technology Equipment Provision
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Elderly and/or Disabled, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short Term Success
At the end of their borrowing term, 90% of our library patrons will determine if Assistive Technology will meet their needs.
Program Long term Success
Our goal is that all of our Library patrons will explore and discover the features and benefits provided by Assistive Technology devices to meet their needs to live, learn, work and play.
Program Success Monitored By
Data collection processes enable BTC staff to track success of our Library patrons and customer satisfaction. Additionally, BTC reviews data, researches and beta tests new emerging technologies to enable our Library patrons to have cutting edge technologies available as they seek out Assistive Technology devices to live, learn, work and play.
Examples of Program Success
Over 2,000 devices were loaned out during 2012 with 98.9% Highly Satisfied and 1.1% Satisfied ratings for customer satisfaction. Story:A therapist contacted BTC for adapted toys for a young student with significant physical limitations & cognitive impairments. During discussions, we learned the student has multiple challenges relating to vision, hearing, & motor planning and is nonverbal. Working closely with school personnel, BTC suggested appropriate items: communication devices, adapted toys & switches that the team could explore. BTC prevented potential abandonment from selecting wrong devices. Additionally, we saved the individual from becoming frustrated by being presented with wrong tool to do the job. As a result, he is better able to perform tasks and demonstrate his capAbilities versus letting his disability-related challenges get in the way. Conservatively, having access to BTC's Lending Library items saved the school over $2200, not to mention time and aggravation! Together, we are better!
Description
BTC is creating "talking books"....accessible digital versions of children's books are created and made available for loan to families, teachers and therapists serving children identified as "print challenged" to enable them to have access to literacy the same as their peers.
Users may have cerebral palsy and not be able to turn the pages of a book; have low vision or have learning disabilities and struggle to see or understand printed materials. Providing accessible versions of everyday books helps to redefine human potential and build beginning readers!
 
LOAD Books is a resource efficient way to help! Volunteers take each book thru 17 steps and spend over 15 hours to create ONE accessible digital book. Volunteers may choose to perform one or more of the 17 steps: scan book into computer (just like using a copier), crop images, record audio, place images into PowerPoint, create basic comprehension questions, create visual language supports using a specialized program, quality checks, or prepare books for distribution.
 
Come join us, revisit one of your childhood favorites. It is great fun and rewarding!
Budget 32000
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Elderly and/or Disabled, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short Term Success
BTC has over 350 book titles available in our Library Of Accessible Digital Books (LOAD) and many include picture/language support materials. We have over 2500 titles in production and teachers, parents and children waiting.
Program Long term Success
Our goal is to assist in the provision of access to literacy for all children, especially for those with "print challenges". By creating a lending library of accessible digital books, more children will have access to popular and educational books for learning and reading pleasure. Our goal is to digitize 6,000 book titles.
Program Success Monitored By
Program data tracks production, volunteer service hours, library usage and satisfaction data. Additionally, many LOAD library patrons provide notes of appreciation. Furthermore, our young children are surveyed, sharing their opinion about each storybook.
 
Examples of Program Success
Library feedback data indicates 100% Highly Satisfied library patrons with a desire for more book titles to be available in accessible formats. Patrons are really excited to find that we provide the premade picture/language support materials matching the book title. Teachers and parents express gratitude for the opportunity to have this free program available. Volunteer book creators are more knowledgeable, empathetic and empowered in the area of literacy and people with disAbilities as a result of their participation. The majority report learning new computer skills and knowledge as a result of their service. For many, gaining computer literacy and vocational skills is an added bonus!
Description
REuse helps to connect people in need of specialized equipment with those who have, keeping useable items out of our landfills! REuseT is critically needed for individuals with disAbilities who have no health insurance, are under insured, or do not have funds to support their Assistive Technology/Durable Medical Equipment needs. Items needed include:Aids for Daily Living (reachers, memory aids), Mobility, Seating & Positioning (walkers, crutches, wheelchairs), Sensory Aids (amplified telephone, screen magnifier), Computers & adapted input/output devices (talking word processors), Adapted Toys, and Speech Generating Devices (picture/word boards, talking boxes).  
Volunteers refurbish items and include university students, community members and people with disAbilities.
A key component of REuse is establishing a network of “Linking Partners” among local agencies and resources, ensuring effective and timely communications. REuse is expanding each day as word spreads!
 
 
 
Budget 170000
Category Health Care, General/Other Assistive Technology Equipment Provision
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Elderly and/or Disabled, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short Term Success
Individuals with disAbilities will obtain the Assistive Technology & Home Medical Equipment devices they need to live, learn, work and play.
 
Our goal is that 60% of inquiries on behalf of people in need will result in equipment acquisition.
An additional goal is that 95% of our Refurbishing volunteers will report improved satisfaction/learning opportunities by participating in CARAT activities.
Program Long term Success
Individuals will improve their health and quality of life by having access to the specialized equipment they need to live, learn, work and play.
 
 
Program Success Monitored By
To date, BTC has far exceeded all of the goals set for our CARAT program! Data reflects that our dream of creating and maintaining a refurbishing program of computers, Assistive Technologies and Home Medical Equipment is not only needed in the Commonwealth but can be successful. This program keeps usable items out of our Landfills and gets needed items to people in need, enabling them to live, learn, work and play. Our volunteers are amazing! They learn about the various pieces of equipment, help remove life debris and refurbish items to prepare them for distribution. Our network of professionals help spread the word about the CARAT program and serve as links to people in need. Together, we are changing lives!
Examples of Program Success
BTC staff responded to an inquiry for assistance from a friendly, helpful neighbor. Next door to her lives an elderly lady who: lives by herself, has no family, only support is the neighbor who contacted us, is extremely hard of hearing, can not read, and cannot sleep lying down. The neighbor contacted BTC for help to obtain a recliner with a built in lift so that the lady could sleep more comfortably and restful. The neighbor facilitated the donation of a hospital bed in exchange for a lift chair from BTC's CARAT program. While it was not the issue that prompted the contact, through the Intake process, BTC staff became aware of her telecommunications issue and is working to address these needs. In the mean time she is resting much more comfortably as a result of having the lift chair.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
William Frederick Halsey, Jr. said: There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.  The Board of Directors, Center staff and volunteers at BTC are all ordinary people. Ordinary people who work every day to redefine human potential and meet the challenges of individuals with disAbilities.
 
As with all nonprofits, BTC faces challenges of aquiring enough resources to meet the growing demands of the people we serve. The demand for our services has increased while the economic growth of our nation has decreased, causing a significant struggle for BTC to aquire adequate amounts of resources to sustain overwhelming requests for services.
 
We critically need your assistance to overcome our challenges. We need volunteers, Committe members, Board members and program funds and resources to meet the needs of the folks we serve. 
 
Come visit us and see first hand the work that we do. Tell your friends and neighbors. Contribute what ever gift/resource you have to help us make a difference. Every little bit helps! 
 
As Margaret Mead said: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
 
Together, we are redefining human potential. Together, we are changing lives. Together, we are better!
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
BTC works closely and collaboratively with area Universities through federally-funded research projects focused on creating and providing technology related supports for special education students in public schools. Other collaborations with universities enable their students to receive "hands-on" learning opportunities and volunteer opportunties by visiting the Center during their educational programming and/or serving as field placement sites to enhance learning.
Additionally, BTC staff work closely with manufacturers of products designed to assist individuals with disAbilities to overcome daily challenges.Furthermore, as part of our programming, BTC provides pre-vocational and vocational training opportunities for individuals with disAbilities as well as community members seeking to build/maintain their job readiness skills. Area agencies including the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program, Ready to Work Program, Central Kentucky Senior Employment Program, Fayette County Public Schools and agencies providing services to individuals with disAbilities work collaboratively with BTC, enabling more individuals to receive training & skill development opportunities to increase their abilities to obtain employment. Together, we are better!
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2015
Projected Revenue $192,425.00
Projected Expenses $192,150.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$4,866$3,997$11,024
----$34,821
$232,097$215,119$220,009
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other----$275
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$239,130$234,660$269,954
Administration Expense$10,627$58,406$36,184
Fundraising Expense----$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.950.750.87
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%80%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$13,989$24,298$148,002
Current Assets$13,989$11,780$114,730
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$99,039$96,554$74,441
Total Net Assets($85,050)($72,256)$73,561
Form 990s
2014 990
2013 990 2013
2012 2012 Bluegrass Tech Tax Return
2011 990 2011
2010 990
2009 990EZ
2008 990
2007 990
2006 990
Audit Documents
2011 Audit 2011
2010 audit
2009 audit
2008 most recent audit report
2007 audit report
2006 Audit 2006
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
Even with the given overall economic struggles of our community, BTC has continued to provide more services than in years past. We took on the expansion of our Reuse programming to grow beyond just computers and related items. We now accept all types of Home Medical Equipment and Assistive Technology Devices. This has been accomplished by the many efforts of our volunteer Board of Directors, dedicated staff members and thousands of volunteers from the Bluegrass Region.
 
Without you and our community, we could not exist nor provide quality services to those in need.  We are much appreciative of the support of our community and know that together, we are making lives better for those facing significant challenges.
 
We look forward to 2014 and the many contributions to be shared by our community and hope that YOU will join with us to serve those looking to make technology a regular part of their everyday experiences to help offset challenges faced by a disAbility! Call today!
Address 817 Winchester Road
Suite 200
Lexington, KY 405053730
Primary Phone 859 294-4343
CEO/Executive Director Robin Rice
Board Chair Robin Rice
Board Chair Company Affiliation Model Laboratory School