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Senate committee approves assistive-technology funds

Adults and children who need assistive technology to be independent may get $500,000 from the Legislature.

The Senate Human Services Standing Committee unanimously approved spending the money to help those waiting for assistive technology devices, like electronic wheelchairs and braille computer keypads.SB123, sponsored by Sen. Nathan Tanner, R-Ogden, would appropriate $300,000 from the state uniform school fund and $200,000 from the general fund. The money would pay for devices for people who do not qualify or are waiting for state and federal programs.

The technology makes the difference for some people between being homebound and being independent and employable, Tanner said.