American Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center

AIDTAC. The words political participation, employment, community involvement, health promotion, and independent living are in a circle around an eagle, wolf, bear, buffalo, and a turtle. There are four eagle feathers below the circle. The American Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center (AIDTAC) was inaugurated in October 2000 with an initial five-year grant by the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration, as a national center to provide information, training, and technical assistance to vocational rehabilitation and employment-related services assisting American Indians and Alaska Natives with disabilities. The work was expanded to include Native Hawaiians.

In conjunction with other programs at the Rural Institute of The University of Montana, AIDTAC addressed issues of employment, transportation, health, independent living, voter participation, and education.

Funding for the Technical Assistance on Native American Culture project (TANAC) project was discontinued in 2008. TANAC was funded by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

AIDTAC formerly provided training and technical assistance through teleconferences and supporting materials, publication of a wide range of materials in a variety of formats, information transmitted via listservs, curriculum development, and regular updates to our websites.  AIDTAC collaborates with other individuals and organizations to conduct training. Audiences served include individuals, Work Incentive Planning Assistance (WIPA) projects, P&A projects, tribal governments, tribal and state vocational rehabilitation agencies, employers and employer representatives, urban Indian centers, and others.

This information was updated April 24, 2009.