As used in this article, the term:
(a) "Board" means the technology-related assistance revolving loan fund for individuals with disabilities board.
(b) "Individual with disability" means any individual, of any age who, for the purposes of state or federal law, is considered to have a disability or handicap, injuries and chronic health conditions, whether congenital or acquired; and who is or would be enabled by technology-related devices or technology-related services to maintain or improve his or her ability to function in society and the workplace.
(c) "Qualifying borrower" means any individual with disabilities and their family members, guardians, authorized representatives or nonprofit entity who demonstrates that such a loan will improve their independence or become more productive members of the community. The individual must demonstrate credit worthiness and repayment abilities to the satisfaction of the board. No more than twenty percent of all loan funds are to be provided to nonprofit entities in a single year.
(d) "Technology-related assistance" means either the provision of technology-related devices or technology-related services to improve the independence, quality of life or productive involvement in the community of individuals with disabilities.
(e) "Technology-related device" means any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commerciallyoff-the-shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
(f) "Technology-related service" means any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition or use of a technology-related device, including:
(1) The evaluation of the needs of an individual with a disability, including a functional evaluation in the individual's customary environment;
(2) Purchasing, leasing or otherwise providing for the acquisition of technology-related devices by individuals with disabilities;
(3) Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing or replacing technology-related devices;
(4) Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions or services with technology-related devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs; and
(5) Training or technical assistance for individuals or the family of an individual with disabilities.
(g) "Revolving loan fund" means the technology-related assistance revolving loan fund for individuals with disabilities established in this article.
(h) "Consumer" means individuals with disabilities and, when appropriate, their family members, guardians, advocates orauthorized representatives.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session