Program Services

Program Policy and Support

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Project Coordinating and Assisting the Reuse of Assistive Technology (CARAT) sites located in Louisville, Hazard, Thelma, Lexington, and Paducah has adopted new procedures for the duration of this public health emergency. 

The Program Policy and Support Branch performs the following functions: 

Other Services

The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation operates several other programs for individuals with disabilities. These programs have broader eligibility requirements than the vocational rehabilitation program. They are cross-disability and provide services across all age groups. These programs include:
The Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation (KATLC) offers low-interest loans for qualified applicants with disabilities who need assistive technology.  Working with its lending partner, Fifth Third Bank, KATLC can provide loans for modified vehicles, hearing aids, adapted computers, mobility devices, augmentative communication devices or any other type of equipment or home modification that will improve the quality of life or increase the independence of Kentuckians with disabilities.
The Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network is a statewide network of organizations and individuals connecting to enhance the availability of assistive technology devices and services to improve the productivity and quality of life for individuals with disabilities. 
Project CARAT (Coordinating and Assisting the Reuse of Assistive Technology) is a collaborative effort of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (KYOVR), the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN), the Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network, the Bluegrass Technology Center (BTC), and several other partners to develop an infrastructure to refurbish, recycle and redistribute assistive technology and durable medical equipment (DME) in the Appalachian region of Kentucky.  

The following are each CARAT site’s new procedures.


  • Louisville, Entech/Spalding is closed until at least April 6, 2020. 

  • Hazard, Center of Rural Health Excellence will not accept or distribute items until further notice. 

  • Thelma, Carl Perkins Training Center will not accept or distribute items until further notice.  

  • Lexington, University of Kentucky's Human Development Institute (HDI) Center for Assistive Technology Services (HDI/CATS) will have appointment-only pick-ups and suspend all drop-off services at this time.  

  • ​Paducah, Paducah Mercy Health will remain open with new controlled-site entrance procedures. Donation drop-offs will now be taken outside at the warehouse entrance by staff. 

For up-to-date information on the CARAT sites, please call the CARAT Coordinating Center at (800) 327-5287.​