November is Assistive Technology Awareness Month!

Message from the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF):

As we celebrate Assistive Technology (AT) Awareness Month, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation would like to take this opportunity to reinforce the message that AT can help people with disabilities live more independently, safely, productively and with an improved quality of life.

We are committed to helping people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians with information and support, financial education and funding opportunities so they can purchase the AT equipment and resources they need.

We are proud and grateful to receive the proclamation from Governor Tom Wolf declaring November as Assistive Technology Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. The governor’s proclamation stated:

“While Pennsylvanians with disabilities of all ages may need assistive technology devices and services to live independently, be productive, and participate fully in the affairs of their communities… and assistive technology devices and services enable people to work, go to school.” , to play, and live in the community of their choice…”

“Pennsylvania is a leader in the development and implementation of assistive technology programs for its citizens with disabilities and older residents, through support from organizations like the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation, which provide valuable information and support, financial education, and funding for assistive technology purchases and Services.”

“Therefore, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, hereby proclaim November 2022 as Assistive Technology Awareness Month. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to become aware of the many ways that assistive technology contributes to the health, happiness and independence of our family, friends and neighbors.”

Our CEO Ben Laudermilch shares that the proclamation came about thanks to steadfast advocacy: “For decades, the PATF has pushed for bipartisan state-level support to help people with disabilities and older adults lead independent lives. The governor’s proclamation recognizes the efforts of disability advocates and raises awareness of life-changing assistive technologies and services,” said Ben.


Funding sources for AT

Last year we celebrated the proclamation with a AT Photo Contest: Show us your technique. This year we released our new, third edition of Financing your assistive technology.

Assistive technology empowers people with disabilities to do the things they want to do. However, one of the main obstacles to getting AT is finding the money to do it.

We have compiled a collection of 70 funding opportunities for technical aids and services Financing your assistive technology.

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Top 5 Funding Sources for AT for Children with Disabilities

When someone contacts us for help with their assistive technology (AT) funding, the first thing we ask is whether or not they are enrolled in a Home and Community-Based (HCBS) waiver.

For many people with disabilities, waivers are an important source of funding for AT.

Read the full blog.


How to get funding for sports equipment

All people, including people with disabilities, should have the opportunity to play sports if they wish.

We describe assistive technology (AT) as any device that helps a person with a disability do the things they want to do. This includes adaptive sports equipment that helps you exercise safely and with more freedom.

But how do you get access to adaptive exercise equipment to exercise if you have a disability?

We recently spoke to Keith Newerla, a wheelchair user who directs the adaptive exercise program at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia.

Click the link to read the full blog.

PATF can help you get the adaptive sports equipment you want by providing an interest-free loan through our Mini Loan Program.

We also offer low interest loans that can cover the cost of assistive technology for things like home modifications, custom vehicles, vision systems and more!

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