November was Assistive Technology Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, and to celebrate we hosted our fifth annual photo contest. We asked assistive technology users to Show Us Your Tech! by uploading a photo of themselves using their assistive technology (AT) and writing a caption about the difference their tech makes in their lives. This has been our most successful contest yet, with 29 entries demonstrating a variety of devices and AT uses.
Thank you! to all of our participants for helping spread awareness about AT. You have provided a glimpse of the breadth of technology available, the individual nature of each person’s use of their technology, and – perhaps most importantly – the range of experiences you’re having, independently, with your technology. Below are 29 personal stories of people doing the things they want to do. That’s what AT is all about.
As a nonprofit organization with the mission to help Pennsylvanians acquire the assistive technology they want and need by providing funding resources, we were particularly interested in how users got their technology. Each participant had the option to share that information as well. You never know, it may help someone else find funding for the technology they need!
- $5 Amazon Gift Card to the first 15 eligible entries!
- $500 VISA Gift Card to one (1) entry chosen from the top 5 eligible entries that received the most votes by 11:59 p.m. EST on November 30! This winner was chosen based on the entry that best illustrates how assistive technology is making a difference in their life.
- $100 VISA Gift Card to five (5) entries chosen from all eligible entries. Winners were chosen based on entries that best illustrate how assistive technology is making a difference in their life.
Read the official rules and regulations here.
And now, we’re thrilled to announce our winners!
$500 VISA Gift Card Winner:
$100 VISA Gift Card Winners:
[Image of three children with their arms around each other, soaking wet from a squirt gun fight, smiling and relaxed in a backyard encircled by a tall white fence]
Our son has autism and suffers from elopement. He will constantly run away from us and will take off towards traffic when we take him to local parks or soccer fields to play. He also would run to the street when outside playing in our back yard. With the loan we got from PATF we were able to enclose our back yard with a fence that is too tall for our son to climb. We can now invite friends and family over for cookouts and backyard fun such as water balloon and squirtgun fights, soccer and kickball and just running around the yard. Our son can play outside and get exercise without putting himself in danger because he knows he can’t run away. As parents we are able to relax and enjoy our yard now knowing our son is safe. We have had our fence since April 2019 and it has improved the quality of living for our whole family not just our son who has special needs. He can go outside into our back yard and play just about every day and be safe.
How did you fund your assistive technology? (Optional): We received a low interest loan from PATF through a local bank
Choosing winners was not easy; we felt all of the entries provided valuable glimpses into each individual’s life, showing the important role assistive technology plays. We’re grateful to each of you for sharing your story. Take a look at the rest of the entries below:
Lawrence Eric S.
Thank you to all who participated, both by entering and by voting! We’re looking forward to seeing what you’re doing with your assistive technology next year!
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation is dedicated to helping people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians acquire the assistive technology they want and need. If you’re having trouble determining how to fund your assistive technology, contact us – we can help you explore your options and find a funding solution.