You can sponsor the AT Photo Contest! Download our sponsorship booklet.
The 7th Annual AT Photo Contest is brought to you by a generous donation from PATF Board Member, Christine McGinley.
Achieva Family Trust
Achieva Family Trust offers three types of low-fee trusts to protect and enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
- Pooled Trust: Achieva Family Trust operates the largest Pooled Trust in Pennsylvania and also serves several other states. The assets of all the beneficiaries in a Pooled Trust are combined (or “pooled”) for investment purposes. The trustee still separately accounts for each person’s interest. Trust accounts can be established quickly and at little or no cost. Any remaining funds, when the beneficiary passes away, are placed in a Charitable Residual Account that benefits individuals with disabilities.
- Payback Trust: Individuals with a disability who are receiving funds in their name, particularly as a result of a personal injury or a malpractice settlement, can benefit from a Payback Trust. It enables them to utilize the funds in their trust to pay for expenses that are not covered by government benefits. These include home modifications, adapted vehicles and specialized treatments or medications. The beneficiary continues to qualify for their government benefits, but upon the death of the beneficiary, any funds remaining must be used to “pay back” the state(s) for Medicaid Services received. Following this payback, the remaining funds are distributed to other individuals and/or organizations according to the trust document.
- Third Party Trust: With a Third Party Trust, friends and family of an individual with a disability can provide for their loved one while still preserving the individual’s eligibility for essential, lifelong supports and services. Funds remaining at the death of the beneficiary are distributed according to the trust document to other individuals and/or organizations.
AT means that people with disabilities can be more independent in their everyday lives at home and at work. This ensures a better quality of life. We are supporting PATF’s 7th Annual AT Photo Contest, because helping people with disabilities have access to the AT that makes a difference in their lives is important in the work that we do and the families that we support throughout their lifespan. – Katherine Reim, Achieva Family Trust
Serving more than 1,000 people daily throughout the Delaware Valley, Inglis supports independent, community living by offering accessible, safe and affordable housing, innovative day programming, adapted technology and employment services.
- The Adapted Technology Program (ATP) at Inglis has connected people with physical disabilities to the world through technology for more than 20 years. Long recognized for its outstanding work with residents using the Inglis House Computer Lab, the program has recently expanded, through grant funding, so that people of all ages with disabilities throughout the Delaware Valley can increase their computer access and skills.
- Inglis Community-Based Services offers practical solutions to improve the quality of life and independence of people with physical disabilities. These services include accessible housing; an adult day program; care management; community employment; long term care; Drink-Aide®.
- Inglis Foundation, based in Philadelphia, PA, has 139 years’ experience providing housing and services for people with physical disabilities. Inglis serves nearly 1,000 people daily by providing nearly 300 accessible and affordable apartments, community services and long-term care for 252 residents.
- Self-Determination Housing of Pennsylvania (SDHP) is a statewide organization, recently having merged with Inglis as a program of their Community Services. SDHP advocates for accessible, affordable, and integrated housing opportunities for individuals with disabilities throughout the Commonwealth. Inglis SDHP works closely with partnering organizations, government institutions, and other entities to promote sensible public policies and inclusive regulatory rules in the field of accessible housing on behalf of individuals with disabilities.
Inglis has been in the field of assistive technology for over 35 years and is proud to support PATF in this event. The photo contest is an excellent way to visually tell the story of the diversity of assistive technology, its impact, and to celebrate the individuals who are using assistive technology to achieve their goals in life.
Assistive technology is a broad term for the products, equipment and tools that enable people to achieve greater levels of functioning in their daily life and/to support their overall health and wellbeing. Typically, assistive tech is associated with people with disabilities and older adults; however, many people who might not consider themselves part of those two groups of people also use assistive technology to live life more comfortably.
In my experience, AT often offers a simpler way for individuals to accomplish a particular goal in life, which can lead to improved self-confidence, community engagement, self-determination and independence. I have seen AT positively impact people’s lives in countless ways: I had the privilege of seeing a teenager with limited hand dexterity accelerate his rehabilitation after surgery by playing adapted video games that he otherwise could never access. I have individuals to eat for themselves, control their wheelchair, use their phone/mobile devices without assistance, drive to work, regain employment, direct their own health care, and control their cable box to be able to enjoy TV. For many, AT is a game-changer and a gateway to what’s possible in life. – Theresa Newhard Jenkinson, Inglis
Business Inclusion Group for People with Disabilities
Reed Smith’s award-winning Business Inclusion Group for people with disabilities at Reed Smith (LEADRS) was formed in 2012 and has grown to over 120 members across the firm. Their motto is: “Nurture Talent, Support Challenges and Celebrate Differences” and they aim to recruit talented individuals with disabilities and to advance their careers within Reed Smith. This year, they launched their Mental Health Task Force, a sub-group of LEADRS, for people who are experiencing or have experienced mental health difficulties. They have achieved a great deal over the last seven years but they are very conscious that there is more work to be done and they aim to continue to improve.
Reed Smith is committed to:
- Continuing to make recruiting and retaining people with disabilities a priority
- Celebrating the achievements of people with disabilities through our series of role model
videos featuring our partners and employees
- Launching our new Disability Etiquette Guide
- Celebrating the International Day for Persons with Disabilities with events across the
firm’s offices on December 3rd.
As a member of PATF’s Board of Directors, I remain committed to helping people with disabilities advance. Having been on PATF’s Board of Directors now for 11 years, AT has been an evolving thing for me because I’ve realized how much assistive technology can really be tailored to individual needs and individual uses. Assistive technology is such a valuable resource for people, on their terms – people are able to identify what they need for their own self, for their own use. You know, for your technology it’s much better off when someone can say, “I think that this is going to be more beneficial for my use and so this is exactly what I need to allow me to do what I want to achieve”. That’s the most important thing from my standpoint. I’m really happy that Reed Smith, also through their own recognition of the importance of diversity and inclusion, recognizes that the work that we do at PATF for Pennsylvanians and how AT really does benefit everybody in home, in work, and in school. – Derek Baker, Reed Smith
OrCam’s mission is to harness the power of artificial vision by incorporating pioneering technology into a wearable platform that improves the lives of individuals who are blind, have low vision, and have reading difficulties.
OrCam is changing the lives of tens of thousands of people worldwide with breakthrough assistive technology that enables people who are blind or low vision to read text, recognize faces, identify products – and much more.
OrCam joined PATF’s 7th Annual Photo Contest to be part of the solution for the assistive technology needs for the people of Pennsylvania. To me, AT means accessibility and independence for all. – Stacey Crown, OrCam
We support PATF’s 7th Annual AT Photo Contest, Show Us Your Tech, because we support people’s independence. We support individual’s access to AT, to increase people’s independence and increase awareness about the accessibility of AT. People don’t know we’re out there. People don’t know there is AT. People don’t know there is low-vision optometrists or there is such a thing as assistive technology to help. AT needs more awareness and that’s why we’re supporting PATF’s Show Us Your Tech Photo Contest. People need to know that AT is out there and available to everyone – and should be available to everyone. To me, AT is necessary, freedom, independence, and empowering. – Bryan Wolynski, O.D., OrCam
Univest Financial Corporation (UVSP), including its wholly-owned subsidiary Univest Bank and Trust Co., Member FDIC, provides a full range of financial solutions for individuals, businesses, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Univest is a community and employee-centric organization that believes in putting core values into action while delivering an excellent customer experience.
Univest’s purpose and philosophy is to be a strong, influential leader in the markets we choose to serve. They provide financial solutions to individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations; maintain an active role in their communities; and build loyal relationships with their customers and employees.
Univest is proud to work with PATF as a partner bank for its low-interest loan program. Being able to play a part in ensuring individuals are able to acquire assistive technology aligns with Univest’s core values. Through our Committed To Local philanthropic giving program, we strive to make a difference each day by helping to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. Our partnership with PATF does just that. As we celebrate Assistive Technology Awareness Month, we are excited to serve as a sponsor of PATF’s annual photo contest and look forward to seeing how assistive technology is having a positive impact. – Dana Brown, President Consumer Services, Univest Bank and Trust Co.
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Stair Ride Co.
Stair Ride’s mission is to help older individuals and individuals with disabilities safely remain in their homes. Stair Ride does that through modifications including bathroom remodeling, ramps, and stairlifts.
I choose to sponsor because PATF is a great resource for Pennsylvanians. PATF is an incredible program, we [Stair Ride Co.] as a business, and our clients, get tremendous value out of PATF’s Mini-Loan program. Just getting a stairlift or replacing a broken railing, makes a huge difference in the quality of their life, and allows them to safely remain in their homes. For individuals to be able to get up to a $7,000 loan at 0% interest and no fees – that’s huge. It’s great for our clients and they can get their needs met quickly. – Larry Gladstone, Stair Ride Co.
Thank you to all of our sponsors for their generosity and support.
Get Involved in 2021’s Show Us Your Tech Photo Contest
- You can sponsor the AT Photo Contest! Download our sponsorship booklet.
- Download the event flyers: 8.5 x 11 inch Outreach Flyer (PDF) or 11 x 17 inch Outreach Flyer (PDF)
- Share the photo contest with the Show Us Your Tech Media Toolkit.
- Enter the photo contest at Show Us Your Tech Photo Contest Entry Page.
- Vote for your favorites on Show Us Your Tech Photo Contest Page.
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