(Video transcript available for download as a Word document: https://patf.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Vision-for-the-Future-Promo-Transcript.docx)

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) held its first conference on financial empowerment for people with disabilities on October 3, 2019 in Harrisburg. “Vision for the Future” brought together individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, nonprofit organizations, and policy makers to discuss, collaborate, and learn about financial education. The conference was a one-day, free, accessible event open to the public. Registration was required. A limited number of scholarships were available to people with disabilities and their families to help defray the cost of travel and lodging. Certificates of completion were available.


Program cover with large colored arrows pointing up and to the right and the words: Vision for the Future: Conference on Financial Empowerment for Individuals with Disabilities, October 3, 2019, Harrisburg, PA. PATF logo at the bottom.

Conference Program is now available as a 508-compliant PDF. The program includes the full agenda, speaker bios, information about our sponsors, and more.


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Why this Conference? Why Now?

Money plays a critical role in our daily lives. Unfortunately, many people have not had the opportunity to learn effective money management skills.

As we seek to help individuals with disabilities achieve greater independence, we need to provide them with financial education so that they will have the tools they need to plan for their own financial futures.


Let’s Come Together as a Community!

Change cannot happen in a vacuum. Change occurs only when many people across different sectors come together for a common purpose. That’s why we need you to join with us!


Attendees Learned:

  • The key topic areas that are included within financial education;
  • The importance of integrating financial education in our schools and community programs for better employment and independent living outcomes;
  • The difference between financial education and financial planning;
  • The unique challenges that individuals with disabilities face around money matters and the tools that are available to address these issues;
  • The financial education resources that are available to Pennsylvanians;
  • The touchpoint opportunities for delivering financial education (e.g. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Home and Community-Based Service waiver programs); and
  • The ways programs like PATF’s Money Club can empower people with disabilities to gain financial capability and become self-advocates.


Thank You to Our Sponsors!


Platinum Sponsor

PA Health and Wellness logo


Silver Sponsors

Inglis logo
KenCrest logo
Keystone First: Community HealthChoices
PHFA: PA Housing Finance Agency logo
UPMC Health Plan logo


Bronze Sponsors

JEVS HireAbility logo
JEVS Human Services logo



Allied Services logo
MobilityWorks logo



ACT, The Arc Community Trust of Pennsylvania logo
PA Link logo
RCPA logo
ReedSmith logo
Resources for Human Development (RHD) logo


In-Kind Sponsors

The Arc of PA logo
Center for Independent Living of Central PA logo
PA Dept Banking and Securities logo
PADDC logo
PAR logo
Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council logo
Wegmans Logo
4imprint Logo