Six white woman and one white man are standing together while holding award plaques.Seal that reads "Excellence In Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE)"

We are excited to announce that Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) has been awarded the 2023 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award from the Institute for Financial Literacy.

On April 17, the 17th Annual EIFLE Awards were presented to 13 recipients during the Annual Conference on Financial Education (ACFE). The judges presented the awards to individuals and organizations for their distinguished accomplishments in developing, implementing, and promoting successful financial literacy education worldwide.

The award acknowledges PATF’s financial education curriculum, Cents and Sensibility: A Guide to Money Management and the Educator Companion Manual. Cents and Sensibility addresses the financial education needs of people with disabilities, while the Educator Companion Manual is a complimentary resource for anyone taking on an educator’s role with financial education.

At PATF, we believe financial education is an essential component for independent living, including employment, for all individuals, including those with a disability. With financial security and access to financial resources, people with disabilities no longer are destined to live in a nursing home or an institution, but rather in the community alongside neighbors who may or may not have a disability.

PATF’s financial education publications provide individuals with the tools and knowledge to make informed decisions about managing their personal finances, making it possible to take control of their financial future. The curriculum focuses special attention on the nuances of accessing public benefits and learning about asset limitations, providing connections with organizations that can assist with filing taxes, saving safely, developing a plan for a home of their own, helping transition into adulthood, and much more.

“We are honored to receive this award recognizing our advocacy for greater access to financial education for people with disabilities,” said PATF’s CEO Ben Laudermilch. “This curriculum is comprehensive, fully accessible, and can help close the knowledge gap when it comes to your personal finances and financial future.”

View the list of the 2023 EIFLE Award recipients


About Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF), founded in 1998, is a statewide non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and Alternative Financing Program under the 21st Century Assistive Technology Act. PATF provides financing opportunities, education, and advocacy for people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians, helping them to acquire assistive technology devices and services that improve the quality of their lives. Contact PATF at (484) 674-0506 or To learn more, visit or follow @PennsylvaniaATF on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

About the Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Awards

Established in 2007, the mission of the EIFLE Awards is to promote the effective delivery of consumer financial products, services, and education by acknowledging the accomplishments of those that advance financial literacy education. The EIFLE Awards dinner is held each year during the Annual Conference on Financial Education.

About the Institute for Financial Literacy

The Institute for Financial Literacy is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization whose mission is to promote effective financial education and counseling. As a national authority on adult financial education, the Institute advances professionalism and effectiveness in the field of financial literacy by hosting the Annual Conference on Financial Education™, presenting the Excellence In Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE)™ Awards, and administering certifications through™. For more information about the Institute, visit,, or call 207-873-0068.