It’s been a team effort pulling together a visual representation of what we’re all about here at PATF, and we think we’ve nailed it with our new infographic.
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Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation: Loans that Change Lives
The mission of the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) is to provide education and financing opportunities for people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians, helping them to acquire assistive technology (AT) devices and services that improve the quality of their lives.
What is AT?
Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
Four icons representing different AT are pictured here: hearing aid, tablet technology, wheelchair going up a ramp, and an adapted vehicle.
What We’re About
An image of a map of Pennsylvania with a word cloud overlay featuring the following key words:
Independence, empowering, loans, assistive technology, education, asset development, consumer-directed, disability, partnership, policy, AT, seniors, Pennsylvania, information, safety, finance, individual, leverage, and self-sufficiency.
Who We Help
PATF helps Pennsylvanians of:
- All Ages
- All Income Levels
- All Disabilities
As of 2015 we have successfully helped at least one person in every county in Pennsylvania!
How We Help
Loans: Micro-financing for AT devices and services.
- 2,548 people have received loans since 2002
- $33,180,740 total dollars have been extended in loans since 2002
- <1% default rate
- 58% of loans extended since 2010 have been to borrowers who did not meet traditional lending standards
- A pie chart displays Types of Assistive Technology Funded:
- 24% Adapted Vehicles
- 24% Hearing Aids
- 18% Home Modifications
- 18% Computer & Tablet Technology
- 5% Wheelchairs, Scooters, & Batteries
- 5% Seat Lift Chairs
- 6% Other
- Borrower quote: “Thank you for your kindness, time, and genuine interest.” – Anthony
Financial Education: Individual counseling and information that promotes greater economic stability and freedom.
- Group Classes
- Individual Guidance
- Cents & Sensibility Handbook
Information & Assistance: Information about AT, funding sources, how to access public/private resources, and recommended vendor companies.
- 4,420 people have been helped by information and assistance services since 2010
Borrower Story: AT Allows Linda to Live at Home
Recently Linda called PATF for help. She wasn’t sure what she wanted, but she knew she needed something. She worried about falling while navigating the bumpy streets of Philadelphia, and she wanted to know what she could do to prevent unwelcomed flooding from her bathroom sink. After washing her hands she would forget to turn off the faucet, and water from the flooded sink had ruined her flooring twice.
We helped Linda enroll in a program that provides services to people who have disabilities or are aging so that they can continue to live in their own homes and be active in the community. For Linda, this meant she could get an assessment from a physical therapist for a specific type of walker that provides greater stability when strolling around town. We also helped Linda take out a mini-loan to purchase a magic-eye faucet in the bathroom. Now the water stops running when she moves away from the sink, and Linda is happily and safely living in her own home.
“I am so grateful to PATF for helping make it possible for me to live in my own home.” – Linda