PATF provides financial loans for the purchase of assistive technology devices and services.
Assistive technology (AT) is any device that helps a person with a disability achieve a more independent and satisfying life. The federal definition of assistive technology under the Assistive Technology Act is “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.”
AT devices may include such items as:
- Adapted Vehicles
- Computers, iPads, and tablet software and hardware
- Smart home technology
- Adapted sports equipment
- Hearing aids and other devices for people who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Home modifications (ramps, showers, counter tops)
- Scooters and wheelchairs
- Seat lift chairs
- Safety and security devices
AT services are defined as a service that directly assists a person with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. Assistive technology services include evaluation; purchasing, leasing or otherwise providing for the acquisition of AT devices; selecting; designing; fitting; customizing; adapting; maintaining; repairing; and training.
Looking for more clarification? Read our blog “Does This Count as Assistive Technology?”
Read about how Pennsylvanians are using assistive technology in our Success Stories:Success Stories