September 11, 2012 |

PATF Foundation helps people with disabilities get technology

The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) is a non

-profit organization that provides low interest loans to people with disabilities and older adults so they can buy the assistive technology devices and services they need.

Assistive technology, or "AT," is any device that helps a person with a disability achieve a more independent and productive life. AT devices may include such items as: adapted vehicles; home modifications (including ramps, roll

-in showers, lowered counter tops); computers with special software and/or hardware; hearing aids; flashing doorbells; scooters and wheelchairs; seat lift chairs; closed circuit televisions (CCTVs); and, fences for safety and to prevent wandering.

Assistive technology services are those services that help with the selection, acquisition or use of an assistive technology device. Services may include evaluating the needs of a person with a disability, training to use a particular device, maintaining and repairing a device, designing and building a device, or providing technical assistance for family members, personal care attendants or employers.

The interest rate for their low

-interest loan program (loans over $1,001.00) is four percent. The interest rate for the mini-loan program (loans under $1,000.00) is zero percent.

Those with questions about assistive technology, home modifications and durable medical equipment, or need more information on a loan from PATF, should contact Kevin Huwe at 412-683-7100 ext. 2175 in the Pittsburgh area or call the main office at 1004 West 9th Ave. First floor, King of Prussia, Pa 19406 at 888-744-1938. PATF also has a website with lots of information at www.patf.us

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