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November is Assistive Technology Awareness Month in Pennsylvania

November 2011

Read the full text of the proclamation.

The Official Proclamation

GRAPHIC: Governor Rendell's Proclamation

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Governor's Office

PROCLAMATION

Assistive Technology Awareness Month
November 2011

WHEREAS, Pennsylvanians of all ages with disabilities may need assistive technology devices and services to live independently and productively, as well as to participate fully in the affairs of their communities; and,

WHEREAS, assistive technology devices and services allow people to work, attend school, play, and live in the community of their choice; and,

WHEREAS, an assistive technology device is any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities or older citizens; and,

WHEREAS, assistive technology services are defined as any service that directly assists an individual in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device; and,

WHEREAS, assistive technology devices and services are not luxury items, but necessities for people with disabilities and older citizens. These tools empower people to control their lives and their futures; and,

WHEREAS, Pennsylvania is a leader in the development and implementation of assistive technology programs for its citizens with disabilities and older residents.

THEREFORE, in special recognition of the importance of assistive technology, I, Tom Corbett, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim November 2011 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS MONTH in Pennsylvania. I encourage all citizens to become aware of the many ways in which assistive technologies contribute to the health, happiness, and independence of our family, friends, and neighbors.

GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, on this twenty-sixth day of October in the year of our Lord two thousand and eleven, and of the Commonwealth the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

Tom Corbett
Governor

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