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Welcome New Assistive Technology Reuse Partners

January 2016

Over the last several months, Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), a program of the Institute, sponsored a competition to provide support funding for assistive technology (AT) reuse or "reutilization" programs across the Commonwealth.

Reutilization programs accept pre-owned AT devices, in most cases by donation, which they repair or refurbish as needed. Then they place the devices up for sale at a greatly reduced price, or offer for an open-ended loan or in some cases even give to consumers. These programs can be a solution for people who need an item which they cannot afford, or for those who need a backup device or a temporary device to use while they pursue funding for a new one.

To enhance the scope of AT reutilization available to people with disabilities in Pennsylvania, PIAT has selected the following programs to receive funding from January through September of this year, through a grant from the Administration on Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Medical Equipment Recycling Program (MERP), a program of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Horizon Community Health Foundation, serving Lawrence, Mercer, Butler, Crawford and Venango Counties.
  • Lift and Independence for Today (LIFT), serving Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties
  • Disability Options Network (DON), serving Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer Counties
  • The ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter, serving the Western Pennsylvania region

The Institute's Reutilized and Exchanged Equipment Partnership (REEP) web section has more information and resources about device reutilization.

Congratulations and welcome to our new partners.

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