Governor Proclaims November Assistive Technology Awareness Month in Pennsylvania
Governor Wolf's Proclamation
[GRAPHIC ABOVE: Governor Wolf's Proclamation with Official Seal]
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Assistive Technology Awareness Month
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 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 Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim November 2016 to be ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS MONTH. 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, this seventeenth day of October two thousand sixteen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-first.