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New Assistive Technology Resource Center Named

November 2016

Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) has named Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) in St. Mary's, Pennsylvania, as the newest Assistive Technology Resource Center in Pennsylvania.

LIFT joins a list of eight organizations which partner with Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) to provide information and assistance to people with disabilities and their family members in finding, trying, and acquiring assistive technology. Assistive Technology (AT) is defined as any device that helps a person with a disability accomplish something they couldn't otherwise do, and the services necessary to use that device. Each ATRC serves surrounding counties to ensure service across the Commonwealth. LIFT will serve the Pennsylvania counties of Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter.

Hope Weichman, Deputy Director of LIFT says that the designation as an ATRC is another step in achieving their overall goal of getting AT into the hands of people who need it.

"We will continue to introduce people with disabilities to AT and demonstrate how it can help improve their lives," Ms. Weichman says. "We have AT in public locations such as local libraries. People visiting the library can see it on display and can request a demonstration."

"As an ATRC, we can now offer more people with disabilities, especially those living in rural areas in Pennsylvania, information and assistance about AT."

PIAT, a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, shares its goals with LIFT to enhance the lives of Pennsylvanians with disabilities, older Pennsylvanians and their families through access to and acquisition of AT devices and services.

"When a person has access to the right AT, it helps to ensure choice, control and independence at home, work, school, play and in the community," says Amy S. Goldman, Co-Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities. "It is imperative that ALL Pennsylvanians with disabilities, whether in rural, urban or suburban areas, have access to AT and LIFT will help achieve that goal."

LIFT will be celebrating its designation as an ATRC with an Open House and AT Fair on Tuesday, November 22 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the LIFT office at 503 East Arch Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.

The Open House and AT Fair will highlight LIFT as well as other organizations in the region that make AT available to Pennsylvanians with disabilities.

"We want to bring awareness to all people about the various types of AT available to empower people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. LIFT's AT Open House will be the place to learn about and get hands on experiences with many AT devices" says Ms. Weichman.

For more information about the Open House at LIFT, contact: Ms. Weichman at 814-781-3050 ext. 200 or lift@liftcil.org.

To learn more about PIAT, visit the website of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University: disabilities.temple.edu/programs/assistive/piat.

PIAT is Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Act Program and is funded through a grant from the Administration on Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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