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Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library

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What is Assistive Technology?

"Assistive Technology" includes devices that people with disabilities can use to help themselves communicate, learn, travel, do household chores, care for themselves, and have fun. An Assistive Technology device is defined in the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 as amended as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."

Assistive technology services are defined as "any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device."

What is Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library?


Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library is a free service that loans assistive technology devices to people with disabilities. It's available to Pennsylvanians of all ages and disabilities.

Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library Annual Report

Download the Annual Report (PDF, 263KB). This is the 13th full year of operation for this program which was utilized by Pennsylvanians with disabilities, their families, and service providers, taking advantage of this unique opportunity to "try before you buy." The Lending Library enables individuals to make decisions about the assistive devices that will help them. Between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, almost 3700 devices were sent to borrowers—from 63 counties—who made more than 3215 separate requests for devices.

What Assistive Technology is available and how do I borrow it?


Requests for devices can be made by you, a family member, friend or advocate, or someone who is helping you with your assistive technology needs (e.g., a therapist, teacher, rehabilitation counselor).

How do I borrow an Assistive Technology device?

Visit this page for complete instructions.

What if you don't have the item I need?

You can suggest an item for the Lending Library.

Do you have answers to frequently asked questions?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page

Who can I contact for more information?

For Technical Information & Support:

Assistive Technology Resource Centers (ATRC)—Regional

For General Information: PIAT, Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology:

Voice: 800-204-PIAT
TTY: 866-268-0579
FAX: 215-204-6336

or Email: atlend@temple.edu.

More About Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library

THE AT LENDING LIBRARY IS PRIMARILY SUPPORTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WITH FUNDING THROUGH THE OFFICE OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION, PA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY. IN ADDITION, THE LENDING LIBRARY RECEIVES FINANCIAL SUPPORT THROUGH THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, REHABILITATION SERVICES ADMINISTRATION PROVIDED TO THE INSTITUTE ON DISABILITIES AS A PART OF PENNSYLVANIA'S INITIATIVE ON ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY, THE COMMONWEALTH'S ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ACT PROGRAM. VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS FROM USERS OF THE LENDING LIBRARY ALSO HELP TO CONTINUE AND EXPAND THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM.

Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library is a program of Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT).

PIAT, Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology

PIAT is a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Pennsylvania's UCEDD—University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.