Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)
The Institute on Disabilities in partnership with the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRNPA) has created a survey to help identify topics for assistive technology training and informational materials. Take the survey online: www.surveymonkey.com/s/YZW5GKL With questions or for accommodations to complete the survey, contact Amber Kavka-Warren, DRNPA, at 215-238-8070, extension 213, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-877-375-7139 (TTY). The survey is also available in an accessible MS Word version.
"For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible."
Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) strives to enhance the lives of all Pennsylvanians with disabilities, older Pennsylvanians, and their families, through access to and acquisition of assistive technology devices and services, which allow for choice, control and independence at home, work, school, play, and in their neighborhoods.
PIAT leads the Commonwealth's efforts to implement the provisions of the federal Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended.
- Access to Assistive Technology (AT), or "How do I Know What I Need?"
- Device Demonstrations—A hands-on opportunity to learn more about different AT devices so individuals can make an informed choice about what will work best for them. For more information, email ATdemo@temple.edu.
- Device Loans—Pennsylvanians of any age and ability can borrow AT devices, at no cost, to try at work, school, home or in their neighborhoods. This short-term loan program has a "try before you buy" philosophy, and helps people with disabilities and their families make the right choice of AT devices before they obtain a device. For more information, email ATlend@temple.edu.
- Acquisition of Assistive Technology, or "How do I Get What I Need?"—Device Reutilization: Previously owned devices are an affordable option instead of buying new, and several options are available to Pennsylvanians, including classified listings of used devices (REEP) and refurbishing programs (Into New Hands, Changing Hands and Liberty ReTreads). For more information, email ATreuse@temple.edu.
In addition to these Access and Acquisition activities, PIAT also provides:
- Training—Outreach to service providers to increase their AT-related knowledge and skills to better support people with disabilities. For more information, email ATinfo@temple.edu.
Making Things Possible: Assistive Technology Training Topics
- Technical Assistance—Outreach to public and private agencies to develop and improve policies related to AT as well as transition from school to work or from nursing home to community living. For more information, email email@example.com.
- Public Awareness Activities—Information and referral which educates consumers, via phone, email or letter, about their choices of AT devices and services; AT exhibits and presentations at conferences, group meetings, staff in-services, and other events; and Case Management to help consumers navigate the maze of funding options available to obtain needed AT. For more information, call 1-800-204-7428 (800-204-PIAT) or email ATinfo@temple.edu.
- What is Assistive Technology?
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Plan for Assistive Technology (download, Word-213KB)
- Assistive Technology Resource Centers
- Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library
- REEP—Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership
- TDDP—Telecommunication Device Distribution Program
- Assistive Technology Device Demonstration
- Funding for Assistive Technology
- List of AT Act Programs Across the Country
- Related Websites
Voice: 800-204-PIAT (7428), in state
TTY: 866-268-0579, in state
Institute on Disabilities
1755 N. 13th Street
Student Center, Room 411S
Philadelphia, PA 19122