Welcome New Assistive Technology Reuse Partners
Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), a program of the Institute, recently sponsored a competition to provide funding to support new or expansion of 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. Devices are then listed for sale at a greatly reduced price or sometimes given away. In some cases, items are available as an "open-ended loan" - given to the consumer until no longer needed, at which the device is returned.
Reuse programs can be a solution for people who need a way to obtain AT that is not covered through other funding sources (e.g. an item that is not considered "medically necessary") 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 availability of reused equipment to Pennsylvanians with disabilities, PIAT selected the following programs to receive funding from October 2016 through September 2017, through a grant from the Administration on Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services:
- Center for Independent Living of North Central PA (CILNCP), serving Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties
- Disability Options Network (DON), serving Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Mercer, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties
- Good Use Program of Community Living and Support Services, Inc. (CLASS), serving Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Indiana, Lawrence and Westmoreland counties
- Life and Independence for Today (LIFT), serving Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties
- 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
In addition, the following programs were selected and will be supported with funding from the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation.
- Service Coordination of South Central Pennsylvania, Inc. (SCSCPA), serving Fulton, Franklin, Cumberland, Dauphin, Adams, York, Lancaster and Lebanon counties
- Abilities in Motion (AIM), serving Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon, Chester, Montgomery, Lehigh, Delaware, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Dauphin and Bucks counties
The Institute's Reutilized and Exchanged Equipment Partnership (REEP) web section has more information and resources about device reutilization. https://disabilities.temple.edu/programs/assistive/reep/
Congratulations and welcome to our new partners.
To learn more about reutilization, and PIAT's other AT activities: https://disabilities.temple.edu/programs/assistive/piat/