Assistive Technology Device Demonstration

Assistive Technology Demonstration Days

Having trouble reading, writing, using a keyboard, hearing the phone - or know someone who is? Get a hands-on experience with devices that could help you at our Assistive Technology (AT) Demonstration Days.

Two women working together; one gestures toward device.Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology, a program of the Institute on Disabilities periodically holds free demonstration days. People with disabilities who want to have a "hands on" learning experience with assistive technology (AT) devices are invited to register for one or more of these events at the Institute's office on the main campus of Temple University. Each Demonstration Day will offer a guided exploration of AT, comparing and contrasting device features to provide the necessary information to purchase the device.

Demonstrations are FREE but by appointment only.
Contact us for more information:
800-204-7428 (voice) or 866-268-0579 (TTY)

About the Program

PHOTO: Older woman uses assistive technology devicePennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology, PIAT, now provides opportunities for "guided exploration" of a specific device or category of devices. For example if you're not sure what the Ovation reading machine does, or if you're not familiar with the differences between the Ameriphone and the Crystal Tone amplified telephones, you may request a demonstration to learn more about the devices.

Who Can Get a Demonstration?

Device demonstrations are available to people with disabilities and their families, as well as providers of education, health and related services. Demonstrations will:

  • Increase your understanding of the types of devices that can help you with a specific need, such as talking on the telephone or reading your mail
  • Improve your knowledge of a device's features, and how those features differ from other devices that perform the same thing, such as the difference between two personal listening devices
  • Increase your understanding of how device(s) can help you at work, in school, at home and in your community

How Do I Request a Demonstration?

Requests for a demonstration can be made by telephone or email. A mutually convenient time and place for the demonstration will be set. Your request may result in a group demonstration at an agency site, may be individually accommodated at one of our offices, or you may be referred to events, trainings or services readily available in your community.

Assistive Technology Demonstration Centers Open in Pennsylvania

PIAT operates two comprehensive demonstration centers at which individuals can see a broad range of assistive technology devices:
More about the Demonstration Centers

For more information or to request a demonstration, please contact

Voice: 800-204-7428 (in-state only), or 215-204-3862
TTY: 866-268-0579 (in-state only)
Voice: 215-204-1356
TTY: 215-204-1805
Fax: 215-204-9371

* Please note that Device Demonstrations are NOT intended to

  • Instruct you on how to use a device you have borrowed or already own, or provide advanced instruction to operate a device
  • Assess your abilities to use certain device(s)
  • Evaluate what specific device(s) will individually benefit you or help you accomplish a particular task
  • Replace the expertise, services and support of an AT provider (OT, SLP, etc.)

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service