Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)

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Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)

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"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.

This is Done Through a Variety of Activities

  • 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
    • 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
  • 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 (Changing Hands and Liberty ReTreads). For more information, email

In addition to these Access and Acquisition activities, PIAT also provides:

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  • Training—Outreach to service providers to increase their AT-related knowledge and skills to better support people with disabilities. For more information, email

    Making Things Possible: Assistive Technology Training Topics
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  • 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
  • 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


For More Information, Please Contact PIAT

Voice: 800-204-PIAT (7428), in state
TTY: 866-268-0579, in state
Voice: 215-204-1356
TTY: 215-204-1805


Mailing Address
Institute on Disabilities
1755 N. 13th Street
Student Center, Room 411S
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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