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Sharon Militello

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As communications director, Sharon Militello is responsible for the design, development, and maintenance of the association website and social media pages; editing and preparation of communications; preparing and running webcasts; cultivating media relations; and maintaining relationships with technology support vendors.

Message from Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation:

We, at Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF), are honored to receive a U.S. Department of Treasury two-year grant of nearly $1.4 million as part of the Community Development Financial Institution Rapid Response Program (CDFI RRP). These funds provide loan capital for CDFIs such as PATF to support underserved communities facing economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For PATF, this means we can continue to guarantee Low-Interest Loans and maintain our direct-lending Mini-Loan program.

“In serving places that the financial sector historically hasn’t served well, CDFIs lift our whole economy up. We know that for every dollar injected into a CDFI, it catalyzes eight more dollars in private-sector investment, meaning that today’s announcement might lead to an additional $10 billion in investment,” said U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen at the award announcement.

PATF is excited to be able to provide loans to more people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians who are low-income so they may acquire the assistive technology that makes a difference in their lives.

Learn more about the CDFI RRP awards here.

Learn more about PATF’s loans here.

Message from RCPA Member Foothold Technology:

Webinar/Panel — The DSP Workforce Crisis — What is the path forward? 

We have pulled together a panel of thought leaders to have a conversation about the current DSP workforce crisis. Here is the registration link that can provide more details.

Recognize a DSP Doing Amazing Work

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) play a special and essential role in supporting individuals receiving I/DD services, empowering them to lead independent and meaningful lives.

This year for DSP Recognition Week, Foothold Technology invites you to participate with us as we extend our gratitude to DSPs everywhere. We are building a digital recognition board and we’re collecting stories. Nominate a DSP you believe is doing amazing work, and we’ll feature them on our recognition board during DSP Recognition Week — September 12–18. We’ll also send them a $5 Starbucks gift card to say thanks for the great work they do.

[Submit Your Nomination] — link to the nomination and more details