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Message from Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF):

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) is proud to announce the launch of a new website, Smart Homes Made Simple. As part of our Smart Home Technology Project, we recently expanded this website with a new design to make it a more accessible, user-friendly, and informative resource.

We hope this website will serve as a hub of information where members of the disability and aging communities, as well as service providers, housing professionals, and technology consultants, can learn how to integrate smart home technology into the homes of people with disabilities and older adults for greater independence, autonomy, safety, and accessibility.

“We are aware that many people with disabilities and older adults who could benefit from smart home technology are still not acquiring it,” says PATF’s CEO, Susan Tachau. “If there’s one thing we hope people will take away from this website, it’s that you don’t have to do this alone and you don’t have to do it all at once. New technology can be scary and overwhelming. Build your team for support, explore what devices may be able to help with your goals, and start small. There’s always room for growth.”

Visit Smart Homes Made Simple.

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.

The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) is offering a webinar on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 9:00 am that will focus on the topic of Pennsylvania Resources for Funding Assistive Technology. Assistive technology devices help make it possible for individuals with disabilities to work, live independently in their own homes, go to school, and participate in the community. Mrs. Susan Tachau, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF), will conduct the webinar.

Registration is required to participate in the webinar. Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Questions should be directed to Edward Butler, OLTL, at 717-214-3718.