Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library
"Assistive Technology" includes devices that people with disabilities can use to help themselves communicate, learn, travel, do household chores, care for themselves, and have fun. An Assistive Technology device is defined in the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 as amended as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."
Assistive technology services are defined as "any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device."
What is Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library?
Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library is a free service that loans assistive technology devices to people with disabilities. It's available to Pennsylvanians of all ages and disabilities.
Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library Annual Report
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Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library has just completed another successful year of providing Pennsylvanians with disabilities of all ages, their families, and service providers an opportunity to "try before you buy." The Lending Library enables individuals to make decisions about the assistive devices that will help them. Between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, 1704 devices were sent to borrowers—from 57 counties—who made 1,062 separate requests for devices. Although deep cuts to our budget over the last several years have limited our ability to provide a sufficient supply of current technologies, we are happy to announce the additions of new augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, low vision and hearing-related equipment, and yes - even iPads for loan. These items will begin circulating on or about October, 2016.
What Assistive Technology is available?
Requests for devices can be made by you, a family member, friend or advocate, or someone who is helping you with your assistive technology needs (e.g., a therapist, teacher, rehabilitation counselor).
How do I borrow an Assistive Technology device?
What if you don't have the item I need?
Do you have answers to frequently asked questions?
For Technical Information & Support:
For General Information: PIAT, Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology:
More About Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library
The Assistive Technology Lending Library is primarily supported by the general assembly with funding through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, PA Department of Labor and Industry. In addition, the Lending Library receives financial support through the US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration provided to the Institute on Disabilities as a part of Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology, the Commonwealth's Assistive Technology Act program. Voluntary contributions from users of the Lending Library also help to continue and expand this important program.
Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library is a program of Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT).
PIAT, Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology
PIAT is a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Pennsylvania's UCEDD—University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.