Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) has designated LIFT as an Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC). As such, LIFT provides assistive technology services to area consumers in Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, and Potter counties.
What is Assistive Technology?
- Assistive Technology (AT) is any device or service that increases, maintains, or improves the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
- Assistive technology devices are any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially or off-the-shelf, custom made, or modified that is used to enable people with disabilities to communicate, learn, play, achieve, work and be independent.
- Assistive technology services are any service that directly assists an individual with a disability to select, obtain, or use an assistive device.
- Assistive technology devices and services make it possible for children and adults with disabilities to work, play, attend school, and be more independent within their communities.
What does an ATRC provide?
A - Advocacy to help identify and pursue funding sources for assistive technology and to overcome other barriers encountered by people with disabilities.
T - Training and demonstrations of assistive devices. Access to Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library short-term equipment loan program so you can try a device at home, school or work.
R - Referral and information about assistive technology devices, services and funding.
C - Community awareness activities to help people with disabilities and the public to understand the benefits and potential of assistive technology devices and services.
As an Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC), LIFT can provide or arrange for “hands-on” opportunities for individuals with disabilities and family members to explore specific AT devices and improve their knowledge of the kind of AT that may assist them. Device demonstrations are available by request, and can be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time and location. LIFT’s ATRC contact person will provide demonstrations in Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and/or Potter Counties.
Pennsylvania’s Assistive Technology Lending Library
This is a free, state supported program that loans AT devices to Pennsylvanians of all ages. Pennsylvania’s Assistive Technology Lending Library allows you to try a device for a limited time (typically 2-8 weeks) to be sure it meets your needs at home, on the job, at school or in your community before you buy it. If you find that the device isn’t right for you, you can borrow another one.
Training and Technical Assistance
LIFT offers training to service providers in order to increase their AT-related knowledge and skills to better support individuals with disabilities. LIFT provides technical assistance to public and private agencies to develop and improve policies related to access to AT devices and services, including AT and transition from school to work or from nursing facilities to community living.
LIFT provides information and referral to help educate consumers about their choices of AT devices and service providers. Consumers can call, write or email LIFT for AT assistance. LIFT conducts public awareness events to introduce the scope and potential of AT devices and services. LIFT can come to your agency or organization, attend your group meeting, or participate in your conference or exhibit hall to provide a program overview of the Commonwealth’s AT ACT Program and other resources for AT in Pennsylvania.
LIFT collaborates and coordinates with Pennsylvania’s Initiative On Assistive Technology (http://disabilities.temple.edu/programs/assistive/piat) 800-204-7428 (voice) or 215-204-1356 (voice/TTY) and the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (www.patf.us) 888-744-1938 (voice) and 877-693-7271 (TTY)
As an Assistive Technology Resource Center LIFT provides individualized assistance to individuals with disabilities and their families who are looking for funding for AT devices and services. LIFT can help navigate the maze of heath insurances, public programs, and non-governmental funding sources to help determine which ones might help you acquire the AT you need. These services are made possible through funding from Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT). PIAT is the Commonwealth’s Assistive Technology Act Program that is funded through a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, US Department of Education. To learn more about your states Assistive Technology Act Program visit PIAT on the web at http://disabilities.temple.edu/programs/assistive/piat.
LIFT is also a funding Assistance Center for the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF), www.patf.us. The PATF is a non profit, state wide organization that offers low-interest and 0% interest loans for the purchase of AT devices and services as well as information about other potential funding sources and free consumer credit counseling.
Equipment Recycling and Reutilization
LIFT promotes programs that may be a source for “Previously-owned” devices that are usually available at lower to no cost.
Resources in the State of Pennsylvania
The Recycled Equipment Exchange Program (REEP)
The REEP classifieds are now online. This is a new feature that allows individuals to be connected to assistive technology that is available throughout the state. You may view the REEP classifieds by visiting http://piat.reep.ioddev.org.
Pennsylvania’s Recycled & Exchanged Equipment Partnership Online Classifieds Listing (REEP Classifieds)
The REEP Classifieds is a free statewide service for people with disabilities, their families, friends, services providers and other members of the community. This website can help people to want to find, buy, sell or donate previously owned assistive technology. Some equipment in the REEP Classifieds includes stairs glides, adapted vehicles, wheelchairs, vision aids, communication devices and even more. Visit the REEP Classifieds at http://disabilities.temple.edu/programs/assistive/reep/ to view all the items that are available across the state of Pennsylvania.
Into New Hands
Accepts and refurbishes equipment for reuse and is maintained by The Three Rivers Center for Independent Living. For more information regarding this program call 1-800-633-4588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a program that accepts and refurbishes equipment for reuse and is maintained by United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA. For more information regarding this program call 888-790-3925 or email email@example.com.
The REEP Extensin
This is a program that is funded by Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) and implemented by Life and Independence for Today. Individuals who need home medical equipment and who have limited insurance coverage and/or financial resources are able to obtain the necessary devices through a recycling program called “The REEP Extensin.” The REEP Extensin is funded by PIAT and implemented by staff and volunteers at LIFT. The goal of this program is to recycle equipment from those who have it and are no longer using it and give it to individuals who could use it free of charge.
If you are interested in donating equipment to our program or would like to receive any of the items in the program, you may contact the LIFT office at (800) 341-5438 or (814) 781-3050. Arrangements may be made for the pick up or drop off an item.
Types of equipment distributed through our program include (but are not limited to):
Elevated Toilet Seats
The Recycling Program at the Center for Independent Living of North Central PA
Accepts and refurbishes equipment for reuse. For more information contact the center at 1-800-984-7492.
Refurbishes and loans mobility devices and is administered by Liberty Resources, Philadelphia’s Center for Independent Living. For more information regarding this program call 215-634-2000 or email GretchenBell@libertyresources.org.
This is a faith based program of Interfaith Specialty Services which accepts donations of devices and redistributes them to anyone in need in the greater Philadelphia Region. For more information call 215-324-2539 or visit www.ISSINC.org on the web.
Is an on-line auction site for the sale of new or used assistive technology devices, as well as a place to learn about Pennsylvania vendors of new assistive technology. For more information visit www.atmatch.com.
Additional Resources to Consider
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF)
Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library
Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)
Recycled Equipment Exchange Program (REEP)
Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP)
The Institute on Disabilities
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Resource Centers
Community Resources for Independence, Inc.
CIL of Northcentral PA
Life and Independence for Today (LIFT)
Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT)
Three Rivers Center for Independent Living
Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living
United Cerebral Palsy Central Pennsylvania
United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern PA
United Disabilities Services
For more information about assistive technology, please contact your local center, or contact PIAT directly at:
Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology
Institute on Disabilities/University Affiliated Program
Temple University (004-00)
Ritter Hall Annex Room 423
13th Street & Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Voice: (800) 204-PIAT (7428)
TTY: (800) 750-PIAT (7428)
Fax: (215) 204-9371
Web Site: http://www.temple.edu/instituteondisabilities/