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    Assistive Technology Financing Programs

    [FONT=Verdana][SIZE=4]You may have assistive technology (AT) resources in your state that you have never heard of. Because of the Assistive Technology Act, every state must have programs to help people with disabilities get connected to the devices, programs and services that they need. Every state's programs are different and some are larger than others.

    In my home state of Pennsylvania*, we have a program that has been around for a long time and is quite comprehensive. I work as the local contact person for that program (Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology) and help people in my seven county area. AT Act programs help people to try out devices before they buy them by offering demonstrations an/or loans of equipment. They also have reutilization programs to help people get hooked up with used or refurbished equipment at little or no cost.

    If you do have to purchase something, look for your state's alternative loan programs where you can apply for a low-interest or 0% interest cash loan for the AT device, home modification or vehicle that you need.

    Here is how you can find your state's Assistive Technology programs:

    Here is a link to find your state's Financial Loan Programs: Click on Financial Loan in Step Number One:Select Directory
    * The fantastic update above (posted on 4/10/17) is from cchamberlain, moderator of the
    Assistive Devices, Technology, and Useful Tips Forum.
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    The following update is from hunterd:
    programs to check into
    met with a gentleman yesterday from temple university. our state (pa) has an assistive technology program, i don`t know about other states. they have a lending library. the web address is:, check it out. also the msf has programs to help too, the address is; hope this helps someone.


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