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Financial Tips from Penny Pincher 

Submitting a PATF Loan Application? Don't forget the supporting documents. 


What are supporting documents? In addition to completing a PATF loan application, we ask for additional documentation. The types of documents can vary but, typically, we require two forms of identification, proof of income, and an invoice or quote for the assistive technology device or service that you are purchasing. Why? We need to ensure that income and identification are verified. Supporting documents also help reduce fraud to protect the applicant and the lender.


Need help with the application process? Call us toll-free!




Upcoming Events

June 2, 2015

PATF Press Conference
1:00 PM at the Capital Rotunda in Harrisburg
We'll be rolling out our newest Annual Report. Various speakers including past borrowers and legislators will briefly talk about PATF.

June 6, 2015
Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities  
1:00-4:00 PM
713 North 13th Street
Allentown, PA 
Learn more about planning for life after high school. Our Operations Director, Tracy Beck, will be presenting about PATF. Join her to learn more about us!   
June 30, 2015
Crawford County LINK to Services   
10:00 AM-2:00 PM at the Community Center of Crawford County (1034 Park Ave., Meadville, PA) 
Visit us at our table! This event will highlight all the wonderful services, programs, and benefits that are available from Crawford County LINK Partners!
Meet a Staff Member

Susie Daily, Outreach and Social Media Coordinator
Susie Daily 
Susie Daily is our Outreach and Social Media Coordinator. She helps increase awareness about PATF's programs and services across Pennsylvania by updating our social media sites, writing our newsletter, and creating outreach materials. If you know of a person or organization who needs to know about us, let Susie know!

Susie's true passion is dogs, and she has started her own non-profit, Paws and Affection, which trains and places service dogs with children with physical disabilities in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area.

 Learn more about Susie and meet the other members of our staff...  


Annual Press Conference:


Group photo from 2014 Press Conference

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg. Executive Director, Susan Tachau, will present PATF's latest accomplishments and release our 2014-15 Annual Report.

Over the last year, PATF's financing made it possible for 176 people with disabilities to acquire the assistive technology (AT) they need. We also helped 839 individuals with Information & Assistance services, providing information about AT devices and possible funding resources. In fact, 2015 marks a milestone: we've successfully helped at least one person in every county in the state, including Sullivan and Forest Counties! Our default rate remains below 1%, which we credit in part to our staff who go above and beyond to forge relationships with each borrower and provide the help borrowers need, and in part to the life changing significance of the devices borrowers use these loans to buy.

Our board and staff invite you and other interested persons to join us to hear from policy makers about Pennsylvania's commitment to provide public funding to the program, and borrowers about the ways assistive technology has changed their lives. Scheduled to speak: are Senators Christine M. Tartaglione, Sean Wiley and Ryan P. Aument; Representatives Mauree Gingrich, Todd Stephens, and Dan Miller; David DeNotaris, newly appointed Executive Director of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, PA Department of Labor & Industry; and borrowers Matthew Seeley, who will describe the importance of having an adapted van to get to law school and accept an exciting new position as Executive Director of the PA Statewide Independent Living council, and David Miller, who will discuss his experience with the inaugural Money Club and how he makes use of assistive technology in his life.

Come learn about how PATF is helping Pennsylvanians every day, how we've grown, and what our plans are for the future!


The Significance of Being ABLE

Infographic describing the details of the ABLE Act.
See a larger version and an accessible text version of this visual representation of the ABLE Act here.


The passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) by Congress, and signed by President Obama, promises to make the most significant positive difference in the lives of people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed 25 years ago. The ABLE Act will give individuals with disabilities (with an age of onset prior to 26 years old) an opportunity to establish a tax-exempt savings account for the use of qualified expenses that he/she can control.  


Why is this groundbreaking? Read on to learn more... 



Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation - 1004 West 9th Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406 - 888.744.1938


Our mission at Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) is to provide education and financing opportunities for older Pennsylvanians and people with disabilities, helping them to acquire assistive technology devices and services that improve the quality of their lives.  


Assistive technology is any device that helps a person with a disability achieve a more independent and productive life. Devices may include such items as: adapted vehicles, iPads, accessible home modifications (including ramps, roll-in showers, lowered counter tops, and stairglides), computers with special software and/or hardware, hearing aids, flashing doorbells, scooters and wheelchairs, seat lift chairs.