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Conference Photos, Graphic Illustrations, and Session Slides Available
Vision for the Future: Conference on Financial Empowerment for Individuals with Disabilities
Head to our website to view a sampling of photos (more to come) from the conference, graphic illustrations of each session, session slides from those sessions that had them, and Governor Ridge's welcome video!
Keeping the ball rolling with the Pittsburgh Financial Inclusion Summit

Join National Disability Institute on November 14 in Pittsburgh for the Financial Inclusion Summit: Assuring People with Disabilities Access to Mainstream Financial Services. This Summit will bring together leaders in government, the financial services sector, the disability and asset building communities and Fortune 100 companies to discuss strategies for improving financial access for individuals across the spectrum of disabilities. PATF CEO Susan Tachau will be moderating a panel as well as speaking about PATF's financial education work in helping people with disabilities become part of the financial mainstream.
Save the Date_ You won_t want to miss this.
November is  Assistive Technology Awareness Month in P ennsylvania, and we'll be hosting our Fifth Annual Photo Contest to spread the word about assistive tech!  Do you have a disability?  Then there's a good chance you're using some kind of assistive technology - which means you may be eligible to win a prize! 

Keep your eyes on your inbox, because we'll be launching the contest
this Friday!
Learn about PA ABLE through these free webinars
To help you learn about the important features and benefits of PA ABLE, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department is hosting free webinars.

Some of the topics covered include: eligibility requirements for opening a PA ABLE account, the federal and state tax benefits of PA ABLE, and how PA ABLE account interacts with current benefits.
Calling all ABLE account owners: Are you a veteran or a small business owner?
Senator Casey would like to hear from you! Senator Casey is hosting a press conference and would love a Pennsylvanian to participate. Please contact us to learn more: 888.744.1938 or Spread the word!
Community HealthChoices
Community HealthChoices (CHC) Educational Events

Pennsylvania Council on Independent Living (PCIL) is offering Community HealthChoices (CHC) Education Sessions throughout the Phase III Region. These sessions are offered in partnership with the Office of Long-Term Living.

Community HealthChoices Toolkit

Don't forget, PATF collaborated with Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) earlier this year to create a toolkit of materials that will help Pennsylvanians better understand Community HealthChoices. This toolkit includes infographics and how-to articles with plenty of helpful information.

Please join us in welcoming three new members to PATF's Board of Directors
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Tracey Baker

Tracey Baker is a health care administration and policy, health plan operations, and project management expert. An 18 year public servant, she has held several positions at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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Sybille Damas

Sybille Damas is the Chief Operations Officer for Congreso de Latinos Unidos, with primary responsibilities overseeing the human resources, facilities, information technology and risk management departments.
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Theresa Jenkinson

As Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Inglis, Theresa oversees strategic planning, new business development, marketing, and community-based programs for individuals with complex physical disabilities living in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
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The Latest on Smart Home Technology from Smart Homes Made Simple
Automatic Door Openers
By Kirby Smith

The ability to come and go as you please from your own home is not one to take for granted. When you live with muscle weakness, a physical disability, or perhaps as you age, the seemingly simple task of opening and closing your front door may be difficult. Struggling with this everyday function can be a significant barrier to independence. Beyond the front door, interior doors can pose an equal challenge, making a trip to the bathroom or bedroom unnecessarily burdensome. However, new technology is making automatic door openers more available and often more affordable for those who would benefit.

This article will discuss how automatic door openers work, and cover key considerations to take into account when choosing the right system for you.

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Financial Tips with Penny Pincher
It's here! Cents and Sensibility, 6th edition

Cents and Sensibility: A Guide to Money Management is a comprehensive financial education book for people with disabilities. In the  sixth  edition, you'll find additional chapters on Housing and Adult Decision-Making, as well as updates to chapters covering Money Mapping (Budgeting), Saving, Banking, Credit, and Assistive Technology.
Upcoming Events
Mayor's Commission on People with Disabilities Forum
Tonight! Philadelphia, PA - October 29 at 6:00 p.m.
The Mayor's Commission on People with Disabilities, in collaboration with Public Health Management Corporation, is hosting a community engagement forum to hear the concerns of residents with disabilities. This event is designed to allow Philadelphians with disabilities a much-needed opportunity to have their voices heard on matters such as housing, employment, education, and transportation. Attendees can also offer their suggestions on how the City can make system-wide changes to improve these services.

Lackawanna and Wayne County Senior Expo
Waymart, PA - October 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Calling all of Lackawanna & Wayne County's 50+ Crowd, to this one-day Senior EXPO designed with you in mind. Learn about products and services available in the area.
Access Abilities: Designing For All Learners
Philadelphia, PA - November 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn about accessibility of Apple products and try out assistive devices.

Plymouth Meeting, PA - November 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Have you heard about risk factors related to hearing loss, including cognitive decline? Come find out why understanding hearing loss is important, how to detect it and ways to address it. Our panel includes: Diane  Holstein, AuD, Penn Medicine - Washington Square, Tracy Beck from the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation and Wendy Davis, representing CaptionCall. Captioned phone service is currently available with federal financing (may be available at no cost to you). 

Pittsburgh Financial Inclusion Summit
Pittsburgh, PA - November 14 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Join National Disability Institute for the Financial Inclusion Summit: Assuring People with Disabilities Access to Mainstream Financial Services. This Summit will bring together leaders in government, the financial services sector, the disability and asset building communities and Fortune 100 companies to discuss strategies for improving financial access for individuals across the spectrum of disabilities.

Parkinson's Disease Patient and Caregiver Symposium
Monroeville, PA - November 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At this free, educational event, you will review the latest updates in management of PD symptoms and motor fluctuations, discuss the management of non-motor symptoms of PD such as bladder issues, constipation, mood changes, sleep difficulties with specialists outside of neurology, and learn about groundbreaking research studies and how you can get involved. RSVP by October 18th by calling 412-692-4657.
There are Lots of Ways to Make a Difference
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You Shop, AmazonSmile Gives
Support us when you shop using and Amazon donates to Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation. 

United Way
Give to the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and designate PATF by writing in donor choice #13064 in the comment section on the form.

Learn more about how you can help Pennsylvanians access the assistive technology they need.
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