PATF Announces an Increase in Maximum Loan Amounts
We are so excited to announce that our board has recently approved an increase in the maximum amount we will extend for our 0% interest Mini-Loans: up to $2,000! We have also increased the amount we will extend as a Guaranteed Low-Interest Loan: up to $35,000! This means we'll be able to offer more affordable loans to more Pennsylvanians of all ages, all income levels, and all disabilities and health conditions.

Learn more about our loan program here.
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Loans for Assistive Technology - Filling a Gap
Recently, the Credit Builders Alliance (CBA) Training Institute launched Products-in-a-Box (PIAB), a  program that supports nonprofits in choosing and offering small dollar consumer loans and other credit building products that meet the needs of specific populations in their community. 

As part of their Assistive Technology Loan Toolkit, they came out to interview us and learn more about our loan program, who we're helping, why it matters, and how others can set up similar programs. 

Take a look at this great short video to lean more about what we do and why micro-loans are so important for people with disabilities to get assistive technology. 

(Of course, you can always learn more about what we do  on our website.)
We_re Hiring_
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Program Associate and Underwriter
Join our team!

PATF is pleased to announce the opening of the full-time position of Program Associate and Underwriter.

Learn more about this position and apply.
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Assistive Technology Financing Meeting 2018
On the morning of May 8th, 18 Alternative Financing Programs (AFPs) from across the country met to kick off a two-day conference all about financing for assistive technology. Hosted by the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) in Washington, DC, this was the first peer-to-peer gathering of AFPs in years. Some highlights included:
  • Jim Sheldon, Supervising Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Program, talking about funding resources for assistive technology, including ABLE,
  • A panel with Luke Reynolds from Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Olivia Calderon from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and our own Susan Tachau, PATF CEO, talking about the importance of financial education for people with disabilities, and
  • A presentation from Jennifer Bang of CFPB and Michael Gamel-McCormick from U.S. Senator Bob Casey's office about the future of financing for assistive technology.

This meeting got us thinking about AFPs, how important these loan programs are, and how we need to continue to spread the word about what we do. Head over to our blog to learn more about Alternative Financing Programs.
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Save the Date!
PATF Annual Press Conference in Harrisburg

Save the date for our annual press conference on  Tuesday, June 12 at 12:00 p.m. in the Capitol Upper Rotunda in Harrisburg ,  where we will release our  2018 PATF Annual Report . This r eport  highlights how assistive technology devices help Pennsylvanians with disabilities go to work, live in their own homes, and participate in community activities. With speakers including local legislators such as Senator Kim Ward, Chair of the Labor and Industry Committee, as well as borrowers, such as Tyler Morris, sharing the impact of assistive technology, it is sure to be a great event. 

We hope to see you there!
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Financial Tips with Penny Pincher
Understanding Loans, a 3-Part Series

Guaranteed, unsecured, fixed-rate, debt-to-income... Oh my! What do all these terms mean? What exactly is a loan, anyway, and how does it work?  When should you consider taking out a loan? And how do you know if you can afford it? Also, h ow do you know if you're getting the best deal possible? 

We will answer each of these questions and more in our three-part series, Understanding Loans

The first article, How Loans Work, is up on our website. Stay tuned for the next two over the coming weeks!
Upcoming Events

Erie, PA - May 24th from 1-5pm
Join us!

 Senator Scavello's 2018 Senior Expo
Swiftwater, PA - July 16th from 9am-1pm
Join us! The event promises something for everyone - FREE admission, door prizes, health screenings, educational seminars and refreshments too! Exhibitors from government agencies and senior citizen organizations will be on hand.

Rep. Matt Gabler 2018 Disability and Senior Resource Fair
St. Mary's, PA - July 25th from 9am-1pm
Join us!  The expo is a great opportunity for senior citizens and their loved ones, as well as members of our community living with disabilities, to check out all that is available to them.
There are Lots of Ways to Make a Difference
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You Shop, AmazonSmile Gives
Support us when you shop using smile.amazon.com_ch_23-2953796 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.

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