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Smart Homes Made Simple
We're excited to announce a new project we're embarking on here at PATF:  Smart Homes Made Simple . Earlier this year, we received a generic technology grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC). And thus, Smart Homes Made Simple was born, a project that will raise awareness about how people with disabilities can gain control over their environment and live safely and more independently in their own homes using generic smart home technology. 

To carry out this project, PATF has assembled a consumer-controlled Advisory Committee and brought in a technology consultant, Kirby Smith of  SunKirb Ideas , so that we can learn about this technology and spread our knowledge to those who can benefit from it.

Visit smarthomesmadesimple.org to stay up-to-date on this project, and be sure  to follow: 

@SmartHomesMadeSimple  on Facebook

@MySmartHomeTech  on Twitter

@SmartHomes_MadeSimple  on Instagram
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Do you have a disability? Do you use AT?
We want to hear from YOU!

Share with us what your Assistive Technology (AT) means to you. What are you doing with the support of your AT? 

There is nothing too big or too small - perhaps you sleep in your own bedroom upstairs with the help of a stairlift (you could post a photo of you in your bedroom); or maybe you're laughing and listening to stories told by your grandchildren with the help of your hearing aids (you could post a photo of your adorable grandkids); maybe you're carrying on the family legacy by running your family farm with help from an adapted tractor (you could post a photo from your favorite spot on your farm).

It's easy to enter:
  1. Post a photo on the PATF Facebook Page of something you are doing or have done that is important to you with help from your assistive technology (the assistive tech does not have to be in the picture).
  2. In the photo caption describe your activity or accomplishment and tell us what type of AT device you used.
  3. Include the hashtag #MyLifeWithAT2017 in your caption.
We'll keep your photo on our Facebook wall and also share it in a Facebook photo album called  #MyLifeWithAT2017 Photo Contest. Get your friends to like and comment on your original post and/or on the copy of your photo that we've posted in our album. We'll count every like and every comment as a vote.

The contest will run throughout the month of November. At the end of the month we'll choose a grand prize winner for a $100 VISA Gift Card from the top ten photos with the most likes and comments. A runner-up will also be chosen and receive a $25 VISA Gift Card. We'll announce the winner by 5:00pm EST on December 1st on our Facebook Page-please check back to see if you won.

Read more on our blog:  Official Rules and Regulations.
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Reflections on a Week of Assistive Technology in Costa Rica
Written by Sandra Masayko, Director of Assistive Technology at Easterseals of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Almost a year ago, Susan Tachau and I were invited by Connie Del Rosario Zúñiga, a teacher we know in Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica to come to Costa Rica to share information about assistive technology (AT) (including communication devices) and our perspectives of the world of disability. The school, Centro de Educación Especial de San Carlos Amanda Álvarez de Ugalde, is in an agricultural region a couple of hours north of San Jose and serves children with disabilities including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, and sensory disabilities. After many email exchanges and with the help of Google Translate, we set off for Costa Rica at the end of October and spent a week working at the school, followed by a week of touring in the country.

Development Director Position Announcement

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation is searching for a Development Director. Please spread the word!

View Development Director job posting here.
Cents and Sensibility:  Guias Para la Adminitración del Dinero
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¡Cents and Sensibility ahora está disponible en español!

¡Cents and Sensibility ahora está disponible en español!

Descargue su copia en nuestro sitio web.

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Cents and Sensibility is now available in Spanish! 

Cents and Sensibility is now available in Spanish! 

Download your copy on our website.
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Financial Tips with Penny Pincher
Financial Education Reference Guides from NDI and Wells Fargo

National Disability Institute (NDI), in collaboration with Wells Fargo Hands on Banking®, has released quick reference and disability supplemental guides that complement the Hands on Banking instructor guides for adults, young adults and entrepreneurs.

The quick reference guides are organized by topic with titles such as  Credit: "I have terrible credit; no one will hire me." and  Savings: "I cannot save money or I will lose my benefits." They're quick (usually two pages) and cover many relevant subjects.

Visit the Hands on Banking website for more money management resources. Available in English and in Spanish.
Upcoming Events

Homes Within Reach Conference
Harrisburg, PA - December 4-6
This year's theme is "Shining Our Light on Housing Solutions", where we envision a future together, working in partnership for a home within reach. The conference provides an opportunity for service providers, housing professionals, community builders and those passionately committed to ensuring a home for every Pennsylvanian to network, share ideas, and make new connections. Join us as we bring to scale what works and generate new strategies for our communities.

Pennsylvania Disability Employment & Empowerment Summit (PADES) 2017
Valley Forge Event Center, King of Prussia, PA - December 6 & 7
The Pennsylvania Disability Employment and Empowerment Summit (PADES) brings together employers, government agencies, service providers, and potential employees to dispel myths and discuss opportunities for people with disabilities to find employment in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We will be an exhibitor, come visit us!
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.

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