Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library
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Assistive Technology Training Online Project provides information on AT such as device and software tutorials, technology options, curriculum and AT solutions that help students with disabilities learn in elementary classrooms.
- Disability Rights Network (DRN) is a statewide, non-profit corporation designated as the federally-mandated organization to advance and protect the civil rights of all adults and children with disabilities. This website features publications and news alerts that may be of interest to people with disabilities.
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by providing information on job seeking, maintaining employment and other resources around employment.
- LD Online seeks to help children and adults by providing accurate and up-to-date information for teachers, parents and kids around learning disabilities and ADHD.
- National Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Partnership (NATTAP) provides information on AT programs, device loan programs, reutilization programs and device demonstration programs throughout the country.
- National Public Website on Assistive Technology provides a comprehensive, searchable site which lists AT devices and descriptions of their key components. It can be a starting point for differentiating among devices that might match the needs of individual consumers.
- Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) an office of the PA Department of Labor and Industry, assists Pennsylvanians with disabilities to secure and maintain employment and independence. Under Individualized Services you will find information on job accommodation and assistive technology.
- Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) is a non-profit organization that offers low-interest cash loans with extended repayment terms, to help people purchase the assistive technology they need. PATF also provides information about other potential funding sources and free consumer credit counseling.
- Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) is a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This website has a treasure trove of Pennsylvania-specific information regarding access to assistive technology for Pennsylvanians birth to 21.
- PaTTAN Short Term Loan Program (STL) is a library of assistive technology and resource materials available to local educational agencies (LEAs) for trial and evaluation. The STL Program provides assistive technology and resource materials to educators, and provides LEAs with the tools to effectively assess and evaluate the assistive technology needs of students up to age 21.
- The Family Center on Technology and Disabilities is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. The Family Center offers a range of information and services on the subject of assistive technologies such as AT Fact Sheets and Family Guide to Assistive Technology.
- Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services (BBVS), a bureau of the Office of Vocation Rehabilitation in the Department of Labor and Industry, assists Pennsylvanians who are blind or visually impaired gain the skills necessary to live and work independently in their communities. Services include orientation and mobility instruction, rehabilitation teaching designed to teach about daily activities in your home along with programs for individuals 55 or older.
- Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) is an office of the Department of Labor and Industry. ODHH provides information, referral and advocacy to adults and children who are deaf or hard of hearing, their relatives, friends, physicians, lawyers, counselors and employers. They advocate for people with hearing loss who are not receiving proper services from government or private agencies. They also offer an online directory of resources and services for people with are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing.
- Pennsylvania Department of Aging enhances the quality of life of all older Pennsylvanians by empowering diverse communities, the family and the individual. On this website you can find the individual Area Agencies on Aging offices in your community. These individual offices can offer assistance in finding the assistive technology you need to remain independent.
- Office of Developmental Programs, (ODP) which is housed in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, offers a wide array of services and supports to families caring for a child or adult sibling with mental retardation. Services include case management, mobility training, employment training and opportunities and adult day care. Some services are available for funding under the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Program.
- The Education Law Center provides advice and direct legal representation in all educational issues affecting children including special education. ELC publishes free manuals for parents on AT for Special Needs Children, The Right to Special Education in Pennsylvania, which explains the special education process, and Special Education for Charter Schools.
- Pennsylvania Department of Health provides information on health services for youth with special health care needs once they leave school so they can understand new systems for obtaining medicines, and medical specialists. Working with the State Transition Team, agencies, and families, the Transition Health Care Checklist was created to guide youth, families, and professionals during this time of change.