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Help With Affording AT

We can help you come up with a plan to pay for what you need.

Looking for a way to pay for the tools, technology, and services you need? If you are not eligible for what you need through our programs, we will try hard to help you find a way to get what you need.

We can help you learn about what programs are available to help.  You may need to use several programs together in order to come up with the funding for what you need. Together, we can work through the maze of health insurances, public programs including waivers, reuse programs, cash loan programs, and non-governmental funding sources to determine which ones might help.

Information and Assistance to Obtain Funding for Assistive Technology

Together, we can work through the maze of health insurances, public programs including waivers, reuse programs, cash loan programs, and non-governmental funding sources to determine which ones might help.

Some programs to help with paying for tools, technology, and services

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation

Our friends at The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF)—www.patf.us do great work. PATF is a statewide non-profit organization that offers 0% interest and low-interest cash loans with extended repayment terms. For loans greater than $2,000, the interest rate is currently 3.75%, subject to change. For AT that is less than $2,000, loans are offered at 0% interest with reasonable repayments amounts and periods; and low-income individuals may be eligible for a grant for part of the cost. PATF also provides information about other potential funding sources and free consumer credit counseling.

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
1004 West 9th Avenue, 1st Floor
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Voice: 484-674-0506
Voice/TTY Toll-Free: 888-744-1938
FAX: 484-674-0510
Email: patf@patf.us
Website: www.patf.us

Virginia Del Sordo Fund

The Virginia Del Sordo Fund, administered by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University as part of Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), provides financial assistance through small grants to Pennsylvanians with disabilities to increase their ability to acquire the assistive technology (AT) devices they need. The Del Sordo Fund is named in memory of Virginia Del Sordo, a former Assistant Director of PIAT, who created this fund in her will.

The Del Sordo Fund is considered a “last resort” option, meaning that other funding sources for which the applicant is eligible – Medicaid/Medicare, private health (e.g.: insurance, school, or the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation) must have denied full or partial coverage. Applicants may also be those who are requesting items for which third-party funding is not available (e.g. AT for leisure and recreation). The Del Sordo Fund may also be used to meet deductibles or co-pays. This is a one-time only award. The maximum award is $200. Apply Online for a Mini-Grant

Download Mini-Grant Application

Disability Rights Pennsylvania

Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) is a non-profit statewide public interest law firm that provides legal assistance and other services to individuals with disabilities, their organizations, their families, and their advocates. DRP‘s main purpose is to advocate for the civil rights of persons with mental and physical disabilities, especially their right to live as integral parts of their communities. DRP works to ensure that people with disabilities have equal and unhindered access to employment, transportation, public accommodations, and government services; to enforce their rights to vocational rehabilitation, habilitation, post-secondary education, health, and other services (including assistive technology); and to protect them from abuse and neglect. DRP identifies systemic issues which are important to people with disabilities and seeks change and reform through litigation, administrative advocacy, and public education. DRP has offices in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh.

Contact DRP‘s Intake Team:

Toll-free/voice: 1-800-692-7443
TDD: 1-877-375-7139
Email: intake@drnpa.org
Website: http://disabilityrightspa.org

Client Assistance Program (CAP)

The Client Assistance Program (CAP) offers assistance to those having difficulty obtaining assistive technology from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), including the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) and Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS). CAP services include information and referral, mediation/negotiation, and assistance with appeals.

Contact CAP at:

Client Assistance Program
Center for Disability Law and Policy
1617 JFK Boulevard, Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Voice/TTY/Toll-free: 888-745-2357
Email: info@equalemployment.org
Website: www.equalemployment.org

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)

PaTTAN provides a full array of professional development and technical assistance targeted to improving student results. This professional development and technical assistance takes many forms in order to meet the varied needs of PaTTAN’s constituents. Week-long summer institutes, ongoing professional development series, webinars, on-site assistance, and individual student or teacher supports are some of the means by which PaTTAN provides support to schools.

Contact PaTTAN at:

PaTTAN – Eastern PA
PA Training and Technical Assistance Network
333 Technology Drive
Malvern, PA 19355
Voice: 610-265-7321
Video Phone: 610-572-3430
Website: https://www.pattan.net/

PA’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors. Services are provided on an individualized basis.

Contact OVR at:

Client Assistance Program
Center for Disability Law and Policy
801 Market Street, Suite 6034
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Voice: 215-560-5700
Website: https://www.dli.pa.gov/Individuals/Disability-Services/Pages/Disability-Services.aspx

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