Technology Access Partnership

UCP of Central Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) have joined together to create an exciting new program that will allow people with disabilities and their families to take advantage of the unique capabilities of tablet technology. IPads and similar devices have a number of applications that are especially useful for people with disabilities, and they typically cost much less than other technologies that provide comparable services.
Tablet technology is also more portable and durable. The touch screen and layout make the devices easier to use, especially for people who have learning disabilities or problems with fine motor coordination. Accessing programs by sliding fingers and tapping is often easier than typing or handwriting.
This new joint venture, the Technology Access Partnership, will help make tablet technology more readily available to people with disabilities and their families. UCP of Central PA will provide free outreach and trainings events ranging from learning about tablet technology; understanding the most popular applications that can help with communication, learning, social skill development, and memory; and setting up and getting started on your new device.
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) can provide the financing for the purchase of a tablet and applications. PATF has a mini-loan program for amounts that range from $100 to $1,500 at 0% interest for up to 3 years ($20 minimum a month). A partial grant of up to 50% of the loan request may be available to qualified borrowers.

A sample repayment plan to PATF is:
 Total cost of IPad and applications: $800
 Loan repayment of $34 / month for 2 years

This exciting and unique program, made possible through a grant from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, is available to individuals who live in Adams, Centre, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union, and York counties.UCP’s Assistive Technology staff is available to make presentations about this program to disability groups, non-profit organizations and support groups for individuals with disabilities
and their families. For more information, contact Jackie Wardle at 717-737-3477, 800-998-4827 or jwardle@ucpcentralpa.org. PATF will provide information about their loan programs as well as provide information about other possible funding resources. For more information, contact patf@patf.us or call 888-744-1938.

About UCP Assistive Technology Services
The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania (UCP) is to assist infants, children, youth, and adults, with disabilities, and their families, achieve their goals of development, growth, independence, and full citizenship. For nearly 25 years, UCP’s Assistive Technology Services have focused on increasing the independence and functional ability of people with disabilities and aging Pennsylvanians through the use of assistive technology (AT) at work, school, home, or in the community. www.ucpcentralpa.org

About PATF

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) is a statewide, non-profit organization with a mission to provide financing opportunities for people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians helping them to acquire assistive technology (AT) devices and services that improve the quality of their lives. Examples of AT include ramps into/out of homes; vehicles with a lowered floor, ramp, and/or hand controls; hearing aids; steps onto a tractor; computers with specialized hardware or software; roll-in showers; wheelchairs and scooters. PATF staff also provides Information & Assistance about other possible funding resources. www.patf.us