– Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) today praised the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation for its work extending no-interest and low-interest loans for equipment and services that help those with disabilities secure independence.
Delozier spoke at a press conference about how the foundation plays a critical role in removing barriers and improving the quality of life for disabled Pennsylvanians of all ages and income levels.
“The people helped by this foundation are able to stay in their home, go to work and hear their family members because of assistive technology. They are able to do the things they want to do,” Delozier said.
Gov. Tom Ridge’s administration helped give the foundation its start by providing initial state funding in 1998 to allow for guaranteed loans. By using a minimal amount of state funding, the foundation educates and leverages low-interest loans to allow individuals to purchase needed equipment.
Since 2002, the foundation has issued $37.7 million in loans to 3,470 recipients. These are solid
investments; the default rate was only 1.8% last year.
Cumberland County residents are often among the beneficiaries of Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation loans. The foundation in the past year provided for a $35,000, low-interest loan for an adapted vehicle, an $1,800 loan for hearing aids and a $1,600 loan for a computer for Cumberland County residents.
Representative Sheryl Delozier
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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