Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation launched the Smart Homes Made Simple project to 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.
Our goal is to help people with disabilities and older adults access and use this amazing and affordable technology.
The Smart Homes Made Simple project is supported in part by a generic technology grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC), a grant from PNC Bank, N.A., and a grant from The Disability Opportunity Fund.
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) is the lead organization on this project. PATF is Pennsylvania’s Alternative Financing Program, as designated by the federal Assistive Technology Act. PATF is also a state accredited and federally certified Community Development Financial Institution.
This project is guided by an Advisory Committee, the majority of whose members are individuals with disabilities. PATF is also collaborating with a technology consultant, Kirby Smith of SunKirb Ideas.
PATF is a statewide, non-profit organization that provides low- and zero-interest loans for AT, information and assistance about funding resources for AT, and financial education. PATF helps Pennsylvanians of all ages, income levels, disabilities and health conditions, communities, and cultural backgrounds. A majority of PATF’s Board of Directors and staff are individuals with disabilities or immediate family members.