Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC)
RTFCIL is the local outreach partner of the statewide program known as Technology for Our Whole Lives, (TechOWL). Other PA county residents can check TechOWL’s List of ATRCs that serves their county. TechOWL is the Commonwealth’s Assistive Technology Act Program and is funded through state and federal grants.
Assistive Technology (AT) is any device that allows persons with disabilities to live, work, and play more independently and effectively. TechOWL seeks to increase the availability and utilization of assistive technology devices and services for all Pennsylvanians with disabilities. Most services are provided at no cost to people with disabilities, their family members and advocates.
Our AT services include:
Public Awareness & Device Demonstrations
CILNCP can provide information and assistance relating to AT. We help you find service providers, select devices that may help, and acquire assistive technology of your own. We can come to your organization to explain more about AT programs and resources, as well as participate in conferences and expos to increase awareness of assistive technology.
Assistive Technology Lending Library
“Try before you buy” - The Lending Library allows you try a device for free for a limited time (typically 4-6 weeks) to find out if that device can help you before you buy it! If needed, you can try out many different devices. You can also use the Lending Library to get a ‘loaner’ device while your own is being repaired.
Don’t let red tape stop you from getting the AT you need, CILNCP can help you get through the process. We also know some resources that may help!
PATF Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides low- and no-interest loans to qualifying individuals so that they can buy the devices they need.
TDDP Pennsylvania’s Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP) provides FREE ADAPTED telephone equipment to eligible people with disabilities or older adults who can’t use a phone independently.
Used Equipment Exchange TechOWL partners and ATRCs accept donations of equipment and then clean, store, and donate them to Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
iCanConnect If you or someone you know has been determined to be both legally blind and deaf, there is a program that will provide not just equipment, but services and training to use it at no cost to the consumer.
We accept donations of assistive technology/durable medical equipment in good condition to redistribute in our community through our Used Equipment Exchange program, A New Start, located in our building at 24 East 3rd Street Williamsport, PA 17701.
We are always seeking the following items:
Wheelchairs (power and manual)
Augmentative Communication (AAC) Device