TechOWL (Technology for Our Whole Lives) is a statewide assistive technology program and is the Commonwealth's Assistive Technology Act Program at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, funded through a grant from the Administration on Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. TechOWL is LVCIL's partner in offering assistive technology (AT) services and LVCIL is representing TechOWL in our region.
AT is defined as any item, device, or piece of equipment used to maintain or improve the functionality of people with disabilities, allowing them to be more independent in education, employment, recreation, and daily living activities. AT includes the services necessary to get and use the devices, such as assessment, customization, repair, and training.
Assistive technology includes devices, applications, and software that are accessible to all. This includes telephones, smart phones, cell phones, computers and computer networks, satellite systems, televisions, radios, and any product that will store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit or receive information digitally. It can also include non-technological devices, such as eyeglasses, wheelchair transfer boards, pencil grips, or adaptive cooking equipment.
For information about any of LVCIL's assistive technology offerings, contact The Coordinator of Accessibility and Related Programs at 610-770-9781 x 123 or email email@example.com.
LVCIL is an Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) for TechOWL for the following counties:
TechOWL's programs can help you access the assistive technology you need to live or work more independently.
Assistive Technology Lending Library (ATLL)
LVCIL's staff can help you sign up for a TechOWL library card so you can start borrowing different types of assistive devices, such as communication devices, software, iPads, adaptive utensils, mounts for various AT, etc.
The loan period per device is 9 weeks. You must sign up on TechOWL to borrow a device from the lending library.
On-Site AT Library
LVCIL has a limited supply of on-site assistive devices available to borrow, including amplified telephones, ringers, CapTel, TTY, and more. TTY is a special device that lets people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired use the telephone to communicate, by allowing them to type messages back and forth to one another instead of talking and listening. A TTY is required at both ends of the conversation in order to communicate.
The loan period per device is 28-days but extensions are available.
LVCIL has various assistive devices and medical equipment looking for a good home! The devices available include amplified telephones, switches, ringers, CapTel, commodes, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, and more.
Offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Information and Assistance
We provide information and/or referrals about anything related to assistive technology. AT is any item, device, or piece of equipment used to maintain or improve the functionality of people with disabilities, allowing them to be more independent in education, employment, recreation, and daily living activities. AT includes the services necessary to get and use the devices, including assessment, customization, repair, and training.
We offer outreach and general presentations about TechOWL’s programs and services. These presentations can be tailored to any group, event, or outreach setting. We also attend various expos, resource fairs, and conferences year-round.
Training and Technical Assistance
We offer various trainings about AT to businesses, non-profits, organizations, and other groups as requested. Trainings can be tailored to meet your time constraints and other needs. Some of the most requested topics are Assistive Technology and Employment, and Information and Community Technology: Microsoft Office Accessibility.
Free Special Phone Program
If you are hard of hearing, you may qualify to receive an amplified telephone through TechOWL’s Free Special Phone program, also called, the Telecommunication Device Distribution Program, (TDDP). Visit for details: https://techowlpa.org/tddp/
The qualifications are:
If you can answer YES to ALL of the above questions, you may be eligible for free equipment.
We offer demonstrations of the various devices available through the free phone program which can allow you to compare the features and benefits of a particular AT device or category of devices in order to make an informed choice. Participants can be shown a variety of devices.
To request a demo, contact 610-770-9781 ext. 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financing Through PATF
Want to purchase your assistive tech but don't know how?
LVCIL has partnered with the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF), a nonprofit organization that provides low- and no-interest loans to qualifying individuals so that they can buy the devices they need.
There is an application process and specific requirements.
For information, visit www.patf.us.