WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) and Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA-15) introduced a resolution to recognize March 4, 2020, as National Assistive Technology Awareness Day.
In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 1 in 4 individuals in the United States – almost 61 million people – has a disability. Assistive technology helps these individuals participate in classrooms, workplaces, and their communities.
Assistive technology devices and services can transform the lives of individuals with disabilities – helping them become more active in their communities, Rep. Dean said. Today’s resolution brings awareness to how necessary these devices are to people with disabilities quality of life and the need to increase access to these devices.
“Having worked as a rehabilitation services manager, I’ve seen firsthand how assistive technology makes a positive difference in the lives of those facing life changing disease and disabilities,” said Rep. Thompson. “I’m proud to introduce this resolution with my colleague, Representative Dean, to spread awareness about the many benefits of AT and to recognize the hard work and dedication of those who support the disabilities community.”
Assistive technology is an essential part of life for individuals with disabilities and the older adults. National Assistive Technology Awareness Day commends assistive technology specialists and program coordinators for their tireless dedication to individuals with disabilities. The resolution also celebrates March 4th as a day to recognize professional organizations and researchers, dedicated to facilitating access and acquisition of assistive technology, for those who need it.
Rep. Madeleine Dean is a mother, grandmother, attorney, professor, former four-term member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and U.S. Representative for the Fourth District of Pennsylvania.