Funding Assistive Technology Resources
This list not necessarily a complete listing of all organizations, manufacturers or distributors nor does listing imply ACB endorsement.
Your state rehabilitation agency may be a source of funding for assistive technology. Many of the rehabilitation agencies run the assistive technology funding programs under the Assistive Technology Act. Also check with the vendor of more expensive items. Someone on their staff may know about sources for funding for their product(s).
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 930
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Toll Free: 800-227-0216
ABLEDATA Informed Consumer's Guide to Funding Assistive Technology
(Please note that this document was written in 2007)
When people with disabilities and their families seek to purchase these products, they often find that AT products can be expensive and that locating and obtaining financial assistance to purchase them can be a frustrating experience. Funding is often difficult to find and may seem to be unavailable. Even when people with disabilities and their families locate a source of funding, they are often confronted with a maze of eligibility requirements, restrictions, paperwork, rules, regulations, and denials and refusals. This Informed Consumer Guide discusses a broad range of potential sources of funding and funding information for assistive technology and provides lists of specific organizations and programs from which funding and funding information are available. The guide also discusses other sources of information on funding issues and organizations that assist people to find the funds that they need.
Association of Blind Citizens
PO Box 246
Holbrook, MA 02343
Assistive Technology Fund
The Association of Blind Citizens operates the Assistive Technology Fund. The Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) will provide funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. The ABC board of directors believes that this program will allow blind and visually impaired individuals access to technology products that will have a significant impact on improving employment opportunities, increase the level of independence and enhance their overall quality of life.
Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs
1 W Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 100
Springfield, IL 62701
The Association of Technology Act Programs (ATAP) is a membership organization for Technology Act programs that are funded by the US Department of Education. Contact us for more information or about the member program in your state or choose your state from the drop down menu.
ATIA Funding Resources Guide
Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)
330 N. Wabash Avenue, 20th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611-4267 USA
This ATIA Funding Resources Guide identifies various sources and resources that you can investigate and explore as prospective funding options. This list is not all-inclusive but can be a good place to begin and/or expand your funding research.
The DRM WebWatcher
Assistive Technology - Funding
Links to resources for or about funding assistive technology.
Funding for Assistive Technology
One of the biggest challenges in the realm of disability and assistive technology is finding appropriate funding sources to cover the cost of equipment. There is often a gap between what funding sources will cover and the equipment that is actually the best fit for an individual’s needs. Several options are out there that could help provide the proper equipment for these individuals.
Funding of Assistive Technology
General AT Funding Overview
The range of the Assistive Technology categories, devices, strategies and need is extremely wide. The array of funding options is also quite wide and diverse. Because many of the high tech options are expensive, the funding of AT is problematic. Also, the different funding sources may be federal or state government entities, private financial institutions, non-profit organizations, service groups, local school districts, etc. the vast and varied rules and regulations can make the search for funding appear to be overwhelming.
National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult
Institute for Community Inclusion
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Funding Assistive Technology and Accommodations
There are a variety of options available for funding assistive technology, equipment, and accommodations needed to perform job tasks. One-Stop staff assistance can range from limited guidance, to extensive involvement in arranging for funding and will depend on the level of services being provided to the individual; the complexity of the individuals situation; and the time available to obtain funding.
New Horizons Un-Limited Inc.
811 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 937
Milwaukee, WI 53202
firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.new-horizons.org/eform.html
Since 1994 New Horizons Un-Limited has been providing access to informational and technological tools to ensure that people with disabilities may have access to all that life has to offer. Information on financial assistance can be found at www.new-horizons.org/adpfin.html
Pass It On
The National AT Reuse Center
Choose the state or territory of your choice or scroll down to search by more topics
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF)
1004 West 9th Avenue, 1st Floor
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Toll Free: 888-744-1938
PATF's mission is to provide financing opportunities to people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians helping them to acquire the assistive technology devices and services that improve the quality of their lives.
Reference Service Press
5000 Windplay Drive, Suite 4
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Fax: (916) 939-9626
To send an e-mail, go to http://www.rspfunding.com/feedback.html
Publishes “Financial Aid for Persons with Disabilities and Their Families, 2012-2014”, $40.00
In all, the nearly 1,400 biggest and best funding programs are described in detail here: program title, sponsoring organization address and telephone number (including toll-free and TDD), e-mail and web address, purpose, eligibility, financial data, duration, special features, limitations, number of awards, and deadline date. Plus, you also get a set of indexes that let you search the directory by program title, sponsoring organization, geographic coverage, subject field, and application deadline.
South Carolina Assistive Technology Loan Program
South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
Allied Opportunities, Inc
P.O. Box 3197
West Columbia, SC 29171
The Assistive Technology Loan Program is a state and federally funded program that helps qualified South Carolinians with disabilities obtain the assistive devices and services they need to become more independent and enhance their quality of life. It provides loan guarantees for people with disabilities to purchase equipment and services that will enable them to reach their full potential in the workplace and the community. Access to the program is provided regardless of disability, age, income level, location of residence within the state.
Texas Center for the Visually Challenged
The Texas Center for the Visually Challenged
3101 High Plateau
Garland, Texas 75044
The Texas Center for the Visually Challenged (TCVC), which was formerly The Texas Center for the Physically Impaired, is a volunteer organization devoted to providing computers for the visually challenged. It is their hope that each person who is visually challenged may experience the information age in a positive and productive manner. They believe technology opens new worlds and creates opportunity for greater personal freedom.
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Tips, hints, and resources for financing assistive technology.