Paying for Assistive Technology

Person using ATSearching for ways to pay for Assistive Technology (AT)? This page is designed to help Maine people with disabilities and their families find the financial resources to pay for AT.

There are three basic funding sources:

Searching for funding is always a difficult task. We recommend that you begin your search by contacting the following organizations, foundations and loan institutions to determine eligibility.

If you are unsuccessful in your search, please take a look at the other Resources and Publications located at the bottom of this document. You may find these useful.


Organizations offering funding, services or equipment loans

MDA logoMuscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) - State of Maine Chapter

Eligibility Requirements:

    • Must have a neuromuscular disability
    • Must be registered with MDA

AT That May be Funded:

For more information - Please see complete details on the MDA - Maine website

Contact:

Muscular Dystrophy Association of Maine
39 Mechanic Street, Suite 100
Westbrook, ME 04092
P: 207-854-3749 or toll free 800-339-3749
F: 207-854-6265

 

AUDIENT

Audient

AUDIENT helps low income people nationwide access quality hearing aids and related care at a significantly lower cost. AUDIENT income qualifies families to be eligible for a discount on brand name hearing aids available through the AUDIENT Alliance's national network of dedicated hearing care providers. Brand selection includes Oticon, Phonak, Siemens, Widex, & Unitron hearing aids.

Eligibility

Low income people (households earning up to 250% above the national poverty level) nationwide who need access quality hearing aids.

AT That May be Funded

    • One or two new digital hearing aids,
    • A fitting,
    • Three follow-up visits or adjustments,
    • Ear molds,
    • A manufacturer's warranty (1 or 2 years).

Contact

For more information - Visit the AUDIENT website or call 1-866-956-5400 and ask for AUDIENT

 

Grahamtastic Connection

Grahamtastic Connection logoGrahamtastic Connection provides free laptops or tablets and internet access to seriously ill children for educational purposes. We concentrate on supporting very ill children who are too sick to leave their hospital room or bed. This enables the child to continue their education, connect with their teachers and classrooms, submit homework assignments, etc. 

Eligibility

To request service a child must be 18 years or younger with a critical illness. All requests must come from someone on the child's medical team. For example, a social worker, nurse, or doctor. To receive a referral form which will need to be filled out by child's medical team and parents, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AT That May be Funded

    • Laptops and tablet computers
    • Internet access
    • VGo robot

Contact

Grahamtastic Connection
21 Bradeen Street, Suite 107
Springvale, Maine 04083

For more information - The Grahamtastic Connection website

P: 207.324.0888 ext. 209
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


Foundations and organizations offering grants

Travis Roy Foundation logoTravis Roy Foundation - Grant Program

Eligibility

    • Assistance is awarded to paraplegics or quadriplegics paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury
    • Applicants must demonstrate financial need
    • Applicants must reside in the United States

AT That May be Funded

Eligible items include upgrade and maintenance of wheelchairs, vehicle modifications (i.e., hand controls or lifts), home modifications including ramp and elevator installation, and other adaptive equipment. PLEASE NOTE: Grants are not currently available towards the purchase of new or used vans; funds are available for modifications to existing vehicles.

Contact

Travis Roy Foundation
Attn: Brenda Taylor, Foundation Coordinator
111 Huntington Avenue
Prudential Center, 19th Floor
Boston, MA 02199-7613
W: travisroyfoundation.org

 

Maine Home Repair Network

Maine State Housing logo

The Maine Home Repair Network  a program of the Maine State Housing Authority, offers help to low-income homeowners who may not be able to afford necessary home repairs and home replacement. If you are eligible, the Maine Home Repair Network may be able to help you with a number of things including handicap accessibility improvements.

For more information - Maine Home Repair Network

 

Starkey Foundation logoThe Starkey Hearing Foundation

The Starkey Hearing Foundation is sustained by the efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors around the world delivering more than 50,000 hearing aids annually through more than 100 hearing missions a year in countries stretching from the U.S. to Vietnam.

The Sharkey Foundation's Hear Now program  is a national non-profit program committed to assisting permanent U.S. residents who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and have limited financial resources. The work of Hear Now is supported through the contributions of many benefactors. We receive no government funding. All donations – money, time, hearing aids – allow the program to survive and give the gift of hearing domestically.

For more information - Starkey Hearing Foundation - Hear Now program.

 

Hearing Loss Association of America

Hearing Loss Association logo

The Hearing Loss Association of America does NOT provide direct funding of assistive technology but does provide a website listing organizations that may provide funding. The website also provides information about other ways to find funding.

For more information - Hearing Loss Association of America

 

Ford Mobility Motoring Program

Ford Motors logo

Ford Mobility Motoring offers financial assistance toward the cost of the installation of adaptive equipment on a new Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle. The program also offers Ford Credit Mobility Financing and comprehensive Roadside Assistance.

For More information - Ford Mobility Motoring Program

 

HOME Retro Program

Alpha One logo

The HOME Retro Program, administred by AlphaONE provides up to $15,000 in a grant to qualified Maine homeowners to make home modifications for a disabled resident.

Grantees:

    • Must own their residence and have a person with a physical disability living at home;
    • Must be a single family dwelling - duplexes, additional apartments, etc. do not qualify;
    • Must meet the financial eligibility requirements set by the Maine State Housing Authority;
    • Must use at least 75% of the grant for accessible rehabs which will improve the quality of the life of the disabled resident;
    • Property must have indoor plumbing and if a mobile home, must have been built after 6/15/76

For more information - ALPHA ONE HOME Retro Program

 


Independent Living Services Program for Maine Citizens with Disabilities

Alpha One logo

These federally-funded services offer options and greater self-direction for Maine citizens with disabilities. Areas of attention include: health and self-care; self-advocacy; mobility and accessibility of the home or workplace; recreational pursuits; cognitive problems; communication difficulties; assistive technology and adaptive equipment; and social/behavioral or financial problems.

For more information - ALPHA ONE Independent Living Services or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

SafeLink Wireless

SAFELINK WIRELESS service is a U.S. government supported program for income-eligible households provided by TracFone Wireless, Inc. In order to participate in the SAFELINK WIRELESS service, persons must meet certain eligibility requirements set by each State where the service is to be provided. These requirements are based on a person’s participation in a state or Federal support programs or by meeting the Income Poverty Guidelines as defined by the U.S. Government. SAFELINK WIRELESS service is limited to one person per household.

For more information - the SafeLink Wireless website.

 


Kelly Brush Foundation

Kelly Brush Foundation logo

The Kelly Brush Foundation Individual Grant Program awards grants to individuals with paralysis due to a spinal cord injury (SCI). The purpose of the individual grant program is to increase participation in adaptive sports and recreation activities and improve the quality of life for individuals living with SCI. The individual grant program allows economically Kelly Brush Foundation Individual Grant Program disadvantaged individuals with SCI to purchase adaptive sporting equipments such as a monoski or a handcyle. In order for an individual to qualify for the grant he or she must be living in the United States and must supply the Foundation with information about their spinal cord injury, details on their source of income, and a description of the type of equipment they are seeking.

For more information - the Kelly Brush Foundation website.

 

Robbie Foundation: Helping Children with Special Needs One Child at a Time

Robbie Foundation logo

The Robbie Foundation is a newly formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting children with developmental disabilities (including, but not limited to physical disabilities, speech and language delays, sensory integrated disorders, cerebral palsy, brain injury, autism spectrum disorders, mental retardation). We serve children between the ages of birth and 20 years residing in the state of Maine. Our primary mission is to fund adaptive equipment, assistive technology, therapy treatment and/or any necessary item not covered by insurance. By providing such services, our hope is to improve the quality of life for children with special needs.

For more information - the Robbie Foundation website.

 

ACT Today! - Autism Care and Treatment

ACT Today! logoACT Today! grants are designed to provide access to individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Grant payments will be made directly to pre-approved treatment providers, assessors or materials vendors.

To best maximize your chance of being funded, please be aware that we will not fund:

    • Transportation requests (cars, car repair, transportation passes, air travel)
    • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
    • Personal Needs (rent, utilities, family vacations)

The ACT Today! board provides funding assistance to families on a quarterly basis. Grants will be allocated based on annual fundraising activities. The Board of Directors will determine the number and amounts of each grant at the beginning of each term. Requests for endowments or multi-year grants will not be accepted. Each application is kept in our system for two consecutive grant cycles after which the applicant must re-apply. 

For more information - visit the ACT Today! website.

 


 

Financial institutions offering low-interest loans

If after reviewing the eligibility requirements for these organization it is determined that you do not qualify, you may then consider making a loan application from one of these resources:

mPower

mPower logo

mPower provides low-interest loans for individuals with disabilities and for businesses to make their workplace more accessible to employees and customers. And the program provides more than just funding. mPower can also give you expert advice on adaptive equipment, accessibility design, and the access requirements of the Americans Disability Act (ADA).

Contact

mPower
Alpha One
127 Main Street
South Portland, ME 04106
V/TTY: 1-800-640-7200
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information - mPower Loan Program.

 

Digital Credit Union - Mobility Vehicle and Access Loans

DCU logo

Equipment, Home Modifications, and Vehicles with Devices to Aid People with Disabilities

Contact

Digital Federal Credit Union
220 Donald Lynch Boulevard
PO Box 9130
Marlborough, MA 01752-9130
P: 508.263.6700 or toll free 800.328.8797
W: www.dcu.org

For more information - Digital Federal Credit Union - Other Loan Products or information on loans for adapted vehicles.

 


Resources and Information

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The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) operates the Catalyst Project under a grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education. RESNA has offered a series of webinars that cover a number of topics including those related to the aquisition of AT. The following webinars and related resources, in particular, may be of value to those seeking to fund AT devices and services.

AT & Employment Webinar Series:

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies: Using the VR Agency to Fund Assistive Technology.
Date: September 17, 2014.
Presenters: Ron Hager, National Disabilities Rights Network and Jim Sheldon, Neighborhood Legal Services.

Funding Work-Related Assistive Technology for the Transition-Aged Special Education Student.
Date: July 23, 2014.
Presenters: Ron Hager, National Disabilities Rights Network and Jim Sheldon, Neighborhood Legal Services.

Obtaining or Retaining Medicaid While Working: The Section 1619(b) and Medicaid Buy-In for Working People Programs.
Date: June 25, 2014.
Presenters: Ron Hager, National Disabilities Rights Network and Jim Sheldon, Neighborhood Legal Services.

All of these resources may be found here on the RESNA Catalyst Project Webinars page...

 

Other organizations/agencies that may be able to provide financial assistance:

Publications

If you are still looking for help perhaps one of these resources or publications can help:

 

rev: 10/28/2014

 

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