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Financial Assistance and Other Resources

This page provides national and state specific financial and other resources for people wanting to purchase assistive technology. It also includes information about national programs that can help reduce the cost of phone or internet service for those who qualify.

Availability and options vary by state. The content below is a compilation of resources from the internet and is provided for informational purposes only. We do not guarantee that the information is correct and are not responsible for any outcomes. For any details or to apply, please contact the program or fund directly. 

State Assistive Technology (AT) Programs 

What is ATAP?

State AT programs are members of the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) which is a national, member-based non-profit organization funded under the Assistive Technology Act (AT Act). 

What services do State AT Programs provide?

There are four state level activities authorized by the Assistive Technology Act; however, the details may vary by state.

  1. AT State Financing activities support the purchase/acquisition of AT through financial loans or other initiatives that directly provide AT to consumers at no cost using dollars from non-AT Act sources or save consumers money when purchasing AT. 
  2. AT Demonstration activities provide opportunities for people to become familiar with specific types of AT by comparing and contrasting the functions and features of devices through hands-on exploration guided by a knowledgeable professional. 
  3. AT Device Loan activities allow individuals to borrow AT for a limited time period to try out and determine if a device will meet their needs before a purchase is made. 
  4. AT Reutilization activities support the reuse of assistive technology that is no longer needed or used by its original owner and is acquired by a new owner at substantial cost savings. 

Who do State AT Programs serve?

State AT Programs serve all individuals of any age and with any type of disability, functional limitation or chronic health condition. Programs also provide services to other individuals, organizations, agencies and providers who support these individuals. For example, a friend or family member or other entity may access services on behalf of an individual who may benefit from AT.

Is RealSAM Pocket available through all State AT Programs?

While RealSAM Pocket may be available for demonstrations and loans through some state AT Programs, we are still working on making it more widely available. AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. RealSAM Pocket is not available through the AT Reutilization program. To learn about the specifics of your state, please contact your State AT Programs.

Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) by The Association of Blind Citizens

The Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) will provide funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. 

  • The products covered by this program must retail for a minimum of $200 with a maximum retail price of $6,000. 
  • Persons eligible to apply for assistance must have a family income of less than $50,000 and cash assets of less than $20,000. 
  • Applicants must be legally blind and a resident of the United States to qualify for this program. 
  • Applications must be submitted by June 30th and December 31st for each grant period (two per year).
  • If applicants are selected to receive a technology grant, applicants will be asked to provide documents such as tax returns, bank statements and any other documents that the ABC board or its designee would deem necessary to assess financial need for the grant.

Visit the Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) for more info and to apply.

Lions Club International

Lions Club International strategic objective is to prevent avoidable blindness and improve quality of life for people who are blind and visually impaired.

Learn about potential help and grants available at the Lions Club International Vision 

Bellows Fellow (United Cerebral Palsy Foundation)

The UCP Elsie S. Bellows fund is a national program operated by UCP that provides grants for purchasing or repairing assistive technology equipment for individuals with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities and their families who are in financial need and do not have other funding resources are eligible.  Guidelines are available online at: Elsie S. Bellows.

Brighter Tomorrow Grant (Multiple Sclerosis Society)

The goal of the grant is to provide individuals with MS with goods or services (valued at up to $1000 per recipient) to improve their quality of life by enhancing safety, self-sufficiency, comfort, or well-being. Guidelines are available online at: Brighter Tomorrow.

Help Hope Live

Help Hope Live offers fundraising help to individuals. Use a customized online Campaign Page to share your fundraising story. Engage supporters with a profile picture, video and text updates, photo albums, and an interactive Guestbook. Create custom event registration pages that allow you to sell tickets, share event info, collect RSVPs, and more. Track your success with a public or private Fundraising Indicator and a Dashboard that includes helpful fundraising materials and a list of campaign contributors. Details at Help Hope Live.

Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU)

Access Loans are for any product, device, or building modification designed to assist someone with a disability. The borrower need not be the beneficiary of the purchase. Qualified members may obtain Access Loans, for 100% of the purchase amount, from $1,000 to $25,000 and with terms up to 72 months. More info is available at DCU.

Lifeline Program

Get Connected to Phone or Internet Service

Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet service.

For more information about the Lifeline Program, please visit: https://www.lifelinesupport.org/ To start qualification process, please go to: https://nv.fcc.gov/lifeline

Lifeline is a federal program dedicated to making phone and internet service more affordable for low-income households. This benefit provides eligible consumers with a monthly discount of up to $9.25. Consumers living on Tribal lands are eligible for an enhanced discount of up to $34.25 per month.

  • USAC’s Lifeline Support Center helps you apply for the program, understand eligibility requirements, and keep your benefit current through an annual recertification process.
  • Lifeline consumers must apply for Lifeline and then sign up with a participating phone or internet company, recertify annually, and keep their information up to date.
  • Phone or Internet company enrolls you in the Lifeline program, manages your service, and answers questions about your service, phone or device, or bill.

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

Stay Connected

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program that helps many low income households pay for broadband service and internet connected devices.

For additional information about the Affordable Connectivity Program, please visit: https://www.affordableconnectivity.gov/

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program run by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablet.

You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch.

If your household is eligible, you could receive:

  • Up to a $30/month discount on your internet service
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
  • A low cost service plan that may be fully covered through the ACP*

Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. To receive the connected device discount, consumers need to enroll in the ACP with a participating provider that offers connected devices (Note: not all internet company offer device discounts.) The internet company will provide the discount to the consumer.

Alabama Assistive Technology Resource

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Alabama Assistive Technology Resource

Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA)

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Assistive Technology of Alaska

Arizona Technology Access Program (AZTAP)

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Arizona Technology Access Program (AZTAP)

Increasing Capabilities Access Network

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Increasing Capabilities Access Network

Ability Tools

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Ability Tools

No programs are available at this moment to the best of our knowledge.

Connecticut Assistive Technology Program

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Connecticut Assistive Technology Program

Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative

Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia (ATPDC)

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia (ATPDC)

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)

Georgia Tools for Life (GATFL)

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Georgia Tools for Life (GATFL)

Guam System for Assistive Technology

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Guam System for Assistive Technology 

Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii (ATRC)

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii (ATRC)

Idaho Assistive Technology Project

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Idaho Assistive Technology Project

Illinois Assistive Technology Program

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Illinois Assistive Technology Program

Indiana Assistive Technology Act Project

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Indiana Assistive Technology Act Project

Easterseals Iowa Assistive Technology Program

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Easterseals Iowa Assistive Technology Program

Assistive Technology for Kansans

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the http://www.atk.ku.eduAssistive Technology for Kansans

No programs are available at this moment to the best of our knowledge.

Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network

No programs are available at this moment to the best of our knowledge.

The Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT) Program

The Maryland Accessible Telecommunicat​ions program provides Maryland residents with an opportunity to apply for free telecommunications equipment to independently make or receive calls.​

To qualify for equipment provided by the State, a MAT program participant must be:

  • A Maryland resident who has difficulty using a standard telephone
  • At least three years old (Applicants ages 18 and under must have an application signed by a parent or legal guardian)
    Certified as being Deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, blind, low vision or having cognitive, mobility or speech-related difficulties
  • On a fixed income, or a recipient of at least one of the following:
  • Social Security (SSA) benefits
    • Veterans (VA) benefits
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
    • Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP)
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Pharmacy, medical or housing assistance
  • Equipped with home phone service, high speed/WiFi, or applying for phone service and/or high speed/WiFi. View our Special Programs page for additional information.

If you are not sure if you qualify, you may still apply. Free evaluations and other support may be available to non-qualified applicants, as determined on a case-by-case basis.

To learn more and apply, please visit The Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT) Program.

Maryland Technology Assistance Program

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Maryland Technology Assistance Program

Massachusetts Maximizing Assistive Technology in Consumers’ Hands

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Massachusetts Maximizing Assistive Technology in Consumers’ Hands

Michigan Assistive Technology Program

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Michigan Assistive Technology Program

Minnesota STAR Program

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Minnesota STAR Program

No programs are available at this moment to the best of our knowledge.

Telecommunications Access Program (TAP) for Telephone

RealSAM Pocket is available at no cost to those who qualify through the TAP for Telephone Program. 

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a Missouri Resident
  • Applicant must have a disability that makes using standard equipment difficult.
  • Applicant income must be less than $60,000 for household members 1-2, we add $5000 per dependent. Family of 4 is $70,000, Family of 5 $75,000.
  • Applicant must have telephone service for the equipment to work.

For additional information and to apply, please visit Telecommunications Access Program (TAP) for Telephone

Show Me Loans through Missouri Assistive Technology

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Missouri Assistive Technology

Montana Assistive Technology Program

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Montana Assistive Technology Program

Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership

Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative (NATC)

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative (NATC)

No programs are available at this moment to the best of our knowledge.

No programs are available at this moment to the best of our knowledge.

New Mexico Technology Assistance Program

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the New Mexico Technology Assistance Program

No programs are available at this moment to the best of our knowledge.

North Carolina Assistive Technology Program

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program

North Dakota Assistive

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the North Dakota Assistive

Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Assistive Technology Project

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Assistive Technology Project

Assistive Technology of Ohio

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Assistive Technology of Ohio

Financial Program at Oklahoma ABLE Tech

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Oklahoma ABLE Tech

Northwest Access Fund

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Northwest Access Fund

Blanche Fischer Foundation

The Foundation makes direct grants on behalf of Oregonians with physical disabilities. The aid may relate directly to the disability or toward  fostering personal independence. 

To be considered for a BFF grant, an individual must demonstrate all of the following:   

  1. Demonstrate Oregon residency,
  2. Demonstrate financial need and
  3. Have a disability of a physical nature.

For more information and to apply, visit: Blanche Fischer Foundation

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation helps Pennsylvanians of:

  • All Ages
  • All Income Levels
  • All Disabilities and Health Conditions
  • All Communities
  • All Cultural Backgrounds

For more information and to apply, please visit the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation 

Virginia Del Sordo Fund

The Del Sordo Fund is considered a “last resort” option, meaning that other funding sources for which the applicant is eligible – Medicaid/Medicare, private health (e.g.: insurance, school, or the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation) must have denied full or partial coverage. Applicants may also be those who are requesting items for which third-party funding is not available (e.g. AT for leisure and recreation). The Del Sordo Fund may also be used to meet deductibles or co-pays. This is a one-time only award. The maximum award is $200.

For additional information or to apply, please visit the Tech Owl 

Puerto Rico Assistive Technology Program

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Puerto Rico Assistive Technology Program

No programs are available at this moment to the best of our knowledge.

No programs are available at this moment to the best of our knowledge.

DakotaLink AT Fund

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the DakotaLink AT Fund

No programs are available at this moment to the best of our knowledge.

No programs are available at this moment to the best of our knowledge.

Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities.

Utah Assistive Technology Program

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Utah Assistive Technology Program.

UATF

UATF offers small grants of up to $500 for Utahns with disabilities to purchase assistive technology devices. Grants are for Utahns with low income who are at or below 150% of federal poverty guidelines and have no other funding source. Current 150% federal poverty guidelines by household size and household income are shown below. For detailed information or to apply, visit the UATF Small Grants page.

Opportunities Credit Union – The Independence Fund (Alternative Financing Program)

Offers affordable financing with flexible repayment terms for all types of assistive technology, equipment, vehicles and home modifications to help you and your family members live the life you deserve. For more information and to apply, please visit the Opportunities Credit Union.

The Sue Williams Freedom Fund (SWFF) 

SWFF provides funding for services and equipment to help people with disabilities achieve or maintain independence in their own homes. For more information and to apply, please visit the SWFF.

No programs are available at this moment to the best of our knowledge.

Northwest Access Fund

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact the Northwest Access Fund

No programs are available at this moment to the best of our knowledge.

WisTech

AT State Financing is usually not device specific and in most cases is available for any assistive technology device. For details, please contact WisTech.

Wyoming Technology Access Program

Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR) and Wyoming Independent Living (WIL) in partnership with First Interstate Bank of Laramie, have developed a program that will offer people with disabilities an opportunity to finance assistive technology (AT) devices and services. Loan funds must be used to purchase assistive technology devices. AT devices are defined as anything that will improve mobility, accessibility, or quality of life. AT devices may also be used to enhance recreational activities such as skiing or hunting.

WYTAP buys down the interest on the loan; thus the borrower pays very low interest. The program is the first of its kind in the state of Wyoming.

Eligibility

  • Resident of Wyoming with a disability or a legal guardian/family member of an individual with a disability.
  • An active-duty U.S. military member stationed in Wyoming who meets the qualification criteria.
  • There are no income eligibility restrictions, but applicants must demonstrate sufficient credit-worthiness.
  • Applicant must show that the loan funds will be used to purchase AT devices.

For details or to apply, please contact the Wyoming Technology Access Program.

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