Denied or ineligible for funding doesn't mean a device is out of reach. There are a variety of local, state and national resources that may be able to assist. Return to Overview
Prentke Romich works with clients who are eligible for Medicaid, Medicare, and/or Private Insurance – and those who have been denied or who are not eligible for those sources.
When this happens, we encourage families to investigate other avenues for assistance. Historically, our clients have found many creative ways to obtain the needed funding.
Some ideas other clients have used:
Other additional sources of funding:
Below are funding sources available through national organizations and state agencies.
Know of a funding source we're missing? If you would like to share information on funding sources in your area, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide the name of the organization, a method of contacting them, and a brief description.
The ALS Care Grant Program offers up to 50 grants per quarter for up to $500 per grant. Clients must reapply every quarter to be reconsidered. Grants must be utilized for services related to patient care, including durable medical equipment purchase/copays, transportation assistance, speech generating device purchases/copays, home modification and much more. More information is available via the local chapters; search by state to find one closest to you.
BridgingApps offers a searchable list of organizations that help fund devices to families who have children with special needs.
DonorsChoose.org is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.
Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs and their families live better lives for nearly 100 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.
For families of children with special or medical needs, Joyful Journey Mom has an extensive list of resources of available grants for medical equipment such as wheelchairs or adaptive devices.
Lori's Voice is a non-profit organization founded and established to help young people with disabilities. The organization helps provide equipment, educational resources and medical assistance to children with neuromuscular and other degenerative diseases under the age of 18.
Founded by a father of a boy with Autism, OEF strives to make sure that every single person has the ability to communicate. That can be using their voice, or by using some of the amazing technology that exists. Grants are available for all 50 states and for individuals under the age of 21.
The UCP-Elsie S. Bellows Fund is a national program operated by UCP that provides funds to individuals with disabilities for assistive technology equipment. Individuals are recommended by UCP affiliates. UCP affiliates submit an application on behalf of an individual to the UCP national office. Applications are reviewed for funding by the Bellows Committee.
The United Healthcare Children's Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to facilitating access to medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan. This "support" is in the form of a medical grant to be used for medical services not covered or not completely covered by commercial health benefit plans.
Phone: 800.328.5979 ext. 24459 or 952.992.4459
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation program assists individuals under 16 year of age who live in and receive care within the United States. They must be covered by a UHC Commerical Insurance plan, and the plan benefits are either exceeded, no coverage is available and/or the costs are a serious financial burden on the family.
Variety, The Children’s Charity’s Future Program delivers crucial life-enriching communication equipment and services, education and self-esteem to individual children and children’s organizations. Together through the Future program we enrich children’s lives by granting items and services that provide communication, education and self-esteem. Grants under the Future program are made to individual children and children’s organizations.
AzLAT is an alternative financing program designed to assist individuals with disabilities (or others on their behalf) to borrow money at affordable rates for the purchase of assistive technology. Qualified applicants (persons who can demonstrate ability to repay the loan) may be approved to borrow money in amounts ranging from $500 to $20,000. Pre-loan support services, flexible repayment terms, below market interest rates, and no prepayment penalties are unique features of this consumer responsive program which are not often found through more traditional lenders.
Established in 1982, the Katie Beckett Medicaid Program (KB) permits the state to ignore family income for certain children who are disabled. It provides benefits to certain children 18 years of age or less who qualify as disabled individuals under §1614 of the Social Security Act and who live at home rather than in an institution.
Locating funding often creates a barrier to acquiring needed assistive technology devices and services. While Tools for Life does not directly fund the purchase of devices, it is a resource for individuals with disabilities and their family members, staff, service providers, counselors, employers, and others to:
The Tools for Life team also works closely with school personnel, family and related service providers and offers helpful information on related laws, policies, funding tips, and possible funding sources.
The Nebraska Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Program (NSTEP) allows eligible applicants to receive assistance in acquiring specialized equipment including amplified telephones, TTYs, signaling devices, speech generating devices (SGDs) and wireless devices. The program utilizes a voucher system and participating vendors. The application package is available for downloading along with additional information.
ARC's Family Support is a state-funded grant that provides financial assistance for families who have a family member with a disability. The money may be used for anything the family needs to improve their quality of life, such as specialized equipment, medical supplies, respite care or transportation.
ARC of Williamson County is designed to assist individuals with severe disabilities and their families to remain together in their homes and communities. Services provided include but are not limited to reimbursement for day care, respite care, specialized supplies, home and vehicle modifications, and equipment.
The East Tennessee Technology Access Center (ETTAC) is a regional nonprofit agency that helps people with disabilities gain knowledge about and access to assistive technology devices. Their mission: To connect people with disabilities in East Tennessee to the adaptive technology tools and services they need to live with maximum independence and dignity.
The Technology Access Center has offered services for middle Tennesseans with disabilities and functional limitations since 1989. The Center is operated by the nonprofit corporation, Access Services of Middle Tennessee. The mission of the corporation’s board and staff members is to promote the independence and participation of individuals of all ages with disabilities in school, work, play and everyday activities through their use of assistive technology.
The Telecommunications Devices Access Program ("TDAP") program is designed to distribute appropriate telecommunications devices so that persons who have a disability may effectively use basic telephone service.
Phone: 615.741.3939 or 800.342.8359 ext. 179 or 206
The Tennessee Technology Access Program (TTAP) is a statewide program designed to increase access to, and acquisition of, assistive technology devices and services. Through its four core programs: Funding Assistance, Device Demonstration, Device Loan and Device Reutilization, TTAP and a network of five assistive technology centers help people with disabilities and their families find and get the tools that they need to live independent, productive lives where and how they choose.
Phone: 800.732.5059 or 615.313.5183
Since 1997, this program has provided financial assistance allowing individuals to purchase specialized telecommunications devices. Persons who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard-of-hearing and speech-disabled who need special telecommunications devices in order to access the telephone network are qualified.
The Ben's Fund Mission is to provide grant opportunities to families across Washington state who need financial assistance, specifically related to their child's autism spectrum disorder treatments. From therapies to equipment, they support local families by easing some of the financial strain associated with autism. Ben's Fund grants are available for up to $1,000.00 per qualifying child, per award year.