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Despite the best of efforts, not every funding request results in a positive outcome. Many times, however, decisions can be overturned by following the appeal process outlined by the funding source.


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For information on your rights under various programs, aid from protection and advocacy organizations, and appeal support, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Disability Resources website.

Evaluation Example Letters

Following are some examples of AAC evaluation reports for a variety of language systems and diagnoses. Please feel free to use these as a starting point and customize for your client.

  AAC Evaluation for a SGD Example (PDF) 
  AAC Evaluation for a SGD - Autism Example (PDF) 
  AAC Evaluation for a SGD - Cerebral Palsy Example (PDF) 
  AAC Evaluation for a SGD - CVA Example (PDF) 
  AAC Evaluation for a SGD - Down Syndrome Example (PDF) 
  AAC Evaluation for a SGD - Essence Example (PDF) 
  Repair Evaluation Example (PDF) 

Appeal Example Letters

Following are some examples of appeal letters with common reasons for denial. Please feel free to use them as a starting point when going through the appeals process.

  Can Be Used for Purposes Other Than Communication (PDF)
  Client Already Has Device (PDF)
  Client Does Not Need High-tech Device (PDF)
  Client is Not Able to Use This Device Independently (PDF)
  Medical Necessity of LAMP Words for Life (PDF)
  Preferred Provider Arrangement with Another Vendor (PDF)
  iPad Good Enough (PDF)

Other Resources

SGD Funding Solutions from Assistive Technology Law Center
The National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project





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