AT Funding Resources
Other SCATP Funding Resources (Word documents):
- National Foundations
- Foundations in South Carolina
- AT Funding for Individuals
- Resources for iPad Funding
The ATIA Funding Resources Guide identifies various sources and resources that you can investigate and explore as prospective funding options. The list is not all-inclusive but can be a good place to begin and/or expand your funding research. Resources include organizations, federal and state programs, special education, advocacy groups, and more.
Autism Funding for Technology
When trying to find funding to help a child with autism, start with the child's needs when considering what to start with. Does the child have difficulty with reading, writing, spelling, social skills? Once you identify the area of need, you will better know what aid to seek.
Foundations for Autism Funding:
- ACT Today
- Hannah and Friends
- Parkers Purpose
- Small Steps in Speech
- Danny's Wish
- Autism Cares
- First Hand Foundation
- Conover Company
- Gia Angel Foundation
From the Trace Research and Development Center.
Funding of AT - Manual Series
Neigborhood Legal Services Inc. is a not-for-profit agency located in Buffalo, New York that provides free legal services to persons with low-income and persons with disabilities. As a part of this outreach, they offer a series of manuals on obtaining funding for assistive technology (PDF).
Guide to Low-Cost/No-Cost Online Tools for People with Disabilities
Developed by The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) with the Northern Illinois Center for Adaptive Technology. Online resources are organized by category, free downloads and alternative funding sources are also provided.
Download the Guide to Low-Cost/No-Cost Online Tools for People with Disabilities (PDF)
Reviews four different types of assistance for home modifications: loans, grants, labor and equipment loans.
The Council for Disability Rights lists funding sources for home modifications.
Put together by James R. Sheldon, Jr., Supervising Attorney for the National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project, Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.
South Carolina Assistive Technology & WorkABILITY Loan Programs
(Alternative Financing Programs from Allied Opportunities, Inc.)
Provides funding for all types of AT items, such as vehicles, equipment, and home modifications. The item requested must relate to the type of disability and be intended to enhance the quality of life for the AT User and/or Authorized Representative of the person with a disability. The loans range from $1,000 up to $30,000. Most applications are for purchasing modified vehicles.
SC Equipment Distribution Program
SCEDP serves South Carolina residents who have a hearing or speech challenge. The equipment includes enhanced phones and alerting devices. People who qualify for the program are provided free equipment to use for as long as they remain in the state.
People can apply to SCEDP by choosing a product that meets their needs, obtaining a professional certification of a qualifying disability, and submitting the required application materials. There are no income requirements. SCEDP reaches out to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, blind/low vision with hearing loss, and speech impaired.
Application instructions can be found on the SC Equipment Distribution Program website.
Use the Search field on their site to find UCP pages about "funding assistive technology"