IntroductionBelow are some listings of resources in the US to help finance assistive technology such as wheelchair accessible vans, adaptive technology and computer programs that can assist those with special needs as well as the accessories needed to help you achieve your goals to name just a few. Getting loans is currently the most sought-after solution for financing business ventures but hopefully the information below will provide those in the assistive technology niche an alternative. If you have suggestions or some new resources, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get them up on the this page as soon as possible.
Be aware that you will have to make a number of contacts and be persistent in contacting the resources as well as being specific as to what you needs are. It is useful to have a this all written down as many of these organizations will require written documentation as to the specifics of what you are asking for assistance with, and the needs of the person who will be the direct recipient of the benefits of this assistance.Not all organizations listed will provide direct assistance, but they are good organizations and may well be able to help find resources that can provide direct help in the areas needed.
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Resources and Suggestions
General Resources and Suggestions
Federal Credit Union
Assistive Technology Funding and Systems Change Project
For Florida the e FAAST
Business Service organizations
They often like to take up this type of project. It's a little phone work for you, and will requite some persistence, but it could pay off with more what you are originally seeking. Sometimes these groups do respite car, take the person to church, involved kids with disabilities in activities, have support groups etc.
Local Religious Organizations
United Cerebral Palsy Web
Also, there is a page on the UCP Web site to help get funding for assistive technology. Check out Assistive Technology Funding and Systems Change Project (ATFSCP) ( http://www.ucp.org/ucp_channeldoc.cfm/1/12/69/69-69/979 )
Resources Specific to a condition
Multiple Sclerosis Society
In order to find you local MS Organization, go to http://www.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=HOM_FIND_homepage and follow the instructions on the page.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
In order to find a chapter in the area in which you are interested, go to http://www.spinalcord.org/ and follow the link labeled Local Resources by State. Follow the directions on the screen.
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