Paying for AT

Assistive Technology at ALLTECHSearching for ways to pay for Assistive Technology (AT)?

This page is designed to help Maine people with disabilities and their families find the financial resources to pay for AT.

Searching for funding is always a difficult task. We recommend that you begin your search by contacting the following key funding sources to determine eligibility:

As you begin your search, please take a look at our publication, Overview of Funding Assistive Technology for additional guidance  and strategies on finding funding for AT.


Health Insurance Programs

Private Health Insurance Policies

You current health insurance policy may pay for part or all of the cost of assistive technology. Check with your carrier or your employer’s human resources department to determine coverage.

Maine CARE

If you can’t afford to pay for medical care right now, Maine Care can make it possible for you to get the care that you need so that you can get healthy – and stay healthy.

Maine Care services require you to be both financially and medically eligible. Maine Care does not pay money to you; instead, it sends payments directly to your health care providers. You may also be asked to pay a part of the cost (co-payment) for some medical services.

Use this link for more information about the Maine CARE program…

Other Maine CARE Information

The following sections of Maine CARE may provide funding for AT:

  • Section 18 – Home and Community-Based Services for Adults with Brain Injury
  • Section 19 – Home and Community Benefits for the Elderly and for Adults with Disabilities
  • Section 20 – Home and Community Based Services for Adults with Other Related Conditions
  • Section 21 – Home and Community Benefits for Members with Intellectual Disabilities or Autistic Disorder
  • Section 29 – Support Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autistic Disorder

Please also see the following resources regarding Maine CARE funding.


Social Security Administration

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – PASS Program

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. The Plan to Achieve Self-Support program, or PASS program helps those with disabilities pay for items or services – including AT – needed to achieve a specific employment goal – to work.

Use this link for more information about PASS program of SSI…

Continued Medicaid Eligibility – Section 1619(B)

One of the biggest concerns SSI beneficiaries have about going to work is the possibility of losing Medicaid coverage. Section 1619(b) of the Social Security Act provides some protection for these beneficiaries. If a SSI beneficiary has gross earnings higher than the threshold amount for his/her State, SSA can figure an individual threshold amount if that person has Impairment Related Work Expenses (IRWE).

Under Section 1619(B), Social Security will deduct the cost of certain impairment-related expenses that you need in order to work from your earnings when we decide if you are performing substantial work. Examples of impairment-related expenses are things such as a wheelchairs, certain transportation costs and specialized work-related equipment.

Use this link for more information about Continued Medicaid Eligibility – Section 1619(B)…


Public Education Funds

US Department of Education logoThe Office of Special Services is responsible for the state’s oversight and support for the delivery of all special education services provided in Maine under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This includes Early Intervention services to eligible children age birth to under age three and their families, provided under IDEA, Part C, and Free Appropriate Public Education – Special Education to eligible children age three to 20, provided under IDEA, Part B. The Office of Special Services is also responsible for meeting the state’s responsibilities under IDEA.

Children from Birth to age 20 may be eligible for Special Education Services including AT.

Early Intervention

The Maine Child Development Services (CDS) system provides both early intervention (birth through two years) and Free Appropriate Public Education – Special Education (for ages three through five years) under the supervision of the Maine Department of Education. The CDS system ensures the provision of special education rules, federal and state regulations statewide, through a network of regional sites.

CDS consists of regional sites and a state office. The Maine state CDS office maintains a central data management system, system-wide policies and procedures, and provides centralized fiscal services for regional CDS sites.

Regional CDS sites provide case management and direct instruction for families with children from birth through age five. Each site conducts Child Find, which is the process of identifying children with disabilities. Screenings and evaluations are provided in order to identify children who are eligible for services. Regional CDS sites arrange for local services that include early intervention and special education and related services.

Use this link for more information about Child Development Services (CDS)…

Free Appropriate Public Education – Special Education

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that governs the delivery of special education to eligible children age birth to 20. IDEA Part B is a federal grant program that provides funds to ensure that eligible students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education that includes special education and related services designed to meet their individual needs.

Special education and related services are administered at the local level by the school district. For each child, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed annually by the IEP Team. The Assistive Technology needs of the child must be considered by the IEP Team and documented on IEP annually.

Use this link for more information about Special Education and related services…

 


Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

US Department of Labor logoWorking with its partners in the Maine Department of Labor’s Career Center and the rehabilitation community, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) works with persons with disabilities through its three primary service areas:

 


Organizations offering funding, services or equipment loans

MDA logoMuscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) – State of Maine Chapter

Must have a neuromuscular disability, Must be registered with MDA.

For more information, contact Muscular Dystrophy Association of Maine.
Phone: 207-854-3749
E-mail: portlandmea@mdausa.org

AUDIENT

Audient logoAUDIENT helps low income people nationwide access quality hearing aids and related care at a significantly lower cost. AUDIENT income qualifies families to be eligible for a discount on brand name hearing aids available through the AUDIENT Alliance’s national network of dedicated hearing care providers. Brand selection includes Oticon, Phonak, Siemens, Widex, & Unitron hearing aids.

For more information –  the AUDIENT website or call 1-866-956-5400 and ask for AUDIENT.

Grahamtastic Connection

Gramtastic Connection logoGrahamtastic Connection provides free laptops or tablets and internet access to seriously ill children for educational purposes. We concentrate on supporting very ill children who are too sick to leave their hospital room or bed. This enables the child to continue their education, connect with their teachers and classrooms, submit homework assignments, etc.

For more information – The Grahamtastic Connection website.

Phone: 207-324-0888 ext. 209
E-mail: grahamtastic@metrocast.net

 


Foundations and organizations offering grants

Travis Roy Foundation – Grant Program

Travis Roy Foundation

Assistance is awarded to paraplegics or quadriplegics paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Applicants must reside in the United States.

Eligible items include upgrade and maintenance of wheelchairs, vehicle modifications (i.e., hand controls or lifts), home modifications including ramp and elevator installation, and other adaptive equipment. PLEASE NOTE: Grants are not currently available towards the purchase of new or used vans; funds are available for modifications to existing vehicles.

For more information – Travis Roy Foundation.

Maine Home Repair Network

Maine State Housing logoThe Maine Home Repair Network  a program of the Maine State Housing Authority, offers help to low-income homeowners who may not be able to afford necessary home repairs and home replacement. If you are eligible, the Maine Home Repair Network may be able to help you with a number of things including handicap accessibility improvements.

For more information – Maine Home Repair Network.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation

Starkey Hearing Foundation logoThe Starkey Hearing Foundation is sustained by the efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors around the world delivering more than 50,000 hearing aids annually through more than 100 hearing missions a year in countries stretching from the U.S. to Vietnam.

The Sharkey Foundation’s Hear Now program  is a national non-profit program committed to assisting permanent U.S. residents who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and have limited financial resources. The work of Hear Now is supported through the contributions of many benefactors. We receive no government funding. All donations – money, time, hearing aids – allow the program to survive and give the gift of hearing domestically.

For more information – Starkey Hearing Foundation – Hear Now program.

Hearing Loss Association of America

Hearing Loss Association of America logoThe Hearing Loss Association of America does NOT provide direct funding of assistive technology but does provide a website listing organizations that may provide funding. The website also provides information about other ways to find funding.

For more information – Hearing Loss Association of America.

Ford Mobility Motoring Program

Ford Mobility Motoring logoFord Mobility Motoring offers financial assistance toward the cost of the installation of adaptive equipment on a new Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle. The program also offers Ford Credit Mobility Financing and comprehensive Roadside Assistance.

For More information – Ford Mobility Motoring Program.

HOME Retro Program

Alpha One logoThe HOME Retro Program, administered by AlphaONE provides up to $15,000 in a grant to qualified Maine homeowners to make home modifications for a disabled resident.

For more information – ALPHA ONE HOME Retro Program.

Independent Living Services Program for Maine Citizens with Disabilities

Alpha One logoThese federally-funded services offer options and greater self-direction for Maine citizens with disabilities. Areas of attention include: health and self-care; self-advocacy; mobility and accessibility of the home or workplace; recreational pursuits; cognitive problems; communication difficulties; assistive technology and adaptive equipment; and social/behavioral or financial problems.

For more information – ALPHA ONE Independent Living Services
E
-mail info@alphaonenow.com

SafeLink Wireless

SAFELINK WIRELESS service is a U.S. government supported program for income-eligible households provided by TracFone Wireless, Inc. In order to participate in the SAFELINK WIRELESS service, persons must meet certain eligibility requirements set by each State where the service is to be provided. These requirements are based on a person’s participation in a state or Federal support programs or by meeting the Income Poverty Guidelines as defined by the U.S. Government. SAFELINK WIRELESS service is limited to one person per household.

For more information – the SafeLink Wireless website.

Kelly Brush Foundation

Kelly Brush Foundation logoThe Kelly Brush Foundation Individual Grant Program awards grants to individuals with paralysis due to a spinal cord injury (SCI). The purpose of the individual grant program is to increase participation in adaptive sports and recreation activities and improve the quality of life for individuals living with SCI. The individual grant program allows economically Kelly Brush Foundation Individual Grant Program disadvantaged individuals with SCI to purchase adaptive sporting equipment such as a monoski or a handcyle. In order for an individual to qualify for the grant he or she must be living in the United States and must supply the Foundation with information about their spinal cord injury, details on their source of income, and a description of the type of equipment they are seeking.

For more information – the Kelly Brush Foundation website.

Robbie Foundation: Helping Children with Special Needs One Child at a Time

Robbie Foundation logoThe Robbie Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting children with developmental disabilities (including, but not limited to physical disabilities, speech and language delays, sensory integrated disorders, cerebral palsy, brain injury, autism spectrum disorders, mental retardation). The foundation serves children between the ages of birth and 20 years residing in the state of Maine. Their primary mission is to fund adaptive equipment, assistive technology, therapy treatment and/or any necessary item not covered by insurance.

For more information – the Robbie Foundation website.

ACT Today! – Autism Care and Treatment

Act Today logoACT Today! grants are designed to provide access to individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Grant payments will be made directly to pre-approved treatment providers, assessors or materials vendors.

For more information – visit the ACT Today! website.

 


Affordable Financial loans

If you decide to borrow money to buy the AT you want.

mPower Loans

mPower Loans logoIn Maine, mPower Loans provides flexible loans for individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers.

Maine business owner can also borrow money to make their workplace more accessible to employees and customers.

The mPower Loans program provides more than just funding. mPower can also give you expert advice on adaptive equipment, accessibility design, and the access requirements of the Americans Disability Act (ADA).

For more information – mPower Loans program.

Digital Credit Union – Mobility Vehicle and Access Loans

DCU LogoEquipment, Home Modifications, and Vehicles with Devices to Aid People with Disabilities.

For more information – Digital Federal Credit Union – Other Loan Products or information on loans for adapted vehicles.

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Revised: 05/12/2016