Too often the decision to purchase a computer, software, or special technology is made with little or no experience with the particular product. T.A.S.C. provides a lending library (long and short term) in order to support this difficult and often very expensive decision making process. Individuals can borrow switches, switch mounts, augmentative communication devices, software, adapted toys, and a variety of other adaptive equipment. Visit al.at4all.com to view the complete inventory. There is no cost to participate.
The Lending Library would not be possible without support from STAR, the Carlene Hall family, Children’s Advocacy Center, Rockwell, the Junior League of Huntsville, CAS Cares, Cosmopolitan Club, the Steelcase Foundation, the Delta Zeta Foundation, the Boeing Employee Good Neighbor Fund, and the long term loan programs provided by select Vendors (Dynavox/Mayer-Johnson, Renaissance Learning, Crick Software, Bumblee Bee DVD’s, Don Johnston).
Carlene Hall’s legacy
The Paint the Streets 5k & Carlene Hall Memorial Mile was established in 2010 by the family of Carlene Hall to honor her memory and to benefit spinal cord injury services at UCP. The five-year annual event raised more than $40,000 used to purchase a variety of switches, environmental controls, and assistive technologies to benefit individuals with spinal cord injuries and others through demonstration and loan, as well as to provide scholarships for individuals with spinal cord injuries to receive AT/AAC evaluations.
Alternative Financing Resources
Alabama’s Alternative Finance Program (The Ability Loan Program) for individuals with disabilities and their families allows applicants to borrow money at low-interest and/or for extended terms for the purchase of assistive technology, adaptive equipment, and related services. Alternative financing needs may include but will not be limited to a means of: a) paying for devices not covered by public programs; b) providing a loan sooner than other public programs, and/or; c) having another funding source available.
The alternative financing program is administered through the Southern Disability Foundation Inc. , a community-based organization founded in collaboration with STAR.
Visit ADRS for application information.
Securing a grant may be time-consuming, but it can be a good option to purchase equipment if your funding is limited. Many disability-related organizations offer grants for various purposes. You may want to check with organizations you’re affiliated with to see what they offer.
The Brighter Tomorrow Grant from the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation provides up to $1,000 for equipment that improves quality of life by enhancing safety, self-sufficiency, comfort or well-being. Applicants must be diagnosed with MS and be over 18 or be the parent of a minor child with MS and have no existing financial coverage such as Medicaid or private insurance. For more info, call 888/673-6287 (MSFOCUS) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Travis Roy Foundation offers grants for anyone who sustained a spinal cord injury from an accident. Applicants must specify a particular piece of equipment to be funded between $2,000-$5,000. To apply for the grant, visit www.travisroyfoundation.org/sci/grants/application/.
The Elsie Bellows Fund, operated by United Cerebral Palsy, provides grants for purchasing equipment that increases, maintains or improves the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and not have other funding resources. To learn about the Elsie Bellows Fund, email email@example.com.
Loan closets and organizations that recycle used medical equipment can be a no- or low-cost alternative to a costly purchase. They can also be great places to donate equipment that you’re no longer using. Equipment loan length can range from temporary to as long as you need something. The Muscular Dystrophy Association operates one of the largest equipment programs in the country for people with neuromuscular diseases. You can get more information about the program by calling 800/572-1717. For more organizations that can provide used equipment, please visit www.rmmor.org/nonprofits.htm.