(Updated July 2012)
Sometimes it can seem impossible to find funding for a piece of adaptive equipment you know will vastly enrich and enhance your child or client’s life. Start by reading the online guides listed below to check that you have tried all the options that may be available to you. In particular, if you are a parent or pediatric therapist, be sure to read Funding Adaptive Mobility Equipment for Young Children with Disabilities which includes a visual algorithm of funding sources.
Online funding resource guides:
- Family Guide to Assistive Technology
- Funding Adaptive Mobility Equipment for Young Children with Disabilities
Many funds and foundations have been set up to help with funding for disabilities, but will often only consider an application once all other sources have been exhausted. Some national organizations provide diagnosis-specific assistance, so make sure you know which ones might apply to your situation. Religious and community organizations may also be a source of funding assistance. This list, although by no means exhaustive, is a good starting point. Another place to turn could be your community’s library and/or social service agency, who may know of other local sources of funding for adaptive equipment.
If you know an organization not listed here that provides help with funding adaptive equipment, or if you have feedback on those recommended on this page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following funds and foundations are focused on answering the needs of children and/or adults with disabilities in helping to fill the “funding gaps” where specialized equipment is needed:
- Children’s Charity Fund
- Disabled Children’s Relief Fund
- Emily Ann Griffin Association
- First Hand Foundation
- Helping from Heaven: The Lexi Kazian Foundation
- Joey’s Eagles
- Special Kids Fund, Inc.
- Two Angels Foundation, Inc.
- Wheel to Walk
- Wheelchairs 4 Kids
- DE, IL, IN, MD, PA, WI: ATI Foundation
- Greater Cincinnati area: A New Chance Foundation
- Kansas: Jones Trust Foundation
- Maine: Robbie Foundation
- Missouri: The Sarah Lopez Foundation
- New York: Joey’s Friends Too
- Northeast Florida: JT Townsend Foundation
Community and religious organizations may also be a source for funding AT devices, such as through local fundraising.
National organizations may provide funding assistance for diagnosis–specific AT or therapy needs, and/or help parents request pro–bono durable medical equipment.
- Civitan International
- Juvenile Arthritis Foundation
- March of Dimes
- Muscular Dystrophy Association
- The National Easter Seals Society
- Shriners Hospital for Children
- United Cerebral Palsy
- United Way
- Make-a-Wish Foundation
- Kids Wish Network
- Variety the Children’s Charity
- Danielle’s Foundation (Cerebral Palsy and/or Brain Injury)
- Travis Roy Foundation (Spinal Cord Injury)
- Darrell Gwynn Foundation (Spinal Cord Injury)
- United Healthcare Foundation (Medical Grants)