What is Assistive technology?
Assistive technology devices help individuals with disabilities to function more independently and include computers, wheelchairs, assisted listening devices, communication devices, environmental controls, wheelchair ramps, etc.…
The process of providing appropriate and needed equipment is not limited to an assistive device alone but includes evaluation, recommendation, fitting, training, maintenance and follow-up with the device.
-Environmental Control Systems
-Prosthetics and Orthotics
-Seating and Positioning
-Aids for Vision/Hearing Impaired
Steps to Acquire Funding for Assistive Devices
-Document the need.
-Be prepared to provide necessary prescriptions and proof of medical necessity.
-Specify the device that is needed.
-Can the consumer pay?
-Are there public programs for which the consumer qualifies?
-Are private funds available?
-Can a loan be obtained?
-What is specifically required by the funding source?
-What personal financial information will be required?
-If the funding source pays in full, the process is complete.
-If further financial assistance is needed, seek co-payment sources.
-Contact new sources previously talked with or seek new sources.
-File an appeal.
"Funding Devices and Services in Augmentative and Alternative Communication". Prentke Romich Company. 1022 Heyl Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691.
Funding Assistive Technology for Your Child videotapes from the Teleconference held May 1992; DDTI and the NC Asstistive Technology Project.
"Funding Specialist". N.C. Assistive Technology Project. 1110 Navaho Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609.
"Guide to Funding Assistive Technology". N.C. Assisitive Technology
Project. 1110 Navaho Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609.
1). Carolina Connection
2). Assistive Technology Used Equipment Services, Loan Closets, and Rental Agencies
3). Prentke Romich Company
4). Frame Technologies presents-Simple Communication aids for the Non-Verbal Person-