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Funding Assistive Technology

Table of Contents
  1. General Product Information
  2. Assistive Technology in Education
  3. Assistive Technology in the Workplace
  4. Computer Accessibility
  5. Funding Assistive Technology
  6. Tools for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  7. Tools for Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  8. Mobility
  9. Speech and Language Tools

Funds for assistive technology come from many sources. There are both Federal and local programs that provide support. There are also many private insurance groups that will help fund assistive technology.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for individuals age 65 or older. The program reduces the out-of-pocket expenses for health services. Medicare may also cover someone under age 65 depending on their disability. There is no cost for Medicare if you or your spouse paid Medicare taxes while you worked. If you have not paid any Medicare taxes, the cost of services may be fully or partially paid for by a state agency.

Medicare covers medical devices provided by a hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health agency, hospice, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility or rural health clinic. It also covers durable medical equipment prescribed by a doctor for home use. Eligibility for assistive technology devices depends on the individual's condition and the device needed.

American Council for the Blind 
This page provides a list of potential funding sources for accessibility equipment or services for vision impaired persons. 

Assistive Technology and IDEA
This article reviews the provisions of the IDEA Amendments that may affect students with disabilities' access to assistive technology devices and services.

Grants and Assistive Technology
Mini-grants can be developed to fund various assistive technology devices. They present an alternative means to fund assistive technology. Learn about different funding sources as well as information to include when writing the grant.

Last Updated on 8/22/2017