Device Loan Programs - STAR Partners (2013)
Short-term device loans are for 30-days or less and allow consumers to try a device or software program before buying. Short-term device loans may also be used to "fill-in" for a device that is being repaired or while waiting for delivery of a newly-purchased device.
Device loans give consumers the opportunity to:
- Try a device in a real life environment
- Collect data substantiating that the device meets the consumer's needs
- Use data to justify a funding request
- Use as a short-term loaner while a personal device is being repaired
- Understand training and support needs associated with device or software
- Make an informed purchasing decision
Open-ended device loans are for Minnesotans who need assistive technology in higher education, employment, and certain community environments such as hospice or assisted living. Open-ended loans do not have a set return date and are helpful when the borrower needs a device for more than 30-days. Once the borrower no longer needs the device it must be returned.
For more information or to request a loan, contact STAR or one of our device loan partners listed below.
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Ability Building Center - Southern Minnesota Assistive Technology Center (Provides short-term and open-ended loans)
1911 14th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901
To request a device for short-term loan, please call 507-281-6262. TTY users may call 507-529-4607 (TTY).
ALS Association (Provides open-ended loans)
333 N. Washington Avenue, Suite 105
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Minnesotans diagnosed with ALS may request an open-ended loan by calling 612-672-0484.
Center for Independent Living of Northeastern Minnesota (Provides short-term and open-ended loans)
2104 6th Avenue East
Hibbing, MN 55746
To request a device for short-term loan, please call 218-262-6675 or 800-390-3681 (Toll Free) .
EquipALife (Provides open-ended loans)
5563 Pioneer Creek Drive, Suite A
Maple Plain, MN 55359
To request an open-ended loan, please call 763-479-8239.
PACER Center - Simon Technology Center (Provides short-term loans)
Minneapolis, MN 55437
To request a device for short-term loan, please call 952-838-9000 or 800-537-2237 (Toll Free). TTY users may call 952-838-0190 (TTY).
United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota (Provides short-term loans)
510 25th Avenue North
St. Cloud, MN 56303
To request a device for short-term loan, please call 320-253-0765 or 888-616-3726 (Toll Free).
Minnesota STAR Program
358 Centennial Office Building
658 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
888-234-1267 (Toll Free)
Minnesota Relay (7-1-1) And Direct Access Numbers
7-1-1 is a toll-free, nationwide relay service access number. You may dial 7-1-1 from anywhere in the United States and be connected to the relay service in the state you're calling from. While the 7-1-1 access number is easy to remember, dialing the direct toll-free number for a specific type of relay call may result in faster connections because the call does not need to be transferred.
Direct Access Numbers
TTY, Voice, ASCII, Hearing Carry Over: 1-800-627-3529
Voice Carry Over: 1-877-627-3024
Speech to Speech: 1-877-627-3848
Spanish Relay: 1-877-627-5448
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Additional device loan programs:
Minnesota Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS)
DHHS Equipment Loan Program. Adaptive equipment is available to help improve on-the-job communication between employees with hearing loss and their co-employees, supervisors, and employer. This equipment is available on a loan basis to employers who have a deaf or hard of hearing employee or who are considering hiring an employee with hearing loss. Visit the DHHS Equipment Loan program site for more information.
Minnesota Regions Assistive Technology Collaborative (MRATC)
Minnesota Regions Assistive Technology Collaborative (MRATC) is a statewide partnership of providers specializing in adaptive equipment, services and related support.
Minnesota State University Moorhead, Regional Assistive Technology Center
The Regional Assistive Technology Center addresses the limited availability of technology and consultation for those in need of assistance with speaking and writing by providing equipment and knowledge to consumers, families, and professionals in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Telephone Equipment Distribution (TED) Program
The TED Program provides specialized telephone equipment at NO CHARGE for Minnesota residents of all ages who have difficulty using a regular telephone due to a hearing loss, speech or physical disability. Eligibility requirements do apply. For more information visit the TED Program Web site or call 651-297-1507, Toll Free 1-800-657-3663, or 1-888-206-6555 (TTY).