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Finding Funding

There are many possible funding sources that might be able to help you purchase assistive technology devices and services, depending on your specific needs. 

For example, as you search for assistive technology funding, you may work with representatives from:

  • Insurance companies
  • Government agencies
  • Private firms
  • Nonprofit organizations

Also, you may need help from:

  • Doctors
  • Therapists
  • Assistive technology specialists

Knowing how to work with these organizations and service providers will help you get the information you need to apply for funding assistance. Check out the tabs below to learn how to develop a funding plan.

Step 1: Determine your needs

Step 2: Identify the devices and/or services that will help

Step 3: Document why you need the device or service

Step 4: Identify what it will cost

Step 5: Determine if alternative devices will meet your needs

Step 6: Identify possible funding sources

Step 7: Complete and submit the required paperwork

Step 8: Receive your response

Hopefully your request is successful. If your request is denied, there are two additional steps to take:

Step 9: Search for co-funding options

Step 10: Appeal if your request is denied

Where to start?

The first step in your quest for securing assistive technology is to prepare a funding strategy. A funding strategy will help:

  • Identify what you need
  • Identify what sources are most likely to assist you
  • Outline the facts that will convince those sources to assist you

Finding Someone to Help

When applying for funding, you are your own best advocate. However, if you are new to the funding process, you may benefit from having someone help you find and apply for funding assistance.
For help finding an advocate, reach out to:

  • Family members
  • Teachers
  • Disability groups
  • Technology manufacturers and vendors
  • Durable Medical Equipment (DME) dealers
  • County case workers
  • Social workers
  • Your health care professionals
  • Other people with disabilities who have successfully found funding for their assistive technology needs

Involve as many support people as possible to help you get through the funding process!

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