315 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. | Suite 600 | Decatur, GA 30030

PHONE: 404-541-9005 | FAX: 1-888-724-2287

Financial Resources

Referral Partners and General Support 

 

fragile kids foundation  

Hope and Help Here and Now for Georgia's Medically Fragile Children

www.fragilekids.org

3350 Riverwood Parkway, Suite 1400

Atlanta, Georgia  30339

Phone:  770.951.6113

Fax: 770.541.3763

 

 

Healthcare Grants Program:      The Foundation provides equipment to safely transport a medically fragile child without injuring them or their caregivers, as well as specialized equipment for daily care such as:

 

 

Wheelchair lift for the family van, stair-lifts, and overhead lifting systems*

Ramps to transport children from home to vehicle

Specialized Car seats

Communication Aids

Toileting and Bathing Systems

 

*Please note: The Foundation will consider a one time “Transportation Grant” to support families requiring assistance to adapt a van for a wheelchair lift or in need of a van with a factory-installed lift; families may apply annually for other durable medical goods annually unrelated to transportation.  Families may receive one Healthcare Grant of equipment and up to two pieces of loaner equipment per year, for as long as the equipment is helping the child achieve his or her therapeutic or quality of life goals.

The Loaned Equipment Program:

Specialized Strollers

Positioning and Feeding Chairs

Standers Gait Trainers Wedges

Therapy Benches

Therapeutic Tricycles & Bikes

Portable Ramps

All-Terrain Wheelchairs

 

 

TOUCH THE FUTURE - Independent Living

www.touchthefuture.us   

               Home Office:       4508 Bibb Blvd, Suite B10, Tucker, GA 30084               

Comprehensive Assistive Technology (AT) and Computer Services

A LINK Services (Advocacy – Lifelong - Independence – Necessary – Knowledge)

  • Advocacy
  • Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Consulting Services & Training
  • Independent Living Skills Training, Resources & Referral
  • Client Support
  • Lifelong Independence Necessary Knowledge
  • AT Demonstrations and Loan Library (Try-before-you buy)
  • Expert AT needs Assessments, Matching, and Training
  • Assistive Technology ReUse and  New Product Store
  • Information & Assistance, and Referral Services

 

ReBoot™ Program - Computer and AT Device Refurbishment for Independent Living

  • Computer and AT Donations received, evaluated, and refurbished for distribution
  • Donor Identity Protection assured by hard drive wiping with Department of Defense software
  • Load licensed Microsoft software as a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher 
  • 1 year limited warranty for desk top computers; 90 day limited warranty for laptops
  • Additional Services include training, help desk support, repairs and upgrades
  • Computer training and specialized software installation
  • Extension of ReUse Services to underserved areas in GA, SC, and the southeastern US through our Network Distribution Model
  • End-of-Life recycling and proper disposal

 

Traumatic Brain & Spinal Injury Trust Foundation of Georgia

www.bsitf.state.ga.us        1-888-233-5760

 

The Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission was created to help Georgians with a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury with injury-related expenses.  State residents with an eligible injury may apply for goods or services related to their injury; this request is not automatically approved.  Click here to download an application and checklist.  Below are goods and services previously awarded to persons with a traumatic brain injury; they are grouped by need:   

Go Ahead and Ask   to learn more about services and how to apply.

Since my brain injury I have a hard time with my balance or with walking:

  • Walker
  • Adaptive Aquatic (swimming) therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Corrective shoes

 

My brain injury makes it difficult for me to read and learn:

  • Academic tutoring
  • Adaptive computer
  • Cognitive rehab
  • Computer
  • Eye Q reading program
  • Math tutor
  • Reading and Comprehension program

 

I have vision problems now because of my brain injury:

  • Visual Aids
  • Training for vision devices
  • Voice recognition software
  • Zoom text software

 

I have a hard time being around other people since my brain injury:

  • Behavioral therapy
  • Case management
  • Community re-entry program
  • Family therapy
  • Life skills therapy
  • Psychosocial therapy
  • Social skills therapy

 

I have a hard time taking care of my personal hygienic needs since my brain injury:

  • Adult care services
  • Attendant care
  • Bathroom modifications
  • Diapers

 

I have a hard time remembering personal activities, appointments, and things to do:

  • Palm pilot
  • Electronic organizer
  • PDA (personal data assistant)

 

I have a hard time accessing my vehicle:

  • Vehicle modifications
  • Wheelchair lift for van
  • Hand control system
  • Portable ramp

 

I need help getting to and from doctors appointments, school, and work:

  • Attendant care
  • GPS car navigational unit
  • Modified van
  • Vehicle

 

OTHER TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES

AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR TRANSPORTATION

Transportation and Accessibility in Georgia

Click here for resources in Georgia

 

Wheelchair Van Loans

Find wheelchair van loans for people with disabilities to help fund a handicap accessible van or a mobility van conversion. Mobility loans for the disabled offer extra advantages and options such as penalty-free early payoffs, low interest rates, and terms as long as 10 years.

National Handicap Van Loans:

Patient Financing Services (PFS) - offers long-term financing fit for your budget and will finance any medical related equipment up to $25,000.00.

Bank of America - affordable and flexible terms for people with disabilities or access needs

 

Disability Grants for Handicap Van Funding

Nationwide and local or state disability grants can help fund your wheelchair accessible van or other mobility needs such as equipment or individual financial needs.

Credit Able / The Center for Financial Independence and Innovation
Credit-Able is Georgia's alternative financing program for the disabled by providing low-interest loans through participating credit unions to help Georgians with disabilities to receive affordable financing for devices, home, and wheelchair van modifications.

Easter Seals - helps disabled people and their families overcome obstacles on the road to independence and reach personal goals.

 

Government Grants

Find government grants for the disabled nationwide to help pay for a mobility van or other finance needs. Money can be found with patience and through researching all the various government programs

Administration for Children & Families - New funding opportunities are displayed on this website on an ongoing basis

Grants.gov - The US government resource listing federal grants available

 

Disabled Veterans Grants and Loans

There are multiple disabled veterans grant and loan funding sources available to veterans with a disability to help pay for a handicap accessible minivan. Public government programs as well as private companies offer disabled veterans free money with grants or loans at great rates.

 

Disabled Veterans Grants through the Veterans Association


http://www.vba.va.gov/VBA/benefits/factsheets/#BM2

 

Disabled Child Grants for Special Needs Children

Taking care of a disabled or special needs child can be a challenging task, especially when you have limited resources. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of grants, financing programs, and other loans provided on the internet to help fund handicap equipment such as wheelchair accessible vans for your baby, infant, toddler, child, or young teenager.

 

The Kaitlin Marie Bell Foundation, Inc.
The foundation provides financial assistance to children with disabilities who are unable to afford equipment and/or services that they need

Disabled Children's Relief Fund (DCRF)
This funding resource provides disabled children with assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eyeglasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery.

Midwest Special Needs Trust (MSNT)
Provides trust services for children with disabilities.

The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation
A non-profit Section 501(c)(3) charity funded by contributions from UnitedHealth Group, United Healthcare and its employees, as well as the generosity of individuals and corporations.

The Disabled Children's Fund
The Church in Society Committee administers the Disabled Children's Fund which offers grants on a one-time basis and helps get you to your goal. In addition to grants for specific needs, funds are available for distribution through a Pastor's Discretionary Fund which includes up to $300 for food, medical help, clothing, and utilities for people under the age of 21.

The M.O.R.G.A.N. Project
Small grants available for chronically ill children.

Easter Seals
This foundation helps disabled people and their families overcome obstacles on the road to independence and reach personal goals.

Administration for Children & Families
New funding opportunities are displayed on this website on an ongoing basis

President's Choice Children's Charity
This grant for kids is dedicated to helping children who are physically or developmentally challenged. The aim is to remove obstacles that make everyday living extremely difficult and to provide these young people with a renewed sense of dignity, independence, and freedom.

  

Medicare Grants for Senior Citizens

Information about medicare grants in the United States for the elderly and disabled.

Sources for Disability Funding not covered by Medicare Grants:

Access Loans from Bank of America
Bank of America Access Loans1 provides affordable and flexible terms for individuals with disabilities or access needs. Purchase the equipment you need to make your home and car accessible. Available in AZ, AR, CA, CT, FL, GA, ID, IL, IA, KS, MA, MD, ME, MO, NH, NJ, NV, NY, NM, NC, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, & the District of Columbia.

NTAF Emergency Grant Program
The NTAF Emergency Grant Program aims to help patients who have exhausted all other resources by providing them with a one-time grant. Categories of grant payments include: a month of medications or medication co-pays; gaps in Medicare coverage; relocation housing following transplantation; donor expenses; one month payment of primary residence rent or mortgage for transplant patients who have had to relocate; and adaptive equipment or ramps for spinal cord injury patients. Social workers or financial coordinators should call NTAF and speak with a Patient Services Coordinator who will help determine a patient's eligibility for this limited program.

  

Church Grants and Fundraisers

Churches often provide grants or other financial help for disabled people to buy a wheelchair van or other mobility needs. Also speak to your local church about holding a fundraiser event to help you or your disabled loved one find funding.

Christian Fund for the Disabled - Provides grant funds up to $2,500 nationally for as many qualifying individuals as possible through churches that are willing to provide matching funds along with consideration for those individuals unable to acquire matching funds.

Knights of Columbus - Provides help to families that have children with disabilities. (up to age 20)

Remember that these are national church groups, and you should speak to your local church representatives about helping you in the form of a grant or holding a fundraiser in your name.

  

National Funding with Grant and Loans By Disability or Injury Type:

Spinal Cord Injuries - Grants and Loans

Find grants and loans specifically created for people with Spinal Cord Injuries to receive help funding a handicap van or other adaptive equipment needs. Foundations and programs have been established nationwide and locally to get you the funding to regain your mobility with accessible transportation.

The Travis Roy Foundation
This foundation is dedicated to enhancing the life of spinal cord injured individuals and families by providing adaptive equipment and to finding a cure for spine injuries through increased funding of research, resulting in self-reliance and the ability to be as independent as possible.

G.O.A.L.S. - Go Out and Live Successfully! - Florida and nationwide
G.O.A.L.S., Inc. (Go Out And Live Successfully!) is a foundation dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries better access their environment. They provide funds to meet a mobility-related need for spine-related needs.

Kevin Kitchnefsky Foundation for Spinal Cord Research - Pennsylvania (PA) residents
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury and need financial assistance, you should know that 30% of the money we raise is passed on to deserving individuals and organizations. You, or someone you know, could be eligible for a K Grant. These special awards are designed to help offset the costs of equipment, therapy, caregiver respite, fees and/or medical bills incurred as a result of a spinal cord injury.

Access Loans from Bank of America
Bank of America Access Loans provide affordable and flexible terms for individuals with disabilities or access needs. Purchase the equipment you need to make your home and car accessible. Available in AZ, AR, CA, CT, FL, GA, ID, IL, IA, KS, MA, MD, ME, MO, NH, NJ, NV, NY, NM, NC, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, & the District of Columbia.

Mobility Vehicle and Access Loans
Available from Digital Federal Credit Union as part of membership benefits through the American Association of People with Disabilities (only $15/year). This program is available in Georgia, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

NTAF Emergency Grant Program (National)
The NTAF Emergency Grant Program aims to help patients who have exhausted all other resources by providing them with a one-time grant for fundraising. Categories of grant payments include: a month of medications or medication co-pays; gaps in Medicare coverage; relocation housing following transplantation; donor expenses; one month payment of primary residence rent or mortgage for transplant patients who have had to relocate; and adaptive equipment or ramps for spinal cord injury patients. Social workers or financial coordinators should call NTAF and speak with a Patient Services Coordinator who will help determine a patient's eligibility for this limited program. Call 1-800-642-8399 for more information.

 

Additional Handicap Van Funding and Finance Resources:

Employer Funding - Employers are required to pay for assistive technology, mobility equipment, and other accommodations if the request meets the criteria for a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Businesses with 30 or fewer employees (or $1,000,000 or less per year in total revenue) can receive a tax credit for the cost of accommodations provided to an employee (or customer) with a disability. This credit covers 50% of eligible expenditures up to $10,000 with a maximum credit per year of $5000. Contact the IRS for more info and mobility financing through employer funding.

 Car Insurance - Liability insurance sometimes covers the cost of the van conversion.

 

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