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Assitive Technology and Computer Equipment

  • Access For All: Computer Program from UCP - This project of UCP of Central MN builds and repairs computers for people with disabilities. Used computers are refurbished and distributed to people with disabilities for an application fee.


  • PACER's Simon Technology Center- The Simon Technology Center (STC) is dedicated to making the benefits of technology more accessible to children and adults with disabilities. Through a collaborated effort involving parents, professionals, and consumers, the STC can provide numerous services for families and answer to your questions. Since 1987, the Simon Technology Center has helped many children and adults, with a variety of disabilities, use assistive technology to enhance learning, work and independence. They provide a loan program and run a donation website for used equipment.


  • Able Data - AbleData provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. They have a section on funding opportunities.


  • ALS Association (Minnesota Chapter)- Equipment Loan and Communication and Assistive Device Program for durable medical equipment and speech generating devices to people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”


  • Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota- The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota provides help, hope and a voice for the 100,000 Minnesotans who live with a disability as a result of brain injury. They provide a variety of informational services for cognitive rehabilitation through technology.



  • MN Department of Employment and Economic Development - DEED’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Extended Employment programs are available for people with a physical or mental impairment that impedes employment. Independent Living Centers support people with disabilities that desire to become more independent in supported employment, volunteer work or full-time/halftime employment.


Funding for Vehicle Adaptations

  • Toyota Mobility Program -The Toyota Mobility Program supports the mobility needs of Toyota owners and/or family members with physical disabilities. Please contact the Toyota Customer Assistance Center at (800) 331-4331.

  • Chrysler Automobility Program -The Chrysler Automobility Program provides up to $1,000 in financial assistance towards the installation of adaptive equipment on new Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles. Please contact Automobility Program Headquarters at (800) 255-9877 or any U.S. Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep dealership for more details.

  • Ford Mobility Program - Ford Mobility Motoring offers up to $1,000 of financial assistance toward the cost of the installation of adaptive equipment on a new Ford or Lincoln. The program also offers Ford Credit Mobility Financing and comprehensive Roadside Assistance. To begin the Ford Mobility Motoring process, contact the Ford Mobility Motoring Customer Care Center at (800) 952-2248.

  • GM Mobility Program with OnStar - Get up to $1,000 reimbursement ($1,200 on Chevy Express/GMC Savanna vans) PLUS 2 extra years of the OnStar safety and security service when you buy or lease an eligible new GM vehicle (except Cadillac) and install eligible adaptive equipment (e.g., hand controls, scooter hoist, wheelchair lift). Vehicle must be adapted and a claim submitted within 12 months of the vehicle purchase/lease date. To learn more, please visit their theyb site or call (800) 323-9935 (TTY users (800) 833-9935).

  • Lexus Mobility Program- This offer applies to all purchased or leased new 2001 and later Lexus vehicles. Leased vehicles require advance written approval from the lessor of adaptive equipment installations. Questions? Please call Lexus Customer Satisfaction at (800) 255-3987 or (800) 443-4999 (TDD).

  • Volvo Mobility Program -Mobility by Volvo is a logical extension of the Care by Volvo philosophy that travels from the Volvo retailer to your driveway. The goal is to assist persons who are mobility challenged or hearing impaired so their transportation needs can be met within the extraordinary comfort and safety of a specially adapted Volvo. To begin the process and learn more, you can contact the Mobility by Volvo Center at (800) 803-5222.


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Comment by Adrienne Kleinman on February 27, 2019 at 2:32am

Thank you so much for this comprehensive list, Jennifer! It will be so helpful for those in need of resources on funding and equipment programs.    

Comment by Erika J. Kluge on February 24, 2019 at 9:14pm

Great list Jennifer! I have also found if there is a specific software program or app that you are considering you can contact the developer if a free trial is not provided on their website. Many will offer lite versions or free trials for one to make certain it is a good match. 

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