In addition to government programs like Social Security and Medicaid, there are a variety of financial resources available from other public and private organizations, charities, and foundations. In most cases, financial assistance is distributed on the state and local levels. Learn more from the links below.
UCP Bellows Fund
The UCP Elsie S. Bellows Fund is a national program operated by UCP that provides funds to individuals with disabilities for assistive technology equipment. Individuals can apply through their local UCP affiliate and the affiliate submits an application on behalf of an individual to the UCP national office. Applications are reviewed for funding by the Bellows Committee.
Social Security Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administrations provides benefits through two programs: the Social Security disability insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Learn more about these programs including eligibility, how to apply and how to appeal a claim denial.
Medicaid and Medicare
All about medicaid and medicare from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.
Medicaid Waiver Programs
These programs are state based and administered by the medicaid authority. Waiver programs may provide a combination of both traditional medical services (i.e. dental services, skilled nursing services) as well as non-medical services (i.e. respite, case management, environmental modifications) This list contains information about state-specific programs.
Benefits.gov (formerly GovBenefits.gov) was launched in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs.
State Assistive Technology Programs
Directory of the federally funded programs under the Assistive Technology Act that promote people’s awareness of, and access to, assistive technology devices and services. Many programs provide funds and/or low interest loans to purchase devices.
College Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid resources from the National Youth Transitions Center, an online clearinghouse on transition and postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.
United Healthcare Children’s Foundation
The Foundation provides financial assistance to families of children whose commercial insurance coverage does not fully cover the cost of treatment.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance Programs
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.
NeedyMeds is a non-profit information resource devoted to helping people in need find medication assistance programs, disease-based assistance, free and low- clinics, government programs and other types of assistance programs that help with costs related to health care.
Variety: The Childrens Foundation
Administers the Variety Kids on the Go! program which provides funding for walkers, wheelchairs, specially-designed adaptive bikes, strollers, prosthetic limbs and other devices to families of children with disabilities.
Disabled Children Relief Fund
The fund provides children with disabilities assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eyeglasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery.