Local organizations, such as United Cerebral Palsy affiliates, Muscular Dystrophy Association, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lions Club and others, may have small grant programs to support the needs of people with disabilities. Eligibility criteria and available funding may change from time to time, so you should contact these organizations for updated grant guidelines.
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation’s book, Funding Your Assistive Technology, includes a listing of more than 50 organizations that may provide funding for various types of AT – download or request a free copy!
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state agency in Pennsylvania that oversees community services for people with disabilities. Two of the offices, the Office of Long Term Living and the Office of Developmental Programs, administer the waiver programs for people with physical or intellectual disabilities, people who have traumatic brain injuries, and people with autism. A wide variety of services are included in the waiver programs that can support independent living for people with disabilities. Assistive technology, including accessibility adaptations, vehicle adaptations, and durable medical equipment are services that are included in the waivers. You may apply for benefits online or by contacting DHS at 800‑692‑7462.
Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) provides vocational rehabilitation services to help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. Assistive Technology is an eligible service.