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Developing a Funding Strategy (direct links to topics below are on this page)
- Steps and Strategies to Acquire Funding for Assistive Technology
Step 1: Define and document the need.
Step 2: Identify the equipment and/or services needed.
Step 3: Determine if an alternative device will meet the need.
Step 4: Determine potential funding sources.
Step 5: Gather all essential information to be submitted including prescriptions and other justifications
Step 6: Seek appeals as appropriate.
Appeals and Advocacy (direct links to topics below are on this page)
- Client Disability Program (CAP)
- Office of Disability Concerns
- Special Education Resolution Center (SERC)
- Oklahoma Parents Center (OPC)
- Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
- Office of Client Advocacy
- Alternative Dispute Early Settlement Mediation Programs
- Oklahoma Disability Law Center (ODLC)
The following pages contain fact sheets on public or governmental sources of funding. To determine the most likely agencies to pay for the AT you need, look closely at the eligibility requirements and financial criteria of each source and what types of AT devices and services the agency will fund. Due to eligibility requirements, funding for AT from public sources is far from guaranteed. You will have to build a strong case for the AT you need. Most agencies will have an internal appeals process if you disagree with the initial decision made in your case request.
- Accessible Instructional Materials Center
- American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation
- Children's Hearing Aid Program
- Family Support Assistance Program
- Head Start/Early Head Start
- Insure Oklahoma
- Medicaid-ADvantage Waiver Program
- Medicaid-Community Waiver Program
- Medicaid-In-Home Supports Waiver for Adults
- Medicaid-In-Home Supports Waiver for Children
- Medicaid-Medically Fragile Waiver
- Medicaid-Money Follows the Person Waiver
- Medicaid-SoonerCare Child Health
- Medicaid-SoonerCare Choice
- Medicaid-SoonerCare Traditional
- Oklahoma ABLE Tech
- Oklahoma Equipment Distribution Program
- Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
- Older Blind Independent Living Services Program
- Senior Citizen's Hearing Aid Project
- Single-Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants
- Social Security Disability Insurance
- SoonerStart-Early Intervention Program
- Special Education Services Division Local Education (LEA)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Supplemental Security Income Work Incentives (SSA)
- Supplemental Security Income Disabled Children's Program (SSI-DCP)
- Veteran's Benefits
- Vocational Rehabilitation Program – Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Public sources of funding have been exhausted and appeals have been rejected. Private insurance or the insurance that you do have will not cover the assistive technology needed. The next step should be to search for private nonprofit organizations and foundations that may be able to assist. There are many such sources in the state and nation, but they have restrictions on what they will provide, vary widely on eligibility requirements, and the resources available to them are limited. A person who needs funding for assistive technology may turn to a private nonprofit agency, organization, trust, or foundation for assistance. This Section describes such groups and lists contact information, but there may be others in your local communities that are not listed here.
- Ability Connection Oklahoma
- Ability Found
- ABLE Tech Financial Loan Program
- Arthritis Foundation
- Centers for Independent Living
- Donna Nigh Foundation
- Habitat for Humanity
- Hearts for Hearing Foundation
- HIKE Fund Inc.
- Limbs for Life Foundation
- Limeades for Learning
- Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
- Muscular Dystrophy Association
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust
- Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycling Program
- United Way Hearing Aid Bank
- Vehicle Mobility Assistance Program