The federal Medicaid program allows states to provide flexible services to their citizens, including in-home services. Minnesota has a plan that helps people live at home instead of in an institution. This plan can be used to help set up assistive technology (AT) devices and services. If you need AT, you can apply for grants and related funding from the state.
These grants cover assistive technology devices, such as e-book readers, wheelchair vans, wheelchair lifts, stairlifts, manual controls, and more. AT services include help or instructions for finding, manufacturing, repairing, or learning to use an AT device. Employers can also obtain AT adaptations. The STAR directory of funding resources for assistive technology in Minnesota is a great place to look for other ways to get money for AT.
Equivalife offers low-interest rate loans to consumers, their families and employers to purchase assistive technology devices and services. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is another source of assistance for veterans and their families. MDVA provides programs and services related to higher education, benefits, burial, claims, outreach and veterans' preferences. The Minnesota Center for Disability Law has a fact sheet on assistive technology and schools that provides more information on the subject.
Minnesota STAR is a state program that shows and lends AT equipment, in addition to helping people with disabilities sell or exchange AT devices. Assistive technology can be a great way to help people with disabilities live more independent lives. With the right resources and support, it's possible to find the funding you need to get the assistive technology you need.