Friday, July 22, 2016

Assistive Technology grants for individuals, apply by October 1

Do you or your family member need assistive technology and do not know where to turn? PATHS, the Partnerships in Assistive TecHnologieS, is a non-profit group dedicated to increasing awareness about and access to assistive technology (AT).

What is assistive technology (AT)? AT is anything that helps you or a family member do something. Eye glasses help us see. Velcro helps us tie our shoes instead of using laces. It is anything that makes life a little easier and helps independence.

PATHS is taking applications for those who need AT in the state of West Virginia. Many people need AT but affording devices can be difficult for some people. PATHS is offering awards of up to $550.00 worth of equipment/devices to qualified individuals. Please note: The total cost of the device(s), including any taxes and shipping and handling, cannot exceed $550.00. PATHS cannot “pool” the grant money with others. For example, PATHS cannot pay $550.00 towards a $700.00 purchase, and you or another source pay the difference. The total cost of the product(s) cannot exceed $550.00; this price must include all device extras, such as software.

How do I qualify? A person of any age and disability may apply. You (or a family member) must need AT to help foster independence at home, school or work. You must have no other funding sources to buy the devices. Proof you have no other funding sources will be required along with a completed application (i.e., denial letter from insurance provider, family support, etc.). If the individual is receiving services from the WV Department of Education (public school or the Birth to Three program) PATHS cannot fund assistive technology devices that should be covered in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).

When are applications due? Applications must be postmarked by October 1, 2016

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