Easter Seals Loan Programs Open the Door to Equal Opportunities
Information and an application form are available online at http://www.massatloan.org/.
The Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan (MA AT Loan) Program offers Massachusetts residents with disabilities and their families low-interest cash loans they can use to purchase assistive technology, devices and services that will increase their independence. The program also loans low-cost assistive devices through its Long-Term Device Loan Program.
Both the Massachusetts AT Loan and Long-Term Device Loan programs are dedicated to providing equal opportunities for people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play.
The MA AT Loan Program has many options that can help — even for people who don’t think they would qualify for a loan.
Assistive technology helps provide equal opportunities for people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play. Many different items are considered assistive technology, including:
An assistive technology service helps people determine which device may be right for them. It also helps people locate and purchase devices, trains them on their use, and provides maintenance and repair. The MA AT Loan Program can refer loan recipients to assistive technology services that meet their specific needs
The Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program is operated by Easter Seals and funded by state and federal grants to the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.
Financial literacy assistance
The Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program can help you learn the basics of financial literacy, including how to balance a checkbook and how to manage your credit. The program staff also can provide helpful links to additional resources. The goal is to help you develop financial skills and learn to manage your money so you can live more independently in your community.
The Massachusetts Assistive Technology (MA AT) Long-Term Device Loan Program
The MA AT Long-Term Device Loan Program loans assistive devices that cost less than $500 directly to Massachusetts residents with disabilities. Easter Seals operates the program, which is at no cost to the borrower.
Who can get equipment through the MA AT Long-Term Device Loan Program?
If you are a Massachusetts resident with a disability or are acting on behalf of a relative with a disability, you may participate in the program. This program is specifically for people with low household incomes, so financial need has to be demonstrated.
The applicant needs to show that the requested device can help the child or adult with a disability achieve greater independence and improved quality of life, and that it relates to a functional limitation imposed by his or her disability.
Is this really no cost to me?
Absolutely! This program is designed to allow those with a demonstrated financial need to borrow low-cost devices they need to live more independently. You may keep the device for as long as you need it. When you no longer need the assistive device, it must be returned to the MA AT Long-Term Device Loan Program.
Easter Seals works with Santander Bank to provide the financing options. Disability and elders’ organizations around the state are collaborating with Easter Seals to ensure that the program is available to everyone who would benefit from it.
For more information about the Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Programs, call 800-244-2756 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information and an application form also are available online at http://www.massatloan.org/.