Assistive Technology Programs Have Been Cut!!!

Cut $150,000 - MRC AT Independent Living Program which provides free assistive technology equipment and training for individuals with severe disabilities. This program offers assistive technology services that will enable individuals to live more independently and safely in their homes.

  • computer technology
  • voice output communication aids
  • electronic aids for daily living

Cut $270,000 The Massachusetts Alternative Finance Program which improves the independence and quality of life of residents with disabilities through loan opportunities for acquiring assistive technology devices and services. The goal of the program is to provide equal opportunities for people with disabilities to live more independently. Many different items are considered assistive technology.

  • Hearing Aids
  • Computers
  • Flashing doorbells
  • Electric wheelchairs or scooters
  • Adapted vehicles
  • Home modifications such as portable ramps or stair lifts

Easterseals Massachusetts has loaned out over $17 million and provided 936 traditional loans since inception helping over 600 people with disabilities purchase a vehicle to access the community.  This program has provided over 1,100 AT items and over 85 no-interest mini loans of $150,000 purchasing over 500 items.

Please call or email your legislators, and request that they:

Support funding for Assistive Technology Programs. Please add $420,000 to line item 4120-4000 MRC in the Governor’s FY25 Budget and earmark language: provided, that not less than $2,340,000 shall be expended for assistive technology services.

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