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MRC Independent Living Program

Eligibility Requirements

To learn more about this program and how to apply, please contact Kristi Peak-Oliveira, Assistant Director of Assistive Technology (kpoliveira@eastersealsma.org ). 

Or call 1-800-244-2756 then dial Extension 431 to leave a message for Kristi. We look forward to working with you! 

  Client Intake Form  

They must have severe physical, mental, or sensory disability or disabilities. 
In order to qualify for this program, individuals must meet the following conditions:

  • The disability must substantially* limit their ability to function independently in their family and the community
  • Assistive technology services and training must be able to improve their ability to function or continue functioning in their family and the community.
  • They must have an Independent Living Goal that requires assistive technology and be unable to meet that goal without it.
  • Individuals must not have vocational, educational, or work goals that would make them eligible for assistive technology services through MRC or Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Vocational Rehabilitation programs.

Individuals who are 22 or younger must not have an educational goal that would make them eligible to receive assistive technology services through their school department.

In addition, individuals must not be eligible to receive assistive technology services from other Executive Office of Health and Human Services agencies, such as the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) or the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The needs of all eligible individuals will be assessed.  Proof of financial need may be required before equipment and training are provided. Some individuals may be required to pay for recommended equipment.

People who meet these criteria are eligible for MRC assistive technology services and will be assigned to a priority category. Easter Seals MA will conduct assessments in order of priority and will provide services first for those in Priority One.  If funds remain available, Easter Seals MA will address the needs of the next priority categories, in order.

*Substantial disability means that the disabling condition(s) results in the individual’s inability to perform more than one Major Life Activity without assistance.  Major life activities are defined as: seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, learning, caring for oneself or working.


This program provides access to low-interest cash loans for the purchase of assistive devices and services to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities as well as assistance with obtaining AT devices. Click for more.


People with and without disabilities and their families can see, touch, learn, and borrow assistive technology devices to make more informed decisions regarding the technology that will meet their needs. Click for more. 

Contact Easter Seals MA at info@eastersealsma.org or call 800-244-2756    

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