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Financial Assistance

1. Fundraising For Uninsured Expenses

1.1. Help Hope Live-Fundraising After Catastrophic Injury or Disease Onset


HelpHOPELive is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps patients and families facing transplantation catastrophic trauma or non-traumatic injury afford uninsured medically related expenses through grass-roots fundraising.


HelpHOPELive provides the consultation needed to raise funds to bridge the gap between what health insurance will pay and what is actually needed to heal, live and thrive.


Patients, their families and community volunteers are given the tools to launch and sustain successful fundraising campaigns, providing:


  • expert fundraising guidance and ongoing support;
  • fiscal accountability in the collection, management and disbursement of funds raised;
  • tax deductibility for donors.


Our office is located in Radnor, Pennsylvania, but we HELP HOPE LIVE for patients and families nationwide.  Call us: 800.642.8399.

 HelpHOPELive Online Application

1.2. Funding Your Handicap Accessible Van with a Grant

Funding Your Handicap Accessible Van with a Grant (blog with some guidance)

1.3. Funding Sources Directory for iPads and other Mobile Devices

Funding Sources Directory for iPads and other Mobile Devices

BridgingApps has created a funding source directory or iPads and mobile devices.  We have received many questions from the BridgingApps community about how to get a device funded. We have begun to compile a list of organizations that grant iPads and similar devices to families who have children with special needs. Please use this list as a guide to explore ways to find such funding.

2. Grants for Individuals

2.1. Amy Van Dyken Foundation

Contact the Amy Van Dyken Foundation

Nomination details

To begin, simply fill out the brief form above and we'll email an official Amy Van Dyken Foundation application to you. The application can then be filled out by the person you are nominating. On the application, we ask for basic personal information as well as certain financial and health insurance documents we require to help us make a fair assessment of the level of assistance we can provide. Rest assured, we value privacy. Your personal information is for our eyes only. 

Once the application has been received and reviewed, a member of the Amy Van Dyken Foundation will contact the nominee to discuss next steps. We look forward to hearing from you.

Terms & Conditions

2.2. Be Perfect SCI Foundation

The Foundation offers scholarships for activity-based therapy at Project Walk to qualified recipients. Our non-profit also provides funds to those needing wheelchairs, adapting cars, as well as covering unpaid medical bills to those who cannot afford to pay their deductibles and general daily medical necessities. Bathroom aids such as shower chairs would also be considered for coverage.
720 Indigo Ct.
Pomona, CA 91767
(909) 593-9539

2.3. Blood Brothers Foundation

Blood Brothers Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides financial support for vehicle modifications for individuals living with spinal cord injuries.

Phone: 720-413-1899

Donations to Blood Brothers Foundation go directly to serving individuals with physical disabilities. We are committed to financial transparency, so that our donors can be confident that their donation, no matter what the level, will be used to achieve our mission of restoring physical freedom, mobility and independence of individuals living with physical disabilities.

Currently, Blood Brothers is operated entirely by volunteers, which means your generous donation is not spent on overhead. Additionally, Blood Brothers does not have a brick-and-mortar location, so we have no operational costs associated with running a traditional office space. 

Here are a few of the vehicle modifications that your donations make possible for individuals with physical disabilities:

  • hand controls

  • steering devices

  • lifts

  • ramps


We understand that making a donation can be a complex and difficult decision. We thank you on behalf of all the individuals living with physical disabilities served through our organization. 


2.4. Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation (Charitable & Research Grants)

The Byron Riesch Paralysis Foundation's goal is to find a cure for paralysis through funding the latest in medical research and to provide assistance to those that suffer from neurological disorders.

Typical charitable grants to individuals have provided home and transportation accessibility assistance to those living with mobility disabilities with preference going to those living with spinal cord injury. Other adaptive equipment such as shower chairs or computers are considered as well.

Also award scholarships both for the spring and fall semesters to individuals that are either suffering from a neurological disorder or have parents that suffer from a neurological disorder.

Nationwide in scope

See attached application

The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation
P.O. Box 1388
Waukesha, WI 53187-1388
Phone: (262) 547-2083
Email Address:

Janet Curtis
Director of Marketing
Phone: (262) 391-1533
Email Address:

2.5. Challenged Athletes Foundation's Access for Athletes Grants

Stepping in where medical treatment, rehabilitation and health insurance ends, Access for Athletes provides such equipment as adaptive sports wheelchairs, handcycles, and mono skis. After being awarded grants for new adaptive sports equipment, prosthetics and/or training and competition expenses, participants in the program can pursue a full and active life that includes sports.

Operates on annual grant cycle...

Challenged Athletes Foundation
9591 Waples Street, San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: 858.866.0959 | Fax: 858.866.0958

2.6. Chanda Plan Foundation (programs offer access to integrative therapies)

The Chanda Plan Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life for people with physical disabilities through education and programs to access integrative therapies.

Their  goal is to continue giving the disabled population services that can improve their overall health & participation in life. The ultimate aim is to help persons with disabilities heal their whole body in a proactive and preventative way.

Programs provide the means for people to be empowered to take control of their health vs. letting it take control of them. To determine eligibility and learn more about our programs, please visit the program session of our website:

Programs of the Chanda Plan Foundation

Contact Information:

The Chanda Plan Foundation
4226 Raritan Street
Denver, CO 80211

2.7. CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Quality-of-Life grants

CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Inc works to help American citizens with severe mobility limitations maintain hopeful, purposeful, engaged lives by providing some financial support for medically-necessary home-health-care services not covered by insurance, private or governmental, and not covered by any other non-profit organization.  

Outreach Program wards quality-of-life grants and post-graduate scholarships to individuals with documented disabilities.

Quality-of-life grant recipients have applied funds to accessibility modifications for their homes, travel expenses related to treatment, durable medical equipment, other medical and personal care supplies, dental care, and home-based caregiving expenses that help them avoid institutionalization.

The postgraduate scholarship recipients have used awards to fund care givers, medical equipment, and tuition expenses during a course of study at graduate or professional school in fields of business administration and finance, information, social work, law, art, and divinity.

2.8. Conover Mobile Technology Grant

Conover Mobile Technology Grant

The purpose of the Conover Mobile Technology Grant is to promote the use of mobile technology and our apps to improve an individual's freedom and independence. Individuals, parents, caretakers, teachers, counselors, religious leaders, private organizations and public organizations within the United States are eligible to apply for this grant. The grants are currently targeted to the use of iPod and iPad devices to assist individuals in improving their ability to function independently in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Successful grantees will receive either an iPod or an iPad preloaded with all Conover Company Functional Skills System videos to assist individuals in developing freedom and independence.

Phone: 800-933-1933


2.9. Dream2Walk Foundation

The Dream2Walk Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit public charity that is focused on Spinal Cord Injury recovery. Our mission is to help Spinal Cord Injury Patients recover from their injuries and learn to walk again. We do this by raising funds in order to award scholarships to Spinal Cord Injury Patients in need of financial assistance at approved recovery based therapy facilities. In the future, we also intend to distribute funds to aid in spinal cord injury research, along with development of improved spinal cord therapy devices. It is our hope, with your support, to make recovery from Spinal Cord Injuries an attainable dream for as many Spinal Cord Injury Patients possible.

Contact Us
P: (214) 417-8466

1904 Webster Dr.
Plano ,Texas 75075

2.10. Dreams of Recovery Foundation

The Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation is committed to creating a positive change for those individuals facing the many challenges which accompany spinal cord and/or brain injuries.

This foundation strives to help individuals receive therapies that are desperately needed and the necessary equipment that will help promote nerve regeneration and restore muscle mass.   Download an application to apply for a funding grant.

The Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation, Inc.

2985 Gordy Pkwy
Suite 113
Marietta, Georgia 30066-3078


2.11. Elderly or Disabled Living (Housing costs)

Elderly or Disabled Living

As a nonprofit 501c3 charity, EDL's mission is to reduce costs associated with housing. We specifically provide help to lower income elderly or disabled individuals. EDL is not a home care facility though. Our nonprofit has many cost reducing techniques available to us. EDL's service includes but isn't limited to monetary assistance (e.g. the following is not a exclusive list): Dr. bills, cable, internet, health insurance, car payment, electric, rent, and mortgage

MAIL: Elderly or Disabled Living
8245 Irish Dr. North Richland Hills, TX 76180

2.12. Faith's Hope

FAITHS HOPE is an acronym for Family Assistance In The Hospital Specializing in Helping Others Pay Expenses.

The mission of Faith's Hope is to assist families who are facing homelessness and poverty due to the long-term illness or hospitalization of a loved one.The emotional and financial stress of serious illness and long-term hospitalization often results in families losing their jobs, their homes and even each other as the family unit dissolves under the pressure. Faith's Hope works with these families to pay utility bills, rent or mortgage and car payments, purchase groceries, and help cover other necessary costs that, because of major medical bills, the families may not otherwise be able to afford.

Faith's Hope
Mailing Address
2271 W. Malvern Ave. Ste 382
Fullerton, CA 92833
Phone 714.871.HOPE (4673)
Physical Address
444 N. Harbor Blvd. Ste. 200
Fullerton, CA 92832


2.13. Friends of Man

Friends of Man, the charitable arm of the Institute for the New Man, gives help to people who find themselves in a situation where they have nowhere else to turn. It may be an elderly person on a fixed income, a working family whose child is struck by severe illness, an accident victim, a disabled person, or a schoolchild whose family can't afford basic needs.

Friends of Man helps people of all ages with a large variety of needs:

  • Mobility Equipment: (prostheses, wheelchairs, van lifts, and modifications, ramps, home modifications)
  • Medical Equipment and Procedures
  • Hearing Aids, Dentures,Glasses
  • Basic Needs: Clothing for Children, Food
  • Short-term Daycare, Prescriptions, Cobra/Health Insurance
  • And More!!

Friends of Man
P.O. Box 937
Littleton, Colorado 80160-0937
Phone Number:(303) 798-2342

2.14. Joseph S Groh Foundation ( if connected with construction trades)

Joseph S. Groh Foundation

The charter for the Joseph S Groh foundation as filed with the IRS states we are dedicated to providing financial support to those connected with the construction trades industry (plumbing, HVAC, electrical, roofing etc.) who are living with life altering injuries.

Assistance provided is designed to pay for the provision of material (i.e. Durable medical equipment, etc.) or for services rendered. (i.e. construction of ramps to the home, widening of doorways, reconstruction of bathrooms for wheelchair access, etc.) It is the policy of the foundation not to provide cash as a means of assistance, unless it serves as reimbursement for materials or services provided. In these cases, documentation of materials or services is required. Provision of assistance will be by vote of the Board of Directors, and will be made on the basis of need and ability of the foundation to provide.

You may click on "Submission Forms" in this section of the website to access an online application, which may be submitted directly back to the foundation.

The foundation will respond to every request received, regardless of our ability to fund that request.

2.15. Kelly Brush Foundation-Sports Equipment

The Kelly Brush Foundation Individual Grant Program awards grants to individuals with paralysis due to a spinal cord injury (SCI). The purpose of the individual grant program is to increase participation in adaptive sports and recreation activities and improve the quality of life for individuals living with SCI. The individual grant program allows economically Kelly Brush Foundation Individual Grant Programdisadvantaged individuals with SCI to purchase adaptive sporting equipments such as a mono ski or a hand cycle. In order for an individual to qualify for the grant he or she must be living in the United States and must supply the Foundation with information about their spinal cord injury, details on their source of income, and a description of the type of equipment they are seeking.

Our grant cycle is once annually in the late fall/early winter.  We are currently accepting grant applications for review in late fall/early winter, 2013.


  • Individuals applying for a grant must reside in the United States.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Assistance is awarded to paraplegics or quadriplegics paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury (Please Note: paralysis must be due to a spinal cord injury; paralysis due to other causes, such as MS or spina bifida, is not eligible).
  • Individuals may only apply for adaptive sports or recreational equipment (i.e. monoski, handcycle). Applications for adaptive equipment that does not fall into the sports and recreation category will not be considered.
  • If awarded a grant the individual must supply the Kelly Brush Foundation with pictures of equipment purchased and a description of how the grant enriched the individuals quality of life.

2.16. MobilityWorks Foundation

The MobilityWorks Foundation is a non-profit organization that will provide financial assistance and or equipment to selected individuals requiring adaptive vehicles or driving aids. The Foundation's goal is to make the world accessible for physically challenged individuals and families. The Foundation will provide financial assistance and or equipment to selected, qualified applicants requiring adaptive vehicles or driving aids.

2.17. Modest Needs Emergency Fund

Modest Needs offers grants to low-income but generally self-sufficient households, displaced workers struggling to return to the workforce, permanently disadvantaged persons struggling to afford medical care, and small non-profit organizations. The Emergency Fund exists to fund qualified applications for assistance under any of our standing grant programs that are both critically time-sensitive and which, in the judgment of management of Modest Needs, will have a substantial, positive, long-term impact on the life of the grantee if funded absolutely as quickly as possible.

2.18. New Perspective Foundation (Ohio and Florida)

New Perspective Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps individuals in Ohio and Florida who are currently hospitalized due to a spinal cord injury by assisting their family and friends with airfare, gasoline and lodging expenses so they can travel to support them in their time of need.  It was founded by Tyson Gentry and his wife Megan. Tyson played football for Ohio State and sustained a spinal cord injury in 2006. He was inspired to start the foundation after people from all over the nation sent cards, letters of encouragement and gas cards to alleviate the costs of travel incurred by his family.

2.19. Ralph Braun Foundation

The Ralph Braun Foundation - an organization dedicated to assisting folks with purchasing mobility transportation equipment. The Ralph Braun Foundation was created for a simple purpose: to assist those with mobility needs through education, information and product acquisition.

2.20. Repair and Rehabilitation Grant (for persons over 62)

A US Department of Agreculture grant is available to dwelling owner/occupant who is 62 years of age or older. Funds may only be used for repairs or improvements to remove health and safety hazards, or to complete repairs to make the dwelling accessible for household members with disabilities.

2.21. SCORE (Spinal Cord Opportunities for Rehabilitation Endowment)

SCORE aims to assist young people who have been injured while participating in sporting events or athletic recreation. SCORE endeavors to improve the quality of life for people with a spinal cord injury, assisting with the substantial out-of-pocket costs associated with obtaining the best medical care, home amenities and transportation. The end goal is to facilitate rehabilitation and independent living.


2.22. Tighten The Drag Foundation-(Therapy & Recreation)

Tighten The Drag Foundation supports "Out of the Box" aggressive therapy and exercise programs for Spinal Cord Injured individuals that are not normally covered by insurance. Sometimes the recreational part of "therapy" is not offered in traditional rehabilitation. Tighten the Drag Foundation seeks to assist nominated candidates with funding assistance to cover ongoing therapy needs, specialized equipment and helping to organize and fund recreational activities to qualified and nominated recipients to help provide a break from the daily stresses in their life. Because we believe that being in the outdoors is vital and beneficial to the health and well being of every individual, especially those dealing with difficulties in life, we help in assisting you locate programs and professionals in your area that are reputable and who provide much needed fun and variance from your normal daily routines, not only for you but for your family caregivers as well. Individuals can be nominated for consideration or referred by a medical professional. Nominate an Individual or Family Caregiver who needs help improving their quality of life after injury.

Contact Tighten The Drag Foundation

19239 N Dale Mabry Hwy #108
Lutz, FL 33548-5067 the Drag Foundation

2.23. Travis Roy Foundation

Travis Roy Foundation The Travis Roy Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families by providing adaptive equipment and to finding a cure through increased funding of research, resulting in self-reliance and the ability to be as independent as possible. Funding may be available for vehicle modifications, not for the vehicle itself that will require modification.

2.24. Triumph Foundation

Triumph Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help individuals with Spinal Cord Injury triumph over their disabilities and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day. 

Triumph Foundation works to minimize the obstacles that one faces after suffering Spinal Cord Injury.  We specialize in galvanizing and restoring lives after Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). 

The cornerstone of our outreach is giving newly injured people Care Baskets that are like tool-kits which provide information and resources about the many organizations, assistance programs, and activities that exist to help people with an SCI with their new beginning and to enable them to keep living their lives to the fullest potential.

We are also involved within the SCI community by taking leadership roles in support groups, helping people plan home modifications for wheelchair accessibility, assisting people with financial constraints to get needed equipment & supplies, expanding Disabled Sports & Fitness opportunities, and providing mentorship & advocacy.

Triumph Foundation sponsors individual's recovery from spinal cord injury by determining needs and helping to find solutions. We know that sometimes a simple item or service will enable someone to live a more functional independent life, but financial strains keep it out of reach. Triumph helps bridge that gap. We pair individuals with sponsors who can help meet their needs; we have a Fundraising Partnership where we team up with an individual to raise funds for specific items or services; we have an Equipment & Supply Exchange program where we help find a home for old, used, and extra equipment & supplies and arrange for it to be given to people who are in need; we loan items to people to increase independence and functionality; and we provide financial assistance through our Keep Moving Forward Grant program.

2.25. Walking with Anthony

Walking with Anthony's mission is to forever change the recovery outcome of spinal cord injury, currently perceived as unchangeable. 


Walking With Anthony is committed to:


  • Educate/Raise Awareness

  • Support SCI Research

  • Expand SCI Rehab Centers

  • Provide Financial Assistance to Individuals with SCI



3. Grants to Organizations

3.1. Christopher Reeve Foundation Grants (for organizations only)

The Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF) does not make grants directly to individuals with SCI. Instead, CRF provides Quality of Life Grants and Heath Promotion Grants to organizations nationwide that help improve opportunities, access and day-to-day quality of life for individuals living with SCI and their families.

3.2. Home Depot Foundation Community Impact Grants Program

Community Impact Grants Program

Grants, up to $5,000, are available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.

Our mission is to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home. As such- priority will be placed on volunteer projects that fit the following criteria.

  • Projects that serve veterans and their families, whether that's repairing homes or improving facilities
  • Projects that involve veterans volunteering to help other veterans in the communities where they live

3.3. The Sunshine Lady Foundation

The mission of the Sunshine Lady Foundation is to invest in organizations and programs dedicated to providing opportunities for the advancement of education, well being and new life choices for disadvantaged people with special empathy for the working poor and families in crisis.

Acknowledging that good luck does not shine equally on everyone, the Sunshine Lady Foundation directors, staff and volunteers, known as Sunbeams, seek out ways to effectively share financial support, goodwill, energy and vision with those who need it most, and to encourage collaborative efforts within the community to help achieve this mission.

The Sunshine Lady Foundation is a private family foundation founded in 1996 by Doris Buffett and funded through her generosity. The mission of the foundation reflects the mid-western values and no-nonsense approach to decision-making that Doris grew up with in Omaha, Nebraska.   Each Sunshine Lady Foundation grant is considered an investment, and the decision to grant funds is always based on an expected successful return.  Doris Buffett is grateful to her father, Howard Buffett, and brother, Warren Buffett, not only for providing her with the wealth to fund the foundation but also for their inspirational examples of integrity and generosity.

The Sunshine Lady Foundation does not accept requests for consideration of funding from individuals or organizations outside of the United States, or for the following purposes:

  • -  business investments of any type or grants to businesses
  • -  loans of any type, either personal or business
  • -  payment of medical debt or school loans
  • -  academic or scientific research
  • -  graduate study
  • -  conferences, seminars or trips
  • -  environmental or animal protection causes
  • -  general fund-raising drives or events
  • -  religious organizations for religious purposes
  • -  the Arts

Please contact the foundation directly to learn more about grant possibilities. 

103 S 11th Street # B, Morehead City, NC, 28557-4105

Phone: (252) 240-2788

4. Loans

4.1. Mobility Vehicle and Access Loans

Available from Digital Federal Credit Union as part of membership benefits through the American Association of People with Disabilities (only $15/year)

4.2. Access Loans from Bank of America

Access Loans from Bank of America provide affordable and flexible terms for individuals with disabilities or access needs. Purchase the equipment you need to make your car accessible. Available in AZ, AR, CA, CT, FL, GA, ID, IL, IA, KS, MA, MD, ME, MO, NH, NJ, NV, NY, NM, NC, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, & the District of Columbia.

4.3. Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) discharge of student loans

It's Possible to Discharge a Student Loan Because of Disability

As of 2011, the average college student (graduate and undergraduate) left school with $23,300 in debt. Repayment of student loans has always been difficult, but with the economy still working its way back, many recent graduates have no jobs and no way to pay back their loans. People with disabilities that prevent them from working face an even more desperate set of challenges.

Fortunately, people with disabilities can apply for disability discharges of loans from the following programs: Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL), Perkins Loans, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans (Direct Loans), and Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants.

To qualify for a disability discharge, a borrower must show that she has a physical or mental impairment that will either result in death or has lasted or will be expected to last more than 60 months. (Different, less stringent rules apply to veterans with disabilities.) The borrower's doctor must submit paperwork to the U.S. Department of Education certifying the borrower's condition, and, if approved, the loan will be conditionally discharged.

Once a loan is conditionally discharged, the borrower must not engage in employment that results in income exceeding the federal poverty rate for a family of two for the next three years. Once the three-year period has passed, the loan will be completely discharged.

No one wants to default on his obligations, but if a borrower cannot repay a loan due to disability, he should promptly apply for a disability discharge so that the funds he would normally spend on loan repayment can be directed towards future care.

To read the Department of Education's guidelines for obtaining a disability discharge, click here.

  from the Academy of Special Needs Planners

5. Misc Financial Resources

5.1. Focus on Independence program from the Maloney Vision Institute

Focus on Independence program from the Maloney Vision Institute
Offers to perform free LASIK eye surgery to quadriplegics who don't have the dexterity to put on glasses or insert contacts. For more information, call the Maloney Vision Institute 877-EYESIGHT or e-mail

5.2. HelpWithPayingBills

HelpWithPayingBills, a site that helps low income families with finding financial assistance programs. State-by-state directory lists assistance programs that help with utility, energy, rent and medical bills.

5.3. My - An official government website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics of financial education; filled with information and easy to use.  Provides useful resources to persons seeking information that can help with their personal financial decisions.

6. Pediatric Funding

6.1. Pediatric Funding Sources

Check out our various Pediatric Funding Resources

7. Prescription Assistance

7.1. The Medicine Program

The Medicine Program is a patient advocacy organization helping individuals and families all across America get access to up to 2,500 prescription medications available today for free or nearly free of charge through Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs).

7.2. My Part D USA

My Part D USA is a national organization specializing in Medicare Drug Plan Enrollments, Medicare Drug Assistance Programs, and Coordination of Medicare Health Insurance Benefits. Provide free and confidential comparison of Part D Drug Plans.

7.3. Needy Meds

Needy Medsis a  501(c)(3) non-profit information resource devoted to helping people in need find assistance programs to help them afford their medications and costs related to health care. NeedyMeds was founded in 1997 by Richard Sagall, MD and Libby Overly, MSW when Libby was working as a medical social worker in a rural Mississippi. She developed a database of PAP information to help her meet the needs of her clients. When she described this database to Rich, a friend with a medical practice in Bangor, Maine, he conceptualized making the information available on the Internet to make it available to more people. This was the beginning of NeedyMeds.

NeedyMeds' mission is to be the best source of accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information on programs that help people facing problems paying for medications and health care; to assist those in need in applying to programs; and to provide health-related education using innovative methods.

NeedyMeds is funded by small grants, donations, sponsorships, subscriptions to PAPTracker, and syndication of various database information. NeedyMeds also works with the patient assistance programs of several pharmaceutical distributors.

Print out your own card and search for participating pharmacies.

For more information about NeedyMeds, click on the links below:

The NeedyMeds Brochure is available to organizations that assist people who need help paying for their medicine. Click HERE to learn more.

Patient Advocate Newsis a bimonthly free PDF newsletter that keeps advocates current on what changes have occurred in patient assistance programs, contains interviews with people who work for health-related organizationsand noteworthy health care news.

Read our privacy policy.

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Contents may not be reproduced in any form
except for personal use
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7.4. NORD's Medication Assistance Programs

NORD works closely with humanitarian-minded pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to ensure that certain vital medications are available to those individuals whose income is too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to pay for their prescribed medications.

7.5. Partnership for Prescription Assistance

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medications free or nearly free.

7.6. Rx Outreach

ESSDS developed Rx Outreach to provide a safe, affordable, and easy way for people of all ages to get medicines they need. The program offers prescription medicines to uninsured individuals and families, as well as those who have limited prescription drug coverage.

7.7. Together Rx Access

Together Rx Access
Web sites:

A FREE prescription-savings card for eligible residents of the United States and Puerto Rico who have no prescription drug coverage. Plus information Medicare Part D.

8. Fertility Treatment Grants and Scholarships

8.1. The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination- Scholarship




 The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination- Scholarship

  • Provides a basic IVF cycle which is donated by a facility. This includes the treatment and physician services and monitoring at the designated clinic.
  • The applicant must be an INCIID Interactive Community Member at the Bronze Level or higher.
  • The selection committee selects couples based on cost-of-living, submitted paystubs, tax returns and a letter from their doctor recommending IVF as medically necessary.
  • Visit INCIID's Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the program and eligibility requirements.

Contact Information:
Website: Visit for more information about the, From INCIID the Heart IVF Scholarship Program.
Phone: (703)379-9178
Fax: (703)379-1593

8.2. Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation

The Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation was created to give hope to people who want to build a family. Established in 2008, this non-profit organization helps people of various circumstances afford fertility treatments that are not covered by health insurance.

The Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation was started with a generous donation from Lori and Rob Moscato of Raleigh, North Carolina. The Moscatos conceived their daughter through IVF. After giving birth to Sophia in 2007 they conceived their son Ryan on their own. "Rob and I feel so blessed and so fortunate to have two little miracles, each in their own way," explains Lori Moscato. "We were fortunate to have health insurance coverage for our IVF treatments but we know most people don't. We want to help those couples because we can't imagine life without our beautiful children and we want to pay it forward."

"This is a dream realized for us to be able to assist the Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation in helping couples build their families in this manner," says Sameh K. Toma, MD, Executive Director of PIFFF. "The majority of couples with fertility issues can get pregnant if they seek treatment. However, finances stop many people from pursuing their options because many health insurance companies in North Carolina don't cover fertility treatments."

The Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation accepts grant applications throughout the year with awards presented three to four times a year. A Board of Directors reviews each application thoroughly as part of the approval process. Recipients of grants through the foundation will be treated at any certified fertility clinic in the United States, as listed with the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART);

"We also want to reach out to families who can "pay it forward" by making donations to the non-profit foundation," says Gerald Mulvaney, MD, Advisory Board Member of PIFFF. "The name of the non-profit says it all. We want to continue helping couples in need and not have this be a one time deal for a few people. We're hoping more people like the Moscatos will consider funding the Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation with donations."

8.3. Baby Quest Foundation





Baby Quest Foundation

  • Grants are awarded two times yearly.
  • Provides a dollar range of $2,000-$16,000 (combination of money and medications)
  • Open to all, genders, singles, same sex couples, all who are permanent residents of the U.S., ect. (Click here to see more requirements on the Baby Quest website)
  • Applications fees apply

Contact Information:
Website: Visit http://www/ for more information about Baby Quest's grant


8.4. The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation – Family Building Grant



The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation – Family Building Grant

  • This grant is offered once per year.
  • Provides up to $10,000 per funded family to help with costs medical infertility treatments and domestic adoption.
  • Open to all; applicants must have a diagnosis of infertility from their doctor and must be legal, permanent U.S. residents.
  • Applications fees apply.

Contact Information:
Website: Visit for more information about the Family Building Grant
Phone: (443) 896-6504
Fax: (410) 741-3701

8.5. Cleveland Clinic - Ohio Hospital Care Assurance Program (HCAP)

Cleveland Clinic - Ohio Hospital Care Assurance Program (HCAP)

  • You must be a resident of Ohio, Florida or Nevada and meet the geographic requirements identified in the policy.
  • They offer emergency and other medically necessary hospital-level services free of charge.


(1)You are currently an eligible recipient of the General Assistance or the Disability Assistance Programs 

(2)Your income is at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (the FPG). 

For information regarding Cleveland Clinic Financial Assistance Policy and Financial Assistance Application Form, please refer to the contact information below for Cleveland Clinic financial counselors.

Contact Information:
Website: - Financial Assistance
Phone: (866) 621-6385

8.6. (New York State) - Infertility Demonstration Program

New York State Infertility Demonstration Program

  • A grant from New York State for IVF treatment
  • The NYS Infertility Demonstration Program provides financial support to privately insured individuals whose insurance coverage for IVF is exhausted or inadequate
  • Funds are allocated to select centers meeting high standards of IVF success rates and patient volume.
  • To determine if you are eligible for the New York State Infertility Demonstration Program, please see the contact information

Contact Information:
Website: Visit for more information
Phone: (518) 474-1911
Fax: (518) 474-6041

9. Scholarships

9.1. 180 Medical-College Scholarship Program (SCI, TM, or spina bifida)

180 Medical offers a scholarship program to help those with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, and transverse myelitis. Realizing the financial burdens that exist for many of these families, the 180 Medical Scholarship Program was developed to honor these young adults who pursue goals of higher education. The 180 Medical Scholarship program was started by 180 Medical's Founder & CEO, Todd Brown, who was injured in a motocross accident that left him with a spinal cord injury.
Students attending a two-year, four-year, or graduate school program full time in the fall are eligible to apply. Applicants must be under a physician's care for a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder, or ostomy (ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy). Must be a legal resident in the United States.
The Scholarship Award
Seven $1,000 college scholarships will be offered.  
Applications will be accepted from January 1 to June 1. 

9.2. 1800wheelchair Scholarship (Undergraduate students) offers an annual scholarship award to an undergraduate student. The scholarship is open to students of any major or concentration. Although not a requirement, preference will be given to students with mobility disabilities.

9.3. ABC Medical scholarships

ABC Medical will be offering semi-annual scholarships, divided into the following three categories: Adaptive Sports, Scholar Athletes, and Making a Difference.  The Adaptive Sports scholarship will be divided by age group (Junior, College, Adult) and will be awarded to individuals who represent good sportsmanship, display continuous respect for themselves and others, and display leadership characteristics on their adaptive sports team.  The Scholar Athlete award will be given to individuals in need of financial assistance for their college tuition.  The Making a Difference scholarship will be given to individuals that are trying to improve their own lives or improve the lives of others around them. The amounts will vary, are awarded at the sole discretion of the Scholarship Committee, and will be awarded in June and December.

9.4. American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program (Students majoring in a field related to disability and health)

In 2009, AAHD created the AAHD Scholarship Program, which will support students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education. Preference will be given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in the field of public health, health promotion, disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM CRITERIA: The AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability is awarded annually to a deserving  student with a disability who is pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies (must be at least enrolled as a Junior in college) in an accredited university who is pursuing studies related to the health and disability, to include, but not limited to  public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities.

  • Applicant must have a disability
  • Applicant must be enrolled  FULL TIME as an undergraduate student in program in college or university pursuing an undergraduate degree,  or enrolled PART TIME or FULL TIME in a graduate school, pursuing a post graduate degree. ( Important: applicants who have not yet graduated from high school will not be considered.)
  • Preference is given to students majoring in a field related to disability and health (see Scholarship  Program Criteria above);
  • Applicant must be a US citizen or legal resident living in the US and enrolled in an accredited United States university.
  • Funds are limited to under $1,000

9.5. AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship (Wheelchair or scooter user)

The AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship is a scholarship offered to full-time college students who use either a manual wheelchair, power wheelchair, or a mobility scooter. One applicant will be selected to receive a $2,500 scholarship award. Their goal is to contribute to the future of a wheelchair user by offering the winning student financial assistance to help cover the expenses of tuition and books. 

In addition, the school of the applicant who wins will receive a free swimming pool lift that allows them to offer more accessibility to their handicapped students and staff, as well as comply with new ADA requirements.

9.6. Appel Law Firm Auto Accident Survivor Scholarship

Appel Law Firm Auto Accident Survivor Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have sustained injuries from a car or truck accident or been affected by someone else's accident.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited college or university within the United States. Graduate and Law School students are encouraged to apply.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.


The following documents must be provided in full by August 1 of the application year  for consideration:

  • A completed application.
  • An official copy of a current academic transcript.
  • Copy of a police report or other proof of your accident.
  • A personal essay of not more than three pages describing the car accident, how it affected you, and what has changed since the accident.

 The award recipient shall provide the following documentation to obtain the scholarship:

  • Proof of Legal Residency in U.S. (i.e. birth certificate, passport, permanent resident card, etc.).
  • Auto Accident Law Firm scholarship is to be used exclusively for college tuition and related expenses. A check for $1000 will be made payable to the award recipient's school to cover these expenses and he or she is expected to submit receipts in accordance with IRS regulations.


One applicant will receive the $1,000 Auto Accident Law Firm Scholarship. The recipient will be notified of the selection mid August of the application year.

9.7. The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation

A $1000 to $2000 scholarship shall be awarded to two to three individuals with neurological disabilities, or the child of that person, for post high school education by The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation.

9.8. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. 2014 Disability Scholarship (any disability)

The Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. ( offers a $1,000.00 scholarship award to an undergraduate student. The scholarship is open to students with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental and psychiatric conditions, speech and language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and all other disabling conditions. All students are encouraged to apply even if they are unsure if their specific disability qualifies for the scholarship.

The scholarship is $1,000.00 and will be awarded to a student who meets the following criteria:

  • Recipient is a U.S. citizen enrolled at an accredited college or university within the U.S.
  • Has a disability diagnosis from any person qualified to make a diagnosis.
  • Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited college or university.


Apply at


9.9. ChairScholars Foundation

The ChairScholars Foundation provides scholarships for college or vocational training to low-income students with severe physical disabilities - allowing them the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Any young person with a physical disability and a dream can apply for a scholarship.

9.10. CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries postgraduate scholarships (severe physical disability)

CMMS Deshae Lott Ministries Inc works to help American citizens with severe mobility limitations maintain hopeful, purposeful, engaged lives by providing some financial support for medically-necessary home-health-care services not covered by insurance, private or governmental, and not covered by any other non-profit organization. Many students pursuing an education beyond a bachelor's degree require scholarships, assistantships, or student loans to fund their education; students with disabilities often have higher costs of living, and these scholarships seek to address such needs.

9.11. College Scholarships for Students with Parents with Disabilities

Through the Looking Glass and its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families announce new scholarships specifically for high school seniors and college students who have parents with disabilities. Please visit website to find out more.


9.12. Craig Hospital Alumni Scholarship

With support from the Denver Alumnae Chapter of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, the Trigiano Foundation and other community contributions, graduates of Craig can apply for financial support for higher education from the Craig Hospital Alumni Scholarship Fund.

9.13. disABLEDperson, Inc. National Scholarship

disABLEDperson Inc. will be holding their annual nationally based scholarship competition for disABLED college students. It is an essay competition with a $1500 dollar award.

9.14. Eisbrouch Marsh, LLC

The Eisbrouch Marsh, LLC a law firm in New Jersey is offering a nationwide annual disability scholarship that is being made available to students with a physical or a learning disability, who have been accepted or are attending a 4-year college program or a law school within the US.

An essay based scholarship which will be awarded to one student in the amount of $1000. More scholarship information may be found at:

9.15. Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation (Women with physical disabilities in grad program)

The ELA Scholarship provides financial assistance to women with physical disabilities who are enrolled in a college or university graduate program in the United States.

9.16. Express Ramps Annual Scholarship (undergrads – must write essay)

Express Ramps Annual Scholarship

Express Ramps is proud to announce our new Annual College Scholarship Program.  We believe that quality education is important for all who seek it. With the rising cost of education, we know that there are many deserving students who could benefit from some financial assistance. We are pleased to offer a $500 scholarship award to one such deserving student.  The winning student will receive our scholarship to assist with his or her continued undergraduate education.  We hope this program is successful in building awareness of both the challenges of completing higher education and the ability to overcome mobility issues.

One $500 scholarship being offered. Applicants Must Meet the Following Criteria:
-Must be currently enrolled at an accredited College or University in the USA.
-Must be in Good Standing with the University.
-Must be over the age of 16.
-Must have a current Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (or equivalent) or above.
-Application must be postmarked by December 15

9.17. Foundation for Science and Disability (students of Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Technology, or Engineering)

FSD has established a Science Graduate Student Grant Fund, which is available to fourth year undergraduates (who are disabled and have been accepted to a graduate or professional school in the sciences) and graduate science students who have a disability. Awards of $1000 each are made to qualified college or university students in any field of Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Technology, or Engineering.

9.18. Fulbright Programs

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange and the U.S. Department of State encourages the participation of people with disabilities in Fulbright programs to reflect diversity and provide overseas opportunities to qualified people regardless of disability. As needed, disability-related accommodations such as adaptive computers, personal assistants or sign language interpreters have been provided to Fulbright award recipients.

9.19. Goodman Acker (Law Firm) Driver Safety Scholarship

Texting and driving poses a serious safety hazard for young drivers in across the United States. To spread the message about the dangers of texting and driving, Goodman Acker is sponsoring the first annual Driver Safety Scholarship contest.

The personal injury law firm will award a scholarship to a 2015 graduating high school senior and/or current student attending a college and/or university who creates an original and informative essay explaining the dangers of texting and driving.

Sending text messages takes drivers' eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel and their mind off the task of driving and remaining alert for oncoming traffic. What can we do in our communities to convey to young drivers that texting and driving leads to serious and avoidable accidents? We are confident our young people have some good ideas.

To enter the contest, you will need to submit a minimum of 1000 word essay. We are seeking clever and informative essays that offer a fresh take on the dangers of texting and driving. The tone can be light-hearted or serious, as long as it is catchy and original. Please do NOT include any images of car accidents. Also submit a signed and scanned application form along with a digital photo of yourself.

The deadline for submitting entries is 11:59 p.m. EST December 31st, 2014.

9.20. Hardy Wolf & Downing Scholarship (Military/Law Enforcement Families)

The Hardy Wolf & Downing Scholarship is an essay-based scholarship oppertunity for students who are either active/retired members of, or relatives of members of the US military or law enforcement personnel across the country. Awards will be distributed among 13 students totaling $5,000.  


9.21. Harris Personal Injury Lawyers Scholarship (Serious Injury)

The attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. understand the difficult process of recovery after you've been seriously injured. They are offering a scholarship for college students who have been victims of a serious injury, and are committed to demonstrating a determination to rebuild their lives by attending college. The scholarship deadline is May 31, 2015, and $1,000 will be awarded to the winning applicant for the 2015 fall semester.

Applicants should be prepared to answer essay questions about their injury experience, such as:
1. How has your injury or accident affected your education?
2. How has overcoming your injury or accident prepared you to meet the challenges of
higher learning?
3. How will college attendance demonstrate your determination to rebuild your life, following
your injury?

This scholarship application must be complete online, here:

9.22. Incight Scholarship (Documented Disability)

Incight is providing scholarships for disabled students. The only two requirements for application is that the applicant have a documented disability (of any type, be it physical, learning, cognitive, etc.) and that s/he be a full time student at any college, university, trade school, etc.

9.23. Inclusion Scholars Program (Blacks in Higher Education)

AT & T and NAFEO have joined forces to launch the Inclusion Scholars Program (ISP), a scholarship initiative that will provide scholarships to students with disabilities attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). For further information on the Inclusion Scholars Program, please contact Ms. Tamisha Marsh at 202-552-3300 or  .

9.24. Independence Foundation Scholarship (Physical Disabilities)

The Independence Foundation Scholarship was created to help individuals with physical disabilities pay for the ever growing expense of college. The Scholarship of $500 will be awarded to Three (3) individuals with a noteworthy physical disability.

9.25. Injury Lawyer News Scholarship (Pre-Law & Law School)

Injury Lawyer News disability scholarship (students with physical and learning disabilities) available to pre-law and law school students across the country. This essay-based scholarship which will be awarded to 3 students in the amount of $1000 each    

9.26. Just Walkers (Students with Mobility Disabilities)

'Just Walkers' has started a $1,000 scholarship for students with mobility disabilities and is offering a $1,000 scholarship to undergraduate or graduate students with a mobility disability. To apply, students write an essay answering the question "Describe a time when you faced a major obstacle. What did you do and what did the experience teach you?"

Scholarship page

9.27. Karman Healthcare Scholarship (High School or College)

The Karman Healthcare Scholarship for 2015

We are proud to announce that we will be providing high school, college, and university students with a scholarship opportunity
to help them reach their ultimate goals in life.

This scholarship will apply to students this year who have a mobility disability, excelled academically and those who have a
regard for disability awareness in America.

All academic applicants who meet the criteria are welcome to submit their application to this year's Karman Healthcare Scholarship Fund.

We wish all students good luck and hope you are the winner this year.

The Karman Healthcare Scholarship Fund now provides students with the opportunity to earn two $500 scholarships per year*.

2015 Theme
This year the theme is to create a presentation of why disability awareness is important. The entries can include essays, and poems.

The deadline for 2015 Karman Scholarships is September 1st, please be sure to submit your essay before the official deadline.

Students participating must meet the following criteria:

1.Must be currently enrolled at an accredited college, or university in the U.S.

2.Aged sixteen (16) years or older

3.Open to all college, and university students with a mobility disability who use a wheelchair, or other mobility devices on a regular basis.

4.Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 (or equivalent)

5.Standard 8.5 in. x 11 in. sheet of paper to submit your entry if you are mailing in your submission.

*There is a limit of one scholarship per student per year, any student can win the scholarship only once in the same year.

Your application should include:
1.Completed application via email attached as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.

2.For essay submissions, attach your document as a .doc, .docx or .pdf file.

3.Typed copy of your submission (make sure to save a digital copy, so we can publish it, in the event that we decide to publish it.)

4.First & last name, email address & phone number printed at the top or back of each page

5.Statement or transcript of your Grade Point Average (GPA) – unofficial transcripts accepted

Please note:
1.Open to all college, and university students with a mobility disability who use a wheelchair, or other mobility devices on a regular basis.

2.All applications are welcome for submission if you meet the criteria listed above.

3.Please send your application via traditional mail; express mail will not be accepted

4.No need to print this page; just send your written response and contact information

5.Do not send any CD ROMs, letters of recommendation, tax returns, bank balances, resumes or CVs

6.Please keep a digital copy in Word or Google Docs. We'll need a copy to put up on our site.

7.Standard 8.5 in. x 11 in. sheet of paper to submit your entry if you are mailing in your submission.

Disclaimer: We will not be able to return any submissions sent to mailing address.

Send all materials to:
Attn: Karman Healthcare Scholarship Fund 19255 San Jose Avenue City of Industry, CA 91748
Or you can e-mail your application to us directly:

9.28. Ladah Law Firm, PLLC Injury Scholarship (Merit & Need)

Ladah Law Firm, PLLC Injury Scholarship

*This Scholarship will be judged & awarded on merit and need. Applicants
will be required to demonstrate:*

1. How an injury you or someone close to you experienced has impacted your

2. How your experience with an injury or an accident has contributed to
your desire & motivation to become an attorney.

3. Personal commitment to working with, helping or caring for those
affected by injuries and accidents?

These personal injuries or accidents can be from (but not limited to) car
accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip & falls, dangerous property or work
conditions, etc. To be considered, the injuries sustained should not be
self inflicted or by injured person's own fault.

*Injury Scholarship Requirements:*

This scholarship is judged & awarded primarily on merit & need.

Completed application must be submitted online by May 31, 2015. LATE


Applicant must be attending Law School in 2015.

Applicant will have successfully completed at least one semester of law
school but will not yet have graduated by fall semester of 2015.

Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.

A transcript must be attached for application for consideration.

Applicant must submit an un-opened copy of official transcripts if selected
as a finalist.

This scholarship is a one-time award worth $2,000 to be awarded the fall
semester of 2015.

Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation
letters and/or resumes to substantiate their application.

Applicant will be required to demonstrate both their merit and their need
for this scholarship.

9.29. Law Office of Ronald A. Ramos Car Accident Survivor Scholarship

Car Accident Survivor Scholarship

The Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos is pleased to announce our first scholarship award for students who have been affected by auto accident injuries. Our San Antonio personal injury law firm has seen many individuals and families who have been involved in auto accidents and have demonstrated the drive and determination to overcome their injuries.

Our annual scholarship of $500 will be awarded on or before January 31, 2016.

Eligibility and selection criteria

Student must:

  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university within the United States,
  • Have sustained injuries from a car or truck accident,
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Selection is based on the overall strength of the application and how that applicant has overcome the challenges he or she has faced from being injured in a car accident.

Application requirements

Application deadline: December 31, 2015

  • Only emailed submissions will be considered.
  • Application must include a current academic transcript (a copy with the name of the college or university),
  • Application must include an essay between 400-1000 words describing the car accident, your injury, and how you have worked to overcome your injury.

Please submit applications to:

All applicants agree that by submitting an application, The Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos, P.C. may post essays and any images provided by the applicants on all affiliated firm websites and social media platforms. No names or other identifying information will be attached to posted essays without the applicant's written permission.

9.30. Michigan Auto Law Scholarship

Michigan Auto Law ( is pleased to offer an annual scholarship for college students who were victims of car accidents earlier in their lives and who have overcome their injuries to pursue an education.

Our annual scholarship of $500 will be awarded to two applicants each year who meet the following criteria:

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited college or university within the United States
  • Sustained injuries from an auto accident
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher

Apply at

9.31. NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship

2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship

The American Association of People with Disabilities is pleased to announced that we are accepting applications for the 2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship. We are offering four scholarships, which can be used for for the spring, summer, or fall semesters of 2015, to 2nd year associate students; undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors; and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing communication or media-related degrees. Each recipient will receive $5,625 for the tuition and fees at their college or university.

Students will need to provide us the following items to apply for the scholarship:
- Completed 2015 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship application (download from the AAPD website here)
- Resume
- Unofficial Transcript
- Two 300-350 word essays answering the following questions:
o What inspired you to pursue a communications/media related degree?
o How will you use your degree to positively impact the disability community?
- A letter of recommendation from a professor, academic advisor, or mentor

All applications and supporting materials should be emailed to by 5:00PM on Friday, April 24, 2015 in an accessible format.


9.32. The Orion Fund Grants (California Students with Health Crisis))

Each year The Orion Fund awards grants to California college students with serious illness or injury. If you are in college, under the age of 30, and have a serious medical condition affecting your ability to stay in school, then The Orion Fund can help. Grants generally range from $300 to $3000.

9.33. Physically Challenged Athletes (Disabled Former Athletes)

In order to qualify for a Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund scholarship, applicants must have suffered an illness or injury that resulted in a physical disability that substantially limits major life activity; have participated in organized high school or college athletics prior to the illness or injury; meet admissions requirements of the selected university, and maintain a 2.5 GPA while enrolled.

9.34. SpinLife Innovation in Motion Scholarship (Wheelchiar Users)

The  SpinLife Innovation in Motion Scholarship (see applicatoin information) will provide one $500 scholarship and is open to students who are manual or power wheelchair users enrolled at an accredited 4-year institution.

10. Special Needs Planning

10.1. Keystone Hope Special Needs Foundation

Do you have a child with special needs? Maybe you have an adult dependent living with a condition that requires special attention and care. If you pass away, leaving $2,000 or more in assets, your dependent will lose their Social Security, and their Medicaid card. It's the law.

Many families with special needs children aren't aware of this law or don't know where to turn for help. What can be done to ensure the security for your child or dependent after you are gone? Where will your child live, who will take care of them? Will he or she be dependent on the government for his or her lifetime? Is there hope for a secure resolution?

There is hope. Keystone Hope Special Needs Foundation can chase away that big cloud of worry that hovers over you and your family. We can locate an approved attorney to assist with the estate planning, and develop specific types of trusts so that you can sleep easier. Keystone Hope will assist you with legal fees, and can likewise help to locate meaningful transitional employment for the child or dependent. The goal at Keystone Hope is to remove the doubt, fear, and worry associated with facing the inevitable truth.

10.2. Academy of Special Needs Planners

The purpose of this site, sponsored by the Academy of Special Needs Planners, is to provide a general overview of strategies parents and others can use to plan for their own futures and for those of family members with special needs.


10.3. Qualified Disability Trusts

A Qualified Disability Trust  (QDT) results in lower income taxes for the trust.  This site explains how a 'special needs trust' becomes a QDT.   Attorneys who are unfamiliar with Special Needs Trusts may not be aware of this particular advantage.

10.4. Find a Special Needs Attorney

Members of the Academy of Special Needs Planners all devote a significant part of their practices to working with individuals with special needs and with their families to plan for the future.....

Find a Special Needs Attorney  Search by state or fill out a form for assistance to locate an attorney in your area.

11. Telecommunications Assistance

11.1. Lifeline Program

Lifeline Program is a federal program which provides support to telecommunications companies that in turn offer discounts to millions of eligible consumers.


Approximately 2,000 telecommunications companies provide these discounts. Consumers can apply for these discounts through their telecommunications company.


Eligible households can receive up to $9.25 per month in discounts. Additional state support may be available. Approximately 2,000 telephone companies are eligible to provide these discounts. A household applies for the discounts through their telecommunications company. These companies are then reimbursed through the Lifeline Program.


12. Veterans Resources

12.1. VetsFirst

About VetsFirst

Our mission continues in the spirit of James J. Peters and his tireless work to help America's veterans.

Our mission continues in the spirit of James J. Peters and his tireless work to help America's veterans.

Our Mission

VetsFirst is a program of United Spinal Association that directly assists veterans and their eligible family members obtain the benefits they are entitled to, deserve and need.

We advocate for all generations of veterans, including individuals living with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

Our advocacy efforts go far beyond offering words of support and encouragement. We take this fight to Capitol Hill to bring attention to issues that matter most to the men and women who proudly served our country.

VetsFirst's network of National Service Officers provides free assistance, resources, and representation for veterans struggling to navigate the intricate and often confusing VA claims process.

We connect with over 2,000 veterans annually through our call center and online help desk. Our staff tackles each case individually, taking the time to discuss self-help tips and assist with questions on military separation, claims appeals, and state benefits. We offer assistance and representation in claims for benefits and services before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, other Federal and state agencies and legal representation before the U. S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

In addition to providing individual support and counseling services, VetsFirst offers timely news and information across the spectrum of issues presently impacting veterans, including guides on self-help, state benefits, separating from the military, as well as exclusive feature stories on military health care and VA funding and compensation.

Our History

VetsFirst is an exciting new name for an existing United Spinal Association program. United Spinal, and now VetsFirst, has a long and illustrious history assisting and representing veterans and their eligible family members.

Unlike other organizations, United Spinal––a VA recognized veterans service organization––strives to ensure the organization remains an instrument for veterans rather an institution.

United Spinal's history began in 1946 when a group of paralyzed World War II veterans from New York City and the surrounding area banded together to raise awareness of the alarming plight of their fellow paralyzed veterans. Rejecting the poor treatment they received at their local VA hospitals, they led the charge for greater civil rights and independence, forming the congressionally chartered Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). United Spinal, formerly known as Eastern Paralyzed Veterans of America (EPVA), was a chapter of PVA.

As the organization matured under the leadership of James J. Peters in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, United Spinal helped improve the quality of health care for veterans, backing words with deeds and dollars by winning denied benefits for individual vets and investing money in VA programs and infrastructure. These efforts have been a boon to every American with a disability.

In 1970, Peters convinced Life magazine to run a cover story exposing the deplorable conditions facing Vietnam veterans with spinal cord injuries at the Bronx VA Medical Center. The story sparked a national outrage and convinced Congress to raze the facility and build a brand new hospital with special attention to SCI. In 2005, the hospital was renamed in honor of Peters and his work to ensure all veterans receive quality health care.

In 2007, United Spinal created its VetsFirst program to better assist members and other veterans. In order to adapt to a changing world and economy United Spinal founded VetsFirst, Inc. in 2009. VetsFirst, Inc., a 501(c)(3) was created for the sole and express purpose of providing financial support to United Spinal's VetsFirst program.

Today, VetsFirst continues the important work to uphold the values, objectives and mission needed for our nation's veterans no matter when or where they served.

12.2. Wounded Warrior Project

The WWP provides vital assistance to severely injured service members at the critical time between their hospital recovery and their transition to civilian life back home.

12.3. Paralyzed Veterans of America's Veterans Benefits Department

VBD provides free, comprehensive benefits and medical counseling, assistance, and representation

12.4. Disabled War Veterans Scholarship

The AFCEA Educational Foundation is pleased to offer the Disabled War Veterans Scholarships. These $2,500 scholarships, co-sponsored by Microsoft employees and the AFCEA Educational Foundation, are offered twice annually to active-duty service personnel, honorably discharged U.S. military veterans, reservists, and National Guard personnel who are disabled because of wounds received during service in Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations.

12.5. Cars for Troops

Cars for Troops is a division of the MobilityWorks Foundation, known for assisting mobility-challenged individuals and assisting them with achieving mobility independence. The Cars for Troops Vehicle Donation Program was created to make the world more accessible for physically-challenged veterans and their families.

12.6. Segs4Vets

DRAFT's Segs4Vets program will present Segways to soldiers, Marines, airmen and National Guardsmen who lost limbs and sustained other disabling injuries serving our Nation in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

13. Wheelchair Donation

13.1. Wheelchair Donations Internationally

See our International wheelchair donation resources.

13.2. Chariots Of Hope-Nationally & Internationally

Chariots of Hope
Chariots of Hope, a nonprofit organization, has been established for the purpose of collecting used wheelchairs. The donated manual wheelchairs are then repaired and distributed, at no cost to the recipient, to those in need nationally and internationally.

13.3. Darrell Gwynn Foundation-US Only

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation's mission is to provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries. DGF donates power and manual wheelchairs as needed to those that are a U.S. citizen or have been a permanent resident of the U.S. for at least six (6) months, along with additional application criteria.