Below is a partial listing of programs that distribute Assistive Technology at little to no cost to the individual. These programs are often supported through government funding and/ or grants and have specific eligibility requirements. Please contact the programs directly for more information.
Coordinating and Assisting the Reuse of Assistive Technolgy (CARAT)
The goal of Project CARAT (Coordinating and Assisting the Reuse of Assistive Technology) is to make Assistive Technology and Durable Medical Equipment more accessible to those who need it in underserved areas of Kentucky. In order to make this happen, Project CARAT is partnering with agencies across the state. We’ll take donated equipment, clean it, make repairs if we need to, and then redistribute it to people who need it. Project CARAT is a KATS Network supported program under the federal Assistive Technology Act.
For More Information: https://www.katsnet.org/services/at-reuse/
The Kentucky Assistive Technology Services Network, Centers for Independent Living, and the University of Kentucky have established a portable ramp loaner program through a grant from the Christopher Reeve Foundation High Impact Assistive Technology Grant Program. This program is expected to be rolled out after the start of the 2018 State Fiscal Year. Stay Tuned!
For More Information: http://www.katsnet.org/rampup/
Telecommunications Access Program (TAP)
The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s (KCDHH) Telecommunications Access Program (TAP) provides residents of Kentucky, who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired or have both a hearing and vision loss, with landline or wireless equipment to make communication on the telephone more accessible. The program is funded by a small surcharge on all telecommunication access lines throughout the state.
For More Information: https://www.kcdhh.ky.gov/ifyky/
iCanConnect – National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program
iCanConnect, also known as the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, is an FCC program administered by organizations in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. If you have significant combined vision and hearing loss and meet federal income guidelines, iCanConnect can provide you with free communication technology and training to stay connected with family and friends.
For More Information: http://www.icanconnect.org/how-to-participate/kentucky
U.S. Currency Reader Program
The U.S. Bureau of Printing and Engraving (BEP) is providing currency readers, free of charge, to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals. The U.S. Currency Reader Program provides some immediate relief to the blind and visually impaired population, while addressing the transition that will occur during the co-circulation of notes with and without tactile and high contrast features.
Currency readers became widely available to all U.S. citizens, or persons legally residing in the U.S. who are blind or visually impaired, on January 2, 2015. Individuals interested in receiving a currency reader through the U.S. Currency Reader Program must submit an application, signed by a competent authority who can certify eligibility.
For More Information: http://www.moneyfactory.gov/uscurrencyreaderpgm.html
U.S. Currency Identification Mobile App
Advances in technology have enabled a quick and convenient means for blind and visually impaired individuals to determine a note’s denomination by using their personal mobile devices. The BEP has contributed to the development of such an application. EyeNote® is a free mobile device application developed by the BEP as an aid for blind or visually impaired individuals to identify denominations of Federal Reserve notes. It uses image recognition technology and the device’s integrated camera to recognize a Federal Reserve note and communicate the note’s denomination back to the user. Eyenote® is built on the Apple iOS platform and is available to download on the Apple App Store℠.
For More Information: http://www.moneyfactory.gov/currencyidmobileapps.html
National Federation of the Blind Free Slate and Stylus Program
The National Federation of the Blind will distribute a plastic, four-line, twenty-eight cell slate along with a saddle stylus to those that need them. That includes those that are blind and low vision who know Braille or want to learn Braille.
Any blind individual in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico can request a slate and stylus for their personal use. Requests can be made as often as once per year.
For More Information: https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/free-slate-and-stylus-program