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Founded in 1999, AMS was one of the first wheelchair accessible vehicle providers to offer new and used Dodge, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, and Volkswagen vans for sale with delivery nationwide at affordable prices. The company has wheelchair van dealerships expanding across the country to accommodate wheelchair users in need of handicap vans.
For over 45 years, BraunAbility has been committed to changing lives for people with physical disabilities through innovative mobility solutions that provide independence and ease-of-use. As the brand most recommended by mobility dealers, BraunAbility combines quality product solutions with service and financing expertise.
Clock Mobility has over 30 years’ experience in understanding the unique needs of individuals facing physical challenges. The company provides products and services, such as wheelchair lifts, wheelchair van sales, wheelchair van rentals, hand controls and adaptive equipment. (Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Traverse City, MI locations.)
CMG provides accessible vehicles—rear-entry and side-entry lowered floor minivans, full-size conversion vans, SUVs and para-transit vehicles. CMG also offers vehicle modifications such as hand controls, left-foot accelerators, wheelchair securement systems, scooter and powerchair hoists. (Detroit and Grand Rapids, MI locations.)
Freedom Motors USA has been producing wheelchair accessible vehicles since 1987. Every model offered benefits from over three decades of research and development. While its manufacturing facility is in Battle Creek, Michigan, Freedom Motors delivers to communities nationwide.
Since its founding in 1958 Gresham Driving Aids has grown to encompass more than 50,000 square feet of service area in three convenient Michigan locations; Wixom, Kalamazoo and Saginaw. The company's main focus remains on the founder's dream... a mobile and fulfilling life for the physically challenged.
The purpose of Lori’s Voice is to provide funding for equipment, educational resources, or expenses related to medical treatment of individuals up to the age of eighteen (18) who have neurological, muscular or other degenerative conditions resulting in permanent impairment or mobility issues. Their wheelchair accessible vehicle grant program now covers the entire state of Michigan.
Mobility-Advisor.com serves as an informational guide on wheel chairs, mobility equipment, disability resources, adaptive aids, and recreational outlets that enhance the lives of individuals of all ages who need mobility assistance.
MobilityWorks® is a national chain of wheelchair accessible van providers – serving the disabled community with wheelchair accessible minivans, full-size vans with lifts and commercial fleet vehicles. MobilityWorks serves some of the largest major metropolitan areas of the United States, including: Akron-Cleveland, Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, New York, Newark, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Washington DC, and many others.
NMEDA is a non-profit association of mobility equipment manufacturers, dealers, driver rehabilitation specialists, and other mobility professionals dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities and driving independence through the use of wheelchair accessible vehicles.
A 501(c)(3) public charity, NOVA provides programs, products and services that enhance the lives of the more than 22 million Americans and others worldwide with mobility impairments and disabilities.
NOVA’s Ralph Braun Grant Program provides vehicle accessibility and modification grants to qualified grant applicants throughout the United States and Canada in need of financial assistance. Since its inception in 2010, the Ralph Braun Grant Program has provided more than $1,000,000 in grants and vehicle accessibility services to those in need. NOVA proudly supports ALL National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) manufacturer mobility products sold by certified NMEDA mobility dealers.
SKF is a unique children's charity alliance of social service organizations, hospitals, camps and schools caring for developmentally disabled children and at-risk youth. SKF also runs a widely acclaimed Wheelchair Van Assistance Program, helping needy families nationwide access handicap vans for disabled family members.
Superior Van and Mobility provides mobility solutions for the consumer and commercial transportation industry through 16 locations, including South Bend, Fort Wayne, Fishers, Indianapolis and Evansville, IN; Louisville and Lexington, KY, Knoxville, TN, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Omaha, NE; Pensacola, FL; Montgomery, AL; and Fayetteville, Little Rock and Jonesboro, AR.
AbleThrive is a central hub of aggregated support resources customized for those with disabilities or caring for someone with a disability
The purpose of the Alyssa V Phillips Foundation is to support individuals with Cerebral Palsy (“CP”) with a focus on assisting children with CP, the families of children with CP, or any individual impacted by CP in maximizing independence. The Foundation may provide financial support to those impacted by CP so that they can receive ongoing and necessary therapy treatments or medical equipment to increase independence where such benefits are not covered by medical insurance.
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
ATIA’s mission is to serve as the collective voice of the assistive technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities.
The mission of the Aubrey Rose Foundation is to help families caring for children with life-threatening illnesses with their focus being on the family unit. They strive to lift families from life’s complexities during this difficult time by providing emotional and financial support.
The Be Perfect Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) with a mission to provide direct financial and emotional aid to individuals living with paralysis by providing resources, paying medical expenses, restoring hope and encouraging personal independence through a non-traditional method of exercise-based therapy.
Believe In Tomorrow’s mission is to provide support and bring comfort and joy to all who enter our programs and become a part of the Believe In Tomorrow family. They provide medical and respite housing to critically ill children and their families.
The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation serves individuals, families and communities affected by epilepsy by raising Awareness of the common yet little-known condition SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy), by providing support and equipment for prevention of this occurrence, and by creating a safe space and raising awareness within the greater community. Funds raised by this Foundation provide grants for seizure-response dogs and epilepsy monitors for those in need, educate the public about SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy), and provide support to those who have been affected by SUDEP.
Chive Charities is committed to championing the underdogs. Targeting three specific causes: rare medical diagnoses, first responders and veterans, Chive spreads awareness through sharing the personal stories of grit, courage, and perseverance. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Chive Charities inspires a new generation to support causes that would otherwise be forgotten.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis.
The mission of the Danny Did Foundation is to advance public awareness of epilepsy and the risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), to protect people with epilepsy, and to prevent deaths caused by seizures. The Foundation provides grants for seizure/epilepsy devices to children in need.
The Disabled Children's Relief Fund (DCRF) provides disabled children with assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eyeglasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery. Emphasis is given to families with inadequate or no health insurance.
List of Government, NGO's and disability organizations that provide help, support and assistance for persons with disabilities.
The Dream Factory’s mission is to grant dreams to critically and chronically ill children from the ages of three through eighteen. The Dream Factory is the largest children’s wish-granting organization that does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness. The organization believes children with chronic illnesses and disorders also suffer from substantial emotional and physical pain.
The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.
First Hand provides funding for children whose families cannot afford medical care, equipment, vehicle modifications, or displacement related to care. Please review their assistance criteria and financial guidelines to determine if your child qualifies for funding.
The mission of the Giving Angels Foundation is to assist special needs children from lower income families with a physical disability aged 21 years or younger throughout the United States. They classify special needs as any type of physical disability (such as, but not limited to, spina bifida, paralysis, missing limbs) or illness (such as, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, cancer). In order to help as many families as possible, Giving Angels has an up to $500 maximum one-time grant allowance per recipient family (with rare exceptions made at the Board’s discretion).
Hannah and Friends Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs.
The mission of Hannah’s Care Packages is to bring hope, encouragement, and support to parents of children with life-altering illnesses or chronic physical conditions by bringing care packages filled with items they may need during hospital stays. To date, more than 900 packages have been delivered in over 26 states.
HopeKids provides ongoing events, activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. They surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope is a powerful medicine.
Jason’s Dreams for Kids, Inc. is devoted to granting wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Bringing a little happiness and putting a few smiles on these children’s faces – and hopefully their parents faces – is their goal.
The Jett Foundation mission is to extend and enrich the lives of individuals affected by Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular disorders. They fulfill this mission by partnering with individuals and families through empowering educational programming, transformational direct service experiences, and by accelerating the development of life-changing treatments.
Kids Wish Network has been making dreams come true for hundreds of thousands of children since 1997. What started with the single purpose of granting wishes to children suffering with life-threatening conditions now includes additional programs to benefit kids nationwide, including Hero of the Month, Project Toy Drop, Holiday of Hope Gift Banks, and A Child Forever Funeral Assistance.
Little Bear Sees is a website run by parents of a child with CVI (cortical visual impairment). Their mission is to pass on information and tips they have learned to other parents and caregivers of children with CVI.
Make-A-Wish has granted hundreds of thousands of life-changing wishes to children battling critical illnesses over the past 40 years. A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a critical illness.
The mission of the McLindon Family Foundation (MFF) is to provide adaptive bikes to children with special needs so that they can build critical core strength, boost confidence and nurture friendships, all of which help these children maximize their potential and participation in society.
Parents Helping Parents supports, educates, and inspires families and the community to build bright futures for youth and adults with special needs. With 40+ years of supporting families, PHP’s experienced staff members have a national reputation for being a trusted source of information for helping parents, caregivers, and children with special needs.
The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation’s charter and mission is dedicated to funding in-hospital life saving medical treatment and surgeries for those who do not have medical insurance, and for which no other financial resources are available.
A Special Wish Foundation works to enhance the quality of life for those infants/children/adolescents who have been diagnosed as having a medical problem which is considered to be life-threatening, and who have not attained the age of 21 years by providing the opportunity for their special wish to be granted. Based in Ohio, the Foundation has granted over 5,000 wishes in 43+ states since its 1982 founding.
Sunshine Foundation’s sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain that the child’s illness may cause.
TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy. Founded in 1975, TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families and self-advocates.
Team IMPACT connects children battling serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming lifelong bonds and life-changing outcomes.
Team Joseph fights for all children and young adults battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Their mission is to fund research to find a cure, and to support families with immediate needs related to caring for a child with Duchenne. They are committed to creating a world without Duchenne, and to ensure that every child with Duchenne receives the care, medical equipment, and support they need to live a long, full life, regardless of their financial situation.
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. Eligible grant items include wheelchairs, vehicle modifications (i.e., hand controls or lifts), small home modifications including bath, ramp, and lift installations, computers, bed/mattress, shower chairs and lifts. (Note: paralysis must be due to a spinal cord injury caused by a sudden, unexpected accident. The Travis Roy Foundation cannot extend assistance to those who experience paralysis as a complication existing at birth.)
National resource for individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, their families, and their communities.
UHCCF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their family’s commercial health insurance plan.
Variety – the Children’s Charity’s purpose is to serve children who are less fortunate – children who live and grow up with a serious illness, disability or disadvantage. Variety’s Care Program delivers critical life-saving medical equipment and services, healthcare and well-being to individual children and children’s health organizations. Variety’s Freedom Program delivers vital life-changing equipment and services for mobility, independence and social inclusion to individual children and children’s organizations. Variety’s Future Program delivers crucial life-enriching communication equipment and services, education and self-esteem to individual children and children’s organizations.
Wheelchairs 4 Kids provides wheelchairs, home and vehicle modifications as well as other assistive and therapeutic devices for children that have limited mobility due to illness, accident or abuse.
Based in Grand Rapids, MI, Alternatives in Motion was founded in 1993 to meet the West Michigan community’s growing need for mobility equipment and repair services. Their mission is to enhance independence through access to mobility equipment.
The AT Xchange is designed to facilitate transactions between residents of Michigan exchanging, donating, or selling used assistive technology (AT).
Certain Hope is a non-profit that brings hope and community to families raising kids with disabilities.
The Emily Ann Griffin Foundation was established in the spring of 2002 in the memory of a delightful, spirited, red-haired little girl who, despite her special needs, radiated love through her precious smile. The foundation has been able to touch the lives of families who are not able to afford the costly medical equipment often prescribed to support and enhance their child’s life.
Friendship Circle of Michigan is a non-profit organization affiliated with Lubavitch of Michigan. Their goal is to provide every individual with special needs the support, friendship and inclusion that they deserve. Friendship Circle provides assistance and support to 3,000 individuals with special needs and their families by providing recreational, social, educational and vocational programming.
The mission of The Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles Foundation is to enrich the lives of Michigan children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions by buying gifts and bringing joy and hope to their lives. Along with their gift, each child receives a personalized trophy to acknowledge their courageous fight.
Based in Canton, Michigan, Kelly's Kidz is a not-for-profit foundation created to provide financial assistance and resources to physically-impaired children with special needs and to create an opportunity for them to lead the best life they can possibly live. They have created programs that help families with teen drivers training, scholarships for young adults and the opportunity to play in the Miracle League of Plymouth.
Michigan Alliance for Families is a Michigan Department of Education IDEA Grant Funded Initiative and the state’s federally funded Parent Training and Information Center. Their partner agency resource list can connect Michigan families with many important resources.
The Children with Special Needs Fund provides support for children in Michigan with special health care needs not available through any other funding source. The Fund helps with the purchase of equipment and services that promote optimal health, mobility, and development, enhancing the lives of children and their families.
Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments is a non-profit organization comprised of families who are raising young people who are Blind and Visually Impaired. They strive to help families with support, information, advocacy, and events that are fun, educational, and practical. They can help answer questions about Individual Education Plans (IEP), what to expect from a child’s school and from your child, and how to raise a child who is blind or visually impaired to be as independent as possible.
The Oxford Kids Foundation is dedicated to helping Michigan children with disabilities, chronic illness, and traumatic injuries have access to therapies and medical care not covered by insurance.
Penrickton Center, established in 1952, is a private, non-profit five day residential and day care agency serving blind, multi- disabled children ages one through twelve. Penrickton Center is located in Taylor, Michigan.
The Rainbow Connection makes wishes come true for Michigan children with life threatening medical conditions. Founded by L. Brooks Patterson and incorporated in 1985 as a wish granting organization, the Rainbow Connection has granted the wishes of more than 3,600 Michigan children as well as provided special assistance, enhancements, and support to wish families when needed.
Share A Smile is a Michigan-based charitable organization founded in 1999 to meet the needs of ordinary citizens struggling with financial crisis, due to unemployment, health crisis, or natural disaster.
Angels With Special Needs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in South Carolina for children and youth who are severely disabled. The organization primarily focuses on providing severely disabled children and youth inclusion in recreation and social activities such as ceramics, arts and crafts, gymnastics, and music at no charge to their families.
The Arya Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization that provides need-based adaptive equipment to children with special needs in St. Louis. Completely volunteer-run, more than 90% of money donated goes to families who need help paying for necessary adaptive equipment.
Founded in 2005 to help families in need, Bright Steps Forward, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with the mission to ensure that all children in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties with neurological or developmental disorders have access to top quality special needs education and therapeutic interventions so they can achieve their maximum potential.
Building Blocks for Kids envisions a community where the needs of all children, regardless of their challenges, are being met. Our mission is to provide support, resources, scholarships, and hope to families who have children with physical, emotional, and/or developmental challenges. The organization offers grants to families in the Greater Cincinnati area.
The ERIC Fund was founded to help provide assistive technology, devices and equipment for individuals in the Washington, D.C. area with disabilities to help them live, work, go to school and participate actively in community life.
Fred's Footsteps provides financial relief to hard-working families in the Philadelphia region who find themselves in a crisis due to the costs associated with caring for a seriously ill, injured, or disabled child.
Houston Children's Charity is a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Greater Houston’s underprivileged, abused, and handicapped children who have been otherwise left behind. HCC’s “Chariots for Children” program is dedicated to providing safe and efficient transportation to families of disabled, wheelchair-bound children through handicapped accessible vans.
The website’s mission is to enrich the lives of Vermont’s special needs children through greater community involvement and increased access to developmental services and recreational activities.
The Marty Lyons Foundation (MLF) was established in 1982 to fulfill the wishes of children ages 3 to 17 who have been diagnosed with a terminal or life-threatening illness. The Foundation has 10 Chapters granting wishes in 13 states – Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. MLF has granted over 7,900 wishes.
Created in 2001, the M.O.R.G.A.N. Project’s mission is ``to provide the tools for a therapeutic and fun experience to individuals with developmental differences.`` Based in Melbourne, FL, the organization’s services include Quality of Life support programs, a Snoezelen-based Multi-Sensory Activities at Morgan's Place, and volunteer outreach in the local community.
This Fremont, Ohio-based non-profit offers grants of up to $1,000 for any Ohio family with a minor child (18 and under) with a life altering illness or disability that is having financial crisis due to unforeseen medical expenses. Financial assistance can be given for specific bills, equipment, needs stated within the application as the recipient deems necessary to their situation.
For over 27 years, Project MEND has provided professionally refurbished and sanitized medical equipment and other assistive technology items to individuals of all ages who are living with a disability and/or illness in South Texas. They complete their impactful mission through three service provisions: Medical Equipment Reuse, Assistive Technology Financial Aid and Medical Equipment Repairs.
Special Kids Therapy in Findlay, Ohio, is a non-profit organization that supports families with children with special health care needs. Special Kids Therapy (SKT) helps with necessities and fun therapies that are not met by insurance, other charities, and/or government agencies. Clients include children with moderate to severe physical, mental and/or emotional challenges.
The mission of the Two Angels Foundation is to increase the recreational activities for children living in Colorado with physical disabilities, inspiring them to lead the most inclusive and active lives possible.
The Wheel to Walk Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps disabled children in Oregon, Washington, Idaho or California, aged 20 years and younger, obtain medical and adaptive equipment or therapy services not provided by insurance. The foundation purchases items such as therapy tricycles, adaptive strollers, shower chairs, pumper cars, zip zac chairs, selective communication devices, gait trainers, speech therapy and wheelchairs, to name a few.
The WillPower Foundation provides financial support that empowers Western Massachusetts families and individuals with different abilities to meet their unique needs.
The mission of Zane’s, Inc. is to provide services for children and adults with special needs in Northeast Ohio. This is done through funding assistance, and community outreach and educational programs.Financial support can be designated for things such as: camps, therapies, respite, assistive or adaptive equipment, communicative devices that help to meet daily challenges.
Article with tips on applying for wheelchair accessible van grant.
Article on funding and grants for children with disabilities.
Article on wheelchair accessible vans for children, including several possible resource categories where parents with disabled children can seek help.
Many people with significant intellectual or physical disabilities cannot utilize a standard toilet, instead requiring equipment such as a hoist and height-adjustable changing table to use the bathroom in safety and comfort. A number of airports in the United States have installed adult changing stations, which keep disabled people off the bathroom floor and reduces the stress of flying with a disability. This article lists adult changing tables around the country to help those in need better plan an accessible journey.
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