The Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Programs
Easter Seals Loan Programs Open the Door to Equal Opportunities
Both the Massachusetts AT Loan and Long-Term Device Loan programs are dedicated to providing equal opportunities for people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play.
The MA AT Loan Program has many options that can help — even for people who don’t think they would qualify for a loan.
Assistive technology helps provide equal opportunities for people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play. Many different items are considered assistive technology, including:
- Hearing aids
An assistive technology service helps people determine which device may be right for them. It also helps people locate and purchase devices, trains them on their use, and provides maintenance and repair. The MA AT Loan Program can refer loan recipients to assistive technology services that meet their specific needs
The Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program is operated by Easter Seals and funded by state and federal grants to the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.
The MA AT Long-Term Device Loan Program loans assistive devices that cost less than $500 directly to Massachusetts residents with disabilities. Easter Seals operates the program, which is at no cost to the borrower.
If you are a Massachusetts resident with a disability or are acting on behalf of a relative with a disability, you may participate in the program. This program is specifically for people with low household incomes, so financial need has to be demonstrated.
The applicant needs to show that the requested device can help the child or adult with a disability achieve greater independence and improved quality of life, and that it relates to a functional limitation imposed by his or her disability.
Is this really no cost to me?
Absolutely! This program is designed to allow those with a demonstrated financial need to borrow low-cost devices they need to live more independently. You may keep the device for as long as you need it. When you no longer need the assistive device, it must be returned to the MA AT Long-Term Device Loan Program.
For more information about the Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Programs, call Ferol Smith at 508-751-6431 or Leonidas Tonevski at 508-751-6428, email us at mailto:MassATLoan@eastersealsma.org
Information and an application form also are available online at http://www.massatloan.org/.