Table of Contents

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  • Acknowledgements
  • Foreword • OK Funding for AT

Section I: 
Introduction to Assistive Technology & Oklahoma ABLE Tech

  • What Is Assistive Technology?
  • Types of Assistive Technology (AT)
  • What is Oklahoma ABLE Tech?

Section II: Funding Strategy

Developing a Funding Strategy (direct links to topics below are on this page)

  • Steps and Strategies to Acquire Funding for Assistive Technology

Step 1: Define and document the need.
Step 2: Identify the equipment and/or services needed.
Step 3: Determine if an alternative device will meet the need.
Step 4: Determine potential funding sources.
Step 5: Gather all essential information to be submitted including prescriptions and other justifications
Step 6: Seek appeals as appropriate.

Appeals and Advocacy (direct links to topics below are on this page)

Potential Funding Sources at a Glance

Glossary of Assistive Technology Terms

Section III: Public Sources of Funding

The following pages contain fact sheets on public or governmental sources of funding. To determine the most likely agencies to pay for the AT you need, look closely at the eligibility requirements and financial criteria of each source and what types of AT devices and services the agency will fund. Due to eligibility requirements, funding for AT from public sources is far from guaranteed. You will have to build a strong case for the AT you need. Most agencies will have an internal appeals process if you disagree with the initial decision made in your case request.

  • Accessible Instructional Materials Center
  • Aging Services - Area Agencies on Aging
  • American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Children's Hearing Aid Program
  • Family Support Assistance Program
  • Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Insure Oklahoma
  • Medicaid-ADvantage Waiver Program
  • Medicaid-Community Waiver Program
  • Medicaid-In-Home Supports Waiver for Adults
  • Medicaid-In-Home Supports Waiver for Children
  • Medicaid-Medically Fragile Waiver
  • Medicaid-Money Follows the Person Waiver
  • Medicaid-SoonerCare Child Health
  • Medicaid-SoonerCare Choice
  • Medicaid-SoonerCare Traditional
  • Medicaid-TEFRA
  • Medicare
  • Oklahoma ABLE Tech
  • Oklahoma Equipment Distribution Program
  • Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • Older Blind Independent Living Services Program
  • Senior Citizen's Hearing Aid Project
  • Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants
  • Social Security Disablity Insurance
  • SoonerStart-Early Intervention Program
  • Special Education Services Division Local Education (LEA)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Supplemental Security Income Work Incentives (SSA)
  • Supplemental Security Income Disabled Children's Program (SSI-DCP)
  • Veteran's Benefits
  • Division of Visual Services
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Section IV: Private Sources of Funding

Public sources of funding have been exhausted and appeals have been rejected. Private insurance or the insurance that you do have will not cover the assistive technology needed. The next step should be to search private nonprofit organizations and foundations that may be able to assist. There are many such sources in the state and nation, but they have restrictions on what they will provide, vary widely on eligibility requirements, and the resources available to them are limited. A person who needs funding for assistive technology may turn to a private nonprofit agency, organization, trust or foundation for assistance. This Section describes such groups and lists contact information, but there may be others in your local communities that are not listed here.

  • Ability Connection Oklahoma
  • Ability Found
  • ABLE Tech Financial Loan Program
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Centers for Independent Living
  • Donna Nigh Foundation
  • HIKE Fund Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Hearts for Hearing Foundation
  • J. D. McCarty Center
  • Limbs for Life Foundation
  • Limeades for Learning
  • Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • NewView Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust
  • Pathways Therapy Center
  • Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycling Program
  • The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Total Source for Hearing Loss and Access
  • United Way Hearing Aid Bank
  • Vehicle Mobility Assistance Program
  • WovenLife Oklahoma

Appendix A: Laws that Impact AT

  • Assistive Technology Act (AT Act)
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Accessible Information & Communication Technology (Section 508)
  • Affordable Care Act


  • Preface
  • Section I: Introduction
  • Section II: Funding Strategy
  • Section III: Public Sources of Funding
  • Section IV: Private Sources of Funding
  • Appendix