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Agencies and organizations.

The following agencies and organizations may be of assistance in your search for funding. In some cases, the organizations have national, state and local offices and you will be directed to the office nearest you. Some of the organizations in this listing do not provide funding directly.

Hear Now

4001 S. Magnolia Way

Denver, CO 80237

(800) 648-HEAR

(303) 758-4919 (Voice/TTY)

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST)

Hear Now is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with limited resources who are deaf or hard of hearing. Hear Now disseminates donated, reconditioned behind-the-ear hearing aids or cochlear implants to low-income people with hearing impairments through their National Hearing Aid Bank. There is an application process for acceptance into the program. Hear Now can also make referrals to the caller's local hearing impairment services.

Muscular Dystrophy Association

National Office

3300 E. Sunrise Drive

Tucson, AZ 85718

(800) 572-1717

(602) 529-2000

Ask for the Patient Services Dept.

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EST)

MDA is a national voluntary public health organization that provides assistance to people with neuromuscular diseases through its state and local chapters. MDA is funded almost entirely by individual private contributions. Publications available include MDA's free Patient Services brochure, which includes information about their operating procedures, patient services and equipment provided to qualified applicants.

National Easter Seal Society

Computer Assisted Technology

Services (CATS) Program

70 E. Lake Street

Chicago, IL 60601-5907

(312) 726-6200

Contact person: Bill Watson

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (EST)

The CATS program provides information on how people with disabilities can obtain loans. The National Easter Seals Office can refer callers to 12 regional CATS programs. Easter Seals can also provide information about getting computers and related computers at a discount. The national office will also refer the caller to local Easter Seal affiliates whenever possible.

The National Information Center

for Children and Youth with

Disabilities (NICHCY)

P.O. Box 1492

Washington, DC 20013

(800) 999-5599

(703) 893-6061/893-8614 (TTY)

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (EST)

NICHCY can refer interested parents to Parent Training Information Projects (PTIPs) and Parent-to-Parent support groups in each state. While they do not provide funding, PTIPs and Parent-to-Parent groups can link parents seeking funding information with each other and, in some cases, can provide information on legal rights pertaining to Individualized Education Plans, as well as parents' potential roles in securing funding for assistive technology.

The Foundation Center

79 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10003-3076

(800) 424-9836

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST)

The Foundation Center is an independent national service organization established to provide information on philanthropic giving. It publishes directories, such as Foundation Grants to Individuals, which you can use to identify funding sources in your area and determine whether you qualify for funding. The Center maintains information in over 180 libraries across the U.S.; the national office can give you information about participating libraries in your area.

United Cerebral Palsy Associations

1522 K Street NW

Suite 1112

Washington, DC 20005

(800) 872-5827

(202) 842-1266 (Voice/TTY)

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.(EST)

Through its 150 local affiliates, UCPA assists in work site accommodations, environmental controls, computer access for pre-schoolers, schoolage youth and adults, adaptive toys and switches, augmentative communication and other assistive technology. Services offered by affiliates vary; some provide financial assistance and/or equipment loan programs. Contact y,our local affiliate to determine what type of assistive technology services they offer; local affiliates also provide information and referral for assistive technology services and funding.
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Title Annotation:Annual Mobility Guide for Parents of Children and Adolescents, 1993
Publication:The Exceptional Parent
Article Type:Directory
Date:Mar 1, 1993
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