Disability Grants & Resources

Disability grants can come from many places for persons with disabilities. If you require financial assistance in order to afford any type of mobility equipment or handicapped-accommodating vehicle the following disability grants and resource based groups are your starting points.  Contact a mobility consultant and find those most relevant to your situation. Many allow you to apply for monetary aid directly from them; others direct you toward sources of disability grants.  Some of the resources may not be for obtaining grants but can provide other useful information and services to those who are challenged with mobility issues.


Facing Disability for Families Facing Spinal Cord Injuries

An excellent new web resource with more than 1,000 videos drawn from interviews of people with spinal cord injuries, their families, caregivers and experts.


American Association of People with Disabilities

A cross-disability website with numerous resources and free membership.  Home of Enable magazine.


Amy VanDyken Foundation

Founded by six -time Olympic Gold medal swimmer, Amy VanDyken.  Provides essential medical equipment for people with spinal cord injuries who cannot afford these necessities and in cases where insurance will not cover.


Cherish the Children Foundation, Glastonbury, CT

Connecticut Foundation that makes financial assistance grants to families with children in need


Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Very helpful website with listing of resources for spinal cord injured individuals


Disability Resource Center

Provides information, independent living skills training, peer support and advocacy for people with disabilities


Gaylord Sports Association

Contact for information about adaptive sports programs
Katie Joly, kjoly@gaylord.org


Getting Back Up

Funding available upon application for exercise based recovery programs and the purchase of adaptable products. Founded in 2011 by Scott Fedor who was injured in a diving accident and is now a quadriplegic.


Gridiron Heroes Foundation

Founded by Eddie Canales and his, Chris, who was injured in 2001 playing high school football. Foundation has been featured on HBO Real Sports; funded privately. Makes grants for immediate and long term care needs for individuals injured playing high school football.


Help Hope Live

Organization that helps families mobilize their communities to fundraise for catastrophic injury expenses


Independence Foundation, Elma, NY

Helps physically handicapped live independent lives


Kelly Brush Foundation

Founded by Middlebury College athlete Kelly Brush who sustained a spinal cord injury in downhill ski racing, the Foundation provides grants for adaptive sports equipment.


Life Rolls On Foundation

An organization that sponsors adaptive surfing and skating events for young people with spinal cord injuries.


Molly Ann Tango Foundation

Provides assistance to families with special needs children


National Spinal Cord Injury Association

Connecticut Chapter
Very informative: contact Jim Quick: jeq@juno.com
Makes grants for repairs and small items up to $250


New England Assistive Technology Marketplace

For purchase of used durable equipment
Click on Equipment Center


Project Walk, Canton, MA

Non-profit exercise based recovery program with educational support for SCI


Recycled Wheelchairs, Marlborough, MA

David Heim rebuilds power wheelchairs for uninsured users


Ryan Martin Basketball Camps

Ryan Martin is a wheelchair basketball athlete who has competed in college and then as a professional.   Ryan’s foundation has established basketball camps in CT for disabled children and also for wounded veterans.  His message is inspirational and motivating.


Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality

Information on accessibility and travel


Travis Roy Foundation, Boston, MA

Gives individual grants to people with spinal cord injuries


Wheels with Wings

Located in Buffalo, New York, this organization makes quality of life grants to individuals with spinal cord injuries nationwide.  Grants include home modifications, ramps, and therapy programs for rehabilitation.

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