URGENT CALL TO ACTION !!

Protect the Assistive Technology Loan Program and continue to support the Assistive Technology Independent Living & REquipment Programs    

 The Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program, operated by Easter Seals Massachusetts, is an alternative financing project that gives people with disabilities and elders access to low interest cash loans to purchase assistive devices and services. The program has provided over 700 loans valued at over $13.2 million dollars for the past 11 years many to people who don’t think they would qualify for a loan.

Assistive technology (AT) is any device that helps a person achieve greater independence and lead a more productive life. Many different items are considered assistive technology, including:

  • Hearing aids
  • Computers with special programs
  • Power wheelchairs or scooters
  • Adapted vehicles and lifts

The program is running out of funding and needs $250,000 to cover its yearly operating budget.   Please support FY16’s earmark language with the increase in line 4120-4000: provided, that not less than $1,536,590 shall be expended for assistive technology services

TO TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW  go to

http://www.capwiz.com/easterseals/issues/alert/?alertid=69882626&type=ST

Where you will be able to send an email to your legislator

 

Please contact Joe Bellil, Vice President of Public Affairs, for more information:

jbellil@eastersealsma.org / 508-751-6340