New Funding Available for Assistive Technology
The Consumer Stipend Program provides assistive technology funding for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
Most conferences, important meetings and training for people with developmental disabilities and their families have gone virtual.
Grant funding is now available through the Consumer Stipend Program to help these individuals stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Arc of Illinois manages the Consumer Stipend Program through a grant from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. The stipend funds help people with developmental disabilities and their family members attend conferences that are directly related to developmental disability issues.
The Consumer Stipend Program will now allow stipends to pay for the assistive technology needed to attend virtual events.
To apply for the Consumer Stipend Program, an applicant must be:
- An Illinois resident
- A person with an intellectual and/or developmental disability
- A family member of a person with an intellectual and/or developmental disability
- A guardian/foster parent of a person with an intellectual and/or developmental disability
Funding is available for a variety of assistive technology, including:
- iPads and other tablets
- Apps for tablets
- Other assistive technology that will help people stay connected
Available funds will depend on an applicant’s technology needs. Only one application is allowed per individual or family.
More details about the Consumer Stipend Program and the application process are available on The Arc of Illinois website.
You may also call (815) 464-1832 with any questions about the stipend program.
Autism Grant Available for Central Illinois Families
Grant from the Autism Society of Central Illinois aims to improve the life of an individual or child with autism.
The Blake Penner Memorial Grant was established by the Autism Society of Central Illinois in 2005 in honor of one special child. The grant program is designed to help families purchase items or services that will improve the life of an individual or child with autism. Examples of grant uses include adaptive bicycles, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, educational consultant fees and social skills training.
Grant beneficiaries must be a person with autism spectrum disorder who lives within the central Illinois area (must live in Sangamon or Menard county or other qualifying zip codes listed on the Autism Society of Central Illinois’ website at http://autismcil.org/).
Applications are available here and must be mailed in by Nov. 3. Funds are limited, so apply early.