[Nfbc-info] FW: Low Interest Loans for AT purchases

Angela Fowler angelaf at freed.org
Mon Jul 11 22:18:04 UTC 2016

Hello all,
It mentions computers and software, but I don't see why other blindness related technology such as notetakers wouldn't qualify as well.

Assistive Technology Loans Now Available in California Low-interest Loan Program Available for People with Disabilities
Sacramento - Sacramento CA (July 11, 2016) The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) is announcing the launch and Alternative Finance Program for Assistive Technology (AT) called the FreedomTech Financial Loan Program which will provide low interest loans to Californians with disabilities and their families who are interested in purchasing Assistive Technology.

"Health insurance companies are covering less and less assistive technology and it is difficult to afford to buy, being able to get a loan offers another option to get access to critical technology that we need to live independently" explained Christina Mills, Deputy Director of CFILC.

Financial loans may be used to purchase any device, item, or product that makes life easier for a person living with a disability or age related limitations. Wheelchairs, hearing aids, low vision aids, and computers etc. Loans may also be used in part to support the purchase of items for home and vehicle modifications.

Individuals can apply to borrow $500 - $15,000 with loan terms of up to 5 years. There are credit and income guidelines and borrowers must demonstrate the ability to repay the loan, to learn more visit http://freedomtech.org

"CFILC is excited to provide a low-interest option to Californians with disabilities and their families. Whether someone wants to purchase a laptop for college, hand controls to modify a van, pay the share of cost for a new power-chair, buy hearing aids or build a ramp to their front porch, they can apply for a loan through our FreedomTech Loan program" said Teresa Favuzzi, Executive Director of CFILC.

In addition to Assistive Technology loans, FreedomTech also provides Financial Literacy and credit building resources and assistance.

Funding for the FreedomTech Loan Program was established by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.


Michelle Cowen
Program Manager
FREED Center for Independent Living
2529 Nevada City Hwy Suite 102
Grass Valley, CA 95945

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