The best thing you can do for yourself is educate yourself. Education is power. You can do many things when you are educated on a specific topic. I’m writing this blog today to talk about financial education.
With financial education, you can regain control and power over your life. It may sound like a scary task but, once you overcome this fear, you will set yourself free to hope for a more secure financial future. I specifically want to talk about the benefits of applying for an Assistive Technology Loan with National Disability Institute (NDI).
NDI is the first nonprofit organization committed exclusively to financial education and empowerment for disabled people. NDI is about building a better financial future for people with disabilities and their families.
Through the AT Loan Program at NDI, you can apply for Assistive Technology. Assistive Technology can include hearing aids, communication devices, wheelchairs and home or vehicle modifications. The NDI Assistive Technology Loan Program provides affordable loans of $500 to $30,000+ to residents of New Jersey or New York.
I use assistive technology. I am a full-time wheelchair user; I have a Google Home and Alexa device as well as smart lightbulbs I can control with my voice. All of this assistive technology allows me to remain as independent as possible.
I also own a smartphone with built in accessibility features as well as a MacBook Pro laptop. I wear an Apple Watch, too. As mentioned previously, these things allow me to remain Independent in my own home. I was placed in an institution at one point in my life and I fought hard to transition into my community. I now live in my own apartment and I have a job – and it’s all because of the supports and services I receive.
Assistive technology may increase your independence as well.
If you need to find AT funding or access to a loan, we can help. A spending plan webinar can help you identify where you are spending your money and how much you can start achieving your savings and spending goals.
Assistive Technology and accessibility features – hearing aids, communication devices, wheelchairs and home or vehicle modifications – can be expensive to purchase. This webinar will help you explore different options for getting Assistive Technology.
In the webinar, you will:
- Learn about grants and financing options that can help meet your need for assistive technology by eliminating or reducing the cost of a loan to purchase AT;
- Learn about the availability of affordable loans of up to $30,000, for those whom taking out a loan might be the best option available. (There is no income limit needed to apply for these loans.)
- Prepare a spending plan to better understand if taking out a loan could be a good option for you.
National Disability Institute can help you find grants and decide if taking out a loan could be a good option to meet your assistive technology needs. If you are a resident of NJ or NY, join us to learn more.
Do you need assistive technology? Call 202-449-9521 today and find out if you qualify for a loan! To learn more, visit assistivetechloans.com.
Jensen Caraballo (he/him) is a disability rights activist and writer. His work has been featured at the Center for Disability Rights and Not Dead Yet. He is a 32-year-old Queer and Disabled person of color born in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Jensen is passionate about dismantling ableism and firmly believes that all lives are worth living with dignity and respect.