Purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle or even a scooter lift for your vehicle can be very expensive. Finding funding for these purchases can be a challenge. Our certified mobility consultants can guide you to programs that may apply to you. Below are a few general options to research.
- State Agencies – Every state has a Vocational Rehabilitation Program. These are state funded programs that assist disabled individuals to get back into or remain in the workplace. In some cases they provide funding for vehicle modifications. Click here to find an Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in your area.
- Veterans Administration – The Veterans Administration funds mobility equipment for qualifying veterans. Go to our Veterans page for more information
- Grants and Charitable Organizations – There are several independent organizations that offer aid to people with disabilities for everything from employment to free medication and financial help.
- Mobility Rebate Programs – Many vehicle manufacturers (Ford, GM, Toyota, etc.) provide rebates to purchasers of new vehicles that require modifications for disabilities. Click here for more information.
- Special Finance Programs – A wide variety of programs are available for financing mobility vehicles including loans with extended terms, leasing packages and more. Please ask our mobility consultants for more information about the special programs that may be offered. At R & J Mobility Service, we work with several financing sources including:
- Braun Credit can handle all of your financing needs with competitive rates and custom-structured programs. Working with Braun Credit is:
- Easy – a simple, one-page application. Click here to download credit application (pdf).
- Convenient – apply over the phone
- Flexible – new and used vehicles and mobility equipment, 36 to 120 month terms
- Competitive – low rates
- Fast – we work quickly to get you back on the road
- Just call 1-888-690-1039 to pre-qualify!
- Several Local Banks & Credit Unions: SELCO Community Credit Union, Oregon Community Credit Union, MAPS Credit Union, US Bank, and more. Just call one of our mobility consultants today for more information.
- Brandl: BMFinancing / Brandl used Finance Financial Services understands the difficult needs of having a family member in a wheelchair. Now you can own an affordable, convenient and safe family van that has been specially converted to allow for access of wheelchairs. There has never been a cheaper, safer, more comfortable and convenient way to transport your handicapped family member. BMFinancing / Brandl used Finance can arrange handicap and wheelchair vehicle or van financing on nearly every make and model. Click here for more information.
- Fundraising – Contact all the people in your life and turn your need for a mobility solution into an outlet for socializing and creativity that can bring your whole community together. Get local news agencies involved by explaining what you’re trying to do and ask if they’d be interested in covering your story.
- Public Assistance – Depending on your disability and if you have a Social Security Income coming in, you may be eligible for the PASS program. If you need an accessible vehicle to go to school or your job, they may be able to help you.
- Grants – There are several different organizations for each disabling ailment that provide information, support and resources to help assist those with specific conditions. For example, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society might help if you have MS or United Cerebral Palsy may be able to help if you have CP. You can also go through organizations like the Jaycees that don’t cover one particular disability but can help you apply for a grant to assist with your mobility needs.
- Social Security and State Disability Assistance – This is often the place where most people start, and although it can be the most rewarding, it’s important to realize that the application process can take several months. For more information about the different types of social security and how you can apply, visit ssa.gov/dibplan.
- Contact Your Elected Officials – ask about government-sponsored or other programs for which you may be eligible. You can call 1-800-333-4636 or visit www.usa.gov/contact/elected.shtml
We make the buying process easy, so we can get you on the road immediately.
Grants/Funds available in Oregon:
- Assistive Technology offers resources so people with disabilities are able to obtain assistive technology. The agency offers programs including funding and training. Contact: 541-440-4791.
- Incight Education offers a scholarship for those with disabilities. The scholarship is used for those who are full-time students at a trade school, college or university. Contact: 971-244-0305.
- The Blanche Fischer Foundation provides grants to those with physical disabilities residing in the state of Oregon. To be considered, residents must show a financial need for funding relating directly to the disability. Grants can be used to pay for disability equipment, access ramps and transportation to related conferences. Â Contact: 503-819-8205.
National Grants/Funds available:
- The Ralph Braun Foundation was created for a simple purpose: to assist those with mobility needs through education, information and product acquisition. For more information please visit http://ralphbraunfoundation.org/
- Bobby Jones Open Assistance Grant from the American Syringomyelia & Chiari Association (ASAP) offers assistance in purchasing adaptive equipment and assistive devices. Contact: American Syringomyelia & Chiari Association, 800-272-7282.
- Byran Riesch Paralysis Foundation offers grants up to $10,000 to individuals with spinal cord injury to assist with payment for vehicle modifications, wheelchairs and ramps. Contact: BRPF Charitable Grants, 262-547-2083, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- G.O.A.L.S. Inc. (Go Out And Live Successfully) helps people with spinal cord injuries; funding is dedicated to items such as wheelchairs, ceiling lifts, stair glides, repairs to vans. Contact: G.O.A.L.S. Inc., 561-212-6499.
- Kya’s Krusade offers support for children (age 18 years and less) who have arthrogryposis or other physical disabilities. Fund provides up to $1,000 for mobility aids and other equipment. Contact: Kya’s Krusade Funding Assistance, 614-750-2198, email@example.com.
- Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation (MDFF) offers adaptive equipment to individuals and families affected by any one of 40 neuromuscular diseases. Contact: Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation, 800-544-1213.
- Multiple Sclerosis Foundation offers an Assistive Technology Program that provides products, such as vehicle modification and other mobility devices. Brighter Tomorrow offers up to $1,000 per person to improve quality of life for those with MS, such as wheelchair ramps. Contact: MSF Programs, 888-673-6287, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SCORE (Spinal Cord Opportunities for Rehabilitation Endowment) helps individuals with spinal cord injuries (preference to young people injured while participating in sports) to fund items such as vehicle adaptations. Contact: SCORE, 323-655-8298, email@example.com.
- Travis Roy Foundation offers grants (ranging from $4,000 to $7,500) to paraplegics or quadriplegics paralyzed due to spinal cord injury. Contact: Travis Roy Foundation, 617-619- 8257.
- United Spinal Association offers a maximum grant of $500 through the Adaptive Automotive Grant to help in installing/adapting an auto. Contact: United Spinal Association, 800-404-2898.
- Spinalcord.org – Housing, mortgages and financial help.
- Womenshealth.gov – Find info on job and financial assistance.
- Disability.gov/employment – Find info on employment.
- Disabilityrights.org/faq.htm – Offers advice and referrals to all on employment, free medication, social security benefits, tax benefits and more.
- Goldfinancialsource.com – Register to find financial assistance programs in your area.
- Disabled-world.com – Provides a list of scholarships for people with disabilities and qualification criteria.
- SBA.gov – This page offers resources to help people with disabilities start, grow and manage a small business.
The process of finding financial assistance can be time consuming, but don’t be discouraged. Be creative and get your story heard – there are hundreds of people in your community that want to help people just like you.