Computer grants for the disabled

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Computer grants for the disabled
Some disabled people can use just one hand to type, some none. (typing image by timur1970 from

Computer grants for the disabled allow individuals with disabilities to work independently, and not have to rely on someone else for assistance. For example, people who are blind can use a computer with Braille key labels, and for people who need to use one hand to type on a computer, left and right-handed keyboards are available. Computer grants for the disabled provide word processing and educational software, which can help develop writing skills for hearing-impaired students.

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Multiple Sclerosis Computer Grant

Sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, the Computer Grant Program provides repaired desktop or laptop computers for disabled individuals with multiple sclerosis, on limited or fixed incomes. Training is provided for individuals who have not used a computer. As part of the application process, individuals must provide verification of MS diagnosis, and a short essay detailing how a computer will enhance their quality of life. The grant includes a computer, mouse, keyboard and monitor. Applicants are responsible for Internet access and technical support. Applications can be submitted annually from July 1 to Oct. 1.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

6350 North Andrews Ave.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-2130


Roy Foundation Grant

Travis Roy played on the hockey team at Boston State University, and in his first freshman game cracked his fourth vertebrae, which left him paralysed from the neck down. Founded in 1997, the Travis Roy Foundation is dedicated to helping paraplegics and quadriplegics who are paralysed by a spinal cord injury live productive lives. Part of the money raised by the foundation is used to purchase adaptive equipment, such as computers. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and provide proof of financial need. There is no age limit, and applicants must request specific equipment. Foundation applicants obtain estimates from potential computer suppliers, and grant funds are distributed to the supplier selected by the foundation.

Travis Roy Foundation

Hemenway & Barnes LLP

60 State Street, 8th Floor

(617) 619-8257

Computer Accommodations Grant

Our military service personnel return home from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, but due to service-related injuries, instead of returning to duty, many are recovering at military treatment facilities. Various computer devices are provided by the Computer Accommodations Program (CAP), which is sponsored by the Department of Defense. For example, accommodations such as compact keyboards, voice recognition software and alternative pointing devices can improve dexterity in service members who have suffered nerve damage, burns or amputation of an arm. Computer accommodations are also available for service members who are visually or hearing-impaired, or suffering from brain injuries.

Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP)

5111 Leesburg Pike, Suite 810

Falls Church, VA 22041-3206


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