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Finance and Legal Resources

Abilities Fund
Nationwide nonprofit community developer and financial institution focused exclusively on expanding entrepreneurial opportunities for people with disabilities, including access to capital and microloans.

The Assistance Fund (TAF)
TAF is an independent charitable patient assistance foundation that helps patients and families facing high medical out-of-pocket costs by providing financial assistance for co-pays, coinsurance, deductibles, and other health-related expenses.

Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation
The BRPF works within the paralysis community providing charitable grants to help make life easier for people suffering from paralysis. Equally important, the BRPF provides   scholarships to individuals suffering from paralysis or families with a parent dealing with a neurological disorder.

Chanda Plan Foundation
The Chanda Plan Foundation allocates funds only to individuals who 1) currently use a wheelchair or scooter 100% of the time to function in daily life, and 2) have a spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia and quadriplegia, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, spina bifida, or brain injury.  Funds can be used to access integrative treatments via Location-Based (Lakewood, CO) or Provider-Based (anywhere nationally).

The Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation, Inc.
A non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation which conducts fundraisers to award grants to paralyzed individuals to purchase therapy and therapy equipment, in order to promote health and a better quality of life for those who are paralyzed.

College Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities | University of Washington
Provides advice and information about federal student aid and state aid, and lists disability-related scholarship programs.

Disabled Children’s Relief Fund
Provides disabled children with assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eyeglasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery.

DSHS-ALTSA New Freedom Program
As part of Washington’s Medicaid long-term care waiver program, New Freedom (NF) is a voluntary Medicaid funded program that allows eligible Participants to receive services in their home and community while managing their own service plan and budget.  NF offers elders and adults with disabilities the option to manage a budget and decide for themselves what mix of services/goods will best meet their care needs.

DSHS-Roads to Community Living
Roads to Community Living is a demonstration project  designed to help people with complex, long-term care needs move back into the  community.  The project is Washington State’s part of a federally funded  project called Money Follows the Person.  Through this project, Washington State has an opportunity to  explore what kinds of services and support help people with complex, long-term  care needs successfully move from institutions (such as nursing homes, state hospitals, or ICF-MRs) back into the community.

Head North
The HeadNorth Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide essential support and guidance to individuals and families affected by spinal cord injury, while championing a cure for paralysis.

HelpHOPELive
Catastrophic Injury Campaign AND Catastrophic Illness Campaign
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit that guides spinal cord injury, transplant patients and others with a catastrophic injury or illnesses through the grassroots fundraising process, to raise funds to cover expenses such as home modification, home care, physical therapy, vocational rehab and experimental treatment.

High Fives Foundation
Grants available to mountain athletes who have had a life-altering injury.

The Kaitlin Marie Bell Foundation
Provides financial assistance to children with disabilities who are unable to afford equipment and/or services that they need.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
Cooling Program:  Offers a variety of items, free of charge, including cooling vests, neckties, wristbands, bandanas, work collars, skull-pads, and baseball hats.  Applications accepted February 1 through June 1.
Brighter Tomorrow Grant:  Providing individuals with MS with goods and services (valued at up to $1,000 per recipient) that improve quality of life by enhancing safety, self-sufficiency, comfort or well-being.  Recipients have received appliances, televisions, furniture, hobby supplies, retreats, and various home modifications.  Applications accepted June 1 to September 1.

National MS Society Financial Assistance Program
If you are currently taking, or considering starting on, a multiple sclerosis (MS) medication, various patient assistance programs are available.

Northwest Access Fund
Formerly the Washintgton Access Fund.  The Access Fund provides low-interest loans, matched savings accounts, and other information/referrals to help individuals with disabilities obtain the technologies and business equipment needed to live independently and to succeed at school, work, play and in the community.  Based in Seattle.

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Through its various grant programs, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services provides grants for research, education, and the rehabilitation of people with disabilities.

Plus One Foundation
The Plus One Foundation funds significantly life-changing opportunities for people with neurological conditions under the ONE Grant. This funding offers a unique chance to fulfill a dream that expands the experience of life. The goal of this grant is to not only improve one individual’s life, but also to witness the ‘ripple effect’ of one person’s positive experience on their family, friends, and our community.  Click above to apply.

Public Partnerships
PCG Public  Partnerships, LLC (PPL) is a full-service financial management services firm  dedicated solely to providing fiscal/employer agent, third party administrator,  and related support services to DSHS clients in Washington State. They help state, county, and local public agencies to implement a participant-directed  service model – that allows participants to make individual choices about which  services they receive, how they are delivered and by whom, within their  budgets.

The Ralph Braun Foundation
The Ralph Braun Foundation works nationally to provide vehicle modification grants to individuals with disabilities in need of financial assistance.  The program offers grants of up to $5,000 to people in the United States and Canada who have secured the majority of the funds needed, but require the final amount to complete the purchase.

SCORE Fund
Non-profit organization that promotes rehabilitation and independent living through financial grants to individuals paralyzed while participating in sports or recreational activities, and who have a demonstrated need for assistance.

Travis Roy Foundation
The Travis Roy Foundation provides grants to victims of spinal cord paralysis based on financial need and also funds research. In addition to grant information, the web site contains information about Foundation events, fund-raisers and programs, as well as SCI information and resources.

Wounded Warrior Resource Center (WWRC) | U.S. Department of Defense
Provides wounded Service Members, their families, and caregivers with information they need on military facilities, health care services, and benefits. Trained specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone at 1-800-342-9647 or by e-mail at wwrc@militaryonesource.com.

 

Legal

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Adler and Giersch
Personal injury firm with offices in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett and Kent.

David A. Williams, Bellevue Law
Motor vehicle accidents, medical negligence, construction accident or other serious accident.  30 years in personal injury law.

Dean Standish Perkins and Associates
Seattle Spinal Injury Attorneys

Friedman Disability
Friedman Disability represents disabled workers and veterans in Social Security disability and veterans disability claims.

Gregorek and Associates
Gregorek and Associates provides a wide array of financial planning, including Elder Law and Guardianship/Special Needs Planning.

Gustad Law Group
Gustad Law Group represents individuals with Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Lehmbecker Law Firm
Personal injury, Worker’s Compensation, and Social Security Disability attorneys serving Bellevue and the surrounding area.

If you have information on additional financial organizations or legal resources or related opportunities in the Northwest, contact us so we can share the information.  Thanks!