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Finance and Legal Resources

ABC Medical Scholarship Program
ABC Medical offers semi-annual scholarships to applicants of any age in three categories: Adaptive Sports, Scholars, and Making a Difference. Submit contact information to receive the application form.

ACES$ Financial Management Services
ACCE$ provides financial management services for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) for the WA New Freedom program (WANF) and Veteran Directed Home Services program (VDHS).

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.

Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)
CAF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit provides opportunities and support to individuals with permanent physical challenges so that they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. Provides grants for equipment, travel/competition expenses, and coaching/training expenses.

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.

DiDonato Paralysis Foundation
The DiDonato Paralysis Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that provides grants to individuals living with paralysis or other neurological conditions to help improve quality of life. Examples of eligible items include upgrade and maintenance of wheelchairs, vehicle modifications (i.e., hand controls or lifts), small home modifications including ramp and lift installation, computers, and other adaptive equipment. Applicants must reside in Maine or New Hampshire.

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.

Getting Back Up
Helping individuals living with a SCI by improving their quality of life. Provides funding to individuals nation-wide to participate in exercise based recovery programs and the purchase of adaptable products.

HeadNorth Fund
Sharp HealthCare Foundation’s HeadNorth Fund provides financial support to individuals with SCI for equipment or services such as wheelchairs, exercise equipment or home modifications. Applicants must be legal resident of San Diego, CA.

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.

Kelly Brush Foundation
The Kelly Brush Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to empowering those with paralysis to lead engaged and fulfilling lives through sports and recreation. Provides grants for individuals with paralysis to purchase adaptive sports equipment. Applicants with SCI are eligible to apply.

Lanig Family Fund of the Rose Community Foundation
Pushing Boundaries is pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the Lanig Family Fund of the Rose Community Foundation to provide a limited number of one-time scholarships to new and eligible current clients with spinal cord injuries (SCI). The purpose of the grant is to promote inclusion and to address cultural barriers that may influence participation in an exercise therapy program. The Lanig Family Fund is committed to cross sector collaboration that advances health-related quality of life and encourages independence after SCI. Contact Pushing Boundaries for more details.

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
Northwest Access Fund provides low-interest loans, matched savings accounts, and other information/referrals to help individuals with disabilities fund home modifications as well 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.

National Organization for Vehicle Accessibility (NOVA)
NOVA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that 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. Formerly known as the Ralph Braun Foundation.

SCORE (Spinal Cord Opportunities for Rehabilitation Endowment) is a non-profit organization that promotes rehabilitation and independent living through financial grants to young athletes paralyzed while participating in sports or recreational activities, and who have a demonstrated need for assistance.

Tighten the Drag Foundation
Tighten the Drag Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps individuals with SCI afford the opportunity to recover through activity based exercise and recreation outings. Therapy applicants must reside or attend therapy in FL, GA, MS, or AL.

Travis Roy Foundation
The Travis Roy Foundation is focused on empowering SCI survivors through adaptive equipment grants, which enable independence. Examples of eligible items include upgrade and maintenance for wheelchairs, vehicle modifications (i.e., hand controls or lifts), small home modifications including ramp and lift installation, computers, and other adaptive equipment.

Triumph Foundation
The Triumph Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping individuals with SCI triumph over their disability and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives. Provide Keep Moving Forward Grants to help individuals get adaptive equipment, make home modifications for accessibility, enable return to work, and maintain therapeutic activities for health and wellness.

United Cerebral Palsy Elsie S. Bellows Fund
The Elsie S. Bellows fund is a national program operated by United Cerebral Palsy that provides grants for purchasing or repairing assistive-technology equipment for individuals with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities and their families who are in financial need and do not have other funding resources are eligible. Apply through your UCP Local Affiliate.


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

Colburn Law
Personal injury firm serving Seattle, Bellevue, and the Tri-Cities.

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!