The Massachusetts Assistive Technology Loan Program, operated by Easter Seals Massachusetts, is an alternative financing project that gives people with disabilities and elders access to low interest cash loans to purchase assistive devices and services. The program has many options that can help — even for people who don’t think they would qualify for a loan.
Assistive technology (AT) is any device that helps a person achieve greater independence and lead a more productive life. Many different items are considered assistive technology, including:
- Hearing aids
- Computers with special programs
- Electric wheelchairs or scooters
- Adapted vehicles
An assistive technology service helps people determine which device may be right for them. It also helps people locate and purchase devices, trains them on their use, and provides maintenance and repair. The MA AT Loan Program can refer loan recipients to assistive technology services that meet their specific needs.
This program is supported by grants to the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, US Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The MA AT Loan Program is operated and maintained by Easter Seals Massachusetts in partnership with Sovereign Bank.