Whether you want to lease or buy a wheelchair van or to have handicapped accessibility conversions made to your vehicle, disability grants are widely available to Louisiana residents to cover all or some of the expense. Financial assistance from state-based groups puts a used or new handicap van in your reach. Some bestowed money can even be applied to accessibility modifications, including access ramps, scooter or wheelchair lifts, turning automotive seating systems and hand controls for adaptive driving.
The following Louisiana state agencies and organizations offer disability grants or other funds to persons with disabilities, or they assist with tracking down and securing such financial aid. These are crucial resources for state residents who need help getting handicapped-accessible transportation. Check out their websites and reach out to learn about your options for monetary assistance for a wheelchair van.
Keep in mind that Louisiana chapters of foundations, associations and charitable organizations are good places to turn for additional assistance. You may qualify for direct financial aid from them, or they will steer you toward other sources.
Disclaimer: This information is intended to assist you in your purchase or financing of a wheelchair van, and is in no way an offer or advertisement for a free wheelchair van.
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SOURCES FOR LOUISIANA DISABILITY GRANTS AND ASSISTANCE
Area Agency on Aging (AAA), State of Louisiana
The AAA runs out of the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs. It is a launching point for many services for the state’s senior citizens, and a key resource for those looking for help. It can direct you toward sources of monetary assistance for a handicap van for you or an elderly loved one. Go to your county’s office.
Louisiana Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
There are multiple ADRCs in every US state. They are a primary source for the most comprehensive and current information and help. Be sure to get in touch early in your quest for disability grants for a handicapped-accessible ride.
Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN)
LATAN’s driving purpose is to help elderly and disabled Louisiana state residents acquire assistive technology that facilitates a more meaningful and independent lifestyle. It offers a variety of services, and may help you find the most promising disability grants for a wheelchair van.
3042 Old Forge Drive, Suite D
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(255) 925-9500 or toll free (800) 270-6185
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
Since 1944, the Louisiana State DVA has worked tirelessly to connect resident veterans with all the benefits and support available to them. Vets who became disabled (or increasingly disabled) in the course of service or while under VA care are usually entitled to disability grants. Ask how the DVA can help you get a handicap van.
P.O. Box 94095
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC)
The DDC in Louisiana, the state’s branch of a nationwide network of DDCs, is in place to assist the local population affected by developmental disabilities. It provides disability grants directly and offers numerous other forms of support. Council members, many of whom have or live a family member who has a developmental disability, are appointed by the Governor and come from all around the state.
P.O. Box 3455
626 Main Street, Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3455
(225) 342-6804 or toll free (800) 450-8108
Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Louisiana’s SILC supports the efforts of the state’s disabled population to live independently with the capacities for self-determination and self-fulfillment. The contacts and resources at the Council’s disposal make them a go-to source for information when you’re seeking financial aid to pay for your accessible vehicle or conversions and equipment.
Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs
P.O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
(225) 219-7553 or toll free (800) 579-5611
Louisiana Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
VR is the flagship program of the State’s Rehabilitation Services. This Â“one-stop career development programÂ” aims to get Louisiana’s disabled working. For those who need handicapped-friendly transportation in order to find and commute to a job, this agency may award disability grants to fund it.
627 N 4th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 219-2225 or toll free (800) 737-2958
Southwest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Within the National Network of ADA Centers are 10 individual branches serving particular geographical areas. This office serves persons with disabilities residing in Louisiana. It should be one of the very first places you make contact with as you search for ways to pay for your wheelchair van or accessories and modifications.
2323 S. Shepherd, #1000
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 520-0232 or toll free (800) 949-4232
These are only some of the resources available for Louisiana disability grants and assistance.
If you work with or know of another Louisiana agency, foundation or other organization that belongs here, please forward its information to Benjamin Meyer, Director of Interactive Marketing, [email protected].