Congratulations to Kaipo, who was recently awarded the Elsie S. Bellows Fellows Grant for Assistive Technology from the United Cerebral Palsy Association National Office.
The Bellows Fellows Grant helps individuals with disabilities with acquiring Assistive Technology that will increase their independence and improve their quality of life. The federal definition of assistive technology is: “Any piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”
Common Assistive Technology includes:
- Wheelchairs (manual and electric)
- Augmentative Communication Devices
- Environmental Controls
- Computer Equipment
- Lifts in the nominee’s parent’s or nominee’s own van or home
- Hearing Aids
Through the grant, Kaipo received an Apple iPad, which is considered an Augmentative Communication Device. The iPad and its applications will help Kaipo to have a voice and “speak” to his parents. It will also “grow” in complexity as his communication skills grow, continuing to support Kaipo’s development.
If you or a loved one need assistance acquiring Assistive Technology, consider applying for the Elsie. S. Bellows Fund.
About the Elsie S. Bellows Fund
The Elsie S. Bellows Fund was established in 1995 to provide assistive technology equipment to individuals with disabilities. Assistive technology can play a major role in increasing and maintaining the independence of individuals with disabilities.