Social & Community Services
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawai‘i networks with other agencies to advocate for and provide access to services for persons with cerebral palsy, and their families, in order to increase independence in daily living and integration into the community.
Apply for the Bellows Fellows Program for Assistive Technology
Bellows Fellows Fund for Assistive Technology
The Elsie S. Bellows Fund is a national grant program available exclusively through affiliates of United Cerebral Palsy Association. Established in 1995, the Bellows Fellow Grant provides assistive technology equipment to individuals with disabilities that will increase their independence and improve their quality of life.
Assistive technology can play a major role in increasing and maintaining the independence of individuals with disabilities.
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.”
We are now accepting applications! Application deadline: September 23, 2022.
If you are interested in applying for the Bellows Fellows Program:
- Determine what assistive technology may be most appropriate with the goals and abilities of the patient. Local families must work with their own physicians, therapists, psychologists, rehabilitation engineers, assistive technology professionals, or teachers.
- Complete and submit an application and Letter of Support to our office.
After our review and approval of your application, we then submit the information to the United Cerebral Palsy National Office.
For more information, please contact 808-532-6744.
Congratulations to Kaipo, who has received an iPad and app through the Elsie S. Bellows Fellows Program from the United Cerebral Palsy Association National Office. See Kaipo’s story.
Examples of Allowable Requests for Assistive Technology
This list is not meant to be inclusive or exclusive of requests eligible for funding under the Elsie S. Bellows Fellows Program.
- Wheelchairs (manual and electric)
- Augmentative Communication Devices
- Environmental Controls
- Computer Equipment
- Lifts in the nominee’s own/parent’s van or home
- Hearing Aids
Examples of Ineligible Assistive Technology
This list is not meant to be inclusive or exclusive of requests ineligible for funding under the Elsie S. Bellows Fellows Program.
- Evaluations or other Assistive Technology “services”
- Furniture (that is not adapted)
- Appliances (that are not adapted)
- Alterations and Renovations to buildings
Equipment funded through a Bellows Fellows Program is the property of the individual. They do not belong to United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawai‘i or any other organization or company.
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