Authored by Chris Schroeder
There are numerous state and local programs dedicated to helping those with cerebral palsy meet their everyday needs. However, finding them can be a challenge.
Here, the CP Help Center has compiled a listing of some of the most useful patient resources for housing, employment, therapy, recreation, assistive technology, social programs and financial aid.
The Centers for independent Living are private, nonprofit companies promoting the independence of those individuals living with disabilities and optimizing the accessibility of their communities. These centers provide patient advocacy, skills training, information, referrals and peer counseling.
UCP Affiliates provide local support for those living with cerebral palsy who need to arrange housing, physical therapy, assistive technology training, early intervention services, counseling, social and recreational programs, community living and employment.
Directory of agencies in your state that oversee the delivery of services and support for those with disabilities.
Directory of federally-funded programs in your state that are tasked with meeting the most pressing needs of people with developmental disabilities. Councils work to promote self-determination, integration and inclusion for those with conditions like cerebral palsy.
2-1-1 lines are free information and referral sources for health, human and community services. These provide help with emergency food pantries, rental assistance, public health clinics, child care resources, support groups, legal aid, and a variety of non-profit and governmental agencies.
Directory of resource centers that help older patients with disabilities arrange long-term support and services.
People living with disabilities have multiple options for financial assistance on the federal, state and local level. These include benefit payments, vouchers, grants, subsidies, loans and rebates. Many of these are based on the patient’s income needs.
Below is a listing of the top financial assistance resources for patients affected by cerebral palsy.
This federal program provides benefits and financial assistance to those who can demonstrate a qualified medical condition or the inability to perform functions necessary for employment. Learn more about how to qualify, the application process and how to appeal a claim denial.
Link to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, the agency that administers health benefits based on disability, advanced age or financial need.
Waiver programs are state-specific and provide medical services like dental and nursing, as well as non-medical services like case management, respite and housing alterations.
The Elsie S. Bellows Fund is a national endowment administered by UCP that provides funds to those with disabilities to purchase assistive technology equipment. Individuals can submit an application through their local UCP affiliate, who will forward it to the national office for committee review.
Benefits.gov is a resource center combining information on most government benefit and assistance programs available to citizens in one location.
A directory of programs funded under the federal Assistive Technology Act that promote people’s awareness of, and access to, assistive technology devices and services. Programs usually provide funds and/or low interest loans to patients to purchase devices.
This private foundation offers financial assistance to families of children whose commercial insurance coverage does not fully cover the cost of treatment.
This program helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage obtain the medications they need at little or no cost.
This program offers funding for walkers, wheelchairs, specially-designed adaptive bikes, strollers, prosthetic limbs and other devices to families of children with disabilities.
This fund provides children with disabilities financial help to obtain walkers, wheelchairs, medical equipment, orthopedic braces, hearing aids, surgery, physical therapy, lifts and eyeglasses.