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Loan Details

  • Loans for up to $25,000 with up to a 5-year term for Assistive Technology
  • Loans for up to $40,000 with up to a 10-year term for modified vehicles and home modifications
  • Available to residents of Washington and Oregon.
  • Loan interest rate is 5% APR.

Eligibility

Washington and Oregon residents of all ages with disabilities of all types, including seniors with age-related functional limitations, are eligible.

FAQ

See below for answers to some frequently asked questions about our Assistive Technology Loans.

Photo of client family: mom on left, child of about 5 using a walker in the middle, and father on the right
With a Northwest Access Fund Loan, the Burketts were able to purchase an adapted vehicle, allowing their family to go on outings.

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive technology includes both devices and services. A device is any item or piece of equipment used to maintain or improve the functional capability of a person with a disability, including older adults with age-related functional limitations.

Assistive technology includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Hearing aids
  • Dentures, partial dentures, and implants
  • Mobility equipment, such as a scooter or wheelchair
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Computers and software
  • Braille devices
  • Adaptive recreational equipment
  • Adapted vehicles
  • Home modifications
Picture of Alexandria using her hands to read braille on her Braille Note Touch
With a Northwest Access Fund Loan, Alexandria was able to purchase a BrailleNote Touch, which gives her access to the internet, apps, and social media.

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We offer multiple ways to apply for an Assistive Technology loan:

To have an application mailed to you, call our office at 206-328-5116 or toll free at 877-428-5116, send an email to info@nwaccessfund.org, or mail a request to:

Northwest Access Fund
1437 S Jackson St. Suite 302
Seattle, WA 98144

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I qualify for Northwest Access Fund’s services?

Washington and Oregon residents of all ages with disabilities of all types are eligible for our services. This includes seniors with age-related hearing, vision, mobility, and/or cognitive limitations. We take a broad view of disability and are happy to answer any particular questions you might have. We also consider applications from family members, employers, and other representatives – as long as the item is purchased for – and owned by – a person with a disability.

What can Northwest access fund’s assistive technology loans be used for?

Assistive Technology loans can be used to purchase any device that helps to improve the functioning of a person with a disability. Loans can also be used for assistive technology services such as evaluations, training, extended warranties, insurance, maintenance, and repair.

Examples of assistive technology include:

    • Hearing Aids
    • Lift chairs
    • Electric beds
    • Scooters, wheelchairs (including co-pays)
    • Computers/tablets/smartphones/software
    • Braille devices
    • Closed Circuit TV Magnifiers
    • Adaptive recreational equipment
    • Dentures
    • Smart home technology

What can Northwest access fund’s Home modification loans be used for?

Home modification loans can be used to finance home accessibility modifications and services.

Examples of home accessibility modifications include:

    • Ramps
    • Shower modifications
    • Stair Lifts
    • Grab bars and railings
    • Push-button door openers
    • Widening of doors and hallways
    • Counter height adjustments
    • Flooring
    • Light fixtures

What can Northwest access fund’s Adaptive Vehicle loans be used for?

Adaptive vehicle loans can be used to finance:

    • Vehicles with existing accessibility adaptations
    • Chasse of a vehicle that will be adapted
    • Adaptations to be installed into an existing vehicle, like ramps, hand controls, and chair lifts

How much can I borrow and what are the terms?

All our loans have a 5% interest rate, with no fees. Term length varies depending on the type of loan, useful life of the technology/adaptation, and the income available to repay the loan.

    • Assistive technology loans: Up to $25,000, with up to a 60-month term;
    • Home modification and adapted vehicle loans: Up to $40,000, with up to a 120-month term.

Requests for higher amounts can be considered by the Board of Directors.

How do I apply?

We offer multiple ways to apply for an Assistive Technology loan:

To have an application mailed to you, call our office at 206-328-5116 or toll free at 877-428-5116, send an email to info@nwaccessfund.org, or mail a request to:

Northwest Access Fund
1437 S Jackson St. Suite 302
Seattle, WA 98144

What happens after I submit my application?

Your application will be reviewed by staff for completeness. We also will obtain a credit report and may call you for additional information. Once the application is complete, it will be submitted to our Loan Review Committee, which meets twice a month. If the Committee approves your application, we will send you a Promissory Note and other loan documents. Once these closing documents are signed and returned, we will pay the vendor directly. If your application is not approved, we will tell you why and try to help you identify other resources.

What criteria will be used to decide if I get a loan?

Both eligibility and ability to repay must be shown. Eligibility is established when you show that (a) you have a disability and (b) the item you want to buy qualifies as “assistive technology.” Ability to repay is evaluated on the basis of income, expenses, current debt levels, availability of other resources and your credit history. For business equipment, we also look at your employment or business plan and work history.

My credit is not great. Will that disqualify me?

Having poor credit or a history of bankruptcy will not necessarily disqualify you. Your circumstances will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Northwest Access Fund staff will help you identify steps you can take to improve your chances of qualifying (e.g., participating in financial coaching, or taking care of past due accounts or items in collections).

My income is very limited and I’ve never taken out a loan before. Can I still apply?

Absolutely. Northwest Access Fund looks at each application individually. In some cases, we may ask for a co-signer or collateral. In other cases, we may offer extended payments and/or a smaller loan.