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Adapted Vehicle Funding Resources
Paying for vehicle adaptations or adapted vehicles can be challenging! Most of the funding resources below will contribute toward the final cost of a car or modification, but will not cover the entire cost. Some of these resources will require an application. Please contact the individual organization for more information.
National Funding Resources
The Alyssa V Phillips Foundation supports individuals impacted by Cerebral Palsy (CP) with the aim of maximizing their independence. The foundation offers financial support grants that may be used to cover some of the costs of modifying a vehicle.
The Byron Riesch Paralysis Foundation offers charitable grants to applicants with a neurological disorder, with preference for those with spinal cord injuries. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and may be required to provide documentation.
- Phone: 262-547-2083
- Email: email@example.com
The Chive Charities Grant provides funding for accessible home and car modifications to individuals with rare medical conditions, veterans, and first responders.
The First Hand Foundation offers funding that can be used for vehicle modifications such as lifts, ramps, and transfer boards. Grant amounts are dependent upon income level.
- Phone: 816-201-1569
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gwendolyn Strong Foundation’s SMA Community Grants range from $250 to $2,500 and can be used for vehicle modifications. Applicants must have a Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) diagnosis.
- Phone: 805-203-0334
- Email: email@example.com
Mobility for Vets connects people who donate used modified vehicles with veterans and families who need them.
- Phone: 732-397-5056
- Email: Info@SpecialKidsFund.org
This program is a bridging fund directed to individuals with disabilities who have secured the majority of the money needed to fund vehicle modifications but need some additional help to reach their goal. During each funding cycle, grants are awarded to selected individuals for up to 25% of the cost of the mobility transportation equipment with a maximum award of $5,000.
- Phone: 574-607-5995
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Special Kids Fund connects people who donate used modified vehicles with families who need them.
- Email: Info@SpecialKidsFund.org
The Travis Roy Foundation offers Quality of Life Grants to individuals with paraplegia or quadriplegia who have survived spinal cord injuries. The average grant size is $3,000 and the maximum request is $5,000; there is no minimum award.
- Email: email@example.com
The Triumph Foundation’s Keep Moving Forward Grant helps individuals get adaptive equipment for daily living, community reintegration, and health and wellness. The maximum grant is $2,000 and funds are paid directly to the vendor. Applicants must be citizens of the United States and priority for grants is given to Southern California residents.
- Phone: 661-803-3700
- Email: info@Triumph-Foundation.org
Veterans and service members may be eligible for a one-time payment of not more than $11,000 toward the purchase of an automobile or other conveyance for certain service-connected injuries. They may also be eligible for adaptive equipment. To apply, contact a VA regional office at 1-800-827-1000 or your nearest VA medical center.
- Seattle: 206-553-2706
- Spokane: 509-327-0274
- Tacoma: 253-565-7038
- Portland: 503-220-8262
PASS plans allow you to set aside income for a short- or long-term employment goal (which may have an educational component). Income set aside can be used to help you keep or qualify for SSI benefits and Medicaid. A quick guide to PASS plans can be found here. You can get assistance in determining eligibility and applying for a PASS plan through a benefits planning specialist. Find a specialist near you in Washington or in Oregon.
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation’s AT Program helps individuals obtain funding – or provides them with funding – for AT that promotes independent living. Funding for vehicle modifications is available.
- Phone: 888-MSFOCUS (888-673-6287)
Many vehicle manufacturers offer rebates, typically up to $1000, to cover part of the cost of modifications. Some companies restrict rebates to brand new vehicles; others cover vehicles up to five years old. Here is a sampling of websites.
- Ford Motors: Up to $1000 for cost of installed equipment on new Ford motor vehicles
- General Motors: Up to $1000 for adaptations to new GM vehicles
- Honda: Up to $1000 for vehicle adaptations
- Hyundai: Up to $1000 for vehicle adaptations
- Lexus: Up to $1000 for adaptations to new vehicles
- Toyota: Up to $1000 for adaptations to purchased or leased vehicles 2001 and later models
- Volvo: Up to $1000 in financial assistance toward the cost of adding adaptive equipment to an eligible new Volvo or up to $200 on alert hearing devices
Washington Funding Resources
RCW 51.36.020(8)(a): If vehicle modifications are needed because of an industrial injury resulting in amputation or paralysis, L&I (or employer if self-insured) may pay up to 50% of the state’s average annual wage towards to cost of vehicle modifications. An additional $4000 may be allocated at the discretion of the Department.
- Phone: 360-902-5800
Oregon Funding Resources
The Blanche Fischer Foundation provides up to $1,200 of grant funding to individuals who have a verifiable physical disability, proof of Oregon residency, and demonstrated financial need.
- Phone: 503-246-4941
- Email: BFFoundation@outlook.com
Adapted Vehicle Information & Directories
This website features fact sheets containing helpful information about factors to consider for different disabilities & directories of Driving Rehab Specialists, Mobility Equipment Dealers and Mobility Equipment Manufacturers.
NMEDA is a non-profit association of adaptive vehicle manufacturers, dealers, and driver rehabilitation specialists whose goal is to improve access to transportation for people with disabilities. They offer in-person evaluations and help finding and buying a vehicle.
- Phone: 800-833-0427 or 813-264-2697
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NHTSA is the federal government agency that provides information about selection and safety of modified vehicles & vehicle modifications with a focus on safety.
Northwest Disabled Dealer
This free magazine is available from modified vehicle vendors and features articles about modified vehicles and listings of used modified vehicles, wheelchairs & other equipment.
Regional website where individuals and businesses can buy or sell adaptive technology.
National website for buying and selling previously owned modified vans. Buyers can search by state, make, model, and features of any vehicle they are interested in.
This brochure details a proven process: evaluating your needs, selecting the right vehicle, choosing a qualified dealer to modify your vehicle, being trained, and maintaining your vehicle, so that you can avoid costly mistakes when purchasing and modifying a vehicle with adaptive equipment.
Information and recommendations on when and how to adapt a vehicle to suit your needs if you have MS.
Adapted Vehicle Vendors
6015 160th Ave E.
Sumner, WA 98390
14640 NE 91st St
Redmond, WA 98052
7202 Evergreen Way
Everett, WA 98203
21704 87th Ave SE
Woodinville, WA 98072
6053 Tacoma Mall Blvd.
Tacoma, WA 98409
1815 E. Francis
Spokane, WA 99208
1017 54th Ave E,
Fife, WA 98424
12905 NE Airport Way,
Portland, OR 97230
4347 NE Yeon Ave,
Portland, OR 97210
3574 Marcola Rd
Springfield, OR 97477
9740 SW Wilsonville Rd #250
Wilsonville, OR 97070
12154 SW Garden Pl
Tigard, OR 97223
4280 25th Ave NE
Salem, OR 97301
12833 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230
CERTIFIED DRIVER EDUCATION REHABILITATION PROFESSIONALS
The following list of driver rehabilitation specialists comes from the website of the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists—an organization that supports professionals working in the field of driver education and training and transportation equipment modifications for people with disabilities.
Northwest Driver Rehab – Mark Russel, MS, CCC, ATP, CDRS
319 NW Dogwood St.
Issaquah WA 98027
University of Washington Medical Center – Melissa Patopea, OT, CDRS
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle WA 98195
VA Puget Sound HCS – Tina M. Sancilio, OTR/L, CDRS
St. Charles Medical Center – Trudi A. Cruzen, OT/L, CDRS
Bend, OR 97702
Michell L. Kreft, OTR, CDRS
Bend, OR 97702
Driving Solutions Oregon – Laura Fischrup, OTR/L, CDRS
492 E. 13 Ave. Suite 101
Eugene, OR 97401
J K Adaptations – Jim M. Ilg, CDRS
826 Pioneer Drive
Silverton, OR 97381
Alpine Rehab & Wellness Inc. – Jeff T. Lango, OTR/L, CDRS
5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, Suite 240
Portland, OR 97220