Government Benefit Information

Social Security Disability benefits

Financial Assistance For Low Income Individuals and Families

Help Hope Live is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, whose mission is to support community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical and related expenses due to cell and organ transplants or catastrophic injuries and illnesses

Go Fund Me is an online for profit company providing online fund raising resources

The FreedomTech Financial Loan Program provides low-interest financial loans for Californians with disabilities and their families to purchase needed assistive technology (AT) when other funding sources are not available. Applicants can request loans from $500 to $15,000.   The program was established with funding from the Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.

SCI Special Fund - The Fund was started by Rog Severson, a Southern California real estate developer who suffered a spinal cord injury in 1986.  It has helped more than a thousand individuals with SCI to seek out therapy or pay for equipment aimed at helping them gain greater independence. Applicants must be legal California residents with a documented spinal cord injury and may qualify for funding for items such as:

  • Standing frame

  • Shower chair

  • Volker (automated turning) mattress

  • Assisted devices for driving (not the vehicle or modification)

  • Laptops for those going to school or other assistive technology

The SCI Fund encourages applicants to request funding for specific items they need and they will be notified if their request is valid.  To apply:
For more information, you may contact Elizabeth Toumajian at

The Kelly Brush Foundation supports and encourages spinal cord injury survivors to lead full, physically active lives. Having raised more than $4.5 million, the organization has provided grants to buy adaptive sports equipment, such as mono skis, handcycles and sports chairs for people with spinal cord injuries in 47 states.

The Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation is a nonprofit that provides spinal cord injury grants to individuals to help cover the costs of assistive medical devices, physical and occupational therapy, and other forms of treatment and assistance.

The Wheels With Wings Quality of Life Program offers grant awards to qualifying individuals in order to obtain critical items such as rehabilitation therapy, home and vehicle modifications, and medical equipment.

The Travis Roy Foundation provides funding to spinal cord injury research initiatives. Since its inception in 1997, the foundation has provided assistive devices to paraplegic and quadriplegic individuals with spinal cord injuries via quality of life grants.

180 Medical is an organization that provides academic scholarships to individuals with a variety of medical conditions so they can pursue their dreams of earning higher degrees.

Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides short- and long-term assistance to individuals who sustained traumatic spinal cord injuries relating to high school football.

Swim With Mike provides financial resources for the advanced education of physically challenged athletes to overcome their tragedies and realize their full potential.  What started in 1981 as a one-year fundraiser for Mike Nyeholt -- a three-time All-American swimmer, who was paralyzed from the chest down following a motorcycle accident -- has turned into an annual fundraiser supporting physically challenged athletes around the country. Now almost forty years later, Swim With Mike has raised over $20 million in scholarships to help recipients overcome their tragedies and realize their dreams.

Disability Benefits 101 - Many people with disabilities fear that if they go to work, they'll lose needed health care and other disability benefits. DB101 helps people with disabilities and service providers understand the connections between work and benefits. DB101 will help you make informed choices and show you how you can make work part of your plan.

The Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool helps you find out if you could get benefits that Social Security administers. Based on your answers to questions, this tool will list benefits for which you might be eligible and tell you more information about how to qualify and apply.

The 250% Working Disabled Program (250% WDP) allows certain working disabled individuals to become eligible for Medi-Cal by paying low monthly premiums based on net countable income. Program enrollment is done at the local county welfare department.

The National Organization for Vehicle Accessibility program is directed to individuals with disabilities who have secured the majority of the money needed to fund vehicle modification products and just need some additional help to reach their goal. Our mobility assistance grant program is designed to bridge the funding gap that prevents people in need of mobility products from achieving their mobility goals. During each funding cycle, grants are awarded to eligible, selected individuals for up to 25% of the cost of the mobility transportation equipment with a maximum award of $5,000.

Founded in 2007, The Independence Fund is committed to empowering our nation’s severely wounded, injured, or ill Veterans to overcome physical, mental, and emotional wounds incurred in the line of duty. We are dedicated to improving the lives of both our Veterans and their families through our Mobility, Caregiver, Adaptive Sports, Advocacy, and Family programs.