Living with a progressive neuromuscular disease such as limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) can be financially challenging at times. There are many disability related costs that public and private insurance do not typically cover. Home modifications for accessibility, adaptive aids, certain medical supplies, and equipment are just a few examples that individuals may have to purchase with their own funds. Below are some resources that may be able to provide assistance to help offset the financial burden.

PROGRAMS AND GRANTS

Colorado Fund for Muscular Dystrophy (CFMD)

The Colorado Fund for Muscular Dystrophy is a non-profit organization which has made it their mission to increase the quality of life of individuals living with muscular dystrophy or a neuromuscualr disorder. They offer grants to individuals who are in need of financial assistance.

  • Grants may be awarded for, but not limited to, equipment, therapies, medical supplies, home modifications, or recreation center membership, not fully covered by insurance.
  • Grant applicants must be a United States resident with a diagnosis of any form of muscular dystrophy or neuromuscular disorders
  • The maximum request amount per application is $1,000, payable to a single vendor.
  • To learn more, visit the CFMD website

CRL Good Life Foundation

The CLR Good Life Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on helping families impacted by muscular dystrophy “Live the Good Life”. They offer three programs to help Muscular Dystrophy Families with:

  • Special Mobility Equipment – Any mobility device which helps increase accessibility for the home or vehicle. Scooters, power wheelchairs, home modifications, ramps, lifts, AFO’s, stair lifts, etc.
  • Dream Creator – A program that aims to fulfill lifelong dreams for children (ages 18 and under) directly affected by MD
  • Accessibility Assistance – A research service for finding accessible travel, hotels, airlines, sports venues and anywhere you want to go! Going on vacation and need help finding the best accessible travel? We can help!
  • For full details about these programs, visit the CRL Good Life Foundation website

Laughing at My Nightmare (LAMN)

The Laughing At My Nightmare is a non-profit organization which works to improve the quality of life for people living with muscular dystrophy by providing free adaptive and medical equipment to people in need! They aim to give devices and technology that helps their clients live healthier, more comfortable, and more productive lives.

  • The No More Nightmare Program is designed to help people with MD. The goal of No More Nightmares is to provide people who have muscular dystrophy with important equipment and technology to keep them living awesome lives!
  • To learn more about the application process, please visit the LAMN website

NMD United: ALEX LANDIS EMERGENCY FUND (ALEF)

NMD United is a non-profit organization composed of adults living with neuromuscular disabilities. This organization generously offers a variety of small grants to a help offset some of the hidden costs of a disability that individuals living on a fixed income or low wages are forced to pay in order to maintain their independence.

  •  Any adult living with a neuromuscular disability* is eligible to apply for and receive an ALEF Grant.
  • Individuals are eligible to apply for and receive up to 3 grants totaling no more than $500 altogether. Former grant recipients of past years are eligible to re-apply.
  • Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis as long as funds remain available. Individuals experiencing an immediate financial hardship, such that their health, safety and/or ability to independently live in the community is impacted, are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Grant requests are subject to approval by NMD United’s ALEF Committee.
  • Full details regarding the current ALEF grants available can be found on the NMD United Website

The Speak Foundation

The Speak Foundation is a non-profit organization that is run entirely by volunteers who live with a form of Muscular Dystrophy or who have a loved one with a disability. We are a charitable, faith-based organization that is dedicated to helping people of any age cope with and overcome the challenges of living with a neuromuscular disease (NMD).

  • The C.A.R.E. Program gifts newly diagnosed limb-girdle muscular dystrophy patients with a box full of helpful tools that include smart technology and items donated from the International Consortium of LGMD organizations. (This program is available to patients who have received a diagnosis of LGMD as of May 1, 2021.) Open to U. S. residents only.
  • The HOPE Project offers stipends to qualified individuals to help cover the costs of mobility and DME equipment. Open to U. S. residents only. Stipends up to $500 per qualified individual to help cover the cost of mobility and DME equipment.
  • Full details regarding the current Speak Foundation programs can be found on the Speak Foundation website

OTHER GRANTS AND REBATES:

Cash grants, rebates, used equipment, and donated labor are all options to make your home or vehicle modification budget cover more. These resources may help.

Disabled Dealer: Online marketplace for used accessible vehicles and other equipment. Learn more

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification: Offers a state directory for finding local resources for home modification financial aid. Learn more

National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association: Offers information on funding and financing, a guide to mobility equipment options, and a dealer locator. Visit their website for more details.

The Mobility Resource: Lists state grants and other resources for financing accessible vehicles. Visit their website for details

Rebuilding Together: Helps people build new homes or modify existing ones to make them more accessible. Learn more

Rural Housing Repair Loans and Grants: Funded by the US Department of Agriculture. Recipients must be 62 years or older and from low-income households, and funds may be used to modify existing residences. Learn more

State Grants: Find the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office in your state to look for grants related to modifications. Go to their website

SCHOLARSHIPS AND EDUCATION RESOURCES:

EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases

EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering the rare disease patient community to advocate for impactful, science-driven legislation and policy that advances the equitable development of and access to lifesaving diagnoses, treatments and cures.

  • #RAREis Scholarship Fund to enrich the lives of adults living with rare diseases by providing support for their educational pursuits.
  • Scholarship is available for any rare disease patient who is age 17 or older and has a US residency.
  • This scholarship is not degree specific or dependent on a four-year of two-year degree program
  • Visit their website for eligibility details and application deadlines.

Study.com

Study.com has developed a comprehensive college and career guide for students with disabilities to inform students about critical information regarding their college education to help set them up for success. The College and Career Guide for Students with Disabilities offers in-depth scholarship information as well as details in several areas, including:

  • Legal rights of students with disabilities
  • Services colleges can or need to make available
  • Required accommodations for students
  • Technologies and helpful apps for students
  • Scholarships & Grants for Students with Disabilities
  • Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
  • Internship & Job Placement Programs for Students with Disabilities
  • Visit their website to learn more

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