Wednesday, November 30, 2011

You Gotta Have a Plan When Searching for AT Funding

Are you looking for alternative funding resources to pay for the assistive technology you need? There are fewer funding sources out there these days, but if you are organized and able to justify your need for AT, then you may be able to get what you need.

The AT Network has resources online to help you develop a funding strategy and find alternative funding sources. Also, if you need to write a letter documenting your need, the AT Network has a template you can use.

Click here to learn how to develop a funding strategy.

Click here to find possible alternative funding sources.

Click here to view a funding request letter template.

And if you would like to talk to us about your specific assistive technology funding situation, please contact the AT Network's information and referral line at 800-390-2699 or email us at

Monday, November 21, 2011

Accessible Hot Air Balloon Rides

By Kim Cantrell, CFILC’s Director of Programs

While at the Abilities Expo in San Jose last weekend, I came across an exhibit showcasing an accessible hot air balloon basket made for wheelchair users. It was an amazing sight. Now wheelchair users can easily enjoy hot air balloon experiences. The accessible basket has a ramp, lowered rail and a window allowing more than 180 degree visibility for all passengers.

Currently there is only one company offering accessible hot air ballooning experiences in the United States. Located in wine country, Up & Away Ballooning takes off from the Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa. If you are a wheelchair user interested in a hot air ballooning experience, click here to check it out.

What accessible adventures have you had? Please share in the comment box below.