The PATHS grant program is a very important part of the organizationís overall efforts to make sure West Virginians have the assistive technology they need.
Over the years, PATHS has provided thousands of dollars in grants to individuals for devices to assist with activities regarding education, recreation, independent living or just overall quality of life.
In 2015, PATHS received applications from over a dozen individuals and was happy to be able to provide grants to five applicants with disabilities.
The items included daily living aids, sensory items and other devices such as:
iPad Air and apps
Hand held magnifier
Portable swing frame
Door knob extenders.
Many people need AT but affording devices can be difficult. PATHS grants offer awards of up to $550 worth of equipment/devices to qualified individuals. Please note: The total cost of the device(s), including any taxes and shipping and handling, cannot exceed $550.00. We cannot "pool" our money with others. For example, we cannot pay $550.00 towards a $700.00 purchase, and you or another source pay the difference. The total cost of the product(s) cannot exceed $550.00. This price must include all device extras, such as software.
A copy of the current application can be found here. For more information, contact PATHS at 800-841-8436 or email@example.com.
When are applications due?
There will be two funding cycles in 2017. Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2017 to be considered for the spring cycle or by October 1, 2017 for the fall cycle.
How do I qualify?
A person of any age and disability may apply. You (or a family member) must need AT to help foster independence at home, school or work. You must have NO OTHER funding sources to buy the devices. Proof you have no other funding sources will be required along with a completed application (i.e., denial letter from insurance provider, family support, etc.).
If the individual is receiving services from the WV Department of Education (public school or the Birth to Three program) we cannot fund assistive technology devices that should be covered in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).