As a disabled Minnesotan, EquipALife is your lifeline to financial assistance and other help where assistive technology, including a handicapped-accommodating vehicle, is concerned. Put this nonprofit high on your list of contacts when you begin looking for ways to pay for your accessible ride.
5563 Pioneer Creek Drive, Suite A
Maple Plain, MN 55359
(763) 479-8239 or (866) 535-8239
The Great Lakes ADA Center
The Great Lakes ADA Center’s mission is to increase awareness and knowledge with the ultimate goal of achieving voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is accomplished within targeted audiences through provision of customized training, expert assistance, and dissemination of information developed by various sources, including the federal agencies responsible for enforcement of the ADA. We are not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA’s mission to “make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality.
The University of Illinois at Chicago
Institute on Disability & Human Development (MC 728)
1640 West Roosevelt Road, Room 405
Chicago, IL 60608
Minnesota Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Contact the ADRC that serves your county. ADRCs operate under the auspices of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services along with the US Administration on Community Living. ADRCs are devoted to helping senior citizens and disabled individuals receive any and all assistance and support they require.
Minnesota Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
The AAA offices across Minnesota support elderly individuals and the facilities and groups that serve them. It is an essential resource for the state’s aging population. If you need a van you can access with your wheelchair or scooter, contact your local Agency.
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
The Minnesota DVA serves veterans and their families, helping them secure all the aid to which they are entitled by Federal and State laws. In cases of a disability resulting from military service or VA care, this often means providing disability grants for handicap vans or accessibility modifications and equipment.
State Veterans Service Building
20 W 12th St, Room 206
St. Paul, MN 55155-2006
(651) 296-2562 or (888) 546-5838
The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (CDD)
This is a prime resource for anyone in Minnesota who has a developmental disability or who lives with someone who does. Among other aid offered by the CDD, it awards grant money to improve life for persons with these conditions and their loved ones.
370 Centennial Office Building
658 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-4018 or (877) 348-0505
Minnesota Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Minnesota’s SILC helps operate the state’s Independent Living Centers, informs public policy concerning the elderly and disabled and otherwise supports these people. SILCs, which operate in every state, don’t award disability grants, but they can point you in the right directions.
Minnesota System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) Program
The STAR Program in Minnesota strives to get assistive technologies to those with disabilities whose lives can benefit from it. STAR gives you access to device loans, exchanges, demos, and a number of helpful resources. Talk to someone here for advice on finding and applying for disability grants to put toward a wheelchair van.
Positively Minnesota provides the state’s vocational rehabilitation. If you have a disability and want to become employed, this is a must-contact agency. It will do whatever it can to help you meet this goal, and often that means giving you a disability grant to apply towards a vehicle you can take to work.
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E-200
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1351
(651) 259-7114 or (800) 657-3858