ST. AUGUSTA, Minn. – Feb.1, 2021 – ConnectAbility of MN and Accra are teaming up to help people with disabilities living in Central Minnesota get access to the equipment they need for daily living through a new program called “Adaptive Equipment Connection.”
ConnectAbility of MN’s expanded program, funded by CommunityGiving and Accra, will provide either gently used adaptive equipment or fund up to 90% of the cost of new equipment to families or individuals who could not otherwise afford these items. These items can range from, but are not limited to, mobility chairs, lifts, sensory items, specialty clothing, adaptive devices, Assistive Technology devices or programs, and environmental appliances.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Minnesota’s disability community particularly hard, and many people with disabilities are in dire need of expensive adaptive equipment to help them live self-directed lives in a safe and accessible environment,” said Sheri Wegner, executive director of ConnectAbility of MN. “The Adaptive Equipment Connection program will help get adaptive equipment to the people in central Minnesota who need it the most.”
Residents of Stearns, Sherburne, or Benton Counties, or living in the Watkins School District, can apply to ConnectAbility of MN for grants through this new program. For more information and to apply for the program go to https://connectabilitymn.org/Adaptive-Equipment .
About ConnectAbility of MN
ConnectAbility of MN provides inclusive events and a wide range of transportation and home-based services to carry out our vision of empowering individuals with physical and invisible barriers achieve their potential. ConnectAbility of MN works with individuals young and old, from seniors hoping to stay safely in their home to children with special needs or veterans hoping to return to a productive life.
Accra is a nonprofit organization that provides individualized homecare services to people with disabilities and older adults, most of whom are Medicaid enrollees. Accra operates in all counties throughout Minnesota and has offices across the state, providing a familiar presence in local communities.
Accra helps people who need care get self-directed assistance with activities of daily living. Accra’s self-directed services support the independence of children, adolescents and adults with disabilities, chronic diseases, behavioral diagnoses and mental illnesses, who need assistance with personal care in the home.
CommunityGiving unites foundations in Alexandria, Brainerd, Carver County, the greater St. Cloud area, Willmar and beyond under a single giving framework to create efferences that maximize the impact of our donors. From our headquarters in St. Cloud, we provide centralized services and specialized expertise for our partner community foundations, allowing them to better serve their respective communities.