"What works for your child is what makes the choice right!"
Texas Hands & Voices understands the financial burdens that technology for our d/hh kids can place on families. While our chapter is not able to help families with the costs directly, we do have a list of resources which may help. Please look through the links below to see if one of these agencies, businesses, organizations or tools can help you with funding.
ERCOD's publication Take Up the Task "Financial Assistance for Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants and Other Services"
The Marquardt Foundation is working with Texas Hands & Voices to establish a hearing aid loaner bank. If you have working hearing aids that you no longer need, please contact them or us to get details. We hope to have loaning availability set by the end of the year.
CHIP The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offers low-cost health coverage for children from birth through age 18. CHIP is designed for families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford to buy private health coverage.
STAR STAR is a Medicaid-managed care plan. This plan helps family members of any age. Texas Children’s Health Plan offers STAR in more than 20 counties in the Jefferson and Harris Service Areas.
HANDS & VOICES LISTING OF PRIVATE FUNDING SOURCES
At www.HealthyHearing.com search for Financial aid or click on "Free Consumer Guides HAPPY" and they will send you a pdf with many resources.
ERCOD's page on costs and funding - scroll to bottom of page
HLAA's page on Financial Assistance: Programs & Foundations
Oticon has a hearing aid/FM loaner program (3 month loan period) for families with kids birth to three: http://www.oticonusa.com/eprise/main/SiteGen/Uploads/Public/Downloads_Oticon/Pediatrics/LoanerBank.pdf ask your audiologist for details
Dallas Hearing Foundation http://dallashearingfoundation.org The foundation’s mission is to provide medical and surgical treatment, hearing technologies, speech and hearing rehabilitation, and educational support to those who are in financial need.
En Voz Alta @ El Paso Children's Hospital offers assistance in paying for hearing aids. Application deadlines apply. Ask your audiologist there for information. EVA_app_hearing_aid_assist.pdf
Run to Hear, inc - "A non-profit corporation dedicated to raising funds for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals." www.runtohear.org
Other possible sources depend on the area in which a person resides: Rotary International, Quota International, Sertoma Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, and Lion's Clubs. Contact your local group.
Military - If you are a military veteran and a member of the American Legion, they offer a discount program through Hear PO for the family
Higher Education - Scholarships, Grants and Waivers
*Note - qualifications, deadlines and availability of the following vary. These have been shared with us by various sources and it is up to you to determine if they apply to your situation or not.
Certificate of Deafness Tuition Waiver tuition waiver at state-supported post secondary schools in Texas - must submit a completed form, be 17 or older and establish proof of functional deafness.
TAPED - Texas Assoc. of Parents and Educators of D/HH scholarships to deserving d/hh high school seniors and to individuals interested in pursuing degrees in the field of deaf education and interpreting.
UT - General Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
Texas A&M - General Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
Sertoma - Students with clinically significant bilateral hearing loss, graduating from high school, or undergraduate students pursuing four-year college degrees in any discipline are eligible for the scholarship.
Check with the links below, your College/University website and your HS Counselor for local scholarships.
Mike Rowe Works - Work Ethic scholarships for youth attending tradeschools