Other ways to fund your device
Here is a collection of others ways to found your AAC device. You might even want to run your own fundraising campaign.
Local AAC services and charities
Below is a list of local AAC services and charities, in no particular order, that may be able to help you get funding for an AAC device.
- The Sequal Trust - The Sequal Trust covers the whole of the UK. Their main objective is to provide relief to children and adults who are severely disabled and depend on electronic communication aids and adaptations. The Sequal Trust is membership based and open to people of all ages with speech, movement and learning difficulties. The charity receives no public funding, and relies on donations, legacies, investment income and membership subscriptions for income.
- Find a Voice - Find A Voice supports children and adults who have a severe speech, language or communication difficulty, and who may require some form of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) support. This can include signing, symbols or a communication aid. Support is provided in person, by telephone and via their website.
- Family Fund - The family Fund provids grants to low-income families raising disabled or seriously ill children. Parents can apply for the fund for essential items such as appliances, clothes and much needed breaks. The Family Fund also consider grants for sensory toys and computers and you may try to apply for computer access devices such as eye gaze.
- Aidis Trust - The Aidis Trust is a charity that provides advice and support on technology to help individuals with disabilities across the UK. It is their aim to empower individuals with disabilities and those who support them, through knowledge of and support in using assistive technology, to help them communicate and increase their independence by using technology to help reduce isolation. Services are offered free of charge to those who are unable to receive statutory support in the area.
- Motor Neuron Disease (MND) Association - The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning. The association has an equipment bank from which they will loan equipment, including Communication Aids. For equipment not available from the loan bank, the association may make a grant towards the purchase of the equipment.
- Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK - Make-A-Wish started in 1986 and were formed to grant magical wishes to seriously ill children in the UK. Their volunteers spend nearly every weekend out and about across the country. Regional offices are now taking on even more volunteers so that they can keep granting wishes.
- Cerebra - Cerebra is a charity strives to improve the lives of children with brain related conditions. Cerebra also co-ordinate a ‘Parent Support’ department providing support, information and research. They organise a wide range of training seminars, workshops and projects for parents, professionals and children themselves. Cerebra offers grants to help children 16 or under who have disabilities because of a brain related condition or injury.
- Family Welfare Association - The FWA gives one-off grants to support families and individuals who are experiencing poverty, social isolation, disadvantage and particularly those living on benefits. They provide families with essential needs such as beds, cookers, transport, electronic aids, etc. A professional such as a Social Worker or Speech Therapist should make the application on behalf of the individual. If the funds are available and an application can be accepted, the application form will be sent to the referrer. The FWA’s Grants Panel will consider the fully completed application form, at the next available meeting. The Grants Panel meets 46 weeks per year. All grant payments are made to the referring agency or service/utilities provider. FWA will require you to give a lot of information about your finances.
- Janki Saye Foundation - The Janki Saye Foundation provides grants to fund assistive technology, making communication possible for people without speech and reading possible for people without sight. They will consider grant applications from anyone who is unable to meet the costs of assistive technologies.
- Lifeline 4 Kids - LifeLine 4 Kids were formed to provide essential equipment to help improve the quality of life for children with disabilities and special needs irrespective of race or creed.
- Masonic Samaritan Fund - The Masonic Samaritan Fund provide grants to eligible beneficiaries who have an identified health or care need and, faced with a long wait for treatment, care or support, are unable to afford their own private care.
- Muscular Dystrophy UK - The only UK charity focusing on all muscular dystrophies and allied disorders, Muscular Dystrophy UK have pioneered the search for treatments and cures for over 40 years. They also provide practical, medical and emotional support for people affected by the conditions. The Joseph Patrick Trust, which is part of the Muscular Dystrophy UK, provides part funding towards the cost of equipment.
- The Children's Trust - The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. They work with children and young people from across the UK, both from their specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey and in communities around the country. The Children’s Trust work to make sure all that all children with brain injury have the opportunity to live the best life possible.
Run your own funding event
In certain cases you may find that the only viable option is to run your own fundraiser, which can be successful too. Please see the James Walker 100 video for inspiration on how a whole community came together to fund a device for James who had never said a word until he turned 16.
Links to self funding sites in the UK