A good place to start is with your Lead Education Agency (LEA). IDEA 2004 requires IEP teams to consider the assistive technology needs of all children with disabilities. (20 U.S.C. 1414(d)(3)(B)(v))The IEP team makes decisions about assistive technology devices and services based on your child’s unique needs so that he can be more confident and independent. The law requires schools to use assistive technology devices and services “to maximize accessibility for children with disabilities.” (20 U.S.C. 1400(c)(5)(H)). If the IEP team determines that your child needs assistive technology devices and services, the school district is responsible for providing these.
The next place to look is through your private insurance and/or medical assistance/social security benefits if applicable. Many states offer family support grants or cash subsidies to offset expenses. Depending, on the state you live in and after establishing eligibility for assistance, monthly cash benefits of other grants may be available for specific needs. Try contacting your State Office of Developmental Disabilities.
After exhausting those resources you might want to explore what your local community agencies might offer in terms of equipment loans, rentals, etc. Many church, civic associations, and Shriner’s have grant programs that assist individuals in obtaining either equipment or the resources to obtain equipment.
Also, when it comes to specialized equipment, often the companies selling/renting the equipment are knowledgeable about grants or other funding streams available to assist in acquiring needed equipment.
Others have explored more contemporary measures of obtaining resources through web fund raising sites such as gofundme.com.