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Organizations that loan assistive products for temporary use or evaluation.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
The Muscular Dystrophy Association provides financial support for research, medical care, and equipment. It also sponsors support groups and summer camps. Its focus includes muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases, and it has a division for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Services to enhance mobility and independent living are available in each community through MDA’s local network of chapters and field offices. When medically prescribed by the local MDA clinic physician, MDA assists with the purchase of wheelchairs, leg braces, and communication devices. All those for whom a wheelchair, leg braces, or communication device have been prescribed, regardless of age, education or employment status, are eligible for MDA assistance (once registered) when the equipment is prescribed by an MDA clinic physician in relation to an individual’s neuromuscular disease. In addition to utilizing whatever medical insurance may be applicable, the person for whom the equipment has been prescribed or that person’s family may be asked to assist with its purchase through personal resources. The maximum allowable assistance toward the purchase of a wheelchair, leg braces or a communication device is established by MDA annually. Through its Equipment Loan Program, MDA provides, to the extent feasible and when available, good-condition recycled wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment when medically prescribed in relation to an individual’s neuromuscular disease. When the individual for whom it was prescribed no longer needs the equipment, families are encouraged to return it to MDA for use by others. Through its local chapters and field offices, MDA accepts durable medical equipment for distribution through the Association's loan program. The Association assists with payment toward the cost of repairs/modifications to all wheelchairs and leg braces routinely authorized for MDA payment. The amount allowable toward repairs/modifications is established by the Association annually. [More Information on Muscular Dystrophy Association]