Accepting applications for 2018 Personal Care Attendant Stipend Program
We made an exciting announcement at our 2016 conference about unveiling a new Personal Care Attendant Stipend Program for a small group of eligible, full-time workers with disabilities in the USA! The purpose of this program is to defray costs of paying for personal care support, in order to help individuals with disabilities to continue working. This was the first time in the USA that a non-profit charity has been able to provide such a program, without government support no less. The Speak Foundation was provided with a generous donation to begin this initial test program in 2017 and, being that it was highly successful, we are excited to be able to provide it again for 2018! We are now taking preliminary applications for the 2018 calendar year. See below for more details and the application.
There are selection criterion based upon several areas, including: US residency & citizenship, use of a wheelchair 80% of the day, working 30+ hours outside of home, and income limits of $65,000 for individuals and $90,000 household income. You cannot be receiving SSI or SSDI. Individuals who are severely affected by Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (without the ability to dress, bathe, and toilet independently) and live alone will receive priority. Other forms of Muscular Dystrophy will be included as funding allows!
***The deadline for submission of preliminary eligibility applications has been extended to December 30th. If you are selected based upon your preliminary application, you will be notified, at which point you will begin the formal application process.***
Several years ago, we identified this area of need because full-time workers with disabilities who use a wheelchair and need maximum support for activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and eating are not provided any personal care help in most states! Sadly, those who express the need for this type of assistance to get to work in the morning are simply encouraged not to work, in order that they would be eligible for government funded programs. We want to be a part of change in this area!
Please note that the stipend is not intended to cover ALL costs of personal care. Those receiving funding are responsible for coordinating their own services and will be expected to submit proof of how funds are utilized.
Return applications to Jessica@thespeakfoundation.com by DECEMBER 10 (feel free to either print the pdf form, write in answers, scan and return via email OR download the document, type in responses, and return via email).