Kansas Assistive Technology (AT) Loan or K-Loan is an Alternative Finance Program that provides financial loans to people with disabilities and their families to help them acquire the assistive technology they need to live in their community, go to school, or work independently. The University of Kansas contracts with Southeast Kansas Independent Living to operate the K-Loan program.
People with disabilities often encounter problems obtaining loans from traditional lenders since assistive technology are not typically viewed as collateral. Additionally, medical debt can be a problem to obtaining a loan for some individuals with disabilities. K-Loan staff are aware of the range of technology needed by people with disabilities of all ages and is able to look at an individual’s ability to repay a loan without having to take into consideration existing medical debt.
K-Loan works with Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) when someone doesn’t know exactly what type of technology they need or if they need to find additional funds to bring down the cost of a loan. ATK staff are available at five regional AT Access Sites located in Parsons, Wichita, Topeka, Salina and Oakley. They provide product information, demonstrate devices and loan a variety of devices to help the person figure out what option best meets their needs. ATK staff review possible funding sources, both public and private, help with eligibility determination, and with applications and justifications to request funds. For more information about the ATK program, visit their website at www.atk.ku.edu.
If you or someone you know would like more information about the K-Loan program, contact Jeanette Graue, Alternative Finance Manager, Toll Free 866-465-2826.