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ERIC Number: ED348837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Subsidy Programs for Assistive Devices.
This paper examines the use of subsidy programs as a payment strategy for assistive devices for individuals with disabilities. The paper defines subsidies, classifies and describes these programs, and identifies commonalities and differences among varied models. Program models include: (1) competitive subsidies offered by private, nonprofit organizations; (2) competitive subsidies to institutions offered by assistive device manufacturers; (3) subsidies offered through the collaborative efforts of business and voluntary organizations; (4) rebates on equipment that enable individuals to obtain a particular product or product line; (5) discounts on telecommunications devices and services; and (6) special events where manufacturers offer discounts. Obstacles to program development, implementation, and evaluation are discussed. The paper also covers philosophical issues raised by providing subsidies to persons with disabilities, and concludes with a consideration of the impact that subsidies have on consumers who receive them. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Electronic Industries Foundation, Washington, DC. Rehabilitation Engineering Center.