Assistive Technology & Medical Equipment
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Did you know that if you get Medi-Cal and your disability makes it hard for you to communicate, Medi-Cal might pay for communication supports that you need?
“Communication supports” are devices or services that can help a person with a disability to communicate. For example, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Assistive Technology (AT) or “Special Adaptive Equipment,” are devices that can help a person to communicate.
“Communication supports” are device or services that can help a person with a disability to communicate. Communications supports are sometimes called Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), or Special Adaptive Equipment.
This pub tells you when your employer must give you assistive technology. It tells you the steps you need to take. You can get it when you need it to do your job core duties. You can get assistive technology when you are applying for a job too.
If it’s “medically necessary,” you can get assistive technology from Medi-Cal. This pub tells you what kind of assistive technology you can get from Medi-Cal. It tells you what “medically necessary” means. It also explains what happens if you have both Medi-Cal and Medicare.
If your child is in special education, you can get assistive technology for your child. This pub tells you how to get it and what you can get. This pub also tells you how to get it, if your child is not in special education and disabled.
This pub tells you how to get assistive technology from the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). You have to be eligible for DOR services to get it. DOR helps you reach an employment goal.
This pub is about PASS plans. A PASS is a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) work incentive. It lets you set money aside without impacting your benefits for a work goal. This pub explains what a PASS is, how to set one up and who can help to set it up.
This pub tells you what blind work expenses are. If you are blind, get SSI and work, you can use blind work expenses to get a higher monthly SSI payment. Blind work expenses lower your countable income. Social Security looks at countable income to figure out your monthly SSI payment.
This pub tells you about assistive technology that can count as IRWE. IRWE are costs you can deduct from your wages to get “countable income.” Social Security uses “countable income” to figure your SSI payment. It uses it to decide if you get SSDI while you work.
If you are a regional center client, this pub talks about your right to get assistive technology. It tells you what assistive technology is, and if you can access it from where you live.
This pub talks about how you can get a business to help you get assistive technology. In some cases, they are required to provide assistive technologies. Read to see if you qualify.
This pub tells you about your right to get assistive technology when you are in college. It tells you what kind of assistive technology you can get. It tells you how to ask for it and what to do if the college will not give it to you.
This pub tells you about your right to use assistive technology in public programs. Public programs are places like post offices, Social Security offices, department of motor vehicles, courts, schools and public transportation. It tells you when a program has to give you assistive technology and what to do if the program will not give it to you.