Financial Assistance

Alternative Financing Program

ATRC provides low-interest financial loans to qualified individuals through the alternative financing program.  This program is in partnership with American Savings Bank to provide Hawaii residents with disabilities access to new resources and tools that can improve their quality of life through independence. 

Who is eligible? 

Any Hawaii resident who has a documented disability and is need of assistive technology. 

How do I start?

Interested individuals may obtain a loan application from the Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii by calling 808-532-7112.  Individuals must provide disability documentation and understand this process is for a potential loan – not a grant or other type of financial assistance. 

What can I get?

Some examples of what you can purchase with a Hawaii Assistive Technology loan include but is not limited to:

  • Power wheelchairs or wheelchair lifts
  • Roll-in shower or lever handles on doors
  • Computers and communication devices for individuals with visual, hearing, motor or speech impairments
  • Replacement or repair of an existing AT device

For questions, contact Jodi Asato, Executive Director, at or 808-532-7112. 


If you have private insurance, check with the insurance company about your need to acquire an AT. If you have no private insurance, seek for public insurance. In addition, if you are eligible for Medicare/Medicaid or Worker’s Compensation, this is another resource that you can rely on.

Public Agencies

Public agencies are another source that you can count on for financial assistance.

Department of Education

If you seek AT for educational advancement or Individualized Education Plan (IEP), please contact the State Department of Education in Hawaii (DOE). Special Education Program at DOE provides free appropriate educational programs and services to enable all children with disabilities to become self-sufficient to the extent their disabilities permit.

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

Vocational Rehabilitation is a state-federal program for individuals with disabilities who require assistance to prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment.If you, as a supervisor, have employees with disabilities, you can request accommodations for your employees. Approved accommodations may be funded by the Department.


Check with your local religious organization, Lions club, Rotary club, and others as there might be resources available to support you to obtain an Assistive Technology device/service.

ATRC Loan Program

ATRC, in partnership with American Savings Bank, is making reduced-interest, extended-term loans available to qualified borrowers to purchase the vital assistive technology that can improve or maintain your level of independence, productivity, and quality of life. A loan can range from $1,000 to $30,000 and can be used for any AT purchase. Use this program for a lower interest rate as well as a customized repayment plan.