Access to assistive technology is more than quality of life it is a precondition for achieving equal opportunities, enjoying human rights, and living a life of choice.
Who is eligible for unstoppable?
Do you have a medical condition (physical, mental, cognitive, etc.)?
Is there something you want to do in your life but can't do it because of your disability?
Is there a device or service that can help you with that? We want to make that device accessible to you as soon as possible.
How do I Apply?
We care not just about giving you access but also about making this process as efficient as possible. The forms are reviewed within 1-2 business days. Please make sure that you are accessible via phone or email to answer any questions from our team.
What is UNSTOPPABLE?
Unstoppable is the program that inspired the foundation of Beyond Able. Through this program we give you access to the technology you need to have equal participation in education, work, and community life; the technology that enables you to access your human rights; the technology that helps you live a life of choice.
We know that despite great efforts and improvements throughout the years, what we are doing as a nation, state, and community is not enough! People are often denied the devices they need. Devices are deemed ‘not necessary’ based on narrow interpretations. Sometimes agencies only provide service for specific diagnosis or for specific services (e.g., work integration). Other times people are stuck on wait lists or they start the process and it takes months or years to complete. Sometimes parents get some relief when they get notification that the request has been approved, but then there is no ‘approved vendor’ that works with that agency. The list of barriers goes on and on…
To us, the relevant questions are: Do you have a medical condition (physical, mental, cognitive, etc.)? Is there something you want to do in your life but can’t do it because of your disability? Is there a device or service that can help you with that? Can we make that accessible to you as soon as possible? *Not just devices -we can help you cover the cost of things such as adaptive arts or adaptive sports classes.*
What is Assistive Technology?
It is something man-made that enables you to do something that you currently can’t do because of your disability. The Assistive Technology Act defines it as “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”
As the World Health Organization points out: “Assistive technology reduces the need for formal health and support services, long-term care and the work of caregivers. Without assistive technology, people are often excluded, isolated, and locked into poverty, thereby increasing the impact of disease and disability on a person, their family, and society.”
How DO I GET IT?
There are various ways in which you can access assistive technology devices such as health insurance, vocational rehabilitation services, independent living services and special education. This document has a good review of those sources. Consider all these options before applying through Unstoppable. If you live in Texas, click here for more information on how to access it through your school.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no deadline, but we do limit the number of applications that we receive each month. So, if you are unable to submit something for this month; be sure to come back to this page as soon as the next month starts.
A member of your “Care Team” is a professional who works with you and your child, and understands the need for the item that you are requesting. Examples include but are not limited to therapists, doctors, teachers, social workers, psychologists, child life specialists, etc.
No and Yes. While there is no limit to what you can request, our ability to fulfill that need will vary depending on the budget and other requests processed that month. At this time we are able to fulfill most requests that are under $500.
OUr Community Partners
*Some restrictions apply.
** Requests outside this region may be considered. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis.