A great way to figure out what setup will work for you is to get out and test some equipment! We recommend linking up with an adaptive sports program because their trained and knowledgeable staff will be able to safely teach you about equipment and how to use it. Most programs have a variety of ski gear and will allow you to try out a couple of setups so that you can test what possibilities are available for your disability type. Disabled Sports USA has a program locator where you can find adaptive sports programs in your area!
Many of the adaptive sports programs in the US are small and may not be listed on DSUSA's site. If you don't see a program advertised near your location then call the local ski areas and ask about their adaptive sports programs. Most adaptive programs also have summer activities. If skiing is not your thing be sure to ask about other recreational opportunities such as biking, climbing, fishing, horse back riding and kayaking.
Spinal cord and traumatic brain injury hospitals and rehabilitation centers are another resource that may have options for getting out on adaptive sports equipment. These facilities often have programs for introducing patients to adaptive sports.
If you do not have the means to pay for new equipment now, we understand. We offer our customers the ability to order any product now and pay in negotiated installments that fit your budget. You can pay over time with no interest or fees. Once the product is paid for in full we will ship your equipment to you.
Enabling Technologies is a certified provider in the VA's network. We work closely with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs because they fund ski equipment and crutches for Veterans. Each Veteran's case is handled individually through that Veteran's local center. Be sure to contact your physical therapist or case worker at your VA center about the possibility of getting your adaptive equipment or crutches funded. In addition, the VA sponsors many skiing and other adaptive sports programs where you can learn to ski, use equipment, and get information on activities in your area. Feel free to Contact Us for more info.
There are many great non-profit organizations out there that empower people with disabilities to live an active lifestyle! Some foundations provide funding for equipment and lessons while others work to introduce people to adaptive sports and get them out participating in adaptive sports camps. Checkout the list of foundations below and be sure to do your own research because there are many foundations we did not name.
Crowd funding is another way to raise money for equipment. By using a crowd funding platform an individual can share their story through a fundraising campaign and reach out to their community for assistance with the cost of equipment. Some of the most popular crowd funding sites are listed below. Be aware that most sites require payment of a fee and/or a portion of the total donations raised.
Health insurance companies and Medicare will sometimes cover a portion or the full cost of your new crutches. Some steps for getting your crutches covered by insurance are outlined below. Enabling Technologies will not deal directly with insurance providers. We deal directly with customers and leave it up to the customer to seek reimbursement through their insurance provider.
Customers can now pay for medical equipment with their HSA/FSA cards at checkout. Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Savings Accounts are generally applicable towards medical equipment such as crutches, crutch tips, grips etc. Keep in mind, even if an account is enabled to accept HSA/FSA payments, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee that a card won’t be declined. Card issuers are at liberty to authorize or decline any payments. With HSA/FSA cards, cards are often declined due to either insufficient funds or due to certain usage rules that are put in place by the card issuers.
If a payment is declined, it is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that full payment is provided to Enabling Technologies for products being purchased. Enabling Technologies will not reach out to the HSA/FSA card issuers about declined payments. If a customer’s card is declined, then the customer will need to seek clarification by reaching out to their card issuer directly.
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