The Virgin Islands University Center
for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
University of Virgin Islands

Independence Is Invaluable… Viucedd Makes It Affordable

Banco Popular LogosThe Virgin Islands Assistive Technology Foundation (VIATF) offers people with disabilities access to low-interest bank loans to help purchase assistive technology devices and services. Under the VIATF, the interest cost of the loan is significantly reduced through interest buy-down to a rate of 4%. We partner with Banco Popular in order to make these loans possible.

Minimum Loan Amount: $300.00
Maximum Loan Amount: $15,000.00

Program Eligibility: Any Virgin Islands Resident who has a disability and/or family member with a disability may apply for a loan. The applicant and/or his or her co-applicant must satisfy standard bank loan requirements, including the ability to repay the loan.

The Application Process in Four Easy Steps

Step 1: Call (340) 692-4266 to schedule an appointment to get basic information about the program.

Step 2: Complete and sign the application and set up an appointment to return the application to the appropriate banking official.

Step 3: Provide the banking official with verification of income, or if self-employed a copy of your most recent financial statement from the bank.

Step 4: Once approved, attend a closing appointment at the bank where you will receive your check to purchase the necessary assistive technology device and/or service.

Examples of Assistive Technology Needs, Devices, and Services

  • Aids for Daily Living: Special tools for activities like teeth brushing or dressing and specially designed devices for those needing help with self-care.
  • Visual Aids: Large print books, books on tape, magnifiers, and braille supports that give blind and low-vision consumers access to information.
  • Assisted Listening: Hearing aids, amplifiers, captions on TV, and typing phones that help the deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Augmentative/Alternative Communication: Picture boards, battery-operated communication devices, as well as software and computer technology that allows those who cannot speak to communicate.
  • Mobility: Wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, and adapted bicycles that allow people with disabilities to move about their communities.
  • Positioning Devices: Adjustable chairs, tables, standers, wedges, and straps that help those with physical disabilities remain in position for various activities without becoming tired.
  • Home Modifications: Ramps, hand grips, rails, lifts, door openers, etc., as outlined in the ADA universal accessibility standards.
Hearing Aid
Woman In A Wheelchair Using A Ramp

Contact us for more information and with any questions. As part of the University of the Virgin Islands, we proudly serve individuals in the St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix districts.