Independence Is Invaluable… Viucedd Makes It Affordable
The 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.