Last Updated on August 7, 2022 by Danielle McDonald
Do you need to know how to pay for the wheelchair van that you or your loved one requires? Then, state-based disability grants are an option for New Mexico residents. There are many sources that offer this type of financial assistance. This assistance is often used to lease or buy a used or new handicap van. It can also be used for conversions and equipment, such as vehicle access ramps, scooter and wheelchair lifts, dropped flooring, pivoting seats, and hand controls for adaptive driving.
However, where can you find New Mexico grants for disabled people? Here is a compilation of the best departments and agencies of the government that provide financial assistance themselves. Or, sometimes they even specialize in helping people find and apply for assistance. There are some that even do both as you are free to apply for multiple grants.
Other key resources include state chapters of organizations that are dedicated to specific disabilities. These organizations include foundations, research groups, and other organizations. Many of these offer grant money, and all of them are well-equipped to assist you find other sources.
Sources for New Mexico Disability Grants and Assistance
Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) of New Mexico
The ILRC of New Mexico has several locations throughout the state. It strives to promote and facilitate participation in the community for state’s disabled population. Moreover, its Board of Directors and staff are comprised of a majority of persons with disabilities. This is also an essential resource if you want to improve your mobility with a handicap van, or accessibility accessories and modifications.
New Mexico Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
Each ADRC is dedicated to a specific county. These centers provide comprehensive and current information and assistance. Therefore, this should be your first stop when you are looking for a wheelchair van, or vehicle equipment and conversions.
New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department
This state agency is dedicated to improving the quality of life, dignity, and independence of residents with disabilities or senior citizens. It is a source for essential services and information, and it can assist if you need a handicapped-accessible vehicle to maintain a participatory living.
2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 476-4799 or (866) 451-2901
New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS)
NMDVS is a vital contact for disabled veterans in the United States who need financial assistance to obtain a handicap van. It will pay for the vehicle and conversions, in many cases, if your mobility impairment from VA-overseen care or military service.
Bataan Memorial Bldg.
407 Galisteo St., Room 142
Santa Fe, NM 87504
New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC)
The DDPC of New Mexico supports and advocates for residents of the state with developmental disabilities, as well as their families. You can access an extensive information network and receive disability grants.
810 West San Mateo, Suite C
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 476-7321 or (888) 779-6183
This is not unlike the National Disability Institute, which provides Disability Grants in New York.
New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMATP)
NMATP is a statewide program that facilitates the purchase and skilled usage of assistive technology for persons with disability in New Mexico. You will learn all about the technology available and how to use them. You can also borrow equipment from the center for a trial period before you make a purchase decision, and help you secure financial aid.
435 St. Michael’s Dr., Bldg. D
Santa Fe, NM 87505
This programme is working in the same area as the ATC Disability Grants in New Jersey.
State of New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
If you require a handicapped-accessible van to find a job and to get to it every day, then New Mexico’s DVR should be one of the first places you contact for a disability grant. The Public Education Department established this agency to help people with disabilities. So, contact your local division.
Southwest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
There are ten ADA Centers are located across the country to serve Americans with disabilities. The Southwest ADA Center in New Mexico is the right place to go for assistance and services if you are an in-state resident. They offer several things to improve your life, and they can also point you in the correct direction to find what they cannot offer themselves.
2323 S. Shepherd, #1000
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 520-0232 or (800) 949-4232
University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability (UNM CDD)
The CDD of UNM keeps a library, and offers outreach and other assistance for people with disabilities residing in New Mexico. You can find an “information specialist” to assist you find and use community resources. They can help you find sources of disability grants that may be eligible for, and use for a wheelchair van.
2300 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107