Special Education Foundation considers funding requests for specialized equipment and other special needs for students with disabilities on an ongoing basis. These include:

  • hearing aids
  • eyeglasses
  • adaptive equipment

The aim of the Foundation is to enhance the education or the independence of students or to improve their quality of life through these grants. Financial need is a key factor in the decision process. Applications may be submitted at any time. Contact your SSD teacher for additional information and assistance.

In our 2021 fiscal year, the Foundation provided hearing aids, molds and repairs for 30 children totaling $14,579.

Adaptive Equipment

Through a grant from The Tilles Foundation, Special Education Foundation is able to provide adaptive equipment to students, ages 18 to 21, who have completed their education with SSD within the last year and are transitioning from school to work.

Adaptive equipment that students use remains with SSD when they are no longer served by the District due to graduation or aging out. Many students entering the world of work are faced with the purchase of expensive equipment in order to continue to communicate and otherwise manage their lives. The grant allows the Special Education Foundation to provide funding for the students’ purchase of needed equipment, such as augmentative communication devices, adaptive equipment and adaptive computer equipment.

Teachers begin the application process for a student to be considered for funding. Financial need is a key factor in the decision process.

In fiscal 2021, the Foundation provided $39,936 in adaptive equipment for 16 students.

For more information, please contact the Foundation at info@sef-stl.org.

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