Bellows Grant


Congratulations to Kaipo, who has received an iPad and app through the Elsie S. Bellows Fellows Program from the United Cerebral Palsy Association National Office. These grants assist individuals with disabilities acquire Assistive Technology that will increase their independence and thus, improve their quality of life. This iPad and app will help allow Kaipo have a voice and “speak” to his parents; it will also “grow” in complexity as his communication skills grow. For more information about Bellows grants, please read below or contact


The Elsie S. Bellows Fund was established in 1995 to provide assistive technology equipment to individuals with disabilities. Assistive technology can play a major role in increasing and maintaining the independence of individuals with disabilities.

The federal definition of assistive technology is:
“Any piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”

Some Examples of Allowable Requests for Assistive Technology
This list is not meant to be inclusive or exclusive of requests eligible for funding under the Elsie S. Bellows Fund.

  • Wheelchairs (manual and electric)

  • Augmentative Communication Devices

  • Environmental Controls

  • Computer Equipment

  • Lifts in the nominee’s own/parent’s van or home

  • Hearing Aids

Some Examples of Ineligible Assistive Technology
This list is not meant to be inclusive or exclusive of requests ineligible for funding under the Elsie S. Bellows Fund.

  • Automobiles

  • Evaluations or other Assistive Technology “services”

  • Furniture (that is not adapted)

  • Appliances (that are not adapted)

  • Alterations and Renovations to buildings

Equipment funded through a Bellows Grant is the property of the individual, not United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawai‘i or an organization/company.

If you are interested in applying for funding, please complete and submit an application and Letter of Support.

For more information, please contact (808) 532-6744 or