Iowa Able Foundation announced it was awarded a $350,000 federal grant to support the organization’s accessible lending and education program for assistive technology. The one-year grant from the Administration for Community Living provides support to assistive technology alternative financing programs to help individuals with disabilities of any age in obtaining financial assistance for AT devices and services. “For people with disabilities, including the aging, having the appropriate assistive technology can mean more independent and productive lives,” said Tracy Keninger, a board member of the Ames-based nonprofit. “We know that locating funding often creates a barrier to acquiring needed assistive technology devices and services. This is why we are so excited about being awarded this grant.” Assistive technology is defined as any item, piece of equipment or product system used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities or older Iowans, such as wheelchairs, ramps and hearing aids.