The Ricky P. Sweat Equipment Loan and Assistive Technology Program

The Equipment Loan and Assistive Technology Program offers the opportunity to address mobility and communication needs when this specialized equipment may not be accessible through private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare.  

Durable Medical Equipment (DME) for people living with ALS can be very expensive, even with insurance.  DME includes, but is not limited to wheelchairs (manual and electric), transport chairs, lifts, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.  The Georgia Chapter recognizes the role that DME and AAC play in providing and maintaining the best quality of life at every level of progression.

The purpose of this program is to fill the gap and provide the equipment needed to optimize independence and quality of life when accessibility and resources are limited.  Our equipment is housed in several sites throughout Georgia and is loaned at no charge to people living with ALS.

Please note that the equipment loan program is subject to availability.  We may not be able to supply a particular item due to high demand and low inventory.

DME and Augmentative Communication Devices available for use include:

  • Power Wheelchairs and Patient Lifts
  • Eye-Gaze Devices, iPads, Communication Boards and Boogie Boards

For additional information please contact your Care Service Coordinator or reach out to the Care Services Team at or 404.636.9909


The majority of durable medical equipment and communication devices we loan out to people living with ALS are donated by individuals, their families or by others who have been impacted by ALS.  We always appreciate the generosity of others and do our best to accept these requests.  We are unable to accept respiratory assist devices, such as cough assists, bi-pap or c-pap machines, adult diapers, 2-wheel walkers, and feeding tube supplies.

Due to storage limitations, we are also unable to accept hospital beds, mattresses, modular ramps, and ceiling track sytems.

Please note: We are not able to accept power wheelchairs that are more than 5 years old.

*If you plan to claim a deduction, an appraisal of the equipment will be required.  Please consults IRS guidelines ( or an attorney to determine your best course of action.  Any appraisals must be conducted by an accredited medical equipment appraiser (not a Durable Medical Equipment provider).  Costs for appraisals will vary.

To make a donation of equipment please reach out to the Care Services Team at or 404.636.9909.