This program provides reimbursemant for transportation service to people with a diagnosis of ALS who do not have a means of transportation of their own. Through this program, individuals diagnosed are eligible to receive roundtrip, wheelchair accessible transportation at no charge. Individuals who are not wheelchair bound and have no other means of transportation are also eligible for the same program benefits. The Chapter will provide transportation reimbursement up to $250 per quarter for The ALS Association Clinic and The ALS Association Assistive Technology Clinic appointments. This program is subject to availability of funds. The Chapter cannot guarantee transportation in your area.
To be eligible, a person must have a diagnosis of ALS; reside in the Chapter’s service area of DC, Maryland or Virginia; and have no other available transportation. Individuals with ALS must be able to exit their home or building without the assistance of the driver, either on foot or with a wheelchair ramp. We highly recommend the individual be accompanied by a caregiver—in some cases the transportation company may require an attendant for the individual served. The van drivers are solely there to drive the van and cannot assist with getting the individuals into or out of the home and they cannot accompany the patient into the appointment.
For those individuals with ALS living in the Washington DC metropolitan area, MetroAccess is another alternative for those who need wheelchair transportation. It is a shared ride, curb-to-curb paratransit service for people who cannot use regular public transportation due to a disability. For more information about this service, visit the Metro Access Web page.