Maine’s Adaptive Equipment Loan Program is also known as the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program (AELP).
Kim Wallace became quadriplegic as a result of a spinal cord injury in 1979. This event launched his career as an advocate for disability rights. Kim was a pioneer and the driving force to start the loan program, after he saw the difficulties people faced in getting equipment and home modifications.
Kim partnered with two other leaders in the disability community (Steven Tremblay of Alpha One and Stan Provost of the Finance Authority of Maine) to put a bond measure on the Maine ballot in 1987 after a blue-ribbon commission highlighted equipment as a major barrier for Mainers with disabilities. Mainers voted to approve this fund twice to make loans for Maine residents with disabilities. This makes AELP the only citizen-funded type loan program in the country. Loans totaling more than $20 million have been made to individuals and businesses in the past 31 years.