-This list is the best for Organizations that offer wish granting to those in need who qualify. There are more on this page if you scroll down too.
-Preschool early intervention classrooms should work on measurable goals and objectives outlined by the child’s Individual Education Program (IEP). In addition, an Individualized Family Service Program (IFSP) plays an important role in developing goals as well as specific interventions used to reach them. This is a site from author Ella Rain, she is a genius please look here if you need help with this and your child is within this age range.
-If you need to look into assistance with a dispute with special education this along the the next few links are great to look into.
By families, for families. FACT is your one-stop resource! We are able to support you with:
-This is the best site for anything that you may have questions about when it comes to special education, they also have a huge resource pool of info on lots of other topics.
-So amazing! Love this organization, Dr. Nicole (OT therapists) started an inclusive movement and children’s picture book series telling stories, through fables, of love and ability in order to increase children’s sense of self worth, understanding their value in this world. She believes that ALL ARE ABLE.
-Kids with illness use imaginative medical play to take care of their stuffed animals, mirroring their medical procedures with their toys as a way of emotionally coping and gaining control. We’ve leveraged this observation to create products that empower children with illness. WOW! They offer a stuffed animal companion for kids, check this out.
-Have you ever needed a DME or CPT or HCPC code for an item that your child or loved one needed and the Doctor couldn’t figure it out. Research it yourself and use this site.
-This list contains all of the Medicaid waivers, regardless of type, available for children in the United States, ordered alphabetically by state. The list can display up to 100 programs and is sortable by state, program type, ages served, level of care, population served, and income waiver. Click on the state name to access detailed information about that state and its programs. Click on a state to find out more information about the state in general, as well as detailed information on each program.
-iTaalk can help with getting an Ipad, also this site has links to grant funding and other great resources for those on the spectrum and their families.
-free downloadable or printable sensory tool.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND INSURANCE CO-PAYMENT ASSISTANCE
- HelpRx has a database of drug discount coupons to download and print and offers a prescription discount card.
- RxAssist has a database of programs that offer discounts on prescription drugs. You can search the database by pharmaceutical company or type of drug.
- Good Days helps with prescription co-payments and travel costs for people with certain long-lasting diseases. You can apply for the Good Days program online.
- The Assistance Fund gives financial help to people with certain conditions for copayments, premiums, and more.
- NeedyMeds helps people pay for expensive generic medications.
- CancerCare Copayment Assistance Foundation helps people with chemotherapy co-payments.
- The Caring Voice Coalition offers grants to pay for medicine for people with long-lasting or life-threatening illnesses. They also offer a prescription discount card.
- HealthWell Foundation helps people who have long-lasting or life-altering diseases cover prescription co-payments and medical insurance payments.
- National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) gives prescription payment and co-payment help to people who have certain rare conditions.
- Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-pay Relief Program offers prescription co-payments and insurance deductible help for people who have certain conditions.
- Patient Services, Inc. (PSI) offers prescription co-payments and insurance deductible help for people who have certain long-lasting conditions.
- Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps find programs that help with prescription costs. You can search by type of drug.
WISH GRANTING ORGANIZATIONS
- A Kid Again is an Ohio organization that provides cost-free, inclusive adventures for the whole family (including siblings) designed to “give illness a giant time out.”
- The Dream Factory is for children with disabilities and special health-care needs.
- Make-A-Wish Foundation is for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
- The Granted Wish Foundation is for children and young adults age 25 and younger who have physical disabilities.
- A Special Wish Foundation is for children and young adults age 20 and younger who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.
- One Wish Foundation offers children who have a life-altering condition an outdoor experience of a lifetime.
- Little Wish Foundation is for children with cancer.
- Air Care Alliance organizes information on more than 60 different programs with volunteer pilots who help people with disabilities or special health-care needs. You can apply to them all at once on the website.
- Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation pays for travel to cancer treatment for children and young adults age 21 and younger.
- Angel Wheels to Healing gives free non-emergency ground transportation for people seeking medical attention at a program, clinic, or hospital that is far away from their home. They offer help by giving gas cards, train or bus tickets, or rides from a volunteer driver. You and your child must meet certain income requirements.
- Children’s Flight of Hope, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that gives children with critical medical needs free air transportation to and from a medical facility, if they are going for treatment.
- Corporate Angel Network arranges free plane transportation for cancer patients and bone marrow donors going to or from recognized cancer treatment centers.
- Lifeline Pilots is a private nonprofit organization that gives people with medical and financial needs free air transportation on a private aircraft for health-care visits.
- Mercy Medical Angels helps transport people in medical and financial crisis by connecting them with people or organizations that give free or low-cost patient air transportation.
- Miracle Flights for Kids gives free medical transportation by air to families who need necessary medical treatment out of their home state.
- National Patient Travel Center connects families to air medical transportation for children who need to see out-of-area specialists.
- Operation Liftoff will provide air travel for a child younger than 18 years old and 1 parent. Any child 3 to 18 years old who has a life-threatening illness and has not received a wish trip from another organization can apply to get a dream trip too.
HELP FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
Some organizations offer help for children who have autism. Here are a few:
- Autism Cares Foundation offers grants to help people with autism during times of crisis.
- Autism Escapes helps find air travel on private jets for families that need medical care for a child with autism.
- The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation offers scholarships for children with autism for swimming lessons, iPads, equine (horse) therapy, film school, and holiday gift cards.
- Organization for Autism Research offers scholarships for children who have autism to get education after high school.
HOSPITALS AND PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
- Association of Blind Citizens Assistive Technology Fund offers grants for assistive technology.
- The First Hand Foundation offers grants for medical treatment, transportation, vehicle home modifications, and other expenses.
- Friends of Disabled Adults and Children offers free and low-cost home health-care equipment.
- Fund it Forward offers grants for adaptive technology not covered by health insurance.
- The Lexi Kazian Foundation offers grants for assistive technology, therapy, or parent education and training.
- United Healthcare Children’s Foundation Grant helps families pay for medical expenses.
Grants available through non profit organizations listed below
Adonis Autism Assistance Foundation
The Adonis Autism Assistance Foundation has 3 different grant programs with online applications for FL residents in Lee Charlotte, Collier, Hendry or Glades counties.
Aid for Autistic Children Foundation
The Aid for Autistic Children Foundation has financial assistance and charitable grants of up to $150,000 in total debt relief per household.
Anchor of Hope Foundation
Click on “Opportunities” and then “Special Needs Scholarship” to get the Anchor of Hope scholarship application and instructions. The maximum grant for special needs children for various uses is $250 per family.
Autism Family Resources Grants
One-time $500 grants are awarded to families in financial need; household income may not exceed $50,000 per year. All funds awarded are paid directly to the vendor or service provider to pay for therapy equipment, safety equipment or services. Email requests for an application along with name, address, phone number and email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autism Now State Support Grants and Cash Subsidies
The Autism Now webpage provides links to specific state family support grants or cash subsidies. Each resource has different qualifying amounts and eligibility criteria.
This website provides access to a “Benefit Finder” which offers multiple search methods to quickly find state and federal benefits you may be entitled to.
Disabled Children’s Relief Fund
DCRF grant applications may be used for modest requests of up to $200 for assistive devices or rehabilitative services. The online application is available between April and September.
The Ezra B. Smith Foundation for Autism Therapy and Education
The Ezra B. Smith Foundation seeks to provide financial assistance for ABA therapy and education for autistic children.
Family First Program: National Autism Association
This Helping Hand Program can provide a one-time grant of up to $1,000 to help pay for treatment for a child with autism under the age of 21.
First Hand Foundation
The First Hand Foundation will provide families who meet certain financial guidelines with grants of up to $1,000 for ABA therapy.
Fund It Forward
Helps purchase adaptive equipment not covered by health insurance.
Hannah and Friends
The Hannah’s Helping Hands Grant Program provides quality of life grants for families that care for children with special needs in FL, IN, KS, RI and NY.
Heal Autism Now
The HEAL Foundation provides grants of up to $1,500 to organizations working to improve the lives of families with autism in the greater Jacksonville, FL area.
Helping Hands Program, National Autism Association
Provides families with financial assistance to obtain medically necessary treatments, lab testing, and physician-recommended supplements for their child with autism. This program does not provide funding for ABA or other types of therapy, camp tuition, respite care, fencing, trampolines etc. Funding is extremely limited. Annual net income must not exceed $50,000. Visit NAA for more information.
Maggie Welby Foundation
The Maggie Welby Foundation offers grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 to children and families in need for a variety of purposes.
Maggie’s Hope is always looking for ways to directly help families in need that are affected by autism. This web address takes you directly to the application.
Modest Needs FoundationThis link takes you to the required registration page to learn about several Modest Needs grant opportunities and eligibility requirements.
PAF Co-Pay Relief
Provides direct financial assistance to qualified patients, assisting them with prescription drug co-payments their insurance requires relative to their diagnosis. CPR call counselors work directly with the patient as well as with the provider of care to obtain necessary medical, insurance and income information to advance the application in an expeditious manner.
Small Steps in Speech
This webpage provides a direct link to the Small Steps in Speech grant application. Funds may be used for speech therapy and/or assistive device software applications.
Spectrum of Hope Foundation
This webpage both explains and provides a direct link to this organization’s Advocacy Grant application. Funds are available to CA residents for various uses including ABA and speech therapy.
Talk About Curing Autism: Family Scholarship Program
This TACA webpage contains links to dozens of grant and scholarship opportunities for families to help with the cost of ABA therapies.
ACT Today! is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism achieve their full potential.
Download the Grant Application
To download the ACT Today! Grant Application, please click here.
Families living in Wisconsin may apply for up to $500 per year in support of medical treatments for their child with an autism spectrum disorder. Funds from the grant go directly to the medical provider (and not to the family).
Grants will be given on a quarterly basis and will be issued in the months of March, June, September and December; once your application is reviewed, you will be contacted regarding the grant status.
Grants will only be accepted:
Jan. 1st to Feb. 1st 1st quarter (Jan, Feb, March)
Apr. 1st to May 1st 2nd quarter (April, May, June)
July 1st to Aug. 1st 3rd quarter (July, Aug, Sept)
Oct. 1st to Nov. 1st 4th quarter (Oct, Nov, Dec)
Autism Cares helps families affected by autism to cover costs associated with critical living expenses such as; housing, utilities, car repair, daycare, funeral expenses, and other essential items on a case-by-case basis.
Families must complete an online application and identify vendor(s) to be covered by the award. Support awards cannot exceed a total of $1,500 per family.
Eligible families have a child (children) diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, an income of $65,000 or less, and experienced one or more qualifying events in the previous 90 days. Qualifying events are:
+Natural disaster: fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, severe storm or earthquake
+Death or critical illness in the nuclear family
+Victim of a violent crime
+Loss of home through foreclosure, eviction or natural disaster
+Termination of employment for the primary income-earner within previous 90 days.
The Autism Grant is a tuition scholarship for financially disadvantaged children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Early diagnosis and treatment, between the ages of 2 to 5, is crucial to making a long-term impact on a child’s ability to achieve his or her full potential.
The Autism Grant provides full or partial tuition scholarships to the Dominion School for Autism located in Richmond, Virginia. The Dominion School for Autism is a 501(c)(3) public charity. The Autism Grant accepts all sizes of donations to help children in need.
The Autism Help Network offers grants and scholarships to families who are experiencing financial difficulty in obtaining schooling, therapy, medical and biomedical treatment. Our grants are funded by our sponsors and are offered on a quarterly basis.
Scholarships: The Autism Help Network Scholarship Program is for helping families obtain autism specific schooling, extended school year programs, or private schools developing autism programs; grants are up to $1,000 to provide therapy and non-experimental biomedical treatments to children who have autism.
These grants are given on a once a year basis. The deadline for applications is July 1st of each year in order to be granted in time for the upcoming school year in September. The typical turn around time from application to decision is 45 days.
Restrictions: The child must have a diagnosis of ASD and be of school age. Reason for seeking private schooling must be explained and income qualification is less than $45,000 per year for the entire household.
Financial Grants: The Autism Help Network works to provide families with grants for various purposes, such as Therapy costs, Medical treatments, and Bio-Medical treatments. These grants are provided by the fundraising efforts of AHN and a partial contribution from the advertising dollars from the Autism Globe magazine.
Grant applications are accepted year round with no deadline. You can download the application by clicking the link at the top of this page. Grants are funded quarterly throughout the year and are determined by the funding available.
Restrictions: Proof of ASD diagnosis from medical professional. Income level under $55,000 per year for entire household. Other restrictions may apply.
This organization uses donor funds to provide financial assistance, support, guidance, recreational activities and educational training to families and friends of children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder living in the state of Vermont.
Grants total no more than $400 per family.
Let’s ALL Play
Funding Limit: $10,000/yr
Project Period: up to 12 months
Let’s ALL Play is the National Inclusion Project’s nationally-recognized signature program. As such, it is the Project’s top priority.
Let’s ALL Play is the National Inclusion Project’s program model for recreational programs that are currently serving children with disabilities and wish to do it better or programs seeking to open doors currently shut to children with disabilities in their community. Let’s ALL Play includes successful modifications, inclusive games, and other information to successfully run a program of inclusion.
The National Inclusion Project looks to partner with programs which are looking to do the following:
Implement Let’s ALL Play.
Utilize the National Inclusion Project’s training module to increase their staff’s capability to serve children with disabilities successfully in an inclusive setting.
Provide scholarships for children with disabilities who otherwise could not participate due to financial need.
Partners will be eligible for funding for a maximum of three years but any partner award will be given on a year-by-year basis. A new proposal will be required each year.
The window of inquiry will reopen in March 2016!
Financial Assistance for Child Participation in Approved Inclusive Programs
If you are a service provider, please do not apply under this priority. It is solely for individual families.
Funding Limit: $1,000/yr
Project Period: up to 12 months
Financial assistance for a child to participate in approved inclusive programs. Any funding dispensed will be given to the approved program or organization. Families with a combined household income of less than $75,000 are eligible to apply. Upon submission, a National Inclusion Project representative will contact the desired program to determine if the program will successfully include the child in order to designate them as an approved program.
Recipients will be eligible for support for a maximum of two years. A proposal will be required each year.
The process for this priority is on-going and does not fit into the timelines listed above. Please email Aron Hall to request a proposal form.
Inclusive Programs aimed at the Development of Best Practices Protocols and Strategies
Funding Limit: Will vary depending on program
Project Period: time of the program
Funding for inclusive programs that are aimed at the development and dissemination of best practices protocols and strategies. Programs should reach children, families, professionals and/or volunteers who are working currently or who are looking to move into inclusive settings in either educational or recreational fields. Please note that that the National Inclusion Project views that its expertise and involvement in such programs would be the request. Supportive funding may be possible if the desired goals and outcomes of the program advances the mission of the National Inclusion Project.
Please contact Aron Hall, Director of Programs, to arrange a time to speak about your program.
The mission of DJF is to award grants to programs that benefit adolescents and adults with Autism. Each year, the DJF Board of Trustees receives proposals from organizations throughout the United States and abroad seeking grant support for programs benefiting adolescents and adults that may involve vocational, educational, residential, recreational or family related endeavors. In each calendar year, the DJF Board of Trustees will determine, at their sole discretion, the number, dollar amount and type (s) of grants to be awarded. Generally, these decisions are based on the quality of the proposals received and the feasibility of implementation by the prospective grantees.
Additional factors considered include the potential for program replication in other communities and the originality of the proposed program. Importantly, however, the determination is not limited to any of the factors stated above.
The Doug Flutie Foundation makes grants to IRS approved 501 c (3) organizations and qualified schools and organizations that support families living with autism. The foundation gives only in New England, New York, New Jersey, parts of Canada and California.
The average grant size will be in the $10,000-$20,000 range. Please do not request more than $20,000. Requests for endowments or multi-year grants will not be accepted, and grant recipients must re-apply each year.
866-3AUTISM or 508-270-1855, Framingham, MA. www.dougflutiejrfoundation.org
Easter Seals provides in home services and supports for adults who have severe physical or cognitive impairments. Adults with autism are eligible for services, including companionship/respite, homemaker/housekeeping, therapy, health services and personal care. In home care services that preserve dignity and self-esteem as well as promote increased independence are offered. Services provided include bathing, dressing, meal preparation, laundry, light housekeeping, transportation and shopping. View the Easter Seals directory to locate a provider.
Through our Quality of Life Grant program, families that care for children and adults with autism and other special needs may receive funding to offset their enormous financial burdens. These grants provide families with stipends that may be used for a wide variety of supports related to their family member.
In order for an application to be considered for a Quality of Life Grant, an applicant must:
+Have an individual with a diagnosed developmental disorder or disability living at home.
+Have a family income of less than $30,000 per year (see below).
+Live in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States (i.e., Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York only).
The $500 grants can be used for anything that improves the family’s quality of life, including therapy, medical treatment and travel, respite care, educational advocacy services, training fees and security improvements.
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to facilitating access to medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan. This “support” is in the form of a medical grant to be used for medical services not covered or not completely covered by commercial health benefit plans. Medical grants are up to $5,000 and can vary in size.
Here are some amazing organizations that you can connect to…
Yoocan is the world’s #1 empowerment and community resource for people with disabilities and their families.
**Above is a wonderful and amazing site for anyone who has any kind of disability and for their families. The link to our story on their site is above, check it out. Share your story too and get connected with others and find great resources through YOOCAN**
Sparrow Clubs exist to set the stage for simple, yet heroic, acts of kindness in schools and youth culture by empowering kids to help kids in medical need.
**Sparrows Club is beyond magical. Any family who has a chance to be a part of this can experience something that I feel all should when they have a child in need of medical care. Kids help kids and that is very empowering to see. Once a sparrow always a sparrow**
“Our children might have autism, but autism does not have them.”
KultureCity was started by a professional who has a son on the spectrum. He believes that there needs to be more inclusion for those who experience sensory issues and are on the spectrum. He has made it his goal to inspire, inform and help others offer inclusive environments for all and especially for those on the spectrum. He partners with major sports teams to open sensory calming rooms now all over to offer places for those to relax in when sensory overloads hit. He also has established an app where you can find inclusive locations that are trained for those on the spectrum and a product called LifeBOKS. Please check this site out!
**Above is a wonderful website that I stumbled across while searching for things about autism. If you pull this site up and go down the page you will see to the left a Features section. This has a list of lots of great resources for parents. It can help you with education and asd friendly trips. Click here and check it out.**
The Tim Tebow Foundation
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. This February 8, 2019, Night to Shine celebrated its fifth anniversary! On one night, 655 churches from around the world came together to host Night to Shine for approximately 100,000 honored guests through the support of 200,000 volunteers!
**There are 2 things with Sesame Street that I want to share. First off we all love the fact that they are about including all. It is wonderful that they go above and beyond. To top it off they have a site for individuals on the spectrum and they are helping those like my sunshine girl have vacations at their theme park in Pennsylvania! Yes far from Oregon, but someday we hope to go and if you are close and need to let your little one enjoy a vacation look here!:
DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF MUSIC?
Do It For The Love is a wish-granting nonprofit organization that brings people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges and wounded veterans to live concerts. Through the healing power of music, our goal is to inspire joy, hope and lasting celebratory memories in the face of severe illness or trauma.
Music helps us feel alive!
As a world-known musician, Michael Franti, has been spreading his message of love, peace and social justice for decades. As an Registered Nurse, Sara Agah Franti, has witnessed firsthand the toll that life-threatening medical conditions have on both patients and their loved ones. Michael and Sara created a project that bridges their passions and expertise – Do It For The Love.
BEACHES SANDALS RESORTS-AUTISM FRIENDLY VACATIONS
This is amazing and just like the Sesame Street Park the Characters are there for your family to enjoy, they have wonderful vacation packages and honestly some day maybe we will take our little one here too if not to the Sesame Street Theme Park. She would love it!!! And yes it is hard to travel and find places to even go to when you have a child that marches to the beat of their own drum and that has complex medical needs. Sounds like they make it as easy as possible for parents and kids. The cost is the only thing to deal with, yes that alone can be much for anyone but knowing that a place offers something like this warms my heart! Thank you Beaches!!!!
Enjoy an amazing Luxury Included® family
vacation knowing that your child is always
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To speak with one of our autism-friendly Special Services
Representatives who can provide personal assistance in ensuring
how to best accommodate you and your family during your stay,
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