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Category: Funding/Grants

Autism Care Today (ACT) Grant Program

Autism Care Today (ACT) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase access to effective autism treatments by providing grants to individuals and families.

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Autism Cares Foundation: Scholarships for High School and College Students

Autism Cares Foundation Scholarship Program is for high school and college students continuing their education, who have demonstrated through their actions that they have assisted an individual having autism.

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Autism Speaks: Family Grants

Assistance for individuals and families regarding a variety of categories.

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Benefits Data Trust (BDT): Assistance with Benefits

BDT works to proactively connect individuals and families to benefits and services in their communities.

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Child Tax Credit Resource

This resource gives more information for families about the Child Tax Credit, which is part of the American Rescue Plan.

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Disability Advisor

Articles discuss money management skills to maximize disability benefits; others show how disabled persons can use tax-free savings plans like the ABLE Program or a Special Needs Trust to help meet their disabled child’s expenses without reducing Medicaid eligibility.

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Fund It Forward Assistance Program

Attempting to ease the burdens of families with children with special needs by raising money for adaptive medical equipment not covered by insurance.

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Funding and Grants for Children with Disabilities

There are a number of organizations that may provide funding for children with disabilities. They cover a wide array of funding purposes such as therapy, equipment, accessibility, medications, recreational opportunities, and many other items and services. These organizations have certain grant/funding criteria so please be sure to check their websites (or phone them) for funding details.

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Getting Medical Assistance for a Child with a Disability Guide

Available publications (in pdf format) concerning Medicaid and Children are listed below. Also included are useful links to sites with content related to this topic.

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Grants and Funding Streams

Autism can be an expensive condition to support. There are doctor appointments, therapies, respite care, after school programming, assistive technology, and safety concerns, just to name a few. Insurance may not cover all the expenses that are recommended for autism services, resulting in high out-of-pocket expenses. In order to assist in covering expenses, families should research and apply for formal government financial resources as well as more informal sources of support through churches, schools, and service clubs. The ASERT Resource Center is also a great resource for information about new programs and funding sources!

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