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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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Category: Funding/Grants

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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Locator Device Grant

Families served under The Autism Society of Greater Harrisburg Area can apply for their Locator Grant for their family member with Autism. The Autism Society of Greater Harrisburg Area has been raising awareness about the dangers of wandering for an individual with Autism.

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Modest Needs

Providing short-term financial assistance to individuals and families in temporary crisis who, because they are working and live just above the poverty level, are ineligible for most types of conventional social assistance but who (like many of us) are living one or two lost paychecks away from the kind of financial catastrophe that eventually leads to homelessness.

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PA ABLE Accounts

This website provides information for individuals with disabilities and their families about PA ABLE accounts which allow for qualified individuals to create tax-free accounts to save for disability-related expenses while maintaining government benefits.

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Patient Advocate Foundation

Patient Advocate Foundation helps patients know that they are not alone when dealing with healthcare needs.

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Pennsylvania State Grant and Scholarship Programs

Grants and scholarships involve college funding that does not require repayment, so these forms of aid are go-to resources for cash-strapped college students.

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The ACCESS Home Modification Program

The ACCESS Home Modification Program is dedicated to aid persons with disabilities or families with a household member who has disabilities in purchasing a home that has needs accessibility modifications. The program provides families with a no interest, deferred payment loan.

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The Maggie Welby Foundation

The Maggie Welby Foundation is dedicated to serving students in need by providing scholarships ranging from $250 to $2500.

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The PaTTAN Short Term Loan (STL) Program

The Short Term Loan (STL) Program provides LEAs with devices to assess assistive technology needs for students with disabilities. The assistive technology kits they provides have many resources available so that they may serve students with varying assistive technology needs.

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