Paying For Therapies Using Grants & Organizations

There are many organizations out there who are willing to help families of children with autism.  Everyone knows that insurance doesn’t cover nearly enough of needed therapies.  Services from the state and/or school system are minuscule at best. It’s like Taylor Swift so eloquently says “Bandaids don’t fix bullet holes”.


Therapies can get costly when insurance quits paying. There are organizations that will help with grants for autism families.


Where to look first?

  • children’s  hospitals
  • Shriners,
  • Kiwanis
  • Lions Club
  • ChildFind or your local School Board can help with diagnosis
  • Early Intervention

Those organizations like to help locally.  You might be able to present your request personally to the club.  This is where you could possibly get the funds for an iPad needed for communication apps. 

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Now, let’s move on to known organizations that have grants for autism nationally. Some can be used for biomedical intervention.  Some can be used for therapies or items needed at home

  • Generation Rescue’s Rescue Family Grant                                                                                                                               Rescue Family Grants provide autism treatment to families in financial need. The grant provides financial support, products and services for auditory listening therapy, dietary intervention training, dietary supplements, two doctor visits, and lab testing. To date, more than 700 individuals have participated in the program and report a better quality of life and improvement in speech, language, behavior, health and wellness, and social interaction. The grant is available to individuals of all ages who meet the eligibility criteria below. 
  •  ACT Today Grant                                                                                                                                                                            Grants will be allocated based on annual fundraising activities. The Board of Directors will determine the number and amounts of each grant at the beginning of each term. Requests for endowments or multi-year grants will not be accepted. Each application is kept in our system for two consecutive grant cycles after which the applicant must re-apply.Once we determine how much we can give each quarter, we review the following items when considering approval of a grant request:
    • Completion of grant application – The application must be completed in its entirety to be reviewed. Partially completed applications will be kept on file for one year and additional information may be submitted to make the application complete within that timeframe.
    • Amount of grant request – Typical grants awarded range between $100 – $5,000.
    • Household income – While we have not set an income level cap, incomes below $100,000 per year are reviewed first.
    • Type of treatment requested – Our mission is to fund effective treatments, assessments and needed life supports.
    • Numbers of family members with ASD diagnosis – Applications from families with multiple children with ASDs are reviewed first.

    Should your grant be funded, you will be asked to complete two short questionnaires regarding your experiences as a result of the funding you received. We also encourage families to share photos and stories. Once approved for a grant, families have 12 months to use the funds. Applicant receiving a grant agrees to repay the grant if any services paid for with the grant are reimbursed by another funding source, such as a school district or insurance company.

  • TACA Autism Grants Spreadsheet                                                                                                                                              Here’s a spreadsheet that lists many grants for various organizations. Please know that this may or may not be current .  It seems like a fairly good list. 
  • Autism Support Network                                                                                                                                                              Just like TACA , there is a whole page of grants. Most of these are are regional based.  Check to see if there is one for your area. 
  • iTaalk Autism Foundation                                                                                                                                                            Remember the iPad you need for the communication apps?  This would be a great organization to apply to get one. There is also a great list for organizations to get a therapy dog as well as other items. 
  • Step Up For Students                                                                                                                                                                     A Florida based scholarship program for children in home education programs or private schools.  Awards range up to $10,000 .  You can use the scholarship for curriculum, OT tools for a home program or actual therapy sessions at a certified facility.  An official diagnosis from a doctor or licensed psychologist is needed to qualify.

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