Sunday, May 20, 2018

Autism on the Seas Foundation Offers Vacation Grants for Families That Are Affected By Autism

The Autism on the Seas Foundation provides two types of financial assistance for families that are affected by autism to participate in a cruise vacation. 

The foundation's Vacation of Assistance Program awards varying amounts of assistance to people who have autism and their immediate family members to participate in specially staffed cruises.

The foundation also offers Vacation Grants that are sponsored by donations from individuals, families, and businesses through its “Sponsor a Family” Program.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Free Personalized Songs for Children and Teens Who Have Autism

The Songs of Love Foundation creates free personalized original songs for children and teens who are facing medical, physical or emotional challenges. The songs are professionally produced with lyrics containing the child’s name and reference to his or her favorite activities, things, people, and pets. Songs are available in the language and musical style of the child’s choice. Children and teens who have autism are eligible to request a song.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Children Who Have Autism Can Receive A Free Custom Made Weighted Blanket

Ben’s Blankets makes custom-made weighted blankets for children who have disabilities. Each blanket is lovingly crafted from high quality materials and made to measure according to the recipient’s height and weight. The recipient’s name is embroidered on the blanket, which can be personalized with their favorite color, pattern or sports team. Scholarship blankets are available at no charge to children whose family income is less than $50,000 per year. Discounted and retail priced blankets are available to children whose family income exceeds that amount. Children who have autism are eligible to request a blanket.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Grant Helps Pay for Portrait of Families That Are Affected By Autism

Special Kids Photography of America (SKPA) provides families of children who have special needs with funds to help pay for photography sessions and one print through its Smiles for Katie Family Photo Grant program. Families that are affected by autism are eligible to apply for a grant.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Deliver the Dream Offers Free Retreats for Families That Are Affected By Autism

Deliver the Dream hosts free monthly retreats throughout Florida for up to 15 families at a time that are coping with an illness, crisis or disability. Deliver the Dream hosts retreats specifically for families that are affected by autism. The camp-like retreat weekends provide families with an opportunity to relax, enjoy time together, make new friends, and form support networks with other families that are experiencing similar challenges. For more information, contact Deliver the Dream.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Wings Initiative Prepares Children with Autism to Fly

The Arc’s Wings for Autism/Wings for everyone program prepares people with autism to fly on airplanes by giving them an opportunity to participate in a dress rehearsal for the experience.

The program allows families affected by autism or intellectual/developmental disabilities to practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security and boarding a plane.

Airport, airline and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) participate in the program, which helps alleviate stress, fear and anxiety for participating families.

This video gives a glimpse of the program in action.

For more information about the program, contact The Arc.

Here are some additional resources for families affected by autism and other disabilities:

Monday, May 14, 2018

Bright Steps Forward, Inc. Provides Grants to Florida Children Who Have Autism and Other Disabilities

Bright Steps Forward, Inc. provides financial assistance to children with neurological or developmental disabilities who reside in the Florida counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. The grants could be used to pay for special education services and therapeutic interventions. Children who have autism are eligible to apply for funding.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Books Especially for Moms of Children Who Have Autism and Other Special Needs

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Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms and moms-to-be out there, and an Extra Special Happy Mother's Day to every mom who has a child with autism or other special needs!

Here are some books that provide encouragement, insight and inspiration to moms who have children with autism and other disabilities.

People Who Have Autism Can Apply for a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Scholarship from Special Spirit Inc.

Photo by dee at Morguefiledotcom.

Special Spirit Inc. is an inclusive therapeutic equine center, based in Shadow Hills, CA, that offers therapeutic horseback riding lessons, inclusive camps and equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning programs (EAP/EAL). Special Spirit Inc. offers scholarships for therapeutic horseback riding lessons through its Jenny Ginway Mistrano Scholarship Fund. Individuals who have autism are eligible to apply for scholarships from the organization.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Anna's Celebration of Life Foundation Provides Funding to Enhance the Lives of Children and Adults With Special Needs

Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation provides funding to purchase necessary, life enhancing gifts for children and young adults with special needs. Young people who have autism are eligible to apply for assistance from the foundation. Applications must be under age 18 (22 if they are still enrolled in high school) and must either reside in or receive medical treatment in Indiana. The foundation funds requests for items, devices or services that enhance the life of a child, including therapeutic tools, devices and technology.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

My Gym Challenged America Provides Grants to Children With Disabilities

My Gym Challenged America (MCCA) awards grants of up to $500 to children under age 18 with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. Children with autism are eligible to apply. Grants could be used for a variety of purposes, including rehabilitative therapy, assistive devices, medical equipment and sensory items.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

ACTION FOR AUTISM (AFA) Academy provides scholarships for families who need financial assistance in order for their child who has autism to participate in AFA Academy programs. AFA Academy operates in the St. Louis area.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Andrew's Gift Provides Grants to Improve the Lives of People Who Have Autism

Andrew’s Gift provides grants to individuals who are affected by autism who live in Dauphin, Cumberland or Perry counties in Pennsylvania. The grants can be used to pay for therapies, summer camps, horseback riding lessons, safety equipment, and other products, services or programs that directly improve the life of an individual who has autism.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Founders Center Offers Autism Grant

The Autism Grant provides tuition scholarships for individuals enrolled in or pursuing enrollment in programs at the Founders Center.  The Founders Center operates programs in Virginia. Contact the Founders Center for more information about scholarship opportunities available to the program.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

KOTM Provides Free Respite Care to Utah Families Affected by Autism and Other Disabilities

Kids On The Move (KOTM) provides free respite care to Utah families who have a child with a physical or behavioral disability. Families affected by autism qualify for respite care services. Eligible families will have a child age birth to 12 who does not use 100% oxygen, who is not excessively medically fragile, and who has no history of sexually inappropriate or aggressive behavior. The program gives caregivers a 3.5 break on weekend nights.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Grottoes of North America Humanitarian Foundation Provides Dental Care Assistance to Children with Special Needs

The Grottoes of North America Humanitarian Foundation provides assistance with dental care expenses to children with disabilities through its Dental Care for Children with Special Needs program. Through the program, children under 18 who have cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and intellectual disabilities are able to receive assistance with dental treatment costs. Some children who have autism may be eligible for assistance through the program. The program provides assistance to both insured and uninsured patients. If you have questions or would like additional information, contact the foundation.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Giving Angels Foundation Provides Grants to Children With Special Needs

The Giving Angels Foundation provides grants for essential therapies, life-changing equipment, essential family bills and specialized camps for children under age 21 who have a physical disability or illness. Some children who have autism may be eligible for grants. Grants are usually limited to $500. Applicants with a household income of up to $50,000 will be considered for grant awards.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Children Who Have Autism May Qualify for Financial Assistance from The Arya Foundation to Help Pay for Medical Equipment

The Arya Foundation provides financial assistance to help families purchase medical equipment and supplies for children with special needs. To qualify for a grant of up to $1000, children up to age 18 who live in the St. Louis area must be referred by a social worker or case manager. Children who have autism are eligible to apply. Grants from the foundation could be used to purchase a variety of supports, including communication devices. For further information, contact the foundation.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Families Affected By Autism May Qualify for Financial Assistance from Friends of Man

Friends of Man provides assistance to people with disabilities in need. Within Colorado, Friends of Man provides assistance with a wide variety of needs, including food, clothing, eyeglasses, prescriptions, therapy and daycare. Outside Colorado, assistance is limited to prostheses, medical equipment and mobility equipment. Families affected by autism may qualify for assistance from Friends of Man. To be considered for assistance, ask a church or agency to submit an application on your behalf.

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