Monday, December 19, 2011

Funding Autism Treatment Trade Paperback Book Now Available

The trade paperback version of Funding Autism Treatment is now available for only $6.99. The book--which describes numerous strategies for successfully funding autism treatment--can be purchased at

AMRIT Foundation Funds Biomedical Treatment

The AMRIT Foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 to fund biomedical treatments for children with Autism and related disabilities. For additional information or an application, send a email to

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Funding Autism Treatment PDF Book Now Available!

My new PDF book is now available for purchase for only $4.99. MS Word versions are also available for those who prefer them. To order, send your contact information to in an email with "Funding Book" on the subject line. Don't forget to send me your funding success stories:)

Travel Grants to Attend the International Meeting for Autism Research

The Autism Science Foundation awards several IMFAR Stakeholder Travel grants valued up to $1,000 to cover expenses related to attending the International Meeting for Autism Research. All autism stakeholders, including parents, individuals with autism and siblings eligible to apply. The application process opens in January. Recipients are announced in April.   The next IMFAR meeting will be held May 17-19, 2012 in Toronto. For more information or to apply, visit

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Scholarship Program Provides Financial Assistance to Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

The Canyon Rice Hope Scholarship provides grants ranging from $100 to $250 to developmentally disabled youth up to age 22. The funds can be used to pay for respite care or therapeutic supports. To apply for assistance, contact  

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Free Autism Training

The Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project (IATTAP), an initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education, offers free online autism training videos that cover the following topics:

· Ten Guiding Principles
· Assuming Competence
· Person-Centered Planning
· Characteristics of Autism
· Concrete Literal Learners
· Visual Learners
· Generalization of Knowledge
· Sensory Processing
· Rote Memory and Imitation
· Concern with Sameness
· Imaginative Play
· Social Skills and Perspective
· Inclusion
· Educational Challenges
· Establishing a Clear Communication System
· Visual Strategies
· Establishing a Daily Schedule
· Using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
· Structure
· Self-Stimulatory Behavior
· Using Discrete Trial Training
· Identifying Reinforces
· Providing Opportunities to Make Choices
· Avoiding Talking Too Much
· Evaluating Programming
· Building Friendships for Children with ASD
· Teaming
· Collaboration
· Transition
· Planning for the Future

The training is appropriate for parents, family members, advocates, professionals and anyone else who cares about a person with autism and wants to learn more about research-based approaches to autism intervention.

IATTAP also offers a free course for CPDU credit that includes lectures, videos, research and other activities, as well as courses for undergraduate and graduate credit through Illinois State University.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Financial Assistance for Homeschooling Families of Children with Autism and Other Special Needs

The Home School Foundation offers financial assistance for homeschooling families of children with autism and other special needs through its Special Needs Children's Fund. Grant funds can be used to pay for specialized materials, special therapies, equipment and testing. To qualify for grant assistance, families must be struggling with the burden of meeting their children's special needs and must have held membership in the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), an advocacy organization for homeschoolers, for at least six months.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Shepherds College Offers Postsecondary Education Programs for People with Autism and Other Disabilities

Shepherds College, located in Union Grove, WI, is a three-year postsecondary educational program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Its stated mission is to "educate and train students with intellectual disabilities by equipping them with Appropriate Independence and inspiring a lasting awareness of God's plan for their lives." Shepherds College defines Appropriate Independence as "supported self-sufficiency that is aligned with the strengths of each individual and guided by Christian values."

Students at Shepherds College receive education, skills training and support that is designed to help them reach their full potential and live as independently as possible. Shepherds College offers programs in Culinary Arts and Horticultural Studies, along with curricula in Functional Academic Skills, Mobility Skills, Spiritual Life, Daily Living Skills and Social/Emotional Skills. Students work with LifeCoaches to and participate in a variety of activities to enhance their personal and spiritual development.

For additional information or to request an information packet, contact Chris Wright, Director of Admissions, at (262) 878-6351 or