Caring for a child with autism can seriously impact a family's finances. Parents often have to pay for caretakers, therapists and private schools for the autistic child in addition to the normal expenses related to child care, such as new clothes and proper food. Fortunately, parents are eligible for financial aid to help with some of these costs, especially the cost of Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy to help autistic children communicate and cope with their world.
Parker Autism Foundation
The Parker Autism Foundation offers scholarships to children with autism and their families so that the children can participate in ABA therapy. Scholarships are available to any child who has been diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder; funds may be used for ABA therapy sessions or materials at home or in school. During the summer months, the Parker Foundation also offers scholarships for children to attend summer camps where they receive ABA therapy. Scholarship amounts depend on available funds and program costs. Interested parents may apply for the scholarship online.
The Parker Autism Foundation 5290 Cambridge Bay Drive Charlotte, N.C. 28269 parkerautismfoundation.org/index.html
Autism Care and Treatment Today
ACT Today offers annual grants for ABA therapy as well as other therapeutic interventions for children with autism. Typical grants range between $500 and $1,000 per applicant; anyone may apply regardless of income level, but families with a household income of less than $100,000 per year are given priority consideration. Parents must apply separately for funding for each child with autism in their care, but the foundation considers the fact that they have multiple autistic children when making funding decisions.
To apply for this grant, parents may download an application from ACT's website or call the foundation to request an application by mail. Applications must be postmarked by the deadline each year.
Autism Care and Treatment Today 19019 Ventura Blvd. Suite 200, Tarzana, CA 91356 818-705-1625 http://act-today.org/index.php
The Angel Foundation offers grants of up to $500 to for autism-related medical care, including ABA therapy. To qualify, parents must live in Wisconsin. The foundation offers grants four times per year, but applicants may only receive a maximum of $500 for the entire year. To apply, download the application from the Angel Foundation's website and submit the completed application via email.
Angel Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org angelautismnetwork.org
Jack Ori has been a writer since 2009. He has worked with clients in the legal, financial and nonprofit industries, as well as contributed self-help articles to various publications.